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March 04, 2019

Keeping The Kids Amused When You Arrive Before the Moving Truck

Moving Day

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
When you move, you and the moving truck generally depart at about the same time. After all, you should watch over the loading, after which you have no need to remain around after all your belongings are gone. So, you and your youngsters and all your overnight luggage load up into the vehicle and go forth to the new house. But moving trucks cannot go as quickly as your own car and do not always take the identical route. Consequently, they generally get there a couple of hours to a few days later than the family doing the moving.

Which leads to one of the more fascinating challenges of moving to El Paso: Bare House Day. There's sure to be a bit of time in which you're at the residence with a working key without furniture or boxes to begin unpacking. By yourself, you could merely settle in with some movies on your phone. Or perhaps go out and walk the community a little. However when you have young children, it's important to employ a strategy. Kids could get wiggly, bored, or perhaps spooked spending a day and night in a bare residence before the moving truck gets there.

Today, we're here to mention several helpful ways for parents to help their kids have a ball on Vacant House Day.

Arrange Spaces with Masking Tape

One thing the kids may wish to do is stake out their new space. But with no furniture, it's difficult to do anything after calling 'dibs'. Unless you use a roll of masking tape. Using this, you can easily draw off where the pieces of furniture could be if you had it, a rectangle for the recliner, one for every bed. Even a circle for the family dog bed, if you have pet accessories in route.

Masking or painter's tape is easy to rip and contains sticky weak enough not to leave a residue. And that means you can confidently use it on flooring surfaces and also wall surfaces with no damage to the finish or having to wash afterward. And you could expend most of the night putting outlines of artwork on the walls and beds on the flooring surfaces whilst your kids get sleepy enough to camp out for the night.

Dinner Out or even Dining In

There is the query of supper. There are several methods to cope with eating for the duration of Bare House Day, from packing a cooler to ordering takeout. If the youngsters are energetic and you've got the moving money, take into consideration taking them out to eat to handle dinner and make moving day memorable.

Current phones and laptops are more than capable of charging up in the new house in El Paso and allowing you to look for a excellent place in the area which is open in the evening. Or, if you would prefer to stay in like an empty house sleepover, get a pizza or takeout. You can even prepare your first meal by packing ingredients as well as some utensils on the drive. Or perhaps swing by a neighborhood food store for supplies. These activities will be fun and unique, and consume a few hours, for your children prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Check out the Attic

For those who have a complete day to hang around for the moving truck in El Paso, you will need more than a few daylight hour things to do. Running around outside in the yard is a fantastic starting point, nevertheless, you can also investigate your house completely. Odds are, you didn't find each and every little detail prior to choosing to move in. Work with the kids to discover entry to storage space and utility spaces and investigate the attic and basement if there are any. (Just be sure to watch over the youngsters cautiously and use suitable safety measures.)

Go walking to a Local Playground

A lot of neighborhoods have a park somewhere within walking range. Apartments and also HOA communities are fantastic regarding keeping their recreational areas well-maintained and prepared for neighborhood children to play. There may also be an elementary school close by that wouldn't mind you spending a handful of daylight hours running around at their playground.

Perform a little research, then take the youngsters on a fun stroll to get to be familiar with the neighborhood. This is your ideal opportunity to find out the route to the nearest park and determine if you're fine with your youngsters making this journey on their own later. And they will get their first encounter of a neat spot nearby to play.

Sock Slides and Gymnastics Tricks

Last but not least, there are the things you can only do if the home is empty. Such as rolling all over the wide-open floor or sock-sliding across the total span of the tile rooms. Bare room gymnastics are some of the best ways to help your children think about Vacant House Day like a special occasion to enjoy rather than a scary time devoid of furniture.


When planning a move to El Paso with your youngsters, you need to keep in mind that you will typically arrive prior to when the moving truck. Using these entertaining techniques plus some that you will invariably come up with as you go along, you can make it exciting for your children to have an exciting few days in an bare property before their stuff catches up with them. To get more excellent moving hints, contact us today!


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