Moving house with kids
If you’re moving house to a bigger property to cater for your ever-expanding brood, you might not relish the idea of moving house with toddlers or young children in tow, but with a little forward planning and imagination, you can actually make moving home a fun adventure for all the family, and take the stress out of relocating.
Before you move
Start getting the children used to the idea of living in a new place. Take them to visit the surrounding area as well as the house itself, making sure they know about all the fun things that they can get involved in once they’re there, so they can feel excited, rather than apprehensive about the change.
Do as much packing as possible while they’re in bed, or at school. If this isn’t possible, don’t be afraid to ask for help from others if you need babysitters, or failing that, get the kids involved in packing, letting them help you pack up non-breakable items and draw on or label boxes so you can remember what’s inside.
Have a family meeting to talk about the move, so that they feel involved and included on the plans, and you can address any worries or concerns they might have. It might help to read stories about moving with small children to help them understand what to expect.
Moving is the ideal opportunity to de-clutter, so get rid of anything you don’t need. Hire a skip if necessary, if you have a lot of rubbish. Pack items into three categories; keep, give to charity, or throw away. Be ruthless and if you haven’t used something for a year or more, it is time to let it go. Just think, the more you get rid of now, the less there will be to unpack at the other end.
Arrange a proper way to say goodbye to friends, whether it is a barbecue, a party or a dinner, children need reassurance that they will see their friends again.
Make dinner for the first evening in your new home and freeze it if you have time, or failing that find out the number of a good local takeaway so you don’t have to think about cooking when you arrive.
Keep some of their favourite items unpacked until moving day if possible, and make this box the first one to unpack at the other end to help them feel at home straight away.
Pack another box with the essential kitchen items such as the kettle, mugs and plates, toaster, cutlery, tea bags and milk etc – so you have the essentials ready for arrival at the other end!
If you can afford it, hiring a professional removal company will make life a lot easier – most reputable companies will pack and unpack everything for you, and also assemble furniture on arrival.
Consider asking friends or family to entertain the kids or take them out for a while so you can get things organised.
Unpack boxes in order of priority, and leave any that you don’t need immediately for another day, as trying to unpack everything immediately could be very overwhelming!
Ensure you know where essential items to assemble the beds are, including screws, bolts etc. and have clean linen ready so everybody can feel comfortable and get a good sleep when they arrive at the new home.
Let them get involved in choosing the décor for their new bedrooms so they can feel more at home. Make sure any favourite items such as bedding, books, clothes and toys are unpacked as soon as possible so they can make their surroundings feel safe and familiar.
If they’re starting a new school, take them for a visit or a settling in day if possible so their first day is less daunting.
If possible arrange for friends to come and visit soon so the children feel reassured that they can still see the people they have moved away from.
Sign them up for clubs in the local area so they can make new friends and continue with any activities they enjoyed taking part in before the move.
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