With the sudden rise in families relocating and moving to new homes, we appreciate how periods of change like this can be challenging and emotional. Today on the #PullYOurWeeds Blog we have some tips to help you and your family say goodbye to your house with a joyful heart.
Out with the Old:
Young kids have a tendency to get attached to personal belongings and moving can be a big emotional shift. To help get them get excited for a new space, have them pick out old toys and clothing they no longer use to sell at a tag sale or to be donated. In exchange for giving up some of these belongings, have them pick out new bedding or some fun decorations for their new room.
A little excitement goes a long way. Kids look up to us to gauge how they should feel. Encouraging them to imagine their new stuff in a new room helps to make a positive connection to a new home and detach from their current space.
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Take A Tour:
Before you move out have your family take a tour of your house and share their favorite memories from each room. If you have the opportunity to video document this moment. This could be a very special virtual memory for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.
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Leave a Piece of You Behind:
Kids always love the idea of a time capsule. They serve as a collection and representation of your life together in that space and time. It can be a small box with notes of your favorite memories or photos of your family in the house. This is a beautiful representation of honoring the roots you grew in your home. (Be sure to leave it as if nothing was buried there so it's nice and neat for the new owners. Garden beds make for a good spot or under a tree.)
Leaving a special gift behind for the new owners is a wonderful act of kindness to show your kids. It symbolizes your love and respect for your home and recognizes your excitement for the new owners. Flowers and plants are bright and cheerful, or sometimes a care package of toilet paper, soap and paper towels can be fun too.
Keep The Lines Open
Moving can take a toll on a child's social and emotional well being. Sometimes the signs are subtle. Getting kids to open up and comfortably talk about how they feel is extremely important during these times.
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Thank you to my longtime friend Kirk DeLaney (mom of our illustrator/videographer Kelsey & our head blogger Devin) who inspired this post. I am so excited for your new adventure...Onward!