Create a positive moving experience and lift your mini-movers’ spirits

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-Written by Anna Stephens

Moving is a daunting word for anyone who knows what it entails. However, have you considered it from the perspective of your child? Many children have difficulty with a move because of the stress they observe and the uncertainty of what’s to come. For better or worse, children are constantly listening, comprehending, and mimicking the behaviors of the adults around them. Stubborn as they may be, their admirably perceptive hearts and minds are quite impressionable.

For this reason, it is simpler than one would think to convince children that moving isn’t as scary as it’s made out to be. It is much easier for children to look forward to a move if their parents show eagerness and confidence in the process. Moving is just as fun as you make it, so why not make the best of it?

We’ve compiled a list of creative ideas that will help change your child’s perspective on moving. Be sure to also check out our interactive activities for kids, including our Highlights coloring page, and our Travelin’ Truckie coloring book. Visit our “Moving With Kids” page, here, to learn more about these activities.

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1. Interactive calendar

Similar to an Advent calendar, create a calendar about 30 days out of a move with a countdown to move in day. Include small treats like candy, cards from family members, or coins as presents each day before the move. This prepares your children for the exact date so they know how many days are remaining. In addition, it gives them something to look forward to each day as they count down their final days in the old home.

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2. Pictures

If possible, take a picture of their bedroom in the new home and place it somewhere in their current bedroom so they can visualize what it’ll look like. On move in day, purchase a disposable camera and let them capture their new view of the space. It’s entertaining for kids to capture moments like these, and you can save these photos for the future.

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3. Custom boxes

Encourage your kids to decorate a Truckie’s Treasure Chest Box, which are designed to look like coloring book pages. These boxes allow children to carefully place their favorite stuffed animals, crayons, coloring books, reading books, etc., in an easily identifiable box and keep their prized possessions nearby at all times. Your child also may enjoy a Truckie Journal to document their moving experience.

Blog54. Meet the movers

Always make introductions and allow your children to interact with your move team for a moment before the movers get to work. ! Introducing the movers to the kids is a great way to establish trust that their favorite belongings are in good hands.

Blog65. Unpacking

Unpack your child’s room with them so they know where everything is. Let them provide input for the design and storage of their bedroom and play areas. Give them special tasks that they’ll enjoy so they stay busy and feel included.

Blog76. Familiar smells

Multiple studies have shown that scent is strongly correlated to memory and emotion. Find a way to incorporate familiar smells into your new home that help your kids associate with their old home. If you regularly have a candle lit at your current home, for example, keep it accessible and light it in your first few days in your new home.

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7. Play time

Schedule time to sit with your child in their new bedroom or play area and do their favorite activities with them. Encourage them to play with their most cherished stuffed animals or read their favorite book, so they feel a sense of familiarity in their new home.

Blog98. Attitude

As previously mentioned, children will mimic the behavior of their parents. Be enthusiastic about your move, and your children will mirror that.

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How My Movers Saved The Day (And Possibly My Marriage)

I have worked for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for nearly a decade. Consequently, much of my life revolves around moving. After all that time, you would think I would be prepared for my own move. You would be so wrong.

After six years in the only home I’ve ever owned, my husband and I decided it was time to move…I’m a planner with a few control issues, so when the move activities happened faster than expected, I started to freak out. It was all I could think about and worse, all I could talk about. When my poor co-workers asked, “So how is the move going?” they had to listen to me go on and on about how unprepared I was, how much stuff we had accumulated over the past six years, and how I still had boxes that I had not unpacked from the last move

There was never a question in my mind I would use our movers to move our belongings. When we moved into our last house, my husband decided that we should do it on our own.  “You’re making a big mistake”, I told him.  I’ll spare you the details of that move, but needless to say, it was the last decision my husband got to make. Now all of our life decisions are left up to me. So, with that power, I went over to the Lansing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, bought as many boxes as I could fit in my van, and booked my move. “The Move” had begun.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moves more than 300,000 people each year, yet somehow I behaved like I was the only person on Earth who ever had to suffer through packing a basement. Naturally, I began to worry about everything I could think of. I was convinced that the movers were going to judge my packing abilities. So I packed each box delicately and with the precision of someone diffusing a bomb. When the night before the move came, my house looked like a warzone.

I began to chaotically toss things into boxes with reckless abandon—at that point we weren’t moving…we were evacuating. I barked orders at my family like a drill sergeant, with our motto being “Take only what you need to survive!” Needless to say, I went to sleep that night completely unprepared for the move.

Our movers arrived on time, which meant I was going to be that customer—the one who is still packing boxes while the movers are loading the truck. My husband and I had a lengthy discussion the night before about being prepared and how much I wanted to be all ready when the movers arrived. That was obviously a pipe dream. “It’s okay”, the lead mover told me “we’ll just start in another room while you finish this one.” Sweet relief!

The rest of the day went smoothly, but only because of the movers. One mover cracked jokes that distracted me from arguing with my husband. The other mover caught me watching worriedly as he moved a piece of furniture, and he flashed poster-worthy smile (he’s featured on many of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® marketing materials) that would remind me everything was going to be just fine. The movers probably saved years of my life by cutting down my stress level.

Ever since “The Move” I keep thinking about how much I depended on my movers that day. They were the only thing that made our move bearable. It was difficult only because I’m a procrastinator and a bit of drama queen. These guys deal with situations ten times worse than mine every day. I wonder if they realize what an impact they have. 

They were exactly what a neurotic person like me needs: TWO MEN AND A THERAPIST!