Keeping Your Children Busy If 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 leave at about the same time. After all, you will need to watch over the loading, and then you have no reason to stay around after all your stuff is gone. So, you and your youngsters and all your overnight totes load up into the car and set off to the new place. However moving trucks are unable to move as quickly as your own car and do not always take the identical route. Therefore, they invariably get there a few hours to a couple of days after the family members doing the moving.

Which leads to one of the most important challenges of moving to Tulsa: Bare House Day. There is sure to be a little while in which you will be at the home with a working key with no household furniture or boxes to begin unpacking. On your own, you can simply relax with some movies on your phone. Or possibly just go stroll the community a lttle bit. But if you have young children, it's important to have a strategy. Kids can get wiggly, frustrated, or perhaps scared spending a day and night in a bare house prior to when the moving truck gets there.

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

Plan Areas with Masking Tape

One thing the kids may wish to do is claim their new area. Yet with no home furnishings, it's difficult to do anything following calling 'dibs'. Unless you employ a roll of masking tape. With this, you can easily cordon off where the pieces of furniture could 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 gear in route.

Masking or painter's tape isn't hard to tear and contains glue weak enough not to leave a residue. And that means you can confidently use it on flooring surfaces as well as walls without damaging the finish or needing to scrub afterward. And you may spend a lot of a night putting outlines of artwork on the wall surfaces and chairs on the floors while the kids get sleepy enough to camp out for the night.

Supper Out or Supper In

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

Modern cell phones and laptops are more than capable of charging up in the new residence in Tulsa and helping you to search 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 dinner by packing ingredients plus some utensils on your drive. Or swing by a local grocery store to get necessities. All these tasks will be fun and special, and spend several hours, for your kids prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Check out the Attic

For those who have an entire day to wait around for the moving van in Tulsa, 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 notice every nook and cranny ahead of opting to move in. Work with your children to seek out access to storage space and also utility places and investigate the attic and basement should there be any. (Be sure that you supervise the children carefully and employ 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 couple of daylight hours running around at their park.

Perform a little research, then take the children on a fun stroll to get familiar with the neighborhood. Here's your perfect time to discover the path to the closest park and determine if you are alright with your children 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 things you can easily do if the home is vacant. Including tumbling all over the wide-open flooring 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 Empty Home Day like a special occasion to celebrate instead of a spooky time without household furniture.


When preparing a move to Tulsa with your kids, it is important to keep in mind that you will invariably get there before the moving van. With these fun techniques and a few that you'll naturally come up with on the way, you can make it exciting for your kids to spend an exciting few days in the empty house before their stuff catches up with them. For additional great moving tips, contact us today!


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