If getting ready to move wasn't hard enough as it is, know that it only gets harder with kids. Not only is moving a lot of work that needs to be done in a short period of time, but it can be an emotional experience as well. You'll most likely be moving them from the home they have known as their own throughout their entire life, and packing things up to go to a new home will feel weird to them. Here are a few things you can do to get your kids more involved with your move, making it a bit easier for them.
Decorate Their Boxes
One thing you'll want to do is keep your kids busy, especially when they are younger. That's why it is a good idea to get out the crayons and markers and let them decorate the moving boxes used for their room. Pack their room up first, and then let them go wild with coloring their boxes.
Coloring the boxes for your kid's room actually does more than keep them busy, since it makes it clear which box is theirs. It will ensure that their colorful boxes make it to their bedroom, and there will be a smaller chance of the boxes being misplaced because of it,
Pack A Moving Day Backpack
It's possible that moving day will be an all-day event, so it won't be a wise move to pack everything up that your kids have. It may not get unpacked in your new home until much later in the day. You should have your child pack a backpack with all the things they want to have with them during the move so that they can keep busy. Coloring books, video games, toys, or anything else that can fit within the backpack can go.
Document The Day
A fun idea to get your kid involved and out of the way is to document the day with a smartphone. Tell them they can use the camera app to take pictures and video to document everything that is happening on moving day. This task will keep your kids busy and out of the way to get that wide shot of the action, and won't want to help out by moving boxes that are clearly too heavy for them.
With these tips in mind, you'll be ready for when your local movers arrive and start doing all of the heavy lifting.