If you have moved before, you probably realize what a big undertaking it can be. If you’re moving with kids, this is even truer. In addition to all of your personal possessions, you probably have all sorts of strollers, toys, and other kid-related stuff lying around. Do not despair though.
While making a move as a parent is a big challenge, I have outlined a number of tips below to help you navigate it smoothly.
Do Your Homework
Unlike many things in life, moving actually tends to get harder as you get older even though you might have more experience doing it. For starters, the longer you live, the more likely you are to accumulate lots and lots of stuff.
If you are planning to move to a new town or an area that you don’t know as well, you will want to make sure to do a fair amount of research.
Think about all of the things that you might value in a neighborhood. A nice downtown, a good commute, nice restaurants, and whatever else is important to you.
When moving with kids, you will also want to think about the things that are important for them. Good schools, public parks, other young families, and playgrounds all come to mind.
After you’ve done a bit of research online, spend some time in the neighborhood to see how it feels. You should also think about the places that you are likely to be going every day.
You might do a test run of your commute, and drive along the route that you plan to take when you drop off your kids at school for example. After all, moving is a lot of work. So, you want to make sure that you wind up living somewhere that is a good fit for your family.
Take Your Time Packing
You never realize just how many things you own until you have to pack them all up and move them. One of the most amazing things about packing is just when you think you’re 90% done, you realize there are all sorts of little things left to go that will take a TON of time to pack up.
As much as you might want to rush through the whole packing process, it really pays to take your time. Have a plan for which items will go into which rooms, and pack accordingly.
The last thing you want is for your toddler’s activity table to get packed in with your pots and pans. That sort of things makes unpacking a nightmare.
Taking your time also means being careful with fragile items. It’s not uncommon for a few things to break during a move. So, you will want to take extra care with anything that’s valuable or easily broken.
Hire Some Help
In your younger days, you may have been able to move all by yourself, or with the help of a couple of good friends. Back then, springing for pizza was just about all that was required to say thanks.
As you get older though, it becomes harder and harder to pull off a move with kids on your own. If you have teenagers, it might be doable. But, if you have young kids, it’s next to impossible. After all, it’s tough to keep your eye on them when you’re carrying boxes, furniture, and a million other things into a moving truck.
Now, help can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. On one end of the spectrum, you can hire a moving company to do the whole thing for you. Some will even handle the packing if you like. Then, they will load everything up into a truck, drive it to your new home, and unload and unpack it all as well.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a more affordable option, you can hire people to simply help you load things and unload them.
You might have your spouse take your kids somewhere else to play, while you stay behind and pitch in with the move itself. It’s a little more work of course but a lot easier than handling the whole thing yourself.
Try And Have Some Fun
Moving with kids has the potential to be really stressful and overwhelming. But, like a lot of things in life, your mindset will have a big impact on how the whole thing goes.
So, instead of viewing it as a major hassle that will make you miserable, look at it as a fun challenge. Then, celebrate small steps along the way.
You might go out to dinner to celebrate when you find a new home. Then, once all the packing is done, break out a batch of brownies so that everyone can take a breather and smile at what they’ve done.
Once the move itself is complete, a bottle of champagne might even be in order. Celebrating things like this adds a little spice to life, and might just make the whole experience a little better.