Moving house is a very exciting time. It’s a chance for a fresh start after all. Perhaps you’re moving to a bigger property, or perhaps it’s your first purchase. Whatever the reason behind the move, it’s important to keep things positive and to make the most of the experience. When your children don’t understand, however, things can become a bit more difficult. For a more seamless move, follow these tips to help your children adjust and enjoy the move just as much as possible:
- Introduce them to the new neighbourhood
Unless you’re moving to a new house in the same neighbourhood, in which case the adjustment period for your children should be easy, it’s best to take them to visit. The more familiar they are with their new neighbourhood before the move, the better. A great tactic for if your new home is within driving distance is to sign them up for a class or a team in your new area. You could also contact the local school and see if they will accept your children at the start of the school year, so that they don’t have to be the “new kids” and can make new friends before they move.
- Get them excited
One of the best and easiest ways to get your children excited is to ask for their opinions on your new space – particularly their bedrooms. Moving can make children feel like they have no control, so give them back some of that control when it comes to decorating their new space.
- Tips for packing
When you are packing, it is ideal to pack certain essentials last. Their favourite toy, bedding or any other item that holds great sentimental value, are all excellent ways to make your child feel at home as fast as possible. Packing these items last will ensure that you know exactly where to find them.
If there is a grace period between moving out and moving in, you’ll have to be a bit more strategic. Store the bulk of your items in self storage with Morespace Storage and then keep a few more familiar items for your children. Where you stay during this period will also matter. Ideally you should stay with your parents or another close relative, as this will help ease your children into their new surroundings.
- Making the first day a great day
When you first move in, unpack the essentials like bedding and bathroom essentials. What is more important than opening up all your boxes right now is that your children enjoy their first day in your new home. Play games, order pizza, or have a movie night. What you do specifically doesn’t matter, just so long as your child’s first impression of their new home is fun and family-orientated.
Moving is full of possibilities, and to ensure your children onboard, you have to take the appropriate steps. The more familiar they are with the neighbourhood and the more control they feel like they have, the easier the move will be for everyone.