The looming house packing date for anyone who shares their home with small kids knows it’s a time bound to be stressful and hectic. But when organisation and timeliness are often what dictates a well rounded and smooth moving process, how can you be sure that your move won’t be interrupted or hindered by the needs of little ones, who go through the move with you and need just as much- if not more settling time-than you?
Here are some great house move tips to help your house packing and through this demanding and busy time.
House packing Get them involved.
If you’re fortunate enough to have kids old enough to help, lighten the load by giving them simple jobs that don’t take long. Remember that boredom leads to trouble, so giving your eleven year old the task of sorting out the board game cupboard is going to lead to more mess than you planned.
2. Work with a reward plan.
Packing is hard work and feels an awful lot like cleaning up for kids. If possible, you can give incentive to the work with a reward system. An ‘awards by points’ plan is often received well. For example, if 500 points leads to a break with an ice-cream or a trip to the park, why not break down the simple tasks like packing the shoe box, wiping out shelves, taking all the toys out of the sandpit or emptying a bathroom cabinet worth 50 points each? You’ll both get a much-needed break and the help will be fantastic!
3. Assert yourself when House packing and keep them busy!
Make sure very small children are well occupied. While childcare may not always be possible, it’s important to remember that moving days can be dangerous. So to make sure a great house move you must cater for very small mobile children who like to crawl and climb. If you can’t have a friend mind your small children or place them in occasional care while your removalists ferry your furniture from room to truck, you may want to build a temporary play-space in which they’ll stay occupied and safe.
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4. Your room, your way
Twins and Teenagers sometimes want to pack their own rooms, or at least don’t like to have their belongings packed for them. If you suspect one of your children might want to pack their own belongings, encourage them with a packing kit. Provide them with boxes, tape and a house packing journal. Show them how to pack and list so they can find their bits and pieces once they arrive in their new home. Boredom is likely, but responsibility is great! Encouraging your teenager to work in targets is more effective than simply going for it for example: working on a chest of drawers first, then the desk space next, etc., is likely to work best.
5. Rope in a professional.
If you know you’re really stretched for time and want to make the packing process as easy as possible, don’t underestimate the powers of a house packing team. A great packing team work in harmony with your own expectations, helping you achieve the packing and unpacking outcome best for you. Ask your removalist if a packing and unpacking service is something they can provide!
6. Stop worrying about your bond.
The impending doom of needing to clean your home once your belongings are removed from it can be a dark cloud hanging over your move. If your removalist recommends or encourages the service of a end of lease or moving out cleaning team, by all means consider how this can save you time, energy and money.
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