Moving house is a hugely emotional and potentially intense time for any family. No matter where you’re moving to, you have to pack all of your worldly possessions away into boxes, shift them, and then unpack them all in a new place and make everything yours again. It can be a pretty full-on time for parents as they manage the whole moving process and all of the organisation concurrently with the potential transition that your kids are making with moving.
And, depending on how big the move is, you might be resetting kids into a new school, a new country or even a new country! No matter what, you as a parent just need to remember that no matter if it’s your first move or your tenth, there are some hard and fast rules to follow to make the moving and settling process a smooth and easy one.
These glorious tips have been kindly provided by the removalists at Move on Removals, and promise to make your move a breeze. Well, as much of a breeze as possible!
When you packed all of your worldly possessions before leaving your old home, you probably packed up a ‘survival kit’ which consisted of up to two changes of clothes for everyone (including some old clothes for cleaning and unpacking), some pyjamas, any beloved toys or blankets, and all linen that you need for everyone’s beds.
You need to make sure that you get the beds set up so that everyone has somewhere to rest their heads when they need to crash out after such a big day, and also so that you can get normalcy back and running as soon as possible.
While you’re unpacking, why not order some takeaway food? A nice celebration of you all going through the move together and being great as a family could be just what you need to bring everyone together.
If you’re energetic enough, why not unpack some of the key bathroom items and some of the kitchen stuff, so you can have showers or baths and cook breakfast when you wake up in the morning.
Be sure to take your time and to manage the unpacking process with some organisation. If you’re super put-together you might have a spreadsheet or an itemised list of how and where everything will be positioned, otherwise a good old fashioned list will do!
CHILD-PROOF YOUR HOME
A key part of making your new house a home is ensuring that it’s safe for everyone who lives there. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to make the house fall, shock and accident proof by getting the necessary fencing or childproofing in place. You need to make sure you’re talking to your kids about safety and the move before you actually do the move.
Take the extra step of taking your kids to your new neighbourhood and perhaps having a play in the playground or walking around the shops. That way when they get to their new home they’ll already feel that familiarity. Kids are naturally going to be upset about leaving friends or family behind when moving, and it’s important to ensure that their feelings are validated and heard, as it’s an important part of them being comfortable.
SETTLING YOUR PETS
If you have a cat, be sure to give it some time in their carrier box where they can get used to their surroundings. Let them stay inside for a few days (if an outdoor cat) or if an indoor only cat, set up their favourite toys and litter somewhere quiet.
For dogs, just be sure that the home is dog-proofed and walk them on a leash at all times where they can establish their new territory.
Good luck with your big move, and enjoy the process of moving to an exciting new home with your family.