Keeping The Kids Busy When You Arrive Ahead of the Moving Truck

Moving Day

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
When you move, you and the moving truck generally leave around the same time. After all, you'll need to watch over the loading, and then you have no reason to stick around after all your belongings are gone. So, you and your children and all your overnight totes pile up into the vehicle and head out to the new house. Nevertheless moving trucks cannot move as quickly as your own vehicle and do not always take the same route. So, they generally get there a couple of hours to a few days after the family members doing the moving.

Which leads to one of the most important worries of moving to Houston: Bare House Day. There is certain to be a bit of time where you are at the property with a working key with no pieces of furniture or cartons to start unpacking. On your own, you can simply relax with a couple movies on your phone. Or perhaps go out and stroll your neighborhood a little. But if you have youngsters, it is advisable to develop a plan. Youngsters may get wiggly, bored, or even scared spending the day and night in a vacant residence prior to when the moving truck arrives.

Presently, we are here to talk about a few handy methods for parents to help their children have fun on Bare House Day.

Organize Spaces with Masking Tape

One thing your children will want to do is claim their new space. But without furniture, it's difficult to accomplish anything following calling 'dibs'. Except if you have a roll of masking tape. With this, you can easily mark off where the pieces of furniture could be if you had it, a rectangle for the recliner, one for each bed. Even a circle for the family dog bed, if you have dog gear on the way.

Masking or even painter's tape is easy to rip and contains glue weak enough not to leave a residue. Therefore you can confidently put it on floors and also walls without damaging the finish or needing to wash after. And you could expend much of a night drawing outlines of pictures on the wall surfaces and chairs on the flooring surfaces whilst your children get sleepy enough to camp out for the night.

Dinner Out or even Dinner In

Then there's the question of supper. There are some methods to cope with eating throughout Bare Home Day, from packing a cooler to ordering takeout. If the children are lively and you have got the moving cash, think about taking them out to eat to take care of dinner and make moving day special.

Today's mobile phones and also laptops are more than capable of charging up in the new home in Houston and assisting you to search for a great spot in the area that's open at night. Or, if you would rather stay in and have an empty home sleepover, get a pizza or takeout. You may even make your first dinner by packing ingredients and some utensils on the drive. Or maybe swing by a local grocery store for necessities. These activities can be entertaining and special, and also consume a few hours, for your kids prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Explore the Attic

In case you have an entire day to wait for the moving van in Houston, you'll want various daytime hour adventures. Playing outside in the yard is a great place to begin, but you could also investigate your house from top to bottom. Chances are, you didn't find every little detail ahead of opting to move in. Work with your kids to find entry to storage space as well as utility spaces and visit the attic and basement if there are any. (It is important to watch over the kids cautiously and make use of proper safety measures.)

Walk to a Nearby Playground

A good number of communities have a park somewhere within walking range. Apartments and also HOA residential areas are fantastic regarding keeping their recreational areas well-maintained and all set for neighborhood children to play. There could also be a grade school in the area that would not mind you enjoying a few daylight hours playing at their recreation area.

Perform a little research, then take your children for a fun walk to get familiar with the neighborhood. Here's your perfect opportunity to find out the route to the nearest park and decide if you are okay with your youngsters making this trek on their own eventually. And they will get their first adventure of an enjoyable place in close proximity to play.

Sock Glides and Gymnastics Tricks

Finally, there are the stuff you can easily do when the residence is empty. Such as tumbling all over the wide-open flooring or sock-sliding over the full length of the hardwood rooms. Empty room gymnastics are among the ideal ways to help your youngsters think about Empty Home Day to be a special event to celebrate instead of a scary time with no household furniture.


When preparing a move to Houston with your children, it's important to remember that you'll almost always arrive before the moving van. Making use of these entertaining approaches plus some that you will naturally think of as you go along, you can make it fun for your kids to have an exciting couple of days in an vacant residence before their stuff catches up with them. For more excellent moving tips, contact us today!


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