Moving Tips for Single Parents

By · February 14 2021
Moving Tips for Single Parents

Having to move to a new home is an arduous process anyone could ever experience. A lot of things need to be done in a small amount of time – decluttering, cleaning, packing, and probably looking for a home mover to help you out with the move. And if you’re a single parent, you have kids to take care of while doing all your moving tasks, which makes the process even stressful than it already is.

We all hope to have a smooth transition when moving to a new place. And when you're a single parent, you only not worry about how you handle the transition, but also worry about your kids. To do so, preparation and planning are a must. So, we are going to share some tips you can apply in your home move preparation. While we can’t say the move will be totally stress-free, it will greatly help in making the process more manageable.

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Create a plan in advance 

Being the only one to do all the tasks that there is when moving, you have to give yourself ample time to do all that you have to do. Generally, 2 to 3 months is a good amount of time for you to find a moving company to hire, declutter, clean, pack, prepare some paperwork for your kid’s school transfer.

Creating a checklist or planner is helpful. List the things you need to do and put a timeline of when this needs to be done.

Declutter before packing

Getting rid of unnecessary things will help you move easier and faster. The fewer things you have, the less time you need to spend packing. You can also save space in the moving truck. And if hiring a mover, you can minimize the labour cost because they only have few things to move.

So, before you start packing, get rid of items you no longer use or you won’t be needing in your new home. You can give it to friends or family or donate to charities. And if you’re looking for additional funds for your move, you can organize a garage sale and sell items that are still in good condition. You can also post them on marketplaces like Trade Me.

Prepare your kids

The idea of moving to a new home can be daunting, much more to kids. That’s why it is very important that you prepare them for the big change. Inform them in advance and have a conversation on how they feel about the move and address their concerns. It’s understandable that they will be hesitant and fearful about the upcoming move, so help them understand why you have to do such thing and what are the benefits you will have for doing so.

Get your kids involved

Getting your kids involved in the moving process will give them a sense of control over the change that’s about to happen. So, let them help you with your moving tasks. This will also take away the burden of having to do all moving tasks alone.

You can ask older kids to help out with cleaning and packing. For your younger kids, you can give them tasks like sorting their toys and books and separate those they no longer wanted and encourage them in donating those to charities.

Keep a positive attitude

Your kids will look up to you for support during the big change they are about to experience. So, whatever the reason for your move, avoid showing any negative attitude about it. This will make your children feel secure and trust that everything is going to be alright.

Hire home movers

This might be the most effective way to reduce stress when moving as a single parent, hire home movers. As a single parent moving to a new home, you do not only worry about your belongings being moved but you and your kid’s well-being too. When you have professionals to handle the relocation of your items, you’ll have more time to spend with your kids to make sure that they have a smooth transition to your new home. Plus, your move will be much faster and safer because the people moving your belongings have enough knowledge and experience, and they have the proper equipment to ensure your items are moved correctly.

If you decide to do so, using Wise Move to find trusted home movers and moving companies in New Zealand will make your search faster and easier. You only need to submit one listing, and Wise Move will reach out to movers in NZ and you will begin receiving quotes without too much effort and with lesser wait time.

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