Moving house can be stressful at the best of times, but when you have young children involved it requires an almost military level of organisation. You might be moving to a different area of the same city, or a new town (or even country) altogether, where a change of school adds an extra element to think about. Moving isn’t easy, but there are plenty of things you can do to help you and your children settle into your new home with as little stress as possible. If you’ve got a house move coming up and are feeling overwhelmed, see below for some tips to ease the pressure of moving with young children.
Discuss the move as soon as possible
It’s always best to tell children about your moving plans sooner rather than later; even very young children can pick up on the atmosphere or overhear adult conversations, so it’s much better to tell them on your own terms in a calm and controlled way. They’re likely to have a lot of questions, so answer as honestly as you can and highlight all the positive aspects of the move.
Maintain some elements of routine
It’s natural that all the packing and organisation involved in moving house will cause a lot of upheaval, but try to stick to familiar routines as much as you can. Stick to bedtime, bath and meal routines, and focus on something your child finds comforting like their favourite bedtime story.
Involve children in the planning
Children love to feel useful so it can help the whole family if you involve them in the planning of your move. Children can still take responsibility for packing up their room with some appropriate supervision, and it’s a good opportunity to give any unwanted toys to charity or friends. If you’re moving to a new city you could also plan some fun new activities or places to visit together.
Pack children’s toys last
Set aside some favourite toys, books or clothes and pack this box at the end; this ensures that children can have their familiar things around them for as long as possible, and it can be one of the first boxes you unpack in the new house.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
It’s likely that you’ll need extra support from family and friends leading up to the move, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It might be easier for children to be looked after by friends or relatives on moving day so that you can focus all your energy into packing and loading your belongings. A professional moving team provide invaluable help too, and many can even pack up all your belongings for you.
If you need tailored home removals in Shrewsbury and beyond, get in touch with Homemaster Relocations. We provide a full range of professional services, from padded covers to protect your furniture, to packing and storage solutions. For more information about how we can help you have a stress free move, give us a call or visit our website.