6 Simple Ways to Involve Your Children in the Moving Process

by Dusty Rhodes on Feb 26, 2018  in 
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The thought of moving is stressful enough, but add kids to the mix and it might just feel downright overwhelming.  The good news is that there are tons of great ways to get your kids involved and excited about the move.  With these fun ideas you might just find that moving with kids can be a fun and enjoyable time.  Here are a few simple ways to get your kids involved in the moving process.

Let the Kids Help Decide What to Keep and Donate

You might be surprised at how well the kids can help you declutter as you prepare for your move.  Allow your kids to sort through their own belongings deciding what to keep and what to donate.  Not only is this a great way to get rid of those unwanted clothes and toys, but it’s a great opportunity to teach your kids about sharing with others.  As for other items in the house, allow the kids to help your sort your belongings into a “keep” and a “donate” pile.  While you will ultimately have the say in which items go where, the kids will love helping you sort. 

Decorate Your Moving Boxes

Need something to keep the kids busy while you pack?  Put out stickers, markers, and decorative tape and let your kids go to town on the boxes.  Your kids will LOVE decorating the boxes and you will certainly have the fanciest moving boxes around! (Note: This is also a great activity for kids are sad about packing up their things.)

Let Them Help Clean

Once the house is packed you will need to spend some time cleaning before turning it over to the new owners.  This can be a job for the whole family.  Even your little toddlers can wipe down lower cabinets and baseboards.  Kids love having their own rag and spray bottle.  You will be surprised at how eager they are to help you clean!

Have a Camp-Out

On one of your last nights in the house, pitch a tent inside and have a camp out.  Order some take-out, read books, and snuggle up to watch a movie.   All of your belongings will be packed up anyway and this is such an awesome family memory!

Make Unpacking a Game

Even your youngest children will be eager to unpack when it’s a game.  Hide small little trinkets in each of your child’s boxes and let them discover each fun item as they unpack.  They will be so excited about these fun little discoveries that they will have their boxes unpacked in no time!

Go on an Adventure Walk

Kids will love discovering their new neighborhood and what better way to explore than going on a family adventure walk!  Stroll through the neighborhood, stop by any parks, and meet new neighbors along the way.  You can even have your children make cards to deliver to their new neighbors.  This is a great way to introduce yourselves and help the kids get acclimated to their new home.


Dusty Rhodes