We are currently in the process of buying a home with 15 acres of land. While this is a daunting task, we have lived in 7 different homes in the last 12 years. Fortunately, this time we are moving 15 minutes away from our current home.
The kids are extremely excited, but also nervous. Even though the boys remember the last move, they don't like changes of routine or surroundings. To help with what they should expect and when to expect it, I took their calendars and made notes one them.
We are doing a countdown to closing day, as well as when each room needs to be packed. While this requires a little more planning on my part, it is really helping to keep them calm. Before this plan existed, my head was about to explode. "Mom, can I have a box?", "Mom, when are we moving?", "MOM!!! We HAVE to pack my room!", "Mom, please don't leave my (insert favorite item of the moment)". With another 46 days to go, lists are the only way to survive.
I feel like there are lists and charts all over the house. Everything is regulated by lists and charts. We even have a chart to tell us who's turn it is to sit in the coveted spinning chair for the day. Yes, this inserts a lot of rigid structure that I never wanted, but the kids are happy, and we have more peace.