Article contributed by Izzy Smith
One of the crucial parts of moving to a new house is the kids’ bedroom. This job is one of the last you should cover, because the children need to be comfortable. Besides the time crunch, the sheer number of things to pack and move makes this task more complicated than the rest of the house. Luckily, through good planning, multitasking and getting as many people as possible involved, the kids’ room can be covered easily enough, probably even in the space of one day. So what is it that separates this particular room from the rest of the house? Well, the first thing is that in the children’s bedroom there are probably more pieces – toys, decorations, etc, which need to be sorted, packed and moved. The good thing about this is that taking everything out of the various nooks and crannies of the room and sorting through it will give you a chance to throw or give away some of your children’s old and unused toys, baby memorabilia, etc. In order to make this a bit easier and to use it as a time for family bonding, you could also try to get the kids involved. Get them to separate their belongings into categories based on what they love and use frequently, what they only use occasionally and what they don’t like anymore or they haven’t used in a long time. Naturally, your supervision will still be required, but you may find that getting the children engaged will help them deal with the move better. This is also a good way to keep them out-of-the-way while the rest of the removals are taking place. Be sure to also get involved in their activities occasionally, so that they don’t feel excluded and lonely.
Once the sorting is done, it will be time to pack everything. Toys, books and the like will have to go into specially marked cardboard boxes. Take care to pack everything tightly and wrap anything with small parts and things that are especially breakable in bubble wrap in order to protect the toys. Fill any remaining space in the boxes with crumpled up paper or Styrofoam – any material that will stop the contents of the box from shifting, bumping and getting damaged during the trip.
After packing everything, it is time to take apart and move the furniture. Generally, your mover will help you with this, so you don’t need to worry about it. However, there are some small things you can do to get everything ready, such as cleaning the mattress, cleaning the upholstery on any soft furnishings, taking apart anything that can be taken apart and packing it into boxes, as well as wrapping all of the furniture in plastic to protect them from general wear and tear on the road. After you’re done with this preparation, the room will not be livable for a while, so you may want to leave it as the last room on the list. This way, your children will not feel too stressed and there won’t be any discomfort around the move for you or for them. Naturally, most of these things will have to be done before the actual moving day. This is why you should think about setting up an impromptu bedroom in the living room, for example – comfortable, but easy to pack.
Izzy Smith is a working mom, writer and adventurer, loves to travel, smile and enjoy every minute of her life
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