Planning a move on your own can be difficult enough, but adding children to the mix can make a move a little more daunting, especially if you know they hate the idea of leaving their home, neighborhood, or school. However, there are some tips and tricks to help ease the transition for both you and your children.
- Break the news:
You’ll want to break the news to your kids gently and respectfully, especially if they are school-age and more likely to be affected by a big change like moving. Have a family meeting, encouraging them to freely express their feelings about the situation. Being hard-nosed about the decision to move will simply make your children more opposed to the idea. Having an open conversation makes them feel like they are more involved in the decision-making process. Let them know about the entire process, from needing to pack, unpack, and decorating the new home.
If you haven’t already decided on a new home, you may want to include them in the process of choosing your new home or allowing them to select their top picks from your own selection. Show them tons of images and bring them to see the homes if near enough to your current home. Involving your children in all these steps can help you avoid unnecessary tantrums.
- Sort through belongings:
It’s time to sort through your belongings and let go of anything you or your kids may not need going forward. Let your children know this is a great time to de-clutter, helping them sort through their own items along with allowing them to help go through the rest of the house. Bring up the possibility of selling any unneeded items and allowing them to keep the money. This can help incentivise a big household purge.
- Plan a garage sale:
A garage sale is a great way to earn some extra money while purging yourself of unnecessary clutter. See our blog here about how to organize your first yard sale if you haven’t set one up in the past. Allow your children to help with sorting, pricing, and tagging all your items.
- Visit the new home and plan room assignments:
If possible, take your family to see your new home. This will give your kids a better idea of how things will look once you’re finally moved in. Let them tour through the house and help with deciding where everything will be going. Give them a chance to choose which room they’d like if you’re able to do so. They can help with decorating and choosing new paint colors, giving them a new sense of ownership over their new space.
- Say farewell:
If your children have built a large community near your current home, you may want to throw a farewell party before moving to your new home. Giving your kids a chance to say goodbye to their friends and community will help give them some closure before moving to an entirely new home or neighborhood. Even if you are just moving down the block, a little gathering can help your children feel more able to close the last chapter of their lives in your old home.
We hope these tips will help ease the moving transition for yourself and your kids!