Moving itself can be hard enough, but adding kids in the mix can create a major whirlwind. While it may make things harder, there are a few ways to make moving day with children a lot easier. Here are some tips.

Don’t Leave Your Packing Until the Last Minute

About 25% of rental residents in a survey were renters by choice, meaning they prefer to live in an apartment rather than a house. But if you’re moving out of an apartment and into a home, there are things that can’t wait until the last minute. And an unfortunate number of people leave packing alone until they’re really down to the wire. But doing this can cause a serious problem for your move in general. If you know you’re moving months before you actually do, start getting things together as soon as possible. Separate your home, condominium, or apartment into different zones and take on one at a time. Sort through each room and figure out what you need and what you don’t need. That way you’ll be decluttered and (hopefully) calm on moving day.

Don’t Use Your Kitchen the Week You Move

If you’re used to cooking your entire family healthy meals, consider moving week your cheat week. Your children would probably love to eat pizza and chicken wings that can be disposed of when everyone’s done, so give them happiness by keeping your kitchen clean. Pick up some paper plates and cups that you can toss immediately after use. There will be no dishes to do, giving you the opportunity to pack them up early.

Figure Out Child Care Ahead of Time

Even though you might want your children with you throughout the moving process, getting them out of your hair while you’re actually moving your belongings can be a big help. Reach out to your friends and family and see if any of them would be able to watch your little one for a few hours over the course of moving week. Usually, people will be more than happy to help out, especially if you give them a “thank you” bottle of wine.

Remind Yourself, and Your Children, That It’s Okay to Get Emotional

Switching homes can be extremely emotional, especially if the house you’re leaving has been yours for a significant amount of time. Not only will you feel overwhelmed with emotion, but your children might feel the same way. If you notice that they’re feeling down, wrap them up in a bear hug and tell them that it’s okay to cry. Throughout moving week do your best to cut everyone in your family, including yourself, a bit of slack.

While moving to townhouses or luxury condos with children can be difficult, there are ways to make it easier. Encourage them to share their feelings, don’t wait to pack until the last minute, and set up child care options well in advance.