Keeping Your Kids Busy When You Arrive Prior to the Moving Truck

Moving Day

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
If you move, you and the moving truck generally leave at about the same time. After all, you will need to oversee the loading, and then you have no reason to stick around after all your belongings are gone. So, you and your kids and all your overnight bags load up into the automobile and set off to the new house. But moving trucks can't move as quickly as your own automobile and don't always take the identical route. Therefore, they generally get there a number of hours to a few days later than the family members doing the moving.

Which ends up in one of the most interesting dilemmas of moving to Oklahoma City: Bare House Day. There's certain to be a little while in which you're at the residence with a working key and no household furniture or boxes to commence unpacking. By yourself, you can simply settle in with a couple movies on your phone. Or perhaps just go go around the area a bit. However when you have young children, it's vital to develop a plan. Kids might get wiggly, frustrated, or even scared spending a day and night in an empty house before the moving truck arrives.

Right now, we are here to discuss a few helpful methods for parents to help their kids have a ball on Vacant House Day.

Organize Rooms with Masking Tape

The first thing your kids will want to do is stake out their new area. However devoid of furniture, it's tough to accomplish anything following calling 'dibs'. Except if you have a roll of masking tape. With this, it is possible to cordon off where the pieces of furniture could be if you had it, a rectangle for the couch, one for every bed. Even a circle for the doggy bed, if you have dog accessories on the way.

Masking or painter's tape isn't hard to rip and contains glue weak enough to not leave a residue. Which means you can confidently use it on floors along with wall surfaces with no damage to the finish or having to wash after. And you can spend most of a night putting outlines of pictures on the wall surfaces and beds on the floors while your kids get sleepy enough to camp out for the night.

Dining Out or Supper In

Then there's the question of an evening meal. There are several approaches to cope with eating in the course of Empty House Day, from packing a cooler to choosing takeout. If your youngsters are full of energy and you have the moving cash, consider taking them out to eat to handle an evening meal and make moving day special.

Today's phones and laptops are more than efficient in charging up in the new home in Oklahoma City and assisting you to locate a great spot nearby that is open in the evening. Or, if you'd rather stay in and have an empty residence sleepover, get a pizza or takeout. You can also prepare your first supper by bringing ingredients as well as some utensils on your drive. Or swing by a local market to get necessities. Each of these tasks could be entertaining and special, and wipe out a few hours, for your children prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Check out the Attic

For those who have a whole day to hang around for the moving van in Oklahoma City, you will want several daylight hour activities. Running around outside in the backyard is an excellent place to start, however, you can also check out the residence completely. Chances are, you failed to observe every little detail prior to opting to move in. Work with your children to find access to storage and also utility spaces and check out the attic and basement should there be any. (Just be sure to watch over the kids diligently and make use of appropriate safety precautions.)

Walk to a Nearby Park

Most communities have a park somewhere within walking range. Apartments and also HOA communities are wonderful regarding keeping their recreational areas well-maintained and ready for local kids to enjoy. There may also be an elementary school in the area that would not mind you passing a handful of daylight hours running around at their recreation area.

Perform a little research, then take the children on a fun hike to get to know the community. Now is your ideal opportunity to learn the path to the closest park and decide if you are fine with your kids making this trek on their own down the road. And they can get their first encounter of a neat area close by to play.

Sock Slides and Gymnastics Stunts

Lastly, there are the activities you can easily do if the residence is empty. Such as tumbling along the wide-open floor or sock-sliding across the full span of the tile areas. Bare room gymnastics are one of the ideal ways to help your kids think of Bare Home Day like a festivity to remember as opposed to a spooky time with no home furnishings.


When planning a move to Oklahoma City with your kids, it's important to keep in mind that you will generally get there before the moving truck. Using these enjoyable approaches plus some that you will surely think of along the way, you can make it exciting for your kids to spend an exciting few days in an empty home before their stuff catches up with them. For more fantastic moving hints, contact us today!


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