Moving is stressful for the entire family, including your children. One of the best ways to help your children cope with a major life change (especially if it's their first) is by allowing them to be involved in the moving process. Instead of having them watch TV or keeping them distracted, get them involved. Involvement actually helps people of all ages feel control and ownership over major changes, and that can help make everyone feel less stressed.
The team at Affordable Quality Moving & Storage has put together five easy things your children can do to get involved during a move.
- They Can Declutter!
Moving is the perfect opportunity to declutter and get rid of items your kids don't want or need. This is a great activity to get your kids involved. They can go through their items and sort out two piles—one pile for things they like and want to take with them, and another pile for clothes that don’t fit anymore or toys they don’t use. If your children have a hard time letting go of their belongings, you can explain to them the idea of donating items to kids who can use them more.
Bonus: this teaches them good habits about letting go of things that aren't useful or wanted anymore.
- They Can Pack Their Own Things!
It’s a great idea to have your kids pack their own things after they have sorted them out. Since packing will be the most time consuming job, it is a great project for them to be involved. You can pack a few boxes together to show them how it’s done. After you’ve demonstrated to your kids how to pack their belongings, you can let them finish the job. Just make sure they don't pack any boxes too heavy for them to carry!
- They Can Clean & Organize with You!
Another project they can be involved in is cleaning their room or doing small cleaning chores around the house. They can do basic tasks like dusting, vacuuming, or mopping the floor. You can do the cleaning together and make it a great bonding time!
- They Can Put Together Their Own "Essentials" Box
Everyone should prepare an essentials box before moving into your new home. An essentials box is useful because it saves you from having to go through 100 boxes to find a clean pair of PJs or a toothbrush. Your children can fill their essentials box with their toothbrush, a set of extra clothes, pajamas, games, and other items they will want to have with them on moving day.
- They Can Label & Decorate Cardboard Boxes!
Your kids can have fun labeling and decorating moving boxes while you pack. Encourage them to use their imagination and decorate moving boxes with markers, stickers, and decorative tape, as long as the contents and destination room remains visible. This is a great way for your kids to have fun and keep busy while you pack challenging rooms like the kitchen or the living room.
We know moving is a challenging change for every child. Spend time with your kids and help them get used to the change while our Los Angeles movers handle the rest. We offer a wide variety of services including packing, loading, and international transportation. We have the tools and experience needed to have your items arrive safely to your new home. Contact us today for a free consultation at (818) 960-1988!