Tips on Keeping the Routine When Moving House!
So we did it! We finally moved house! It’s only taken us three bloody years to find the “forever home” and it was under our noses all along. We literally moved 300-400 metres down the road haha. And we’d been looking for ages and kind of given up at the start of the year, making the most of our little town house. I did really love our old house, especially the upstairs. But the downstairs was small and we felt like we’d outgrown it a bit. Onwards and upwards ey. Our new home!
So here we are. We are four days in and little man has been a super star. We’ve had a couple of ups and downs (we are in the threenager stage) but on the whole, he’s been great.
A few things have certainly helped with the move and I will share those with you here on the blog!
Involve your child
Depending on age of course, b is three, but I found it really useful to involve B in the moving process. We told him that we were moving. We explained what was going on and what would happen and we got him involved with packing his toys up. At first he wasn’t so happy but once we explained that we didn’t want to leave the toys behind and we needed to pack them all up, he was fine. And we certainly couldn’t leave his fave toy at the mo!!
Take your child to the new house
We were very fortunate to get on well with our sellers and they invited us around to bring little b. He was really happy to see the garden and take a look at which room would be his bedroom. I really think this helped him settle.
Plan a child-free move day
I know this isn’t always possible but if you can, get someone to look after your child. We were lucky that the move fell on a Monday and B goes to Busy Bees. I dropped him off at 8 and he came home to the new house when I picked him up! He knew something was going on as the removal guys turned up at half 7. B decided this was the perfect opportunity to get out Daddy’s guitar and strum it super loudly while mr D and I were trying to figure out where to put the four cats. Let’s just say it was frustrating and resulted in a whingy toddler!
Get their room sorted ASAP!
For us, we wanted to have b’s room all sorted out before he came home from nursery. In reality this didn’t happen as we just had so much crap important stuff for the removals to unload and B’s stuff didn’t come off the lorry until half 6 or so. Once we had his stuff, curtains went up, bed was made, teddies were out. And fortunately he was shattered and had a good sleep.
Make sure favourite toys and any “home” comforts are nearby
Don’t pack fave teddy at the bottom of the box that gets chucked at the back of the garage behind fifty other boxes. Keep the important bits to hand!
Big up the new house
Moving is typically stressful for everyone – or at least in my experience! The house has been in disarray all week now haha! One thing I think has helped is to keep positive and excited around the little man even when I am feeling less than excited and surrounded by umpteen thousand boxes full of crap important stuff I clearly need.
Keep the routine as normal as possible
For us, moving has been a massive change. It is all little b has known since he was born. And for three of our cats, who are still traumatised, but starting to creep out from behind the sofa. I’ve tried to stick to our normal routine as much as possible where I can – so bed times the same, meal times the same, leaving the house to nursery at the same time etc…paw patrol at the same time.
Touching wood, I think he’s done really well. We had a bit of a blip last night with b up from midnight to 3am. Yawn. He seemed ok and just wanted to play with his Duplo. The cats on the other hand have been a different story. Daphne’s face sums up the general feeling towards moving!
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