Children thrive on routine, and nothing can be more disruptive of that routine than a big move, complete with a new school and the need to make a whole new set of friends. This doesn’t mean that every kid will be upset about moving – in fact, they can be downright thrilled – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take extra steps in advance to make the move easier for everyone. To accomplish this lofty task, all you need to do is follow this guide:

Get the Kids Excited About Their New Home

The unknown is what we fear the most, so show your kids their new home before you go. This won’t always be feasible, of course, but if you can take a day trip or even visit for a weekend so you can show them what their new school will be like, where they can go to the park, and so on:

1.    Show Them The New House

Generally speaking, families should visit properties together when house hunting. This makes the kids feel like they are involved in the decision-making process, and it also gives them a better sense of what their new lives will be.

2.    Take Them Around the Neighborhood

Show them around the neighborhood. Visit their school, the parks, the community centers, and more. Though it won’t be all too different to their setup at home, kids like to have the assurance that they can do everything they love at their new house.

De-Clutter While Packing

Unless you have adopted the practice of minimalism in advance, chances are you will want to declutter while you pack. If you don’t want to go through the effort of packing, transporting, and unpacking the item, it’s time to give it away.

Pack Up a First Night Kit

The last thing you want is to be rushing through all your boxes trying to find your daughter’s favorite toy, or a glass to take some water with you to bed. By packing up boxes designed to get you through the first few days while you unpack everything, you can all live much more comfortably and stress-free. Do this by packing up the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom essential boxes that are clearly marked so you can unpack them first when needed.

Hire a Professional Moving Company

Moving can be hugely stressful, with a lot of strenuous activity involved, and in some cases completely impossible to do on your own. When you have a family, this can put undue stress on everyone before you’ve even moved. Your furniture can get damaged, things can get lost – in short, it could become a nightmare. Hiring a professional movers Charleston company either for the full service, or for a moving team alone can help you get everything into your new place in one day and without any damage.

Make the First Night a Special Occasion

Finally, make the first night a special occasion. Order pizza, make a fort, and watch a movie together. It’s so easy to make your first night in a new home special, and doing so will show your kids that home is wherever you all are together.