Tips For Moving When You Have Kids

It’s tricky to move without stress when you have little ones at home. It seems that your attention is always divided – making moving seem like an overwhelming task.

Here are a few tips to help you have a kid friendly move.

Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or let others help you if they offer. While sometimes you may want to do it all, there is no shame in letting friends or family come play with the kids so you can get a lot of packing and organizing accomplished.

Give Your Kids a Task

Let your kids have a box and encourage them to fill it up with their toys or books, let them write the names on each box. The kids will enjoy being part of the process and feel a sense of control and ownership in the process of moving that is upending their lives.

Prepare (Early) for Moving Day

On move day you may want to schedule a babysitter to help keep the kids busy and safe. Have fun activities and plenty of drinks and snacks available throughout the day for your little one.


It’s always important to communicate, and the process of moving is no exception. Make piles to donate and some to pack for the move, all clearly labeled on the front end so you or a family member doesn’t unintentionally purge meaningful items. You don’t want your keepsakes to end up at your local secondhand store listed for $2.

Make the Most of the Time While Your Kids are Asleep

If you attempt to pare down your kids’ toys while they are awake, you know what will happen they’ll get them all back out and start playing with them.  Avoid these scenarios and sort through the endless baby dolls and race cars when they are asleep. One you have a pile to donate or sell, remove it from the kid’s view – if they find their toys in a donation box, they will react poorly.

Don’t Underestimate the Energy it Takes to Move Moving can be a total emotional upheaval. Make sure to allow plenty of breaks and one on one time with your little ones throughout the process and save energy for some fun too!