This is a guest post from Alex at The Berger Bungalow. With the current state of the market, it seemed like the perfect time to share about moving companies in Rhode Island.
Mamas – I know a lot of you are moving right now. The housing market is booming, everyone is upgrading or downsizing, and if you have kids, it can be a scarier and potentially stressful process, if you are not sure what to expect. Preparing ahead of time (both yourself and the kids) and giving them opportunities to help make decisions are two great ways to tackle your move, without the added stress and anxiety. Here are a few additional tips to help you stay stress-free during this process:
Help them focus on the positive
It’s easy to look at all the aspects of life that moving takes away. Kids will miss their neighborhood friends, extended family members, and school. These are all familiar to them, and the unknown is frightening. However, you can make moving with children a beneficial growing experience when you focus on the positives. Instead of dwelling on what they’ll miss out on, tell them about all the good that will come from it! For example, tell them if their new house will be bigger, they get their own bedroom, or they’ll be closer to other family members. It may also help to find books about moving for kids and tell them your own experiences. It’ll make the process clearer and less foreign to them, which means they likely won’t be as scared.
Don’t pack up all their cherished items
Packing for a move is a long process, and the house is going to look messy and disorganized. It’s easiest to pack up one room at a time, but it isn’t that easy when you’re moving with children. The little ones will have their favorite toys, blankets, clothes, and much more that they feel they can’t live without. Instead of fighting with them on it, let them choose which items to pack and which ones to leave out. Kids need familiarity, and those few items will make it seem less like their world is falling apart.
Pack an “essentials” bag
Moving day is always full of last-minute packing, so make sure you have a separate bag of the essentials for you and the kids. This includes clothing, medications, toiletries, diapers and wipes, blankets, food, and other items you’re sure you’ll need through the first night. Doing this will make it so you don’t have to dig through boxes as soon as you arrive to find everything you need. You’ll be able to care for yours and the kids’ needs without feeling scrambled and stressed. And the kids will appreciate your calmness!
One tip that I recommend for everyone – with or without kids – is to hire movers. Honestly, if you really want a stress-free move, this is the way to go. Without movers, you will have to spend so much more time, effort, and energy on moving. It is a really physical process and when you have kids on your hip, it can be really challenging to get it done in a timely manner (meaning you will either spend more money on a longer rental truck, or you won’t move out in time…which is not good!). Rushing the process is not great either, because you risk breaking furniture or yourself (yikes!). Instead of worrying about this, leave the moving to the processionals, such as Fresh Start – The Moving Crew – Warwick. They are Warwick RI commercial movers and residential movers with labor-only options, packaging services, and more. They service the entire New England area and have company branches in Warwick, Springfield, & Worcester. Fresh Start – The Moving Crew has nearly a decade of experience with moving and they provide clean trucks with proper equipment so that they can better transport your belongings. They say, “Our team of professional uniformed workers vows to be respectful of your property and possessions, handling them with the utmost care. No matter how far you may be going, we can help. We’ll be there every step of the way, from initial consultation to the final invoice. Our team is happy to work with you to develop an efficient relocation plan that fits your needs. We will answer any questions you may have about the process.” With a team such as Fresh Start – The Moving Crew helping you along the way, it will definitely help ease the pains of moving significantly, especially if you have children.
You may have anxiety about moving with children because you aren’t sure how they’ll respond. However, it doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience. If you prepare the kids ahead of time and give them opportunities to make decisions, you’ll find that they take it much better than anticipated! Then, you can get busy having fun, learning about the community, and making new friends!