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Moving the family to a new home can be difficult. There is so much adjusting to be done that it can seem a daunting task to make your kids feel comfortable having to start all over. As scary as it will be for them, there are ways that you can soften the blow and the stress of a move for your family and for yourself. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare yourself and your family to move.
Talk and Communicate
A lot of feelings and emotions may be going through your child’s mind about a move. Starting a new school can be scary and making new friends can be hard especially if you are moving to a small town where all the kids will already know each other. It’s hard to open up when you are at a certain young age and your child may simply want someone to talk to. In the hustle of the move, you may make your child feel neglected. Check-in with your child about their emotions. A quick conversation may be all your child needs to feel safe and feel loved as they begin a scary new journey.
Hire Great Movers
In order to reduce your own stress, hire movers you can trust. Researching movers will bring you to a lot of ads to visit this website and that website, and it can all become very overwhelming. Ask friends and family what movers they may have used and then research the company to make it easier. Finding the right movers takes some time, and the more time you give yourself will make your move less stressful, which means that you can be there for your family and make sure they are doing okay with everything that is going on. The more the movers can do means the more you can supervise and stay on track.
Make Packing Fun
Packing can be time-consuming and tedious, but if you can make it fun for the whole family then you may inspire some excitement in the family about the move. Everyone can pitch in and help each other out and help each other throw things away and be organized. Put on some music, order some takeout, and make it a fun party for everyone. This is also a great way to go through all of your things and you can share the story behind all of your items, which will strengthen the family bond and make everyone feel like the move is solid.
To make the process easier, you can create an inventory of items you have so that you don’t forget anything. You’ll also find it less tedious to pack similar items together based on their function or room. Also, using a color system when packing can make organization easier, so keep this in mind. For example, you can use your elderly parent’s favorite color to mark the boxes containing their personal alarms and other belongings.
Ditch the Supplies
In order to prevent yourself from running out of supplies like bubble wrap, tape, markers, and boxes, use plastic containers for your move. Plastic containers are usually offered by companies that will supply you with the boxes and all you have to do is return them after you’re settled. These same companies also offer storage if you need it. This is best for the environment and keeps everything super organized for your entire move.
Carla is the founder of MyBump2Baby. Carla has a huge passion for linking together small businesses and growing families. Carla’s humorous, non-filtered honesty has won the hearts of thousands of parents throughout the UK.
She has previously written for the Metro and made appearances on BBC News, BBC 5 live, LBC etc. Carla is a finalist for Blogger of the Year award with Simply Ladies inc. Carla is also the host of the popular Fifty Shades of Motherhood podcast and The MyBump2Baby Expert podcast.