Anyone who has ever tried to do anything productive with a toddler will recognize that making actual progress is tough. It takes ingenuity. My toddlerâ€™s favorite activity is doing whatever I am doingâ€”albeit in his own misguided way. If Iâ€™m folding clothes, heâ€™s standing on the pile. If Iâ€™m taking out the garbage, heâ€™s trying to get into the bag. If Iâ€™m cooking at the stove, heâ€™s trying to pull his stool up underneath my arms to â€œhelp outâ€. You get the picture.
Getting ready for this move with a toddler who was home 24/7 was not entirely realistic. Thankfully, my husband was on holiday from work and was able to take the boy out pretty regularly. So, the first way to make moving with a toddler easier is to:
Share your toddler with someone else for the afternoon.
Hey, I never purported to be awesome with children. The fact is, any time you do any activity with a toddler, it is going to be extra work. Therefore, itâ€™s helpful to have someone else doing distracting the tot. If thatâ€™s not an option, try this one:
Modify your activity to include your toddler.
Before moving, I noticed that the floors were getting filthy every day. Winter rain is rough on the hard wood and moving stuff about is no better. We started a nightly routine where the boy and the hubs picked up the floor, then I vacuumed up the gunk. Finally, Drake was given a squirt bottle with my homemade cleaning miracle in it to spray about. I followed along with towels underfoot, scrubbing the resulting puddles. More about my miracle spray in the next post…
Another task that is necessary when moving out of a house is scrubbing marks off the walls. Drake of course wanted to help with this. I didnâ€™t want his hands actually touching any kind of cleaning product, eco friendly or otherwise; and they donâ€™t make cleaning gloves readily available in a 3T. Despite this, he wanted to help; so I would give him a cloth dampened with water and let him go to town. Itâ€™s better than painting it with markers 😃
My last tip for moving with a toddler is one that is universally achievable, but not any easier on you:
Wait until they sleep.
I know, I know, you are tired too! Sleep deprivation is nobodyâ€™s friend. This is why you should keep your nocturnal packings to just an hour or two after they sleep, then get some rest yourself (if you can). When you start packing a couple of months in advance, this is more achievable. As someone who procrastinated a bit on my organizing, Iâ€™m not the best at this advanced preparation bit; which is why Iâ€™ve been so tired lately.
Now that the move is over and we are officially in Sweden; I actually got a full nights sleep last night. As such, my next post will finish out this moving series and then I can get to the fun stuffâ€”settling into Sweden.
Until next time 🙂