It’s no secret that moving is stressful. The kids may have called your current house ‘home’ since they were born, so leaving familiarity and neighbourhood besties can be destabilising.
If you’re shifting suburbs, there could be new schools and other big changes on the horizon so we’ve put together some pointers to help turn upheaval into excitement.
Springing a move on anyone out of the blue is never a good idea. Kids rely on routine so the best thing you can do is talk about it. Let them know exactly what will happen, when and why, because having a heads up gives them time to get used to the idea, ask questions and look at a photo of their new room. Before moving day, take the time to visit your new neighbourhood with the kids. Let them explore, seek out their new favourite spots, go for a spin on the bike friendly paths, discover the street’s most climbable tree and most of all – have something to look forward to.
Top tip: Let the kids plan their new room. Arm them with coloured pencils and let their imaginations go to town.
Packing as play
As you begin the big task of packing, look at it from the kids’ point of view. Know what’s important to them and make sure you prioritise packing their precious things. Give their favourite teddy pride of place or blankie a box with it’s own name on it. Why not give your littlies a special box that they can decorate to their heart’s content and pack their most important items in. There are some great books about moving like ‘Moving House’ by Stephen Cartwright and ‘Who Will Be My Friends?’ by Syd Hoff. In a nutshell, turn packing into an adventure. Grace offers a partial or comprehensive packing service, so consider using this for larger rooms so you can focus on your kid’s rooms.
Top tip: Make sure you have the kids’ pyjamas, a change of clothes, toothbrush and sheets handy in your Grace Survival Pac.
The Practical part
Moving day can get the better of all of us but staying sane is the best thing you can do for the kids. Put a plan together so the whole family knows what’s happening and when. Don’t forget the little things – have water and snacks handy, keep your packing tape close and your toilet paper closer and remember to be flexible because sometimes you just won’t remember what box you packed your favourite pillowcase in.
Our Grace Valet team can help you with the logistics of unpacking and setting up home so you can focus on the kids. We offer a range of sensational services such as kitchen pre-cleaning, unpacking items into appropriate cupboards, cabinets, wardrobes and bookcases, making beds and putting food into cupboards and refrigerators.
Top tip: Arrange a sleepover for the kids with family or friends. The combination of heavy items and kids can be stressful.