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How to Move With Kids | The Ultimate Pre Move Checklist


Moving into a new home with kids can be a difficult task. Imagine how scary it is for a child to leave their home, friends and school, these places that they have known their whole lives.

Before the big moving day comes, help to ease the transition and take some time to plan. I’ve partnered with Coleman Allied to share the Ultimate Pre-Move Checklist. With these tips on how to move with kids, you can help everyone in the family have a better experience while preparing them for a new home.moving checklist

Breaking the News

When moving plans are confirmed, it is best to tell your children and not draw it out. By giving them advance notice of the upcoming move, there will be plenty of time to say farewell to their friends.

Children’s School & Activities

Before the move, check into your child’s schooling and activity options. Contact the school and request a tour, this will help your child get used to the idea of changing schools and let them see where they will be going.

If your child is involved with extra activities, such as swimming, girl scouts, gymnastics or even dance, be sure to see what is available at your new residence. Most places have a limited number of enrollments so the sooner the better.

Get Them Involved

Make moving into a new home fun! Give your child a tour of their new bedroom, or even show them a picture of what it will look like. Maybe you can even offer a new bedroom makeover, let them pick out some new wall color and get the painting done before the moving day.


Make Moving Day Special

Take some of the un needed stress off of you and hire a mover to help with the move. When my family moved, we checked out our local Kansas City movers and hired a company to do the dirty work for us. While the movers were moving everything from point A to point B, I was able to sit with my child and have a little pizza party in our new home.

It was great that I could save my energy and stay connected with my child during this special day. When the movers left, I went right to work on his room to make it feel extra comfortable for our first night in the new home.

Follow a Pre Moving Day Checklist

Moving day is exciting for kids and doesn’t have to be stressful for you or them. Think about using a Pre Moving Day Checklist to help you get those needed tasks done before the big day. By keeping a checklist, this will help you preserve your energy and make the transition to a new home smoother.

Remember this “A Happy and Stress Free Mommy = a Happy Family” Organization is a must!


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Hi! I'm Amanda, a Kansas City Lifestyle Blogger, mom of two little people, social media addict, travel junkie with a slight obsession to baking and fitness.

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  • Moving is tough enough and with kids more of a hassle. Telling them it is a special day is good idea and to make them look forward to it
  • Great tips, thankfully we haven't had to move in 20 years. I know my children wouldn't be happy is we did move.
  • Moving is tough especially having a little one makes it even harder. Not looking forward to ,oping anytime soon.
  • I haven't moved since before I had kids a few years ago, and I can't even imagine doing it with kids....It's stressful enough without them! lol!
  • Great tip to make a pre moving day checklist, I know us ladies have a millions things to do for ourselves and family and having a checklist & delegating it so not one person gets burnt out will the first thing I do. Thank you for a great post
  • We are going to be moving soon but the good thing is that we are just moving to a bigger apartment within the same complex! My children won't need to change schools but moving is still a hassle but of course with proper preparation and planning it becomes easier!
  • being an army brat, i loved moving as a kid. I don't have any human children, so a lot of this doesn't apply. I do, however, have 12 pets, so our next move (buying a new house) is going to be an adventure indeed.
  • Good ideas, all of them. Believe it or not, all of it still applies when your kids are college age! Last move I got rid of a lot and that really helped.
  • Moving is such a pain for me. My girlfriend is the queen of being lazy so it's basically me moving the whole house by myself and our truck isn't quite big enough so I have to come back 4 or 5 times to get everything. We've moved 3 times in the last year. The next time we move I think I'm just going to hire someone to save me the trouble. Thanks for the post.
  • Great check list. Getting all the children's school priories completed before moving, is always the biggest challenge for me, and stressful.
  • That is an awesome list. We moved when I was a child and we didn't do any of these things. It was so hard! Thanks for sharing.
  • This is great info. My son and DIL are moving next month--from Galveston, TX to Indianapolis. They've kept the kids, my grands, involved. They've already picked out rooms in the new house and been to visit their new schools. My advice was to remind him that when we moved, I always set his room up first,so that he had a place to be while the rest of the house was being settled. It made him more secure, I think.
    • I agree! That's the biggest part I think, making sure they have a "put together" place to rest their head the first night. It's so stressful to move, anything to make things easier.
  • I think getting kids involved in major changes like this reduces their feelings of nervousness and lets them think more positively about the change
  • Thanks for this checklist. Before I got married, I moved 5 times in 7 years. The last time we moved I was pregnant, so our next move with be a little complicated with a 3 year old. My biggest concern is how well he'll sleep in a new home.
    • We did it once with my older child and it made a world of difference to "put together" his room before coming over. Paint, decorate and do what you can to their room so they can feel apart of the whole process.
  • Luckily my son was only 10 months old when we moved so I don't think it had much impact on him except he was happy to have more room to play! But I moved a lot as a child and can remember the challenges!
  • These are great tips. Moving with kids are hard. And it's hard on them. Understanding that it is a hard adjustment for them and being gently through the process is half the battle. These tips will definitely help accomplish that.
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