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Tips for Moving House with a Child

Removals AdvicePosted by Helen Mon, May 21, 2018 21:29:31

Moving house can be a tricky time for children too. Children are very receptive to our feelings and would have picked up on your stress about your upcoming move, whether or not they are outwardly showing it. Children love routine and when they’re suddenly eating breakfast with a plastic bowl off of a make shift box table, they can be pretty unsettled. I’ve put this blog together to give some tips about how to make moving house less stressful for the smaller people in the household.

Books

To help children with moving house, adding a new story into the bedtime routine may help them feel more settled and give them a better understanding of what will happen. Shirley Hughes has a lovely book called ‘Moving Molly’, available on Amazon –Moving Molly. Usborne also have a more factual book called ‘Moving House’ that takes the child through the process of moving (although the family going for a walk on moving day seems a bit unrealistic!) This title is also available on Amazon – Usborne-Moving House. Sharing a book will give you the opportunity to answer any questions that might crop up as a result of reading the book.

Packing

Having your favourite things crammed into a box must be pretty traumatic for a child so try to leave the packing of their things to the very last minute. A few weeks before you move, make a plan of when you will pack each room, including materials you’ll need (boxes, tape, tissue paper etc) so you can keep a track on how much you are using and ask your removal company for more if you are running low (as opposed to once you have completely run out of boxes two days before your move). If money allows, ask your removal company to pack for you. This takes a lot of stress off of you, and definitely makes the ride easier for the little ones too.

Visit

If possible, once you are getting close to completion, arrange an extra visit of the new house with your estate agent. Encourage your child to bring their favourite toy and they could give their toy their very own private tour of the new house, to get them excited and give them a sense of ownership of the house. While you’re there, ask your child where they would like their bed etc to go and maybe ask them to help you measure some spaces to help them feel useful. Visit your local park and any other points of interest so they get used to their surroundings and become excited, not anxious about your upcoming house move. Check out local playgroups and attend one if possible. It’s also worth checking Facebook for local chat groups such as Whitstable Mum’s. Join the group in advance and suss out local events and groups.

Moving house with a child doesn’t have to fill you with dread. If you plan well ahead, including extra childcare where possible, and include them in the move where you can, explaining the day and process carefully, it should all go well. Failing that, there’s always snacks and Fireman Sam to help you through the packing process (and wine for you). Mounts Removals can also help with the packing if you’d rather leave it to the professionals. Call us on 01227 656301 for a free quotation and to talk to us about our many packing options.





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Mummy, what's in this box?

Removals AdvicePosted by Helen Tue, May 08, 2018 21:11:22

Preparing to move house with a toddler in tow

Moving house isn't the easiest process in the world, with chains breaking, solicitors to chase and boxes coming out of your ears. Looking after an inquisitive toddler is also pretty challenging when dressing them is like putting a sock on a snake, you find them licking a Cheerio that’s stubbornly stuck to the floor and they pee on the floor and splash in it the minute you take off their nappy. Combine the two and you have an explosive mix of chaos.


The scene unfolds...

Whilst the toddler is having a snack, you grab these precious minutes to bubble wrap those dust collecting ornaments that you've been threatening to bin. 5 minutes peace. Taping the box, as your removal coordinator showed you, you feel pretty satisfied that you've ticked that job off the ever growing list. By the amount of noise he's making, the small person has finished his snack. End of peace. Off he wanders towards his toys and starts to play quietly. In hindsight, you should have been suspicious by this, but instead use the time to wrap and pack some pictures while listening to the radio. Another 5 minutes peace.

You realise that this peace is probably too good to be true so check on the little one. Pandemonium in the front room. Not only has he pulled off the tape and wrapped it around his own body like an Egyptian mummy, but he has proceeded to throw the polystyrene chips up in the air while shouting 'snow!' In the undressing of the box, he has also ripped off the top flap and made the box practically unusable. Start again with that one shall we?


Boxes are fun!

Small Person: Mummy? Can we make this box into a cave?
Mum: No, we need these boxes to pack our things safely into.
Small Person: Can we make this box into a rocket?
Mum: No, we need all of them.
Small Person: Can daddy make this into a fire engine?
Mum: No, daddy will say no too.
Small Person: I'll ask Nanny tomorrow.
Mum rolls her eyes at the realisation that she has been beaten.


‘Helping’

You’re getting desperate to crack on with the packing now so enlist his ‘help’ to get a few boxes packed. You are right there next to him, so how you didn’t realise his plan to grab the end of the tape and run through the house with it, Andrex Puppy style, you’ll never know. What you do know is that there is now a sticky mass of tape leading through the house and ending in a giggling upturned box by the front room window. The little one is finding the whole ‘helping’ thing, way too entertaining. You are not.

If you are the proud owner of a spirited toddler and would prefer to skip this stress, our team at Mounts Removals can do the packing for you. The team completely pack most family houses in one day, eliminating the box and tape fiascos that can go on for weeks if you pack yourselves. We have various packing options and everything can be tailored for you. Call us on 01227 656301 and one of the Mounts Removals team can arrange this for you.





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