Moving House with a Toddler
This could be the craziest thing I’ve ever done.
Moving House with a toddler in tow.
As she doesn’t go to nursery yet, I have nowhere to just take her to, to get her out of the way (for her own good). I think if I had the choice I’d even go to work myself to get out of the way.
So, here we are. We are in a half empty house; with boxes and dust around us.
Yes, we are moving our entire house ourselves with the help of family, a man with a van and several bottles of wine.
I hate moving house.
We should be in our new house by Thursday, and then all I have to do is clean up the other house and all the various and mysterious stains on carpets and walls that are discovered as we move furniture out of the way.
Anyway here are a few things I’ve learnt during this move:
Tips for moving house with Toddlers:
1. Don’t pack the baby toys or the stair gate until you literally have nothing left in the house. Unless you want a feral toddler running around the place picking up bits of fluff.
2. Stock up on snacks and quick and easy foods to make meals for you and toddler as you try and survive with half your belongings in another place. (She’s had a lot of fish fingers).
3. Keep a Hoover at the old house to hoover up all the dust, food, lost dummies and bits of duplo which will be underneath everything you move.
4. Sort out toys to take and toys to give to charity once child is asleep or else she will suddenly find a new found love for the bright green dinosaur you got given at last year’s britmums
5. Don’t let a child near any boxes or bags unless you want to empty them completely
6. Give as much stuff away that you don’t really want. Baby clothes are coming out of my ears and I’ve also found unopened and in date baby milk and baby food which I’m giving to a food bank.
7. Get as many people as possible to help. Family and friends are a godsend.
8. Remember that if it got up the stairs, it surely must be able to get down again. Even if that involves deconstructing a whole bedroom.
9. Remember you need blackout curtains in toddlers room and someone who can put up a curtain rail. Oh and curtain hooks! curtains don’t work without hooks. Without these curtains there’s no sleep.
10. Make sure you have wine or your alcohol of choice at home, as you
may will need it.
11. Get other people to do everything for you like a removal company. Save your sanity, unlike me.
12. Make sure the first thing you unpack is the kettle, some cups, tea and milk. First things first.
Do you have any tips for moving house? Let me know!