Most parents feel an immediate sense of apprehension and stress at the very thought of packing and moving house while their kids are around. It’s only natural – moving house can be a very stressful time for most people, let alone with kids in tow.
With the kids running around and unpacking boxes, or needing extra care and attention, parents often wonder how they will make it through this chaotic time with both their belongings and kids intact.
The good news is, moving with kids doesn’t have to be super stressful. Check out the following tips for how to get your house packed up and “ready to move” in no time – while having some good old-fashioned family fun along the way:
1. Allocate Lots Of Time
Having kids around while you pack means it might take that little bit longer to get things done. You might also have to deal with interruptions here and there which could really slow down your packing process. To avoid falling behind, give yourself as much time as possible (at least 4 weeks) to pack up your entire house. That way, if you get interrupted, you’ll still have lots of buffer time to fall back on.
Where possible, continue to pack while the kids are at school, asleep or even at a friend’s place so you can get some productive, uninterrupted packing time in.
2. Hire A Professional
Save some time and effort by getting the professionals to assist with your move. Professional movers such as Giffen Furniture Removals can help with all aspects of your move from pre-packing your belongings, to moving and transporting them on moving day as well as offering a temporary storage space for your unused items.
Hiring a professional mover means you can lean on them to do the heavy lifting and actual removal of your furniture – leaving you to focus on other important aspects of your move such as sorting out the utilities and organising a cleaner for your new place.
3. Call On Some Help
They say many hands make light work and this is certainly true when you are moving house. Once you have made a decision to move, have a think about who you can call on for some additional help. Reach out to friends or family members to see if they can assist by helping to pack your things into boxes or lift your belongings into a truck if you are moving your things on your own without a professional mover.
4. Involve The Kids
Packing doesn’t have to be a boring and repetitive process. Have some fun with the kids and get them involved (and out of your hair) by letting them draw or write on your moving boxes. Take heaps of photos and videos of the kids while they help you to pack and capture the entire family banding together to get the job done as a memento of the experience.
5. Get Someone To Babysit
If you find your kids are rather boisterous and that you can’t get much done with them around, why not ask a babysitter to come around for a few hours at a time so you can take care of what needs doing for your move.
Perhaps ask a family member, friend or even neighbour to temporarily mind your kids while you continue to pack and organise your move.
6. Pack An “Essentials” Box
Putting together an “essentials” box containing all your daily use essential items such as toothbrushes, towels, plates, cutlery and medicines will mean you won’t have to open up multiple boxes to get to these things at your new place.
If you can, transport this box separately with you in your car so you know exactly where it is at all times and it doesn’t get lost during your move.
7. Take Breaks
Moving house can often be quite draining so be sure to look after each other to keep the momentum going while having some well-deserved breaks in between. Try to get some fresh air every now and then or stop to have a snack and cold beverage to cool off in between tasks.
While moving house with kids isn’t always easy, following these tips and tricks can mean a more fun and stress-free moving experience for all.
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