Moving house is stressful and demanding enough but it’s made even harder when you’ve got infants and young children in tow. That said, with the tips below it is possible to keep your sanity, get packing, and move house successfully.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Moving house is a big job and your family and friends would hate for you to think that you’ve got to cope with everything all on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask family or friends for help and be sure to accept any offers of assistance that come your way. Most grandparents will relish time spent with their grandchildren and friends will be only too pleased to help you pack your possessions. You can get a surprising amount done knowing that your children are safely off your hands for just a few hours.
Take advantage of children sleeping
Being a parent to small children and moving house is a combination that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling totally exhausted. It’s understandable that once your little ones are asleep you feel like getting on your pyjamas and putting your feet up. However, tempting as it seems, it pays to push through the tiredness and get on with the task of sorting and packing while you can, without any interruptions. You’ll be surprised at just how much you can get done. Remember, it’s only for a short while and then you’ll be settled in your new home.
Talk to your children
Even very young children pick up on what’s going on around them and start to feel unsettled. The best way to prevent them from getting anxious and upset about the move is to talk to them about what’s going on and get them involved.
Sometimes small children worry that they may get left behind so reassure then that you’re all moving home together. Keep your mood upbeat and positive and talk about the having their own bedroom, a large backyard to play in, and a new school with lots of new friends.
Keep your kids occupied
Buy some new colouring books and pencils or a couple of DVD’s that you can sit them in front of to give yourself an hour or two of child-free packing. Once they get bored, then why not let them start packing some of their possessions? Even a child as young as 3 can put their collection of soft toys in a packing carton.
Hire professional movers
Trying to pack boxes and unload at the other end with small children can be really difficult. They always seem to want something to eat or a drink at the worst moments and have a terrible habit of getting under your feet. For a hassle free option why not hire professional movers instead? Companies like Scotty’s “The Movers” can help you with as much or as little of the job that you want them to. We can help you with your packing, disassemble beds, and even do a spot of sweeping and vacuuming.
Moving house with small children is difficult but with these tips, it’s not impossible. Why not call Scotty’s today to see just how we can help. Or you can request a free quote by calling 1300 669 409. Trust the professionals!