Residential moving can be hard under any ciR.C.umstances—but when it comes to difficult relocation situations, moving with small children takes the cake. Between the endless packing and constant whining, tight schedules and tantrums, missed naps and occasional nervous breakdowns, moving with kids can be chaotic and stressful.

Since 1948, R.C. Mason Movers, an agent of Atlas Van Lines has provided top-quality moving solutions for customers of all kinds, from single movers to large families with small children. Over the years, we’ve helped countless families with kids make swift and seamless moves to new homes across the country—and even all over the world.

The truth of the matter is that behind all of the hustle and bustle of moving, relocation is an exciting, wonderful experience for the entire family to share together. If you’re wondering how to make your moving process easier, our team has put together some helpful tips for parents hoping to enjoy a smooth, organized move with kids. 

Do Most of Your Packing at Night

For parents with very young children, packing is easier said than done. Small children have a way of impeding any progress you’re making, by removing items from boxes you’re trying to fill, crying over forgotten toys in the donation box, and begging for your attention (and an endless stream of snacks), just to name a few examples.

The trick is to keep them distracted—another feat that’s easier said than done. If all else fails, we recommend packing at night to make the most progress. In fact, it’s a fantastic way to unwind. If you need to get a lot of packing done, put the kids to bed early, turn on your favorite playlist of music, grab a glass of wine, and you’ll quickly see how relaxing packing can be—and how much progress you can make, too. Don’t believe us? Feel free to try it out and see what we mean.

Pack Their Toys Last

One of the most helpful tips we can suggest for making packing easier on the kids is to leave their toys unpacked until the very last moment. Packing their toys last will ensure that the kids have something to play with while you’re trying to make progress with the rest of the house.

Another important tip is to make sure you keep the toys you’re selling or donating out of sight. Children that haven’t seen a toy for a while will go ballistic if they realize it’s going in the “do not keep” pile, so try to make sure they aren’t around when you start giving their old toys the ax. 

Hire a Babysitter or ask Family to Help

Let’s be honest—a little help with the kids goes a long way, especially when it comes to moving. When it comes to making progress with moving, there’s nothing like a few quiet hours alone in the house to really get things done. If you’re having trouble staying on schedule, don’t feel guilty asking for assistance from trusted friends or family members.

If you don’t have anyone to ask, consider hiring a professional and highly-rated babysitting service to come and entertain the children while you work. A qualified, friendly babysitter will make sure the kids are distracted with games and fun, so you can focus on getting packed and ready for the move.

Hire a Professional Moving Service to Help Out

Moving with or without kids is a chore. A professional moving service will help you organize and execute a more seamless, stress-free relocation experience so that you can focus on making the best adjustment to your family’s new home.

When choosing a moving company, make sure you’re hiring a fully-established, highly-rated, and reputable service, with plenty of experience in your area. Your moving company should offer a full range of options for you to choose from, like packing services, custom crating, and more. To find prospective companies, seaR.C.h Google for “movers near me” and take a look at the results. Your best options will have full websites, Facebook pages, and plenty of excellent reviews from former customers.

For top-rated, professional moving services in Boston and the surrounding areas, you can trust our team at R.C. Mason Movers. Our expert local movers, interstate movers, and long-distance movers will do whatever it takes to make your family’s move a pleasant, enjoyable experience—no matter how large or small your relocation project may be. To find out more, give us a call or schedule a free, in-home quote by filling out our online form.