Moving House with Kids
Moving house with children is no small feat. It goes without saying that every child is different; some welcome change, some need time to warm up to it, and unfortunately, some dread it. At the end of the day, every child adjusts at their own pace, but there are some simple tips and tricks that can help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Be patient with yourself
If you’ve ever moved house, you know that it is a task that we typically underestimate. How long could it possibly take to pack up some boxes and load them into a van, right? Wrong!
Relocating houses is time-consuming at the best of times, so we recommend that you allow yourself some overlap time between your properties; this way, you won’t have an urgent deadline approaching and inducing a panic attack. It is also worth handling the larger tasks first, such as dismantling beds.
Prepare a box of essentials
Set yourself up for the week ahead by packing the necessities for the week ahead together in one box; we’re talking school books, lunchboxes, toothbrushes, towels, snacks, and most importantly, your little ones’ favourite toys! This will help buy you time with the rest of unpacking.
Other items that could be of use in your box of essentials are toilet paper rolls and a nightlight. Involve your kids in the packing so that they feel like they are part of the excitement; it also means they get to pick their favourite items to keep close by.
Make it an adventure
Yes, moving can be daunting, but it can also be thrilling! What’s stopping you from approaching the move as an adventure? One easy way of doing this is driving by your new home to help your kids familiarise themselves with the new area; explore the parks, playgrounds, and shopping centres that will now be on your doorstep.
You can also involve your young ones in some fun decision-making, such as helping them plan the layout of their new bedroom. Activities that build positive anticipation around the new move can help make your kids feel included and like you are all part of the same team.
Take plenty of breaks
Moving can be a very physical and exhausting task, meaning it’s essential that you and the kids take regular breaks. Make sure that you put time aside to sit down together, regain your energy with some snacks and water, and take a breather.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Last but not least, don’t forget to reach out for help. That’s what your family and friends are here for and any assistance can go a long way, whether that’s help with packing, babysitting, or cleaning. If your support network is limited, you can even consider posting on Facebook to extend your reach in the community; it may surprise you who throws their ring in the hat to lend a helping hand!
For more tricks of the trade that will make moving house as smooth as possible, you can trust the real estate experts at De Freitas Ryan. Get in touch with our knowledgeable team by calling (08) 6399 6899.