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March 04, 2019

Keeping The Children Amused If You Arrive Before the Moving Truck

Moving Day

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Whenever you move, you and the moving truck generally leave at about the same time. After all, you'll need to supervise the loading, and then you have no reason to stick around after all your belongings are gone. And so, you and your children and all your overnight totes load up into your vehicle and head out to the new place. However moving trucks can't move as fast as your own car and do not always take the exact same route. So, they typically arrive a couple of hours to a few days after the family doing the moving.

Which results in one of the most interesting dilemmas of moving to Tulsa: Bare House Day. There is bound to be a bit of time in which you will be at the residence with a working key and no household furniture or cartons to commence unpacking. Alone, you could merely settle in with some videos on your phone. Or maybe choose to go around your neighborhood a little. But when you have young children, it is advisable to develop a plan. Youngsters can get wiggly, frustrated, or perhaps scared spending the day and night in a bare residence before the moving truck shows up.

Presently, we're here to mention several handy methods for parents to help their kids have a ball on Bare House Day.

Arrange Spaces with Masking Tape

The first thing your children may wish to do is lay claim to their new area. However devoid of home furnishings, it's difficult to do anything after calling 'dibs'. Unless you employ a roll of masking tape. Using this, you can actually cordon 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 dog bed, if you've got canine stuff on the way.

Masking or even painter's tape is easy to tear and has sticky weak enough to not leave a residue. Therefore you can easily put it on flooring and also wall surfaces without damaging the finish or needing to scrub after. And you may expend much of a night drawing outlines of bookcases on the wall surfaces and beds on the flooring surfaces while your kids get drowsy enough to camp out for the night.

Dinner Out or even Dinner In

There is the question of an evening meal. There are some strategies to cope with eating for the duration of Vacant House Day, from loading a cooler to choosing takeout. If the children are lively and you have got the moving funds, consider taking them out to eat to handle an evening meal and make moving day memorable.

Current phones and laptops are more than capable of charging up in the new residence in Tulsa and helping you to search for a decent place close by that is open in the evening. Or, if you'd rather stay in like an empty residence sleepover, get a pizza or takeout. You may even make your first supper by packing ingredients and a few utensils on your drive. Or swing by a neighborhood supermarket for necessities. All these activities could be enjoyable and unique, and also wipe out a couple of hours, for your kids before the professional movers arrive.

Explore the Attic

For those who have a whole day to hang around for the moving truck in Tulsa, you'll want several daytime hour things to do. Running around outside in the backyard is a good place to begin, nevertheless, you could also check out the house from top to bottom. Chances are, you failed to see each and every little detail prior to opting to move in. Work with the kids to locate access to storage and also utility areas and investigate the attic and basement if there are any. (It is important to watch over the kids diligently and use suitable safety measures.)

Go walking to a Neighborhood Recreation Area

A lot of residential areas have a park somewhere within walking distance. Apartments and HOA residential areas are fantastic regarding keeping their recreational areas well-maintained and all set for local youngsters to enjoy. There could also be a grade school in the area that might not mind you enjoying a few daylight hours playing at their playground.

Do a little research, then take the children on a fun walk to get familiar with the neighborhood. Now is your perfect chance to learn the path to the nearest park and decide if you're okay with your kids making this trip by themselves in the future. And they can get their first encounter of a neat place nearby to play.

Sock Glides and Gymnastics Tricks

Lastly, there are the stuff you are only able to do if your residence is bare. Such as rolling across the wide-open bare floors or sock-sliding over the whole length of the tile areas. Vacant room gymnastics are one of the best ways to help your kids think of Empty House Day to be a special occasion to remember instead of a spooky time with no furniture.


When planning a move to Tulsa with your children, it is important to remember that you'll generally arrive ahead of the truck. Using these entertaining strategies plus some that you'll invariably come up with as you go along, you can make it entertaining for your children to spend an exciting few days in the bare property before their stuff catches up with them. For more excellent moving ideas, contact us today!


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