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March 04, 2019

Keeping Your Children 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 normally leave at about the same time. After all, you will need to supervise 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 load up into the automobile and head out to the new house. But moving trucks cannot go as quickly as your own car and don't always take the identical route. Therefore, they invariably 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 more fascinating concerns of moving to Austin: Bare House Day. There's bound to be some time in which you are at the residence with a working key with no household furniture or boxes to commence unpacking. By yourself, you may merely settle in with a couple movies on your phone. Or maybe just go go around the community a bit. But when you have young children, it is critical to develop a plan. Children might get wiggly, frustrated, or perhaps scared spending a day and night in a vacant house before the moving truck arrives.

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

Organize Rooms with Masking Tape

The first thing your children may wish to do is stake out their new area. But devoid of home furnishings, 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 furniture could be if you had it, a rectangle for the couch, one for every bed. Even a circle for the dog bed, if you have pet gear 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 put it on floors as well as wall surfaces with no damage to the finish or having to scrub after. And you may devote most of a night putting outlines of pictures on the wall surfaces and couches on the floors while your kids get sleepy enough to camp out for the night.

Dining Out or Supper In

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

Today's mobile phones and also laptops are more than efficient in charging up in the new house in Austin and allowing you to locate a decent spot nearby that's 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 and a few utensils on your drive. Or swing by a nearby market to get necessities. Each of these tasks could be entertaining and special, and also wipe out a few hours, for your children prior to when the professional movers arrive.

Check out the Attic

For those who have an entire day to hang around for the truck in Austin, you'll want more than a few daylight hour things to do. Running around outside in the backyard is an excellent starting point, but you can also check out the residence completely. Odds are, you failed to see every little detail before opting to move in. Work with your children to find access to storage and also utility spaces and visit the attic and basement should there be any. (Be sure that you watch over the children very carefully and make use of appropriate safety precautions.)

Walk to a Nearby Park

A lot of neighborhoods have a park somewhere within walking range. Apartments and also HOA communities are wonderful about keeping their recreational areas well-maintained and prepared 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 kids on a fun hike to get to be familiar with the community. Now is your ideal chance to learn the path to the closest park and decide if you are fine with your children making this trek by themselves in the future. And they can get their first experience of a neat area close by to play.

Sock Slides and Gymnastics Stunts

Finally, there are the activities you can easily do when the residence is empty. Like tumbling along the wide-open flooring or sock-sliding across the whole span of the tile rooms. Bare room gymnastics are one of the ideal ways to help your children think of Bare Home Day like a special event to remember as opposed to a spooky time with no home furnishings.


When planning a move to Austin with your children, it's important to remember that you will typically get there prior to when the moving truck. Using these fun approaches plus some that you will naturally think of along the way, you can make it exciting for your kids to spend an exciting few days in an bare property before their stuff catches up with them. For more fantastic moving hints, contact us today!


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