moved house just over a year ago so everything we dealt with is still quite
fresh in my mind. I did not want my
anxiety regarding the move rubbing off on the boys, even though the whole
experience was very stressful I tried to make it seem fun and exciting for
them. I focused on all the positives,
highlighting the parts of the house I thought they would like the most, as I
knew they would find it hard to settle otherwise. So it was all about how they had more outside space, more room to
play hide and seek indoors and a bigger playroom to stash their toys.
youngest embraced the change more readily than his older brother, so we threw a
in party for them to show off the new house to all their friends (we
invited 28 children, we must be mad!).
That did make a difference because then their friends would say nice
things to them about the house and gradually eldest accepted the change. So do prepare your children for what is
ahead of them, show them pictures of the new place and tell them all the nice
things you can do in the area.
think this infographic by Volition Removals London is handy if you have a pending move on the cards. You can quickly check if you have covered
all the essentials. Fortunately I seem
to have done most of them, luckily we did not have to change schools or leave
behind friends, so it was not as overwhelming as it could have been.
would say if you can get grandparents to help mind your children whilst you
pack up boxes its better for everyone’s sanity (otherwise they keep taking out
toys to play with and you have to start packing all over again!), but if you
think they will stay focused on the task by all means get the kids involved
with the packing. It’s important for
them to realise that the contents and furniture come with them, mine were quite
concerned their belongings would be left behind, so plenty of reassurance at
all times so they can understand what is going on.
just paid for the biggest items to be moved by a removals company. It was better having a proper company handle
the heaviest pieces of furniture because in our case they dismantled the double
bed and rebuilt it in our new house. They
had all the tools and know how to make the move that much more seamless. I think its worth getting a quote for
everything to be moved though, because you really do have enough to organise
when moving house the last thing you need is to then go back and fourth in a
car trying to take all the cardboard boxes and bin bags yourself to save a bit
of cash. Again needing to sort out
babysitters because you cannot fit the kids and the house contents in the car
at the same time with the seats down.