The Ultimate Guide to Moving with Kids

 

Moving with kids can be a big challenge. On the one hand, you need to focus on getting everything done for the move. Tackling a seemingly endless to-do list of things to organize and pack may seem overwhelming. However, at the same time, you need to think about your kids and their emotions as they work through the change.

To help you strike a balance between moving and parenting, read through this guide and note anything that’s important for your situation.

Prepare your kids in advance of your move

mom reading little girl a story about moving with kids on living room rug

A move can come with a lot of unknowns. What will moving day be like? How long will it take to travel to the new place? What will the new house, neighborhood, and school be like? What will your kids do for fun?

Your kids need time and clarity to process these questions and more. You can help them adjust to the change simply by providing as much information as possible. These details can help remove part of the fear and anxiety that comes from the unknown.

Think carefully about how you will tell your kids about the move. Make sure there’s plenty of time for open questions and honest conversations, both after you break the news and in the following weeks. Depending on whether or not you are moving with a baby and the age of your children, consider getting books from the library about moving with kids, or write a book together about the move. Include photos of your current home and life, as well as pictures of the place you’re heading.

These kinds of activities can help your kids feel less apprehensive because they help them to understand what’s happening.

Focus on the important things that will stay the same

family eating dinner letting the kids know important traditions won't change when they move

When you talk about the move, be sure to highlight the key parts of your kids’ life that won’t change. For example, you can mention that your child’s toys, furniture, and clothes will be coming along. You can even pack your kid’s favorite things in a special bag that stays accessible through the move. Then, you can always bring out these items as sources of comfort.

As much as possible, try to keep the same routines, too, especially if your children are young. Bedtime routines, family rituals, and daily/weekly habits can all bring reassurance during the instability of a move. For instance, if you normally go to the library or make a special breakfast once a week, try to maintain that habit through the move.

Keeping up important relationships can also make a big difference for your child. A move doesn’t have to mark the end of a close friendship, especially with resources like Skype, Facebook, email, and phone calls, as well as old-fashioned letters and packages. Support your child’s long-distance friendships; these connections are essential to your child’s emotional well-being as they navigate into a new social world.

Make the move as stress-free as possible for your children

When you’re moving by yourself, you can get frustrated and upset without affecting many people. However, when you’re moving with kids, your stress levels can impact their emotions and experience. The more stressed-out you are, the more they suffer.

For this reason, try to prioritize reducing your own stress during the move. For example, stay organized by following a checklist and color coding your boxes with duct tape. Then, when you start moving into your new home, you can rent a self storage unit to minimize clutter and chaos. This peace of mind isn’t just good for your own health; it also helps your child feel more at ease with the move.

Find ways to have fun when you’re moving with kids

little boy posing with homemade cardboard rocket made out of moving boxes

 

It’s hard to stay positive about a move if you’re always focused on the chores and hassles of moving. Instead, make the move into an adventure by including fun moments and activities in the day. For example, you can take an ice cream break while packing or visit fun places while traveling to your new home.

Think of ways your kids can have fun while you’re busy, too. Stock up on games, books, and toys, so they won’t get bored. One excellent new game or book can make the move into a good memory for your kid, rather than a nightmare.

Other ways to take time out and have some fun during a move, is to turn your moving boxes into toys, forts, and games.

Make new connections and friends

new friends sharing meal after moving with kids

One of the hardest parts of moving is finding where you belong in your new community. You can help your kids with this challenge by getting to know your neighbors and finding activities your kids could get involved in. For example, you can check out local clubs, sports teams, and kid-centered events at the library. Support your child’s involvement, and let them try out a range of activities. It may take a while before they find something that clicks.

However, be aware that your children may need time to adjust before diving into a new social life. Although your kids may adapt quickly, it’s not unusual for children to feel out of place for several months.

Likewise, expect some regression as your kids acclimatize to their new environment, especially younger children. A move can cause a child to sleep worse, eat less, and backslide on potty training. Remember that these setbacks are temporary.

With your support and understanding, things will eventually get back to normal again. Moving with kids can be difficult, but in the end, your children will adapt to the change and flourish once again.

 

 

 

 

Moving Tips to Reduce Pet Stress

 

Looking for ways to reduce pet stress during your next move? It turns out humans aren’t the only animals to thrive on healthy routines. Fido and Fifi do too.

Anyone who has moved knows that it requires planning, preparation, and a tremendous amount of hard work. Moreover, it disrupts our familiar daily routines, which is precisely what behavioral health scientists believe creates stress in both humans and pets in the first place.
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Tips for Moving with a Newborn Baby

 

There is no denying, moving is stressful. When children are involved, multiply that stress exponentially, and if you are moving with children and pets, then organizing will become your best friend.

But what about moving with a newborn baby? The majority of the pregnancy advice you get will probably be to move before the baby arrives. However, here at Metro Self Storage, we understand that life happens.

Moving with a newborn baby is possible. Whether you are actively looking for a new home to buy or decided to move out of your rental because of a leaky roof. Especially, if you can plan ahead and extend the time it takes to unpack everything in your new home.

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Most Popular Moving Services

Let’s face it: We all know that moving is hard work. While hiring a full-service moving company will alleviate much of the stress associated with a relocation, it can quickly become cost prohibitive. On the flipside, orchestrating a DIY move can take more time and resources than busy families and professionals have to spare. The solution? Choosing to hire out the most popular moving services gives you a combination of a less stressful and more economical experience.

Before you spend your hard-earned cash on additional services to help out during your next move, here are some helpful tips on where to spend your money to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Before You Get an Estimate

Whether you are hiring a local or international moving company, expect to be charged by the hour. Regina Leeds, author of Rightsize … Right Now!: The 8-Week Plan to Organize, Declutter, and Make Any Move Stress-Free is a professional organizer who suggests to lighten your load before you get moving estimates. 

A representative from the moving company will come into your home and do a rough inventory of your items, which will determine time, materials, and the size of the moving truck. Downsizing your possessions before you move will save you money by reducing how long it will take for your movers to get the job done.

Leeds recommends you start by comparing the floor plan of your current home with the floor plan of your new home. For example, if you are losing closet space you’ll know to focus on downsizing your wardrobe and other miscellaneous items that you keep in your closets.

If you are dramatically downsizing, holding a garage sale is an easy way to pick up some extra cash and what you don’t sell can be donated for a tax break.

Full-Service Packing, Moving, & Unpacking

Think of this as the Cadillac of popular moving services. After you have sold your home or given your 30-day notice, the Herculean task-list ahead of you can seem daunting, especially if you work full time and are juggling multiple responsibilities between family and your job.

Professional moving companies offer certified and bonded movers who are specifically trained to pack and load a broad range of household items. These services include blanket and shrink wrapping furnishings, packing boxes, and disassembling things like beds and then reassembling them at your new home.

Pay Movers to Pack Fragile, Hard-to-Move Items

Most everyone has fragile items, whether oversized vases, ceramic planters, artwork, or heirloom China these items can easily get broken during a move. Frequently these breakable belongings are expensive, have great sentimental value, or both and the last thing anyone wants is to see fragile items damaged or even destroyed during a move.

Fragile items such as dishes, glassware, pottery, and ceramics need additional protection and to be carefully wrapped and densely packing into heavy corrugated dish packs. Hiring professionals to do this type of packing can save you a significant amount of time.

Additionally, they bring all of the specialty packing supplies (dish packs, specialty boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, and foam padding) necessary  to pack fragile items correctly. This type of partial pack option is an excellent choice if you want to economize and are willing to do some of the work on your own.

Purchasing Insurance for Personal Items

Movers are required by law to give details of their protection plans. The minimum assessment for coverage is usually a small percentage of the original price estimated for your move. Be aware that it often doesn’t come close to covering the full value of your stuff should damage or loss occur. 

As a result, call your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and ask about purchasing a rider, an additional policy to give you the extra protection you need at a lower cost.

Specialty Moving Services

According to Home Data, approximately 40 million people move every year. The busiest moving season is May through August when children are out of school making it easier for families who are relocating. Whether you are moving across town or the country, if you own one or more high-end specialty items such as a show car, family heirloom, piano, or pool table, you will want to pay for specialty movers to handle your items properly and with care. Here are some examples of specialty moving services:

    • Auto Transport
    • Piano Movers
    • Art Moving
    • Grandfather Clock and Antique Movers
    • Pool Table Movers

 

If you have one the items on this list that you don’t plan to sell before you move, finding a company who offers specialty moving services in your area, or nationally, is important. For example, most local companies are not prepared to move pool tables. Like many oversized high-dollar items, several variables come into play to move them without causing damage.

Keep in mind, moving an entire household of goods is expensive. According to Worldwide ERC, an association that tracks relocation expenses, the average professional move costs a whopping $12,230. Whether you move once a year or once a decade, it never gets any easier. If you can afford it, outsourcing some of the tasks ahead is well worth avoiding some of the most stressful aspects of moving.

Moving During Winter + Printable Safety Checklist

Google moving during winter, and it’s no surprise that Chicago, famous for its frosty winters and icy winds, pops up on the first page. Here at Metro Self Storage, we know a thing or two about winter moving.

Our first storage facility opened its doors in Chicago more than forty years ago. We’ve lived through, and sometimes even loved, every winter since, which probably qualifies us as experts on moving during winter more than just about anyone else. We’ve created a helpful checklist for you to download and print at the end of this blog.

If you are moving this winter season, don’t stress.  Remember to take time out of planning your winter move to enjoy friends, family and festive activities. After all, you’ll want to celebrate all of your hard work.

Plan ahead for your winter move

The key to planning any successful move is preparation. However, not being prepared for a winter relocation could be disastrous. Moving in the Midwest during winter is going to be a very different experience than say, someone who is moving on the West Coast. The goal is to get you and your belongings, as well as any pets or family members who are traveling with you, to your new home safely and without too much discomfort.

Avoid accidents when moving furniture and boxes

During the winter it can be dangerous to load your boxes and furniture into a truck rental, especially when the sidewalks are covered in snow and ice. If you can afford it, hire a professional relocation company. Shop around because winter is the slowest time of year for moving companies. Having someone else do the heavy lifting and loading will be a much safer solution.

There are fewer daylight hours during winter

In Chicago, there are 15 hours of daylight during the height of summer. In the dead of winter, the amount of daylight diminishes to only 9 hours of sunlight. While there might be enough daylight to complete a local move, keep in mind that a long-distance move may be impossible to complete in one day during the winter months.

Travel conditions are more treacherous

If you live in an area that experiences snow and ice storms like Chicago, coordinating a moving truck on move out day can be tricky. Winter storms not only cause dangerous driving conditions, but they can also cause delays and complications with rental leases or real estate contracts if your move gets postponed.

If you are planning a DIY winter move, Penske offers some helpful winter driving tips that include tuning into your local radio station for the weather forecast and packing extra gloves and ice scrapers so you can see out of your windshields.

Anyone in the relocation, apartment, or real estate business will be the first to tell you all the great reasons why moving during winter is a good idea. Why? Because it is the slowest time of year for moving companies, apartment leases, and home purchases. As a result, there are good deals to be found when moving during winter months.

Thankfully, you can rent a storage unit at Metro Self Storage at a great value any time of year. As always, drive safely and be prepared for your winter move by downloading your free Moving During Winter Emergency Checklist.

Moving Checklist to Organize Your Move

One way to make moving less daunting is to put everything you need to do on a checklist. Then, instead of stressing about forgetting something, you can simply look at the checklist to remember what to do next.

For most situations, you should begin working through your checklist about two months before moving. However, if you’re moving internationally, you’ll probably need to plan more details in advance, especially if you need a visa. Depending on which country you’re moving to, the visa process could take anywhere from a couple weeks to longer than a year. Take this extra time into account as you put together your checklist and plan your move.

Below is a list of points you should consider putting on your moving checklist. You might not need to include everything, but it’s better to prepare too much than too little for a move.

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5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat

Cats generally don’t like change. They’re sensitive animals, so a major life event like moving can come as a shock. That’s why moving with a cat requires special care and thoughtfulness. If you approach the move like any other normal event, you could end up with an overly anxious cat and a particularly stressful move.

Preparing for and adapting to your cat’s anxiety during a move can prevent a lot of difficulty. Easing your cat into the move takes more effort and planning, but in the end, you’ll have a happier and more well-adjusted cat. Here are 5 tips to make your next move go as smoothly as possible for you and your cat. Continue reading “5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat”

How to Make Moving Easier with Self-Storage

Moving is usually a stressful event. Even if you’re moving someplace fun like Minneapolis or Corpus Christi, the difficult process of packing, unpacking, and changing homes inevitably causes some stress. That stress doesn’t have to overwhelm you, though, especially if you use self-storage. Besides providing you with moving supplies like boxes, a self-storage facility can help ease the difficulties and complications of moving. Here are four ways self-storage can make your next move much easier. Continue reading “How to Make Moving Easier with Self-Storage”

Moving into Your Dorm Room: What to Expect & How to Prepare

It may seem like only last week that you were on pins and needles waiting for college admissions letters to arrive. Today, you are closer than ever to realizing your college dreams as universities around the country are preparing for freshmen orientation week.

Moving into your dorm room can either be a dream come true or a stress fest. From what to expect and how to prepare, this month we help you figure out how to plan for the next big step of your college experience. Continue reading “Moving into Your Dorm Room: What to Expect & How to Prepare”

Why Moving from an Apartment into a House Is Awesome (and Horrible)

If you’re an urbanite, you’re probably used to living in apartments. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of one day moving into a house to escape all the downsides of apartment life.

So, let’s say you’ve found the perfect house and are planning to make that move now. To ensure a smooth transition, it’s important to consider both the negatives and positives of living in a house. Then, you’ll be prepared for any hassles that come up.

Here are 3 major changes to expect as you move from an apartment into a house. These changes can be horrible or awesome, depending on your perspective. Continue reading “Why Moving from an Apartment into a House Is Awesome (and Horrible)”

Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business

To celebrate National Moving Month, we questioned storage managers from 10 Metro Self Storage locations to bring you the top 10 tips from over 40 years in the storage business.

Founded in 1973 by Karl F. Nagel, Metro Self Storage has grown to over 100 storage facilities in 11 states and continues to help people just like you find the perfect storage solution when moving or experiencing another type of life transition. Continue reading “Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business”

3 Reasons Why People Love Moving to Corpus Christi, TX

Moving away can be sad and stressful. When you move somewhere awesome, though, the change is much easier. Instead of being a source of anxiety, a move can be the most exciting event of the year.
Corpus Christi is a place you can be excited to move to. It combines Texan charm with a beautiful coastline, offering plenty of things to do and see. Here are three reasons why moving to Corpus Christi would be a great place to go.
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Why People Love Moving to El Paso, Texas

Are you thinking about moving to El Paso, Texas? The sixth-largest city in Texas and locally known as “Sun City” due to 297 days of sunshine, El Paso has a lot to offer current and new residents alike. From leading universities and the world’s largest military base to a thriving economy and restaurants dishing up delicious Texas barbecue and Mexican food, who wouldn’t love moving to El Paso?
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8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland, Texas

Midland is located in the western southern plains of Texas, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s just another city in the middle of nowhere. On the contrary, Midland is known for its small-city charm and big-city choices. It offers a diverse mix of entertainment, employment, and lifestyle opportunities, and it seems that everyone, from young professionals and growing families, to aging Baby Boomers and retirees, is migrating to Midland. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland, Texas”

How Sheepshead Bay Self Storage Makes Living in Brooklyn, NY Easy

Big city apartments are usually high on costs and short on space, especially in terms of storage space such as closets and cabinets. The trend towards smaller apartments in New York is growing so rapidly that modular micro-apartments ranging anywhere from 260 to 360 square feet are now being prefabricated in Brooklyn, NY. A 45-minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan, Sheepshead Bay is experiencing a mini-housing boom. Nearby, is Brighton Beach, which is home to colonies of tiny Brooklyn Bungalows.

While the idea of living in a minute amount of space may come as a shock to most, for many New Yorkers, a self storage unit often serves as a second home.

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Why Retirees are Moving to Sarasota, Florida

What do the beach, ballet, and baseball all have in common? We’ll give you a hint … with sunsets that last forever and sugar sand beaches this Garden State city is a popular destination for tourists and retirees alike. Are thinking about moving to Sarasota, Florida? We thought so. Whether you are a snowbird researching the best places to retire or want to relocate your family to an excellent school district on the west coast of Florida, the vibrant town of Sarasota has something for everyone.

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8 Unusual Things to do with Cardboard Moving Boxes

There are more than 101 things to do with cardboard boxes, and besides building an actual skyscraper or luxury ocean liner, almost anything can be made out of a moving box. From napkin rings and picture frames to castles, airplanes, and rocket ships, it would appear that when it comes to cardboard, inventions range from the sublimely simple to museum-worthy art pieces.

The Imagination Foundation’s Cardboard Challenge invites the world to play with cardboard and build anything they can dream up. With 46 participating countries and almost 500 events in the United States alone, thousands of children around the world have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life with their cardboard creations. Here are a few humble ideas for a day of play with your moving boxes that will offer a welcome respite from the stress of moving. Continue reading “8 Unusual Things to do with Cardboard Moving Boxes”

Moving to Philadelphia Suburbs & Delaware Valley

10 Fun Facts You Should Know

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in Philadelphia, there is no shortage of options. Take the stress out of your move to the Philadelphia Suburbs and have fun in Delaware Valley. It’s the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. With a rich heritage and culture, great entertainment, and a thriving population it’s no wonder people love to move here.

 

There are wonderful communities to live and raise a family, excellent schools, and a variety of employment opportunities. Once you’re moved in and unpacked, be sure to check out all the places to see and incredible Philly foods.
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How to Pack a Moving Truck: Use Your Head, Save Your Back

Moving day is not only stressful, but it’s also downright physically demanding. Especially if you’ve signed up for a DIY move that requires you do all the heavy lifting. Bending over to pick up and lift moving boxes for hours at a time is not your back’s idea of a good time (and probably not yours either).

But alas, moving day is all about picking up moving boxes, furniture, and other household items and loading them onto the moving truck. Then of course unloading everything once you arrive at your new home.
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