Moving house checklist for kids and pets

A moving house checklist can save so much hassle. Did you know relocating is one of the main stressors people face in life? If it is stressful for you as an adult, imagine the impact on your little ones and your pets too. A checklist can reduce your stress levels which also has a positive impact on those around you. Yes you may have chosen the best of removal companies but there are other matters to consider for a happy family move.

Inject some fun

If moving involves laughter rather than arguing and tantrums, it can become a pleasant memory. Have fun things for the children to do throughout the day. Do a little research about play parks or bowling alleys so you can promise a celebration when you are finally at your new place. Not only can you all let off steam but you might make some new family friends too.

Listen to your kids

It is so easy at busy times to file our children  in front of a screen. You need to be there to listen to their concerns. Take those concerns seriously because they are real to your children even if they appear minor to you. I find admitting you have your own worries too helps you bond with your child so long as you don’t over do it.  Think about books about moving home which can help children make sense of it all and make it that  bit less scary for them.

Decide where the children will be on moving day

Will your children join in with the practical tasks of the move? This will depend on their age and personalities. Would it be better for them to be with family members and for you to reunite when the  move is complete? Grandparents can come into their own on such occasions. They also will know what it is like to go through a move and so are a great support to you. If you are lucky, they might even cook for you all at the end of moving day.

Pets

Once your children are past the baby and toddler stage, you can explain things very clearly to them which helps. That is not so easy when it comes to your beloved pets. Do not try to move yourselves with pets as part of that process. It just adds to stress levels. Again if you have family or friends who can take your pet until the move is done, so much the better. There are also some great pet sitter services out there these days.

After the move

Don’t start off adding  more stress to your lives by spending too much after the move. It’s not just about getting affordable removal quotes before the move, it is about managing money from day one in your new place. Do you need to eat takeaways for the whole week after the move? Do you need brand new furniture just because you have changed houses? Yes it is nice to treat ourselves but it is all vital not to pile up debts.

What tips do you have for moving home with children and pets?

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Sophie September 17, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    Great advice, Kate! Moving is difficult enough on it’s own, and can be even more tricky when you put children into the mix. However, if you keep things fun and give the kids their own jobs – it’s definitely manageable. So true about pets as well, they should definitely be kept out of the way for a while so as not to stress them (and you) out!

  2. Rosie Doal September 17, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    This is a very good, practical list. Moving is difficult at the best of times but juggling kids and oets too and trying not to get stressed – I feel exhausted even thinking about it x #BigPinkLink

  3. Claire Rocks September 18, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Great advice. Moving with kids can be so stressful and difficult.

  4. Louise Pink Pear Bear October 9, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    I remember moving when I was little with a car full of dogs, cats, a rabbit and would you believe, ducks too! It would have been much easier to take them on a trip without so many people in the car, especially when the cat escaped! A very belated #bigpinklink comment sorry!

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