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About Bekins Van Lines

Bekins Van Lines is one of the oldest moving companies in the U.S. Offering both private and corporate relocation services as well as military moves, Bekins truly knows moving.


Bekins Van Lines Offers Updater, a Tool to Help Streamline Your Move

We get it – finding a new home is stressful enough, never mind everything you have to do in order to actually prepare for your move. You’re hit with a million and one moving tasks, from filling out your change-of-address form to finding home service providers in your area.

That’s why we’re trying to take a bit of the weight off of your shoulders.  Bekins has officially partnered with Updater, a time-saving tool that helps you save hours by streamlining the moving process. Through this partnership, Updater will be offered to all Bekins interstate moving customers.

With an Updater account, you can quickly and easily:

  • Update accounts and records: Automatically update any of over 15,000 business and account records including magazines, newspapers, charities, retail loyalty and frequent flier accounts, etc.
  • Connect home services: An Updater moving concierge helps set up your digital services including phone, Internet, and cable, identifying the best prices available and scheduling in-home installation appointments.
  • Forward mail: File your official U.S. Postal Service mail-forwarding form without setting foot in a post office.
  • Send digital moving announcements: Create a custom digital e-card to post on social media or send via email, notifying friends and family of your new address.
  • Claim exclusive move-in offers: Gain access to special offers and exclusive deals on moving expenses, such as discounts on professional cleaning services, packing supplies, local fitness classes, and more.

Interested in using Updater? Contact your local Bekins agent today to learn more about getting access to your own Updater account.

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5 Tips for How You and Your New Spouse Can Decorate Your Home

You and your spouse just tied the knot and bought a new home together. You want to create a space where you both feel creative and comfortable. However, you may disagree about how you’ll decorate your home, and those disagreements can throw a wrinkle in your happily ever after.

By planning ahead, you can create a space you’ll both appreciate without hurting anyone’s feelings or spending a fortune on new decorations. Use the following tips to get started.

  1. Declutter What You Already Havea box full of clothes to be donated.

Before you move into your new place together, the two of you should go through your current belongings and get rid of any clutter. You need to decide what you and your spouse should keep or get rid of. Be considerate of each other’s feelings. Most likely, you will each need to compromise on a few items.

Remember that you don’t have to-and shouldn’t-buy a completely new set of decorations when you move into your new home.

However, you will appreciate the opportunity to get rid of clutter now so you don’t have to deal with it later.

As you declutter, take inventory of what you already own. An inventory also gives you an idea of what you still need. If there are duplicate items, such as two waffle makers, just keep one.

  1. Create and Stick to a Budget

If you and your spouse make and keep a budget, you can cut down on a lot of the frustration that comes with building a home together. A budget will also help you save money. If you know how much you have to spend, you can narrow down your decorating choices to what you can realistically afford.

Additionally, a budget will also help you if you decide to change your décor or style over the next few years. This is your first home, and chances are your tastes will change. Luckily, you will have the freedom to update your décor without feeling guilty.

After all, you didn’t spend a lot of money on it in the first place.

  1. Make a Decorating Plan

Go through your home and decide what you want to go where. Remember to take measurements of your rooms before you hang anything or buy anything. Then m

Attractive young adult couple lying on home floor with coffee cups smiling and looking at blueprints.

Make a list of what you want to purchase at the store so you don’t grab anything on an impulse.

With the combination of your stuff, your spouse’s stuff, and the new stuff, coordinating your home can prove difficult. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about matching every little detail. Try decorating with a color or style in mind based on what you already have. Then, when you go shopping, you will know what to purchase to complete your home’s look.

You and your spouse may also find it hard to blend styles. You may want lace and bright colors while your spouse is more into neutral or practical pieces. Realize that you won’t see eye to eye on every decision, but your differences won’t keep you from decorating a home together. The key is finding a balance between your styles.

  1. Go Shopping Together

If you and your spouse are short on cash, good places to shop for home décor include thrift stores and online sites like Craigslist. Family or friends might even give you some of their old pieces or wedding gifts. If any of these items don’t exactly work the way you want them to, get creative and re-purpose them.

Although thrifty shopping will help save you money, you’ll want to invest in a few Hanging picturenew things as well, such as a bed. You will spend a lot of time sleeping in that bed, and you don’t want to have to replace it for a while because they can cost a lot.

  1. Pace Yourself

Decorating a new home can take time, especially when you blend two different tastes together. Don’t be afraid to take a few months or even a year to complete your home. You don’t need to buy everything as soon as you move in. With a little planning, communicating, and understanding, you and your spouse can design a home together that you’ll both love.


Five Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Move

Moving is expensive, but it doesn’t need to empty your wallet. The price of an interstate move is based on the weight of the shipment and the distance of a move. Local moves are calculated by handling time and added services, like packing. The bottom line is simple: the more stuff you move, the more it will cost you.

Cutting the cost of your move and staying organized will also alleviate the stress that comes with relocating. The key to a stress-free move is to get organized before your move and stay organized throughout the move. The more organized your move is, the more money you will save in the process.

The infographic below shows simple, effective ways to save money on your upcoming move and relieve the stresses that come with relocating.

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Reading with Kids

8 Books to Share with Your Kids Before a Move

The transition from an old house to a new house affects children in different ways than adults. Many children lack previous experience with moving, so they don’t know what to expect with such a major life change.

As a parent, you want to make a move as comfortable as possible for your children. One tool that helps you in your efforts is children’s literature. In a previous blog, we listed some helpful children’s books about moving. In this blog, we’ll name even more titles about moving created for children. Choose a few books from the list below to help your child prepare for your upcoming move.

For Toddlers

1. I Want to Go Home by Tony Ross

The Little Princess from I Want My Potty makes more demands in this fun story. This time she insists that her family move back to their former castle despite the extra room available in the new castle. This hilarious story will help children realize t he perks of moving house.


2. Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant Bunny Bungalow

A family of bunnies moves to a new bungalow and spruces it up to their liking in this short rhyming story. Toddler-aged readers will enjoy the whimsical illustrations. As you read, point out ways your child can personalize his or her new room just like the bunnies do with their bungalow.

For School-Age Kids

Chester's Way3. Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes

Chester and his friend Wilson are best friends, but when Lilly moves in down the street, the dynamic of their friendship changes. Teach children to be nice as the new kid or to other new kids with this book. It’s a must for fans of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.


4. The Berenstein Bears Moving Day by Stan and Jan Berenstein Bernstein Bears

Your child’s favorite talking bears move into their well-known tree house from their former home, a cave. Your kids will notice the Bear family doing typical moving activities, such as packing belongings into boxes, and feel more prepared for your move.


5. Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst alexander who's not

The same Alexander who had a terrible, horrible day puts his foot down about moving in this picture book. Read through this book with your strong-willed child if he or she has negative thoughts and feelings about moving.


6. Big Dan’s Moving Van by Leslie McGuire; illustrated by Joe Mahtieu Big Dan's Moving Van

Use this book to introduce your kids to how moving companies help with your family’s move. Readers follow Dan on a typical work day, from loading furniture into a moving truck to driving it to a new home. The story and the colorful illustrations familiarize children with moving professionals and reassure them that they’ll see their packed belongings again soon.

For Advanced Readers

7. Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger Amber Brown

Advanced elementary school readers will appreciate the candor and humor of the Amber Brown series as they approach your family’s move. In this first book in the series, Amber Brown does not move, but she deals with moving in two ways. First, her parents are separated, and her dad is moving to Paris. Second, her best friend and his family will be moving soon. Both situations cause Amber to confront the painful emotions caused by change and separation.

8. Superfudge by Judy Blume Superfudge

The hilarious cast of characters from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing returns in this novel for pre-teens. Peter feels unhappy when he learns his family will move out of Manhattan to the New Jersey suburbs for a year. In their new neighborhood, Peter makes friends, tries new activities, and learns to handle the change.

If you’re preparing for a move, share these books with your children. Use them to start discussions about the good and difficult things about moving so your kids feel ready when moving day arrives.

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Tips to Protect Your Flooring During a Move

After months of searching for a new home, you’ve finally found one with enough room to accommodate everyone. You wanted the house to look picture-perfect, so you applied a fresh coat of paint to each room and even installed new carpet and hardwood flooring.

But now that moving day has arrived, you realize that your flooring may be in danger. Sturdy work boots could track in dirt and stain your carpet fibers. Heavy furniture legs could scuff and scratch your cedar planking.

So what can you do to ensure your flooring looks pristine after the move?

IMG_8245If You Have Carpet

Shag carpet and area rugs can snag on moving boxes and unravel faster than you can blink. And carpet with shorter pile can still pull away from the edges if exposed to heavy foot traffic.

The following techniques will provide an extra layer of protection for your carpet.

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You can purchase carpet plastic online for a fairly affordable price. Much like plastic wrap for your food, this carpeting covering will stick to the carpet and keep out dirt and debris. To prevent injury, you’ll want a plastic that provides a non-slip surface for your moving team.

Place Cardboard in Heavy Traffic Areas

Although carpet film will resist some degree of tearing, it won’t hold up well over frequent use. If you have movers following the same path through the living room to individual bedrooms, you’ll likely want a little extra cushion for these high-traffic areas. Cardboard will shield your carpet from mud and water, but like plastic it can create a slippery surface, so you’ll want to secure it in place with adhesives.

Wear Shoe Booties

If you worry about dust, dirt, and grass stains more than crushing carpet pile, you can encourage everyone who helps you move to put on shoe covers whenever they enter your home. Since you likely will only want shoe covers for the first few days of moving, you should buy a large pack of cheap, disposable booties rather than one or two expensive, longer-lasting covers.

If You Have Hardwood

Although hardwood flooring offers a great deal of durability and scratch-resistance, it won’t stay immune to dents or damage if you drop a heavy refrigerator or table.

To prevent gouges in your flooring, try these three tips.

Protecting the floor with paperLine Bedrooms with Paper

In areas with little foot traffic, you’ll want to line the floor with kraft paper to help the space stay clean and minimize scratching. Keep in mind that you’ll want plain, uncolored kraft paper, as colored paper and similar items may leach their dyes into your flooring.

You can also place cardboard on top of the paper for extra protection.

Lay Plywood in the Kitchen and Living Room

If you plan to move heavy furniture, such as a large TV or washing machine, you’ll want more protection than cardboard and paper can provide. If you drop the appliance, the force from the corner could easily dig past the cardboard and into your wooden tiles.

So, lay a thin sheet of plywood over your flooring before your movers arrive. Since plywood can have a few rough edges of its own, you’ll want to use it in conjunction with cardboard and paper.

Apply Furniture Sliders to Chair and Table LegsFurniture Sliders

Once the movers have gone, you’ll likely still need to move your table and chairs now and again to clean the floor or to simply fit your arrangement better. To prevent future scratches, apply furniture sliders to chair and table legs. These soft pieces of fabric will form a protective barrier between the chair and the floor, and they’ll help your table glide more smoothly when you need to shift its position.

Need Additional Tips?

These are just a few techniques you can implement on moving day to protect your home. For more tips, check our blog regularly. We’ll keep you posted on the best ways to make moving as simple and stress free as possible.


Top 8 Cities for Professional Women

As a business professional, your moves have a huge impact on your life. Where you live determines your available jobs, earning potential, and lifestyle.

Whether you prefer a beautiful range of seasons or perpetual sunshine and you are considering moving, find your place in one of the following top eight cities for professional women in the continental United States.

1. Austin, Texas

Austinites focus on diversity, eclecticism, and local business. In this progressive hotbed, you’ll find a host of occupational opportunities, as well as cultural, musical, and artistic events. Enjoy the atmosphere as you soak up the sun in this temperate southern city.

Full time female workers in Austin earn a median salary of $40,356. Women lead the educational, healthcare, sales, financial, and engineering sections.

2. Boston, Massachusettsboston

The little big city of Boston has the feeling of a cozy hamlet with the industry of a major urban area. Immerse yourself in the history and flavor of New England while pursuing your career goals.

Working full time, women earn a median salary of $42,562. Women dominate Boston’s healthcare, education, professional service, and technical service industries.

3. Boulder, Colorado

If you work hard during the week and want to play just as hard over the weekend, consider Boulder. The metro area represents a haven for liberal ideals and higher education. Outside the city, however, the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in over 36,000 acres of recreational land. You’ll have plenty of opportunity for fun.

Here, full time working women earn a median income of $49,691. Boulder sets itself apart as one of the best places for female entrepreneurs.

4. Bridgeport, ConnecticutBrideport1 CT

Connecticut offers high living quality for its residents, including a myriad of educational opportunities. Specifically, Bridgeport features many parks, museums, and theaters.

Full time working women earn a median of $54,844 here. In Bridgeport, women lead the administrative, psychiatric, and educational sectors.

Minneapolis5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Head north to Minneapolis to become part of its historical culture. Originally home to the Dakota Sioux tribe, the area’s notable population includes artists like Franz Marc and musicians like Prince.

Full time female workers in Minneapolis earn a median of $42,331. Women run nearly a third of the city’s businesses. And the city hosts a number of organizations, like Women Venture, designed to help female entrepreneurs optimize their businesses.

6. Napa, California

Known for its expansive vineyards and popular wine trail, Napa values culture and art. The area boasts more than 300 wineries, which provide many of the jobs (and enjoyment opportunities) in the region.

In Napa, women working full time earn $48,985-a full 94% of the median male salary. While wine represents Napa’s primary business, the city ranks high as one of the best places for small businesses and new careers.

San Fran7. San Francisco, California

San Fran’s diversity and stunning Victorian architecture attracts visitors and residents alike. Enjoy the various backgrounds, political perspectives, and methods of artistic expression in the Golden Gate City.

Here, women make a median income of $54,376 when working full time. Women also represent a significant portion of the workers in professional, scientific, and technical services. Professionals can also find opportunities in healthcare, sales, accounting, and auditing.

8. Seattle, Washington

Seattle represents a haven for education-more than 58% of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree. The city has one of the highest business-to-resident ratios in the U.S.-12.5 businesses for every 100 people.

Women here make a median salary of $51,158 when working full time. The city offers jobs in industries from fashion to computer programming.

As you prepare to move, consider these cities. The right location could get you off to the right start in your professional, personal, and recreational life.

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How to Prepare Your Belongings for Temporary Storage

Whether you’re in the process of moving or your office is in the middle of a renovation, temporary storage is something to consider with all of your moving and storage options. It provides a safe place for you to store your belongings until it is convenient for you to finish moving.

In general, there are two types of temporary storage: an on-site unit kept at a moving company’s facility and a portable unit that you can have delivered to your new home at a time that is best for you.

Temporary storage can simplify your moving process. But haphazardly shoving things into boxes and dumping them into your unit could cause stress and frustration. Follow these steps to organize your packing and your unit.

Choose a Unit to Fit Your Needs

No matter if it’s a stationary unit or a portable unit, you want to select an appropriate size. A unit that is too big will end up costing more while a unit that is too small will make it difficult for you to fit everything. As a general rule of thumb, choose a unit that is a little Economy Moversbigger than what you actually need to help cut down on expense and stress.

If choosing the right size seems a little daunting, talk with your moving company. They can tell you approximately what size you will need based on what you plan to store. For example, furniture will take up more space than boxes of files, so your size decision will depend on what you need to temporarily store.

Pack Wisely

Because this is temporary storage, you don’t need to worry about taking special care to prepare your things for a long-term stay. However, you still want to protect your belongings so they aren’t damaged.

When packing your boxes, avoid stuffing too much in them or else the box might break. Invest in bubble wrap, furniture covers, and other packing materials to ensure your possessions arrive safely to the unit and then safely back to your home or office. To help with packing, defrost your fridge and freezer, drain your lawn mower and other machinery of fuel, and remove batteries from your devices. These extra precautions will keep your possessions safe.

As you pack, remember to label your boxes so you know what’s in them. This will make it easier for you to locate items in your unit later on. You can save yourself some time by deciding which boxes you will need access to during the transition period and grouping them accordingly. DSCF0301Then, when you pack your car or truck, you can put the boxes that you want at the front of your unit and the ones you won’t need at the back.

Remember to leave anything perishable or flammable out of your unit. Your moving company might have a few other restrictions on what you can store, so ask them if they have any specific regulations. Some companies might even pack and load your things for you.

Know Where Everything Is

To make a temporary situation even easier, you can create a diagram showing where everything in your unit is. This will save you time if you need to get something from your unit before moving day. If you’re planning on keeping only some of your possessions in the unit, you can also make a list of everything you have in your unit so you know what’s there and what is still in your car, hotel room, or elsewhere.

Take advantage of the convenience of temporary storage and the stress it will save you. By organizing and preparing your belongings, you will be able to save time and worry less. This will keep your possessions safe during a transition to a new home or a remodel at your office.

Study Abroad

Moving Abroad for School? What You Should Take with You

Whether you have a study abroad in your future or you plan to pursue a graduate degree at an international school, you have a lot of preparation ahead of you. You have to leave your family and friends behind, secure your finances, and decide what you want to take with you. You also have to get all your documents in order, including your passport and your visa.

The sheer number of preparatory steps may overwhelm you. However, we want to help you with at least one of those steps: deciding what to take with you. Below, we’ve given you a list of five things you should take with you and three things you should not.

What You Should Take

  1. Passport, Visa, Temporary Address, and Foreign Spending Moneypassport

You already know you need your passport and visa to enter and stay in the country. And if you have an extended stay, you will also need a temporary mailing address. That address should correspond to your dorm or host family’s home.

Additionally, you should take out $300 in your new country’s currency. You’ll need this money for basic purchases in your first few days there.

  1. Basic Clothing

If you go abroad for school, you’ll spend far more time studying and sightseeing than you will worrying about your wardrobe, so you only need the basics. Pack two weeks’ worth of clothing, and supplement it with new purchases once you arrive if necessary. Your two weeks’ supply should include:

  • Pajamas
  • Undergarments
  • Tops-mostly T-shirts and tank tops for layering
  • Jeans (and leggings, if you prefer them)
  • One or two jackets
  • A coat, hat, and gloves (if you plan to study in a temperate or cold climate)
  • One or two pairs of basic walking shoes
  • Workout clothes (including shoes)
  • Dress clothes (including shoes)

If you have room, you caBest-Suitcasesn also bring a few accessories like jewelry, scarves, etc. However, you shouldn’t worry about accoutrements too much.

  1. Bedroom Basics

You’ll need towels, washcloths, sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and a blanket to feel comfortable in your dorm or host bedroom. You should also consider small decorations to make the room feel more like home, but don’t go overboard.

  1. School Supplies

These supplies include your laptop and charging cord, but don’t forget to get an adapter. Many foreign countries don’t use the same outlet configuration that Americans do.

Additionally, purchase normal school supplies like pens and notebook paper. You may also need flashcards or a calculator depending on your needs. Simply purchase the school supplies you would normally use.

  1. Extras

Your foreign study won’t feel as fulfilling if you don’t document it. Take a camera with a large memory card, and keep a diary. You’ll thank yourself later.

What You Shouldn’t Take

  1. Toiletries

Many students make the mistake of packing basic items like toiletries. You don’t need these items cluttering your suitcases or boxes because you can simply purchase them once you arrive. Give your giant bottles of shampoo and conditioner to your roommates, and dispose of anything they don’t feel comfortable using, like deodorant or toothpaste.

However, you don’t have to go without these items until you go to the store. Insteplanead, put small, travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, contact solution, feminine supplies, and makeup in your carry-on.

  1. Seasonal Outfits

As mentioned above, you only need a basic set of clothes for two weeks. You don’t need to bring every sweater, necklace, tie, or pair of shorts you own. Instead, pack clothing you can layer.

  1. Personal Comfort Items

You may feel like you need a few keepsakes to remind you of your family and friends while you live abroad, but you don’t need as many as you think. Bring family pictures, one familiar blanket, and a couple knickknacks if necessary, but don’t let these items occupy more than 10% of your total packing space.

Bekins would like to assist in providing you more information about moving abroad. Visit  our page dedicated to international moving references & resources to learn more.


How to Make Sure Your Rental Passes Inspection After Moving Out

If you live in a rental apartment or house and are in the middle of moving out, it’s time to start thinking about cleaning. Most landlords require a move-in deposit that covers any damage or dirt left behind once you move out. Instead of giving up your deposit, you can almost guarantee a passed inspection with fool-proof cleaning tips. A few extra hours of deep cleaning can save you a precious few hundred bucks. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Follow a Cleaning Checklist

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of cleaning tasks in front of you. Instead of keeping your mental to-do list in your head, write it out. Or better yet, find a cleaning checklist online. Print it out and physically check off each item as you complete them. A good rule of thumb is to complete the following cleaning tasks after the basics are covered:

  • patch nail holes with spackle and repaint
  • wipe baseboards with soapy warm water and a washcloth
  • scour the bathtub, but don’t use steel wool (it scratches the shiny porcelain layer off)
  • rent a carpet cleaner and deep clean all carpets twice
  • wash windows inside and out
  • dust off obscure areas (tops of ceiling fans, air vents, and ceiling corners)

rentalFocus on Curb Appeal

Especially if you rented a house, it’s important to spend time fixing up your outside area. If you moved in to a pristine yard and pleasant curb appeal, your landlord will expect the same appearance when you move out.

Get outside and weed the garden, mow the lawn, and trim the trees. Go the extra mile to plant some new flowers or water the grass more often than normal before moving out. If your car has leaked oil, use a rented pressure washer to clean off the driveway.

Spend Time in the Kitchen and Bathrooms

Real estate agents always say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. It’s true that these two rooms are the most distinct rooms in your home. Because of their unique functions, they’re also the easiest to get dirty. Spend extra time making sure they look spotless.

Clean your microwave, oven, and dishwasher fast with two ingredients: vinegar and water. Place a heat-safe container with 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar inside each machine and run them. The heat and moisture will make it easier to wipe off grime.

Wipe down bathroom fixtures with a mixture of water and lemon essential oil. It’s naturally antibacterial and leaves a fresh scent without all the chemicals. Pull out that vinegar mixture again, pour it in a plastic bag, and tie to your shower head. Let it sit for an hour, then run the hot water and see clogged spouts clear out.

rental-agreementThink Like a Landlord

Simply put, landlords care more about the cleanliness of the homes than you do. In all reality, they are the ones who have to present it perfectly clean to the next tenants.

After you’ve done most of your cleaning, put on your landlord goggles and walk through your home again. Be nitpicky. Look for small messes or damages that would raise a red flag to your landlord. Try to eliminate all of those red flags before you lock the door for good. A dirty door frame might be something most people overlook, but a landlord would not.

Hire Professional Cleaners

If you’ve got a particularly picky landlord, it might be best to bite the bullet and hire a cleaning company. When you’ve cleaned for hours (or even days) and still feel unsure about passing inspection, call the professionals in. Pay for a few hours of cleaning, and enjoy your full deposit later. It’s a small investment that has great returns. As a plus, your landlord can’t dispute a professional cleaning job.

When you go the extra mile before moving, you’ll pass your cleaning inspection with flying colors. Make your move even easier with help from professionals such as a cleaning or moving company.


5 Easy Ways to Make Moving Fun for Your Kids

Moving is stressful. So much to do, so much to plan, and so much to worry about. You can easily forget that your kids feel all the same things that you do, except they feel even more uncertain, and they don’t know what to do about it. However, you have many different ways to remedy this problem and even make moving fun for your kids. These tips are easy and inexpensive, and they work for kids of all ages.

  1. House-hunt together.skd273191sdc

Make your children feel like they have some say in where you live. If you can actually take them with you, turn the process into a quest or game, like bingo. On the bingo card, check off appealing features for each house you look including the number of bedrooms, a basketball hoop, a pool, etc.

If you can’t physically take your children house-hunting, take plenty of pictures to show them afterwards. Show them which room would be theirs, what the backyard looks like, and so on. Familiarizing them with the new house before the move will make the transition that much easier.

  1. Create a playlist.

Music keeps your kids happy and motivated. You can create one big playlist for the entire process, or you can even create a few playlists for each step: packing, driving, and unpacking. Compile a bunch of favorite songs or look for music that has to do with travel, saying goodbye, change, and so on. You can even make packing a sort of dance-just pack to the beat of the music.

  1. Create a contact book.

HomeworkYou have several options if you want to create a contact book, and you can decide which will work best for your child. Make a scrapbook and compile photos of places and friends, as well as email addresses and phone numbers.

If your children get a yearbook at the end of the school year, help them get their friends’ contact information along with well wishes and signatures. If your children are too young to put together a contact book themselves, have someone special to them do it, like their grandparents or a favorite babysitter.

  1. Pack a “treasure box”.

Have one box for each child. Your children can put their favorite things inside: blankets, books, stuffed animals, so on. They can even decorate the box with stickers and markers. Like with the contact book, if your children are too young to decorate themselves, have someone special decorate it for them.

Make sure this box stays with you instead of putting it in the moving truck. This way, your kids can open it first thing at the new house. You can even have the box in the car with your children so they can even have their favorite things with them on the journey. When you finally arrive at the new house, they’ll already have something special and familiar to make the place feel like home.

  1. Plan something fun.

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    © Jen Grantham |

Take everyone’s minds off the sadness of leaving friends behind and the fear of something new by doing something fun on the way there. Find an amusement park, a museum, a water park, a national park, or any other fun attractions that lies along your route. This tip doesn’t just apply to your kids either-you can enjoy it too. Just relax and have fun, and let the stress of the move float away for a couple hours.

Make the move an adventure, and include your kids in the process. You’ll be happier, they’ll be happier, and you’ll all be much more prepared to get accustomed to your new home.