I love the different seasons of the year for different reasons. With spring, everything starts to become colourful again after a cold and drab winter. Spring is apparently a good time to move house and that’s what we did recently. We were lucky enough to find something within a few weeks and not too far from where we were originally. However, we have children – and moving with children is NEVER fun!
We decided the best time to move would be when our kids were at school and day care – at least they’d be out of the way and we could get moving faster. Expect life has a way of not going to plan when you want it to. Our youngest managed to get conjunctivitis so he was at home. The removalist truck arrived except I’d ordered a 10 tonne truck, not a 4 tonne truck. And I thought I had decluttered – but the amount of stuff we had to unpack suggested otherwise!
Anyway after moving three times with kids, here are my tips:
- Have one or two boxes set aside that you take with you. In this box should be your valuables and things you are likely to need straight away. For us, it was jewellery/sentimental things, the kettle, tea bags/coffee, tea towel, school uniform/shoes/bag, paperwork etc.
- Pack the kitchen last. Sounds like a common sense thing to do but you’d be surprised
- Label every box so you know what’s in it. Again, sounds sensible but in the last minute rush you’ll forget to label the last boxes and most of it will be the kitchen stuff you need!
- Keep some glasses and cups out to offer the removalists water or tea/coffee (if they’re nice and helpful which ours were)
- Have back up plans if your original plans for the kids fall through!
- Set up the kid’s room first so they have a sense of familiarity when they come home/go to bed.
- Double check your booking with the removalists a couple of days prior to moving (lesson learned!)
- If possible, take a few days off after moving to try and get through as much as unpacking as possible.
- Stock the fridge/freezer with already made meals as you’re likely to be exhausted from unpacking to have the energy to cook
- I like to unpack immediately but life doesn’t stop just because you’ve moved so understand that it might take a few weeks to get rid of all the boxes and bags
I’m sure there’s more tips out there.
What tips would you suggest to add to the list?