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Moving House With Kids In Tow: How To Make Things More Manageable

 Moving house is stressful at the best of times. The concept of packing up every last thing that you own and moving your family to somewhere new is an extremely stressful one. There’s a lot to think about and consider, isn’t there? 

The good news is that while moving house can be stressful, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of ways that you can make things a little easier and less stressful to manage, it’s simply a case of being prepared and knowing what approach to moving to take. 

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Wondering how you can go about doing that? Below is a guide to some of the ins and outs of how you can make the moving process a little easier to manage. 

Organisation is key

The truth is that when it comes to moving house, the key is to take an organised approach. The last thing that you want to do is to leave the moving process until the last minute and end up in a mad rush trying to get everything done. Instead, start your moving preparation at least eight week before your move - potentially even earlier, if possible. 

What you want to do is put together a week by week plan that covers every aspect of the moving process, from packing everything up to deep cleaning your old home. Create a tick list and separate tasks into each week, to make doing everything easier and less stressful. 

Don’t go it alone 

Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you need to deal with the entire moving process alone. Instead, consider the option of getting some professional help. Household moving can be a stressful affair, so getting some expert help with the moving process can be a smart move to make. It can really take the pressure off and give you more time to focus on making things as stress-free as possible for your little ones. 

Colour code your boxes 

A great tip to make the other end of moving - aka when you arrive at your new home - easier, is to colour code your boxes. Don’t make the mistake of failing to properly label every box, or you will end up struggling to find anything when you arrive at your new home. 

For easiest sorting once you arrive, give each family member a colour for all their boxes and then give each communal room - such as kitchen and living room - a colour, as well as marking the important boxes with a red star or hash mark, so that you know these are the boxes to unpack first. 

Be smart about moving day 

If you feel like you’re going to be too busy to look after your little ones as well as dealing with all the different aspects of moving, consider leaving them with grandparents or at a friend’s house for the day. 

Should you choose to have your little ones with you, make sure that you have some essentials on hand for them. Pack each child an ‘overnight bag’ full of useful items, from essential clothing they might want or need to toys and games to keep them busy - and don’t forget to pop chargers in there for all their must-have devices. 

The fact is that if you get your approach to moving right, it doesn’t have to be a complete and utter nightmare - even with little ones in tow. It’s simply a case of getting your approach and planning right, that’s all. 

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