Most parents wait until the summer to relocate, because it is often easier to allow your children to finish at their current school and enroll in their new school over summer. However, sometimes you cannot wait and you will have to pack and move during your child's school year. There are many benefits to moving during the school year. Some children find it easier to make new friends while school is in session and you may get better deals renting moving equipment or hiring a moving service during the off-season. However, there are some things you should keep in mind if you are packing during the school year.
Create a Study and Packing Schedule
During the school year, your child will likely have several engagements in addition to school. With the added stress of packing their belongings, it is easy to forget to study for an exam or complete their homework. Before you begin packing, you should create a detailed schedule, outlining when your child should help with packing duties and when they should go about their normal activities such as studying or practicing an instrument.
A clear schedule will allow you to plan out how much time it will take to pack your house. It can also reduce stress for both you and your child. Finally, it makes sure that your child does not obsess over the move and disengage from their normal activities.
Create a Box-free Zone
Preparing for a move can create a lot of clutter in your home. You may have half-filled boxes in each room. You may also have piles of items ready to be thrown away or donated to a local charity. This can make it difficult for your child to find the materials they need for their everyday life, such as sports outfits, books, and even pens and paper. It can also create a distracting environment where your child cannot study.
To make things easier, start your packing process by setting aside the things that your child will need before the move, such as school supplies and extracurricular materials. Then, place these neatly in a room that will be packed last, such as a study or the dining room. This way, your child always has a place that feels like home, where they can concentrate during the move.
Make Sure All Textbooks and Borrowed Materials Are Returned
It is easy for a textbook or library book to get packed away before the move. Make sure that you have a list of all materials that your child must return to their school before they leave. On a daily basis, check to make sure that none of these items have been packed away.
Consider Paying Extra For Packing Services
During a summer move, taking the time to sort your items and pack them with the help of your child may seem like a good way to save money. However, it almost always takes an individual longer to pack their belongings than it takes a professional team. To allow your child to continue to concentrate on their school work and friends, you should consider hiring movers to pack for you. They can usually pack an entire home in a few days.
Concentrate On the Transition
You may want your child to stay engaged at their current school until they move. However, you should keep in mind that children will usually get a fresh start when they enroll in a new school. This means that if their grades slip slightly during the transition, it is not the end of the world. Allow your child to take time off to pack and, if you can, start them on their new curriculum so the adjustment will be easier.
Moving during the school year with children can take more planning than a summer move, but with help from professionals it can be a smooth transition for everyone involved.