Recently our family moved house. It was the first time my husband and I had moved since having our two children. They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, and sadly I can attest to that! Everyone in our little household was on edge.
Our 2.5 year old son didn’t
cope very well with the move and it took him quite a while to adjust to his new
surroundings. It got me thinking about what we could have done differently to
help prepare him for the move and what things we could be doing now to help him
On reflection, here are my
top moving tips:-
1. Make a list of
all the big jobs and prioritise them. Tick them off daily, it won’t seem so
daunting that way. Big jobs include disconnecting phone, gas and electricity and
changing your address with agencies and suppliers.
2. Make a list of all your items and organise
them into categories. For example moving, storage, dump, donate, garage
3. Start packing with about 3 weeks til moving
date. Start with items you don’t currently use like out of season clothing.
Involve your kids by asking them to pack their own bedroom items. Explain that
the items will be packed away for now and will be at their new home when they
4. If you’re moving to a new city, choose a new
dentist, vet and medical centre. Look up where your local school and child care
centre will be. Investigate local parks, sporting clubs and community groups
which you may be able to join once you have moved in. Visit with the kids so
they get used to their new surroundings. Business and Service Provider information for families new to regions can usually be found on Local Council websites.
5. For younger school-aged children it’s a good
idea to let them have a goodbye party with their friends. Ensure they understand
they can still be in contact with their school friends via telephone, email or
6. Involve your kids as much as possible by
taking and showing them your new home before you move in. Let them choose their
bedrooms and if you can, buy new bedspreads and bedroom accessories so they can
personalise their rooms.
7. On moving day make sure you have activities
planned to keep the kids busy while you pack and load. Have a box of toys/games
put aside that can easily be transported in the car with the kids. Include items
like matchbox cars or barbie dolls, a few small reading books, colouring in book
and pencils, deck of cards and your child’s favourite DVD.
finally, once you arrive at your new home take the time to show your child
around. Ask them what their favourite thing about the new house is and allow
them time to ask you questions. Get your child’s room set up first and get them
settled with some familiar furniture and toys before you start unpacking the
remainder of the house. The boxes will still be there in the