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Top Tips For Moving House With A Family

Moving house as an adult can be a stressful experience. Moving house as a couple even more so. But add even one or two children into the mix and the stress levels are sure to rise! Ideally you will have found someone prepared to care for your children for the day, but even so you will need to consider your priorities at the new property. And the younger the child, the more imperative this is. You will have packed your belongings before your completion date, but as you did so you should have considered what you will need immediately and what you may not need for a few days. When you come to pack the lorry/van, remember that your highest priority item must be loaded last. And your least priority item (boxes of books, bed linen, spare towels, etc.) can go on first. It’s no fun to wade through stacks and stacks of boxes to find that all-important mattress for your child’s bed! Also have a bag of emergency supplies. Depending on the age of your children this can vary from spare, sterilised bottles and teats and cartons of milk, to toys, teething rusks, nappies, wipes, crayons, paper, an iPad and headphones, books, spare knickers and tights and snacks such as bananas, crisps and bottles of water. Try and cover the most likely scenarios.Aside from your bedrolls (duvet, pillow, sheet and pyjamas) and urgent kitchen box (food supplies, toilet roll, etc), the items you will need to prioritise immediately upon arrival at your new property are beds for the children. Once these are set up in their new room/s you can have peace of mind that they are sorted for the night. If possible get at least their belongings into their bedroom/s as well. Then next on the priority list is to get the kitchen set up for at least basic catering. You may have decided on a first night takeaway, or a restaurant meal, but it will only be a few short hours until breakfast time and if you are likely to have hungry children demanding to be fed then it is as well to know where plates, cereal bowls and spoons are. Along with the cereal itself and milk of course! Next on your list should be to set up the rest of the beds for the family. Once you know these are organised then you can put your full effort into sorting your furniture and boxes, secure in the knowledge that at the end of the day you have a bed to climb into. And after that, entertainment for any accompanying children should be next. With the television set up, and perhaps a games console such as a Wii, or Xbox, you can be reassured that they will have something to do so they can stay out of your way whilst you direct locations of boxes and furniture and unpack anything vital to comfort for the first few days. Couple a DVD with snacks and drinks and a few toys and you are likely to get guaranteed peace – at least for a few hours!