It is no secret that moving to a new home can be a very stressful period for the whole family, especially for children who are old enough to sense that a significant change is about to happen.
One of the best ways that you can make the upcoming relocation easier and less stressful for your kids is to get them to help with the relocation process. This way, they will feel like they are part of the team and will not feel neglected, helpless or even scared of the situation.
Besides, with so many things to do when getting ready to relocate, any pairs of helping hands are going to be more than welcome. So, instead of having your children in another room and out of the way, get them to do something useful in order to keep them busy and out of harm’s way. These are the 5 tasks your kids can help with when moving that we have drawn up to help you.
Sort out their belongings
Every move is an excellent opportunity to declutter your home of unnecessary stuff. One of the main rules when moving is to transport only the possessions you absolutely love and will use in the future to your new home. That will save you time and a lot of money
So, involve your kids in the relocation process by asking them to go through their things and sort them out into two piles, the first should contain the things they like and want to take with them and the second should contain things they do not like or use them anymore
Your children will most likely need your help when determining what to keep and what not to keep, so make sure that you are there when the final decisions are made.
Explain to your family the idea of donation, donating things to others who are not as fortunate as they are. Set aside some boxes with things that other children will enjoy more, and then drop them off at a donation site.
Pack their things
If your children are old enough, it is a good idea to have them pack their own belongings after they have sorted them out thoroughly. Packing will be the most tedious task on the moving checklist, so you should not turn down any help that comes your way.
Help your kids pack a few boxes together to show them how it is done. Fill up one box with books, then pack another box with toys. Finally, do one final box with large toys such as lego sets, board games, etc.
And then, after you have demonstrated how to wrap their fragile items in packing paper, how to arrange them in the boxes and label the moving boxes to your kids, you can let them finish up the rest by themselves. As a bonus, this will teach them to take care of their own belongings.
Clean their rooms
One thing is clear, cleaning up the whole house before moving out is one task that no one will be thrilled about completing. However, it is something that has to be finished, either for getting back that security deposit from the landlord or for making your home presentable for the upcoming sale.
After they have already sorted, grouped together and packed up their things, another way that your children can help is to clean their rooms. Make sure that you assign them cleaning tasks that are appropriate for their age, and the older your kids are, the more complex tasks they can do.
Ask your kids to do basic cleaning chores such as dusting, wiping furniture, vacuuming or mopping the floor. Do not give them any cleaning tasks that involve the use of chemicals, take care of those yourself to avoid any unnecessary risks.
Prepare the essentials boxes
As the day of the relocation draws nearer, remember that each family member should prepare an essentials box or essentials bag that will be full of essential items that he or she will need during the period right before and right after the relocation, the period when the rest of the household items will be unavailable.
Naturally, your kids will also need to have their own essentials boxes packed and ready to be used during the move. So, ask your kids to pack their toothbrush and toothpaste, a set of extra clothes and pajamas, and some of their favorite toys, games, books, etc.
It is important to note that the nature of these must-have items will depend primarily on the age of your children. Make sure that you supervise the sorting process so that they do not fail to include anything that they will need. Also, when they are done packing their essentials, remind them that they are now in charge of their essentials bag and should keep it with them all the time.
Label and decorate the moving boxes
The first four tasks that you assign to your children to help you during the relocation process will keep them busy but will not keep them entertained. After all, where is the fun in sorting out all the things in a room, then packing those same things and preparing an essentials box at the same time? Above all, where is the fun in cleaning a whole room?
However, this time your children might actually get excited by the idea of helping you label all the boxes that you have packed. And not only label, but also decorate those moving boxes with markers, stickers, and decorative tape. Urge them to use their imagination. As long as the contents and destination of the box remain visible, your children should feel free to decorate your packing boxes in any way that they want.
Another good idea is to invite your kids to draw some of the items packed inside the box, write down coded messages for the movers, or just doodle whatever they want. Ultimately, the more fun labeling becomes for your kids, the more work you will be able to complete simply because they will be busy and will allow you to work without too many distractions.
Now that you have read these 5 tasks your kids can help with when moving, we hope that you and your kids have a great time packing for the move. If you are looking for a dependable moving company to help you move to your new home, then look no further than Cross Country Movers Group, who is one of the best moving companies in the country.
We can help you to move to and from anywhere in the nation. To get a free moving quote visit our website or call one of our representatives who will also help you schedule your move and tell you all about our moving services.