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March 04, 2019

Keeping Your Children Busy If You Arrive Before the Moving Truck

Moving Day

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Whenever you move, you and the moving truck normally leave at about the same time. After all, you'll need to watch over the loading, after which you have no reason to stick around after all your belongings are gone. So, you and your youngsters and all your overnight bags load up into the vehicle and set off to the new place. But moving trucks are unable to go as quickly as your own car and do not always take the identical route. Therefore, they invariably get there a couple of hours to a couple of days after the family members doing the moving.

Which leads to one of the more important challenges of moving to Wichita Falls: Bare House Day. There is sure to be a little while in which you will be at the home with a working key and no household furniture or boxes to begin unpacking. Alone, you can merely relax with a few movies on your phone. Or possibly just go stroll the area a lttle bit. But if you have young children, it's important to employ a strategy. Kids can get wiggly, frustrated, or even scared spending a day and night in a bare home prior to when the moving truck arrives.

Right now, we're here to discuss several practical techniques for parents to help their kids have fun on Vacant House Day.

Plan Rooms with Masking Tape

One thing the kids will want to do is lay claim to their new area. Yet with no furniture, it's hard to do anything following calling 'dibs'. Unless you employ a roll of masking tape. With this, you can easily cordon off where the furniture would be if you had it, a rectangular shape for the sofa, one for each bed. Even a circle for the family dog bed, should you have dog accessories in route.

Masking or painter's tape isn't hard to tear and contains adhesive weak enough not to leave a residue. This means you can confidently use it on flooring surfaces along with wall space without damaging the finish or needing to scrub afterward. And you can devote a lot of a night putting outlines of artwork on the wall surfaces and chairs on the flooring while the kids get sleepy enough to camp out for the night.

Dinner Out or even Supper In

Next, there's the query of dinner. There are several ways to cope with eating during Vacant House Day, from packing a cooler to ordering takeout. If the youngsters are lively and you have the moving cash, consider taking them out to eat to take care of an evening meal and make moving day special.

Current cell phones and laptops are more than capable of charging up in the new residence in Wichita Falls and helping you to look for a good spot nearby that is open at night. Or, if you'd rather stay in like an empty residence sleepover, order a pizza or takeout. You may also make your first meal by packing ingredients plus some utensils on your drive. Or perhaps swing by a nearby supermarket to get necessities. These tasks will be enjoyable and memorable, and also spend several hours, for your kids prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Check out the Attic

If you have a whole day to wait around for the moving van in Wichita Falls, you will want various daylight hour adventures. Playing out in the yard is a wonderful starting point, nevertheless, you could also explore the house thoroughly. Odds are, you did not find every nook and cranny ahead of opting to move in. Work with your children to locate access to storage space and also utility places and investigate the attic and basement should there be any. (Be sure that you supervise the kids carefully and use suitable safety precautions.)

Go walking to a Area Park

A good number of communities have a park somewhere within walking distance. Apartments and HOA neighborhoods are wonderful regarding keeping their parks well-maintained and prepared for local youngsters to enjoy. There may also be a grade school in the area that wouldn't mind you passing a few daylight hours running around at their park.

Perform a little research, then take the kids on a fun walk to get familiar with the neighborhood. This is your perfect time to learn the path to the closest park and determine if you are okay with your kids making this trek independently later. And they will get their first adventure of a neat area in close proximity to play.

Sock Slides and Gymnastics Stunts

Lastly, there are the stuff you can easily do when the home is vacant. Including rolling all over the wide-open floor or sock-sliding across the total size of the tile rooms. Bare room gymnastics are among the ideal ways to help your youngsters think about Bare Home Day like a special occasion to celebrate rather than a spooky time without household furniture.


When preparing a move to Wichita Falls with your kids, it is important to remember that you will invariably get there prior to when the moving van. Using these fun techniques and some that you'll surely come up with on the way, you can make it enjoyable for your kids to spend an exciting few days in the bare house before their stuff catches up with them. For additional great moving tips, contact us today!


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