A New Home: Moving With Kids
Six months ago we moved into our new home. When the realtor walked us through the day before closing, she commented that with all of our new space, I was going to be doing some major furniture shopping. I stopped in my tracks. NO WAY. The whole point of moving from the old house to the new one was to suddenly have space. We didn’t want more rooms, we wanted more ROOM. The last thing we were going to do was suddenly fill every nook and cranny with a nick nack or a side table.
After six months of settling in, we’ve still done very little to decorate and bought almost no new furniture. Our sun room now has a work table for the kids and an old pie safe to hold craft items. But our living room? It still has bare walls, no chairs or rug, and the same window treatments left by the previous owner. We simply decided that this time around, we wanted to make careful choices instead of quick ones. We didn’t want to buy the functional items, but rather the ones that we wanted to look at for the next 20 years or so.
The two rooms that we set up immediately upon moving were the children’s bedrooms. Our four year old son wanted the exact same décor as before, so we had a painter recreate the colors in his new room while we went to great lengths to move the border. Our daughter moved from a single bed to a double, but wanted her favorites – butterflies hanging from the ceiling, canopy over her headboard – to make the move to her new room, so we worked quickly to put those things in place to make her feel comfortable. The one stipulation when we moved was that the kids would not have to give up anything that they loved, so I am happy to say that in the next couple of weeks, they will also be getting a playset in the backyard to replace the one they left behind.
Moving with kids is challenging, but if you take your time and involve them in decision making – especially regarding the areas of the home that matter most to them – you can quickly make a new house a home.