For those who move with children, the recommended advice is to have your children go somewhere during the packing and moving process. While this is ideal, this is not always an option for some parents. So, what can these parents do? A great idea is to involve your kids in some way in the moving process. While this will greatly depend upon their age, there are several things that they can help to do. Not only is going to help you, but it makes them feel as though they are contributing. It can also help kids to feel as though this move may not be such a bad thing!
Encourage Kids to Pack Their Own Room
For those kids who are older, encouraging them to pack their own room is going to take a load of stress off you. However, remember that if they are younger, this could potentially turn into a nightmare. Be sure to outline a few rules such as keeping certain items together and not making the boxes too heavy for the kids. This way, they are being productive and helpful throughout the moving process!
Let Kids Help with Labeling Boxes
While younger kids may not be able to write on boxes, you can rest assure that they can stick color coded stickers to boxes that you may need. In fact, you may find that if your child sticks these boxes with color coded labels, there will be no mistaking what room that box belongs to. Let them put a color sticker on each side of the box if they want, it will simply make it easier when unpacking!
Let Kids Help with Final Clean Up
In most cases, when moving out of a home, you are going to do a final clean up, this is especially true with rental homes. Let your kids help with this. For example, most younger kids can run a vacuum with ease. Older kids can help with the more dangerous chores such as cleaning bathrooms or helping to mop floors.
The Final Walk Through
The final walk through once your boxes have been loaded onto the trucks is a great time for kids to help. For younger kids, tell them you are looking for some hidden treasures, and they need to make sure there is nothing left behind. Older kids, can simply be an extra pair of eyes looking for items that you may have forgotten to pack.
Remember, for a smooth move, whether you have kids or not, Excel Moving is here to help you!