Moving is exciting but when you have young children, the excitement can become stressful. After 4 years of planning and hesitating, we finally plucked the courage to move outside London. Life was becoming far too expensive and unfortunately moving out is the only way we can afford a place of our own.
The big move was extremely stressful with the children and because I’ve now done it and bought the t-shirt, I thought I’d share a few tips that may be of help to others when faced with the challenge of moving homes with children (especially young ones)
Tip 1: Clean clothes
Children have many unexpected accidents during the day so make sure you have clean clothes to last them for a while after you move in. I didn’t want the laundry to add to the stress of unpacking, so I made sure that ALL their clothes were clean before we moved, giving me more time to sort out their rooms and to learn how to work out our new washing machine! I normally do one cycle of washing every day but I didn’t have to worry about laundry for a whole week (happy mum, happy home)
Tip 2: Get them involved
If you have children who are at the age of understanding things like my eldest (6 years old), chances are that they too will be anxious about the move. The best way to overcome this is to involve them in the moving process as much as possible, give them jobs to do, for example, make them responsible for packing their own toys/clothes etc. Talk to them, explain everything from why you are moving to how exactly it’s going to be on moving day, believe me, it really consoles them and makes them become more confident about moving to a new area.
Tip 3: Removal company
I can’t stress how important it is to hire a removal company for your move. It takes so much pressure off you as a family to have someone take care of moving everything over for you, especially when moving far. I remember when we last moved and as we were still in the same borough, we decided to save money and move things ourselves in our small car, long story short, it was the worse decision ever! we made so many turns back and forth by the end of the day we were so knackered we couldn’t even eat. If you’re organised, you’d be surprised to find pretty good deals for removal companies, we found ours here www.anyvan.com
Tip 4: Packed lunches
Make sure you have prepared packed lunches for moving day because believe me, you don’t want to be doing a big move with hungry little ones! Not just for the kids but pack as much food and water for everyone taking part in the moving process, you’ll all need the energy and strength. I packed turkey meatballs, chopped up vegetables such as cucumbers and carrots as well as sandwiches, crisps and fruits. Pack lots of small simple snacks that you can just grab and enjoy!
Tip 5: Extra entertainment
On moving day, it is best to organise childcare for the day but if that’s not an option, make sure there is enough extra entertainment for the kids. I’m going to put my hands up and admit that I let the kids play on their tablets almost the WHOLE day, *covers face* this was the only way to keep them busy, especially when we had just arrived at the new place. The kids already have learning apps stored on their tablets with plenty of fun interactive activities to keep them busy for a few hours, our favourite apps are kidloland and readwithfonics. I’m sure you’re probably wondering how I dealt with or kept my little clingy madam busy during the moving process? well, she was on my back most of the time you know, African style! Et Pourquoi pas?!
A tres bientot my lovelies!