When it comes to packing for a move, often parents feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Parents often want to involve the children in packing activities, but navigating the process can be difficult. This blog post will discuss how to get the children involved in moving and packing while also creating a fun and relaxing environment for the family.
Ways to Involve Kids When Organizing and Packing for a Move
1. Make it a Family Activity
Rather than having the kids help with packing, have them help to organize the boxes and label them. Let the kids put their clothes in boxes. Clothes are a great thing to let them pack because they are least likely to be damaged if packed inefficiently. It can be a great way to get the whole family involved.
2. Introduce the Concept of ‘Moving’ to Them
Explain to the children that this is a time where they can start fresh and have fun and make new memories with their new friends and family. Ask the children questions about their old homes and what the move will be like for them. It’s a great way to make the process fun for everyone.
3. Allow them to Choose the Items they Want in Their Room
Let the children select a few items that they would like in their room at the next home, or let them bring a few of their favorite toys along with them. It is another way to make the move fun and exciting while still getting some packing done.
Let the children help to unpack their items and place them in their rooms. Let them choose which items they want to keep to have a nice sorting process at the end. It is a good time for you to discuss with the children what it means to ‘pack for a move,’ including how to pack properly and how letting go of things they don’t use anymore may be a good idea, especially if it means donating them to kids that are less fortunate than them.
Similarly, let the kids help with cleaning their rooms. It is a great way to stay within the scope of the activity and make it fun for everyone. They will be happy that they helped out. Throwing out old toys and cleaning up their rooms is a great way to begin a new stage in their life.
6. The Final Touch
Let the kids help you to create a memory box. Explain that sometime in the future, it will be nice to have something that reminds them of the move and their old home. Find an old suitcase or box, and start to collect items from their room or the house. Please make sure the kids are involved with choosing what should be included in their memory box. It’s a great way to get them in on the activity and feel like they are impacting the family as well.
These are just a few ways to include your children in the moving process. Moving is a big part of life, and including your kids in the move can help them adjust and acclimate to the idea of being in a new place. Therefore, they will gain a sense of ownership of their new home and compile great memories with their family along the way.