We all know moving house is right up there with the most stressful things life can throw at you. When you add kids into the mix, you can sometimes end up wishing you were all moving to different places. However, my experience is that it doesn’t have to be that way – with these helpful tips and tricks, you can all make it to the next house in one calm and happy piece.
- Communication is key. Keeping the kids informed at every step of the process helps them feel ownership of it – meaning they’ll be more likely to be on-board and actively help with (or at least, not hinder) the move.
- Remember, kids don’t see the stressful side of moving, so for them it can be a relatively fun experience (honestly!) Find ways to turn house viewings and packing into a game – give them a list of features to find and tick off in a house you’re viewing, for example, or reward them for each box they pack.
- When you’re looking for your new home, make sure everyone’s voice is heard. Then think about what will make all your lives easier – will the kids be able to walk to school, the shops or their extracurricular activities? If they don’t already have it, plan for their independence – future-you will be glad you did.
- If in doubt, delegate. Everyone knows how stressful moving house can be, and friends and family will often be happy to lend a hand. Farm the kids out to playdates, send them to their grandparents, whatever works – this is your time to call in favours. Use it.
- Planning is your friend. Don’t leave anything to the last minute, and think carefully about what you’ll need – dinner, bedding, utility connections – on the first night in your new home.
- Once you’re moved in, give the kids responsibility for unpacking their own things. Not only does this get a job done for you, but it also means that – for a brief but wonderful time – the kids will actually know where to find their things.