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Tips on Moving: Make it Fun!


by: Allison Millar
01 Dec 2010

Moving often has a negative connotation because people remember all the work and the stress. If you're planning a self-move, why not try to make it fun instead?

Yes, that's right. Planning a move can be fun, even when it's a self-move. All it takes to make this cheap move a fun event is the right attitude.

Start by writing a list of all the positive reasons why you're moving:

  • New job
  • New relationship
  • Starting college
  • Found a better neighborhood, city, or part of the world
  • Going to a big city after the kids have left home

Control Your Way With a Self-Move

Next, focus on the fact that you're doing a self-move. This makes it a cheaper move and one that you can control. You can decide how to approach the planning, storage, and packing. Expand that sense of control to add in some fun during the move.

If you're moving to a new city or neighborhood, check out the social scene around the time you're moving. Because you're doing a self-move, you may make a few trips to the new area to find a place and secure the lease or purchase a home. Add in some fun with each trip and the whole move can feel different. Plan ahead to:

  • Buy tickets to a popular play
  • Eat in an expensive restaurant
  • Go on a shopping spree--clothes, furniture, or artwork
  • Visit a museum, park, zoo, or historical society
  • Contact a newcomers club--they often have tips on moving and settling in

Tips on Moving: Let Kids Have Fun

Moving can also be a fun event for kids. Focus on the positive aspects of the move and let them participate as much as possible. Depending on their ages, let them:

  • Help paint or decorate their new rooms
  • Pick out furniture or at least lend a hand during the shopping
  • Go grocery shopping to load up the new refrigerator

A self-move can be a lot of work, but it doesn't have to be drudgery. By planning ahead and adding in fun activities, you can take some of the stress out of moving. This is particularly important for kids, who may get stressed by all the change. In the end, you can all remember the fun adventures and forget the memories of packing and carrying boxes.

Sources:
Liz Furiasse • Making Moving Day Fun For Your Kids • http://www.realestateabc.comhttp://www.realestateabc.com/homeguide/kidmoving.htm