When moving house, adding kids into the mix has a tendency to stir things up. While we love them, kids can naturally slow down the process of moving day. With so little time to get organised, Kent Removals & Storage have offered their top tricks and tips for achieving the nearly impossible – a stress-free move with kids!
1. Time the move
There’s nothing worse than a hyper child running around the feet of a bunch of removalists. So when you’re scheduling moving day with your removalists, try to match it to a time you know the kids will be calm. If possible, organise the move to avoid any hobby or sport days. This will go a long way in keeping your kids tranquil and focussed on the tasks at hand.
While they may try to help Mummy pack boxes, kids don’t really move themselves. They can also have more stuff than you. If you’ve ever moved without kids, think of the time it took you to move, then double it for each child you have now.
2. Maintain routine
Kids love routine, so as much as you can, keep things chugging along as they always have. Watching their toys get packed up may be enough to rattle them, so where possible, maintain weekly commitments and avoid missing events that instill routine. We’ve seen many a child throw a tantrum because Mr Bear was packed far too early, and they missed out on soccer practise, all on the same day. Too much change all at once can cause heartache for your little ones.
3. Pick your battles
Kids have a real flair for throwing tantrums at the sight of a toy that hasn’t seen the light of day for years. So when it comes time for the mandatory clutter clear out or garage sale, try not to consult your kids before you throw every little thing out. We suggest gathering up the toys when the kids are out, getting rid of anything that might cause a nostalgic uproar. It might be a little sneaky, but all’s fair in love and war.
4. Accept Help
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you have a vast amount of friends and family members—AKA free babysitters—at your disposal. During the more frantic periods of your move, don’t be afraid to call on these people. With a few precious child-free minutes, you’ll have more time to tick items off your moving checklist.
5. Make Your Kids Feel Involved and Helpful
Despite all the gaffes that are sure to occur with your kids on the job, involving yourself in the moving process is still worthwhile. Providing your kids with tasks to perform, boxes to pack or areas to clean can help them feel like they’re a valuable part of the moving team. Just keep in mind that you’ll probably have to re-do all the tasks you’ve delegated to them.
Enlisting the help of kids to pack up the kitchen generally results in packets of flour and pasta exploding in moving boxes. And don’t even think about giving them a marker to label your boxes—you’ll end with your tea towels in the shed!
Moving with the kids may initially seem like a recipe for disaster. However, if you follow these tips and tricks, the transition can be as calm and fluid as you allow it to be! Keeping organised is the key, but don’t forget to have a little fun on the way.
Author: With over 70 years’ industry-leading secure storage and removals experience looking after over a million Australians nationally and internationally, Kent Storage’s storage solution is easier, more secure and up to 50% cheaper than self storage. Too easy!