A move is a big event whether youíre a single individual or a family with kids. Between packing all your belongings and making sure that everything (and everyone) is ready at your new home or apartment, things can get pretty stressful. Here are a some helpful tips that will help managing your move and your kidís attention span easier:

DONíT TRY TO DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE

Itís not unreasonable to think that moving out of an apartment or house means you need to get everything packed up and transferred to the new place as soon as possible. In some situations this may even be inevitable. However, youíll find that pacing yourself and doing all your moving in increments is much easier on your stress levels. Younger children may not fully comprehend why Mom and Dad are taking their beds and toys away, so donít do too much at once. Start by packing up and cleaning one room at a time. If you know how far out the move is ahead of time, plan your packing accordingly and pace yourself in a way that wonít be hard on your childís day-to-day schedule.

GET THOSE UTILITIES TAKEN CARE OF

Moving even just one city over can mean dealing with entirely new utilities companies so do your research ahead of time. Check with the city or a landlord to find out who these companies are and get in contact with them as soon as possible. Let them know what day you plan on moving in so that they can get your gas, water, electricity, etc. running and in your name so that youíre not stuck without lights for a week. Thereís nothing more stressful on a child than being in a new place and not being able to de-stress through video games or playtime. If youíre moving out of state itís even more important to get your utilities sorted out ahead of time since youíll want the travel to go as smooth as possible.

MAKE MOVING FUN

Despite how stressful moving can be itís a great opportunity to sort through your belongings and decide what you want to come with you to your new place. Itís also a great opportunity to throw out or donate any extra baggage and teach your kids about downsizing. For example, if you want to celebrate moving into your new home with a new toy, convince your child to donate or yard sale some of their old ones. Not only will the kids associate the move with something fun but theyíll be learning a valuable lesson. The less you have to pack, the easier your move will be, so why not lighten the load a little?

LET THE KIDS BE PART OF THE PROCESS

Between making sure that your mail is forwarded to the new address and getting utilities set up, there are a lot of errands youíre going to have to run before the move is over. It may seem easier to drop the kids off at daycare or hire a sitter but consider entertaining them by bringing them along for the ride. Kids enjoy feeling like their part of a big adult project so let them be an important factor in your move. Children are impressionable so if youíre lucky some of the knowledge they learn will stick with them when theyíre moving into a house or apartment of their own.

Make a checklist of these tips and more, and youíll be that much more organized. Moving can be a long, stressful event, especially for children, but anything you do to make it easier on yourself will be well worth it.