a quick guide to a successful house move with children

Moving home is something that is cited as one of the most stressful things that you can do in life. If you’re moving with children in tow, whether that is a toddler or a teenager, it can add a little more stress into the mix. If you are going to be moving to somewhere completely far away from where you are now, then it can be something that is troubling for children, especially if they feel like they are leaving friends behind. It can be real tough, that is for sure. That is why having a quick guide to help you to move home when you’ve got children to move with you too, can be a big help, no matter the age of the children.

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Considerations when moving house with children

For some children, they will have only ever lived in one house. They may be school age and go to school locally, as well as have ties to friends and connections in the area. As well as the stress of physically packing to move, there can be an added element of stress when these things are taken into consideration. Some of the stressors will depend on the age of the children. The demands of a baby are just going to be timing things right around feeds and naps, but with a teenager, you’ll be thinking about what they are going through and how stressed they must be themselves. 

What you can do is to offer a lot of reassurance, especially if your child is of an age where they will remember the old home. Keeping them comfortable and keeping them entertained is another aspect to think about. You should also look to get as much help as you can, to reduce the physical moving stress. From removalists like Two Men and a Truck you can get help with packing, storing, and moving your items to your new home. Hopefully, you will have some friends and family on-hand to help too.

Get the children involved

How involved children can be will depend on their age. However, boxes and going through all of their things could be something that is really enjoyable. Give yourself plenty of time to pack, as soon as you know that you are moving, so that things don’t feel too rushed. Children can pack some of their own belongings, as well as help with labeling items and getting organized. When they are involved they can feel like part of the process and that can put them at ease and reduce any anxieties.

Have a bag for move day with you

When it comes to the actual moving day, there can be a lot of things packed away that you will have no access to. That is why having a bag for moving day, filled with snacks, treats, small toys, and things that will be helpful for them (a phone charger for a teenager, for example). This will make the day smoother for you all, so make sure that you have something separate and ready to use on the day.

** This was a contributed post.

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acreage renovation: a basement play and rec room

This was a big renovation that we had no intentions of undertaking until a few years down the road. That is, until our basement flooded in December! Once it did, we were left with no other option but to renovate our entire basement- the majority of which is made up by this playroom and recreational room!

We began by having our old laminate flooring, trim, and bottom portion of the drywall removed. My goodness, was it dirty! The smell alone was that of rotten eggs, and there was just so. much. dust. Fans and heaters were set up to completely dry it out, and it was after a few days. Finally, we were able to start picking out new flooring and baseboards!

Initially I wanted to go with carpet so our basement would feel cozier. However, because of our cistern being located in our basement, there is always a threat of it flooding again. If it did, carpet is one of the hardest types of flooring to dry out- so I was advised against it. Laminate also gets instantly destroyed when wet, as we have discovered. Hardwood was not in our price point, so we ended up settling on a vinyl plank glue down floor. That way, if we do have another flood, we can lift up the flooring, dry it out, and glue it back down. How convenient is that?

We had the vinyl professionally installed as well as much larger baseboards. We also hung shiplap panelling on the one wall. We bought new door handles and switch plates. Then we painted, painted, painted. We painted all of the walls, the doors, shiplap, and stairs! It took a very long time, but eventually, we we were done.

I purchased climbing holds for a rock wall off of Amazon, and we spray painted and hung a makeshift ladder that came with my husband’s vanity on the wall. Now the kids have their own wall that they can just climb on!

We also bought pine shelving, a wood rod, and white brackets from Home Depot. This wall is dedicated for all of their toys, since I didn’t want any of them on the floor. The hangers for their costumes are from HomeSense, the wood crates are from Michaels, and the baskets are from JYSK.

One of the hardest items that I had a tough time settling on was a rug for the rec room. It took me months to find the perfect one. I actually purchased a much larger and greyer rug from Rugs USA, but after putting it under the couch, it just didn’t look how I wanted it to. Then a short time ago I went to HomeSense and was determined to come home with a rug that day. I found two that I liked, and so I FaceTimed my husband and we went over which one we thought would look best. It was between this one and a black and white one. I am soooo glad that we settled on the one that we did! It is just so cute and playful, I feel like it nicely ties in the colourful playroom with the more modern rec room.

I also now have a dedicated spot to get work done, and the kids have a crafting area.

That is our basement renovation in a nutshell!

Emory

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