If you Google “Most stressful things you can do,” your results will be death, divorce and moving.
Yes, moving sucks. There’s no pretty way to say it. I hate that what I do all day, every day, ultimately results in people having to shift all their stuff from one place to another. My husband and I have had eight addresses in the short six years we’ve been married. That’s partially because he married a real estate agent and partially because we had three children WAY faster than we ever anticipated. Because I am now experienced in moving with children, this article is for all of you who are not.
Rule #1: Think small. ONE thing at a time. Pack one box a day. Look around for whatever your family doesn’t need on a daily basis and pack it up. If you’re like me and get an Amazon box each day, utilize that. Fill it, tape it, done.
Rule #2: Start soon. Don’t wait until the day you are supposed to hand over the keys to your property to pack (and yes, I’ve had this happen). Start packing now. Slow and steady wins the race. One box a day translates to a big pile after a month!
Rule #3: Give each child a “special” box that is their own moving box. I always give my clients who have little ones a box that the child can color and put their own prized possessions in. That way the child can know and visually see very easily where their IMPORTANT stuff is.
Rule #4: Get rid of your kids. If you have the ability in ANY way possible, send the children elsewhere when it comes to actual moving day. There is too much happening. Mom and dad are too stressed. There are dangerous things being transported. Get the kids out of there if you have that option whatsoever. If you can, have the children brought home when their beds are put back together and there is some semblance of their space.
Rule #5: PURGE! Use this opportunity to go through all those kid toys that they don’t need and don’t ever touch. Bag them up and send them away to anywhere else!
Rule #6: Label well. Don’t be my husband. He packs by shoving whatever items are near him into a box and then putting tape on it. Don’t be a Jon! When you pack a box, label it IMMEDIATELY with a marker as to what you put inside and what room that box belongs in at the new house.
Rule #7: Talk to the kids about what is happening. It gets them excited! Tell them as you drive by, “That will be your new bedroom window,” or “We will go for bike rides down this road!” If they see you are excited, they will be, too. Also remember that the idea of moving may be scary for them — there’s a lot of unknown. Talk to them, and let them talk, too.
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