Tips for Stress-Free Home Moving
Packing all you own into boxes is stressful when there’s only two of you, but if you add kids to the mix, you can really expect chaos (or so I was told). However, I couldn’t live with the fact that moving can’t be made into something interesting, positive and fun for the entire family, so I came up with a good plan that works for our situation and went with it! Luckily, it worked (with a few little bumps along the way) and we’ve been living in our new house for two months.
Honestly, the best piece of advice I have to give is to talk to your children before the move. We only have one beautiful, smart and curious daughter, but I can only imagine what it would be like moving with three of them, all crying in unison, wailing for their home. Our little girl loved the move up until we had to sleep over at the new house for the first time. This is when it hit her that we’re not, in fact, going back home—we are home! Even though she sort of understood what was going on, she was still pretty frazzled about not sleeping in her old room. But, it’s very important to explain that nothing will essentially change just because you have a different house. She’ll still attend the same pre-school, mom and dad will still work their regular jobs, we’ll still have dinner together every evening and read her a story before bed. Children thrive on habits and things that are certain and unchangeable, so that’s really what helped her come to terms with our relocation.
One thing we really enjoyed doing (for some weird reason) was decluttering during the packing process. Obviously, we had many things we didn’t need or want in our new house, so we organized a purge! It’s was totally ridiculous to see us going around the house, chanting “PURGE! PURGE! PURGE!” with our tiny daughter jumping around and giggling every time we would throw something to the bin. This not only made our move lighter physically but also emotionally. Everything that wasn’t giving us true joy was left behind (thanks, Marie Kondo). This way, outdated, shabby and useless things left space for new and useful things. Plus, we could easily pick out the smallest moving van from the excellent fleet of Budget truck hire and we finished everything in one day. Renting a moving van is better than hiring movers (in our experience) because it really gives you time to organize everything, come up with your own schedule and take things easy and stress-free. And our daughter freaked out when she saw daddy driving that big van—he was her hero for the next few days!
Another thing that helped us live through the relocation is the fact that we’re both pretty laid back when we need to be. While I’m pretty tidy and obsessed with things being clean and presentable, this time I just put down my guard and let go. When we arrived with a van full of things, we started unloading and setting up the bedrooms. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for everyone (you don’t want a cranky husband AND a cranky child running around the house), so we set up beds and necessities in the bathroom and called it a day. The rest of our time we spent exploring the neighborhood, grabbing groceries, window shopping and just having fun and relaxing—nothing bad will happen if you have to live out of a box for a few days. This downtime really put us all in a good mood and made us all fluttery and happy for our future.
The next day was really tough, but more on the body than on our nerves. Moving things around, lifting boxes, pushing furniture and the whole shebang truly kicked our behind. But, we decided to make plenty of breaks, enjoy snacks and cool drinks (we supplied ourselves well the evening before) and just tackle each room at a time. We really wanted to handle her room first and make it as cozy and homey as possible so she can stay comfortably in there and play or nap while we handle other tasks around the house.
This relocation system just made a lot of sense to us personally. I know many people rush through their move, but we took things slow and ended up with a wonderful little home with only a few tears spilt!