Packing your Kids for a House Move
House moves are known to be times of extreme stress, especially if you’re moving with the whole family. If your children are too young to be packing their own bedrooms, then you need to plan out exactly how you’re going to go about that.Babies and Toddlers:If you’re moving house with a baby or toddler then chances are you have an entire nursery to pack up! Start with the essentials – pack a bag and a few boxes of items you’re definitely going to need. This should include nappies, dummies, favourite toys, spare clothes, blankets and bottles. Next up you can start packing up their room. When it comes to baby items, you’ll want to make sure your boxes are clearly labelled. If you’re dealing with a crying toddler who’s sobbing for that one specific toy it’s going to help if you don’t have to rip apart every baby box you’ve packed. To avoid that happening, simply write up an inventory on the side of each box. When it comes to emergencies, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for with relative ease. Your child’s cot, crib, wardrobe and changing station are all hefty items of furniture that will need moving. Prioritise them over your sofa or coffee table – it’s important to help your child settle in to their new environment, and having furniture they’re familiar with is going to ease that process. If your babies’ furniture can be taken apart and flat-packed then do so. However, if you’re thinking of doing this then take into account the time it will take to re-build everything - you might find this is more effort than it’s worth – it’s entirely up to you!Young Children: Younger children will most likely want to be involved in the moving process as it’s something new and exciting. Don’t be afraid to give your little ones some responsibility. Teach them how to pack something simple, like their soft toy collection, so that they can feel as though they’re involved. Moving house can be stressful for kids, as it is a time when it can seem as though their opinions don’t matter, so take the time to give your young ones the attention they need. As with babies and toddlers, you’re going to need to create a few essentials boxes. Sit down with your children and make a list together – what things do they think they need? What would they like to have to hand? Involve them as much as you can in the process to make the event a shared family experience.Older Children and Teens: Older children and teenagers can be stubborn and uncooperative when it comes to moving house. Give older kids as much responsibility as you can and let them do their own thing to avoid arguments and unnecessary stress. You don’t need to help your fifteen-year-old pack their room necessarily, in fact they might appreciate the privacy! Sit down with your family and ask how they feel they can contribute on moving day. Do they want to help carry furniture, clothing or do they simply want to be in charge of their own room? Particularly grumpy teens can be persuaded into good behaviour with the promise of decorating their own room. Try giving them a budget to work with to cover the costs of paint, posters and light fittings. This is a great way to ensure you have your child’s full interest and cooperation when it comes to the big day!