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Moving Mayhem: How to Make Relocating with Children as Seamless as Possible

Moving is a stressful time for everyone, but it is especially daunting for children who may not fully understand what is happening. Easing the transition for young children makes moving a smoother and happier process for all involved. Here are some tips for helping your kids adjust to the moving process.

Pack Smart

Wait as long as you can to pack up your children’s favorite toys since they will need something to play with throughout the move. When you do start packing toys, do so when your children are sleeping or away from home. If you don’t, you may find toys coming back out of the box faster than you can put them in. Tell your children you will be packing them, though, so it’s not an unpleasant surprise.

Give Them Control

Everyone likes to feel they have a measure of control over their life, including children. Ease the stress of your move by giving your child the opportunity to have some say in the process. Let them pick out a rug, bedding or paint color for their new room. Doing so will give them some investment and power.

Toys and Treasures

While moving is a great time to clean house and get rid of clutter, think twice before donating unused toys. Instead, pack them up and place them in storage at places like Cheapest Storage Sydney or a provider near you. This way you’ll have them after your move and can reintroduce them to your children in the new home. Finding old treasures in the new home lends comfort to children.

Keep the Old

If you’re planning on getting your youngster new bedroom furniture during the move, wait until you are settled in to do so. While there is nothing wrong with adding some new decor, it is comforting for children to have their familiar bed and bedroom furniture in the new home. If possible, try to arrange your child’s bedroom furniture the same way in the new home as it was in the old one.

Unpack with Purpose

Focus on unpacking and organizing your kid’s bedrooms first. This allows them to have a homey, comfortable space immediately in the new home. When you begin unpacking the rest of the house, do so methodically. Only unpack what you can put away immediately. Unpacking too soon is chaotic and results in stressful clutter. Find a home for everything you unpack as soon as you take it out of the box.

Perhaps the most crucial trick for moving with children is to stay as calm and upbeat as possible. Your children take their cues from you, so project a confident and happy demeanor about your move. Soon you will all be comfortably settled into your new home and resuming your old routines.

Tim Esterdahl

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