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25/06/2009 at 18:03
hi ive not been on a while-last time i posted id just put my 7 mth old onto the bottle-thats going really well. we are moving to a bigger house in a month and i have no idea how to go about packing up when ive got a young baby and 3 other kids to look after-anyone got any tips for coping with a big move when you have little ones running around?
25/06/2009 at 22:16
We just did that,two months ago almost now.We're still not completely unpacked.We were lucky in a way that we moved from council rental to private rental and we kept the old property on long enough to get the new place ready before we moved in and to clear the old place.Bit of a waste of money but it helped loads.I know probably not possible if you're buying and you have to do it in one day.
I did lots of throwing out before the move.My Mum came over lots to help take care of the little ones while I did packing.We weren't as organised as I'd have liked.In the end there were lots of black bags used for packing,and cheap plastic boxes from Wilkinsons.
Another big help was depositing kids at Grandmas for the day.We got as many people to help as possible.We only moved local so we didn't hire movers.
First things we did was make sure the kids beds were ready when they came home.We put each persons bedding and special teddies in a bin bag each so it'd be easy to find.The older ones slept just on mattresses the first night made up with their bed things.Oh and we pegged the curtains up where necessary rather than waste time fiddling with hooks and things like that.
I got the kitchen at least usable asap,and the bathrooms.If you can eat ,sleep,and keep them clean,the rest will fall into place later.As much as you just want the move done and dusted and all straight,you can't do it all at once when you're taking care of the kids too.
Somebody told me don't unpack everything straight away,you only end up finding things don't go where you thought they would and you keep moving them around.As you live in a place you get a feel for the place and what works.
Two months on,we have a cellar full of stuff,it's an Aladdins cave.The playroom is a toybox,that's next on my sorting list..The kids rooms are tidy,the kitchen and bathrooms work and we have one relatively tidy front room,I'm not stressing over the rest.
26/06/2009 at 18:58
26/06/2009 at 19:56
I do like things done,but I just had to let it go.You can't do everything.
One thing we didn't expect was as soon as we moved into the new house,things started going missing from the old place.I went back to pick up the post one morning and found the kids' slide gone from the garden,and we weren't sure what else.A couple of days previously I bumped into the next door neighbour in the street and she asked did I want the rest of the stuff in the garden,cos if not her daughter would have it.I said no,we'd be back at the weekend.Seemed they helped themselves.I had a suspicion so I went upstairs and I could see my kids' slide in their shed.Had to call Darren to help me get it cos no one likes a barney with the neighbours and being all pregnant and hormonal I wasn't sure if I'd start yelling or crying,either way Darren's got good at keeping the peace in his job,and it didn't come to that.When we went round to get it back they made some excuse about looking after it for us.Yeah right.Just be careful who you trust if you do leave things at one house while you move.We'd lived next door to this family for four years.Bit chavvy,certainly wouldn't have them down as thieves,and stealing off my kids they'd known since they were little.
Oh among the other missing items were a compost bin minus the contentsa camping cooker stand(they did camping too)and my pots of plants from the garden.Cheap plastic Woolies pots,but my lillies I'd grown which bugs me.Stinking pikey trash!Trust no one.
Good luck with the move.
26/06/2009 at 22:46
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