Moving to a new place is never stress-free, but kids can make it even more challenging. Here are a few tips to make moving with kids go as smoothly as possible!
Start Packing Earlier than You Think
Kids can make even the smallest task take twice as long. So instead of trying to rush and pack all their things at the last minute, save yourself the stress and plan to pack earlier than you think. If your child is young, packing boxes while they’re asleep will avoid them unpacking anything and slowing down your progress.
Avoid Packing Your Child’s Beloved Objects
Your home is likely going to become a tumbled mess while you pack up. The urge to pack up all your kid’s toys to get them out of the way may be strong, but hold off. Their comfort items are going to be important to them before, during, and especially after the move. Throwing them in a box might help your sanity now, but it could cause problems down the road when you don’t know where you packed their favorite teddy bear. Ask them what couple of items they’d like to keep close during the move and make sure those go in a tote bag that you can bring in the car.
Keep Things Organized
Okay, easier said than done. But this tip can make moving with kids a little more organized! Sometimes, you might be moving before house hunting, so you don’t know what the new house may look like or even how many rooms it may have. One safe way to label boxes no matter what your new place looks like is to color code with duct tape. Assign colors to people and categories of items. For example, your daughter can be green, your son can be blue, and your kitchen items can be yellow. All the boxes that contain your daughter’s items will be marked with a stripe of green duct tape. That way, you’ll know where to immediately put boxes in your new place for quick and easy unpacking.
Stick to Routines
In the chaos of moving, routines and schedules will help ground kids. The more predictability you can give, the more you cut down on their uncertainty and stress as well as help them adjust quicker. Also, don’t add more changes for them. This isn’t the time to transition your child from a crib to a toddler bed at the new home.
Keep a Positive Attitude
It’s hard to be positive during the entire moving process. But kids are going to take the same attitude to the relocation that you do. If you’re cheerful, upbeat, and excited, they’ll sing the same tune. This is especially important while you settle into your new home, as your kids might experience some anxiety.
We’re Here to Help You Move
Moving with kids is no easy feat. But All Secure Storage is here to help you out! We have storage units of different sizes so you can find the perfect size unit to safely store your items at any point during the moving process. And when you rent a unit, our moving trucks are also available for you to rent! We are the go-to storage provider for the Western Slopes. With convenient locations in Montrose, Fruita, and Grand Junction, we’ve got your storage needs covered.