Moving home is stressful, nobody can deny that. Moving home with kids can just about push you over the edge, unless you make a conscious effort not to fret over the small stuff and find the humour in what could be awkward and embarrassing situations.
There is so much “helpful” advice out there on “how to organise the perfect move” and just as many useful checklists to tick off. However, much of it seems to have been written by people who have never been in the same room as a child, let alone had one themselves.
Kids are predictable in their unpredictability.
If like many of us, you don’t want strangers poking around your home while you’re not there, kids have a great knack of making viewers feel more at home than you intended.
A friend of mine had spent hours cleaning her house from top to bottom, ready for a viewing. You could have been blinded by the dazzling chrome bathroom fittings, and the fresh aroma of ground coffee greetied the prospective buyers, just like the agent had suggested.
The viewing was going well, although halfway through the downstairs, a little voice called down from upstairs “Mum! Mum!”.
“In a minute, in a minute” was the reply from my friend.
When it was time to view upstairs, the visitors were duly directed towards the “spotless” bathroom, but as the door opened, the most unholiest of smells wafted past them and hit her straight in the face.
Sat there on the toilet, with her pants stepped out of and strewn in the middle of the floor, was her 4-year-old, doing the mother of all poos.
To add insult to injury, once the visitors had hastily backed away and she’d gone in to attend to the incident, the offending item would not flush and it would have taken enough air freshener to render them all unconscious to get rid of the smell.
Needless to say, the rest of the tour was a very speedy affair……
Let’s assume you managed not to gas all your viewers and you’ve got to the stage of packing the kid’s toys, ready to move.
Well, I say packing. With kids in the house, it tends to be a game of musical boxes. One in and one out.
If ever there was a good time to ask someone to take your kids out for a while, this is it. Otherwise, the hysterical sobs over taping boxes shut will have you wondering if you should be moving at all.
Moving day itself can throw up a few surprises too.
Your child may have seemed quite happy with the new adventure going on, so it can be quite a shock to find out what strange attachments they have to things that are not going to the new house.
A young member of my own family had a complete apocalyptic sized meltdown when he realised the built-in oven wasn’t going in the van and was to be left behind. We can only assume that his young mind had convinced him that he was never going to be fed again!
All this said, moving home can be an exciting time, as long as you remember that children will be children and if you don’t laugh, you may end up crying.