Moving isn’t anything new to us. In 4 years of marriage, we’ve moved into 3 houses, an apartment while a house was being built, and ultimately into our current house. It feels like we’re old pros, but no matter how many times we move, it’s stressful for all of us. Regardless of how many times we’ve moved, moving is always stressful, and moving with kids is most definitely a challenge! If you’re looking for tips for this life transition, keep reading for my moving tips I’m about to share!
- Do the Drive By – If you are just moving down the street or across town, drive by and let your kids see the house as many times as you can, before you get the keys. This could be if you want to measure anything at the house or if you’re bored and want to just drive by it. Every time we drove by, we let Ava and Owen know this was going to be their new house soon. Also, let them see the parks in the area and get a good idea of where they will be in the future. This can help them feel at home in the area even before they’ve spent the night in the new place.
- Outsource where Necessary – 3 Men Movers packed our last house and moved us into our apartment, so we were more than excited to have them move us into this new house. We were able to request the same crew (shout out to Daniel and his team – highly recommend!!). Their team unloaded and unpacked the entire house for us. I’ll share more about this soon! With two kids, we knew how hard it would be to unpack our house, so we added on the service and I couldn’t be happier! If you’re looking at moving, check out 3 Men Movers website to see if they can accommodate your move!
- Unpack the Kids’ Stuff First – We always set up the playroom and the kids’ bedrooms first. This gives them a sense of normalcy and newness. They have a place where they can go retreat if they need space, and that space is all theirs. Also, it’s amazing how they’ll play for hours with toys that they haven’t seen in a while. This is great because it gives you time to unpack the rest of the house, while they stay occupied and happy.
- Child Proof – If you have younger kids, be sure to bring plug covers, baby gates, stove covers, etc. over immediately as well. It helps if you have someone watch your kids for a couple of hours or if your kids are at school.
- Talk about it! – Ask them lots of questions about the move and encourage them to share what they are feeling. What are they most excited about? What is their favorite part about the new house? Asking questions like this can help them explore how they are feeling about moving and give you the opportunity to comfort any fears that may come up during the conversation. When we first visited the house, we let Ava pick out her room so she felt she had a voice. We’ve also started designing her new toddler room which I can’t wait to share!
Moving can be stressful on everyone, so I hope these tips help make your moving day a bit less hectic. In the end, we had amazing adventures, and we are stronger. We’re here, and we’re happy. That’s all that matters. I hope these tips helped!