My husband and I are moving into our first house. And while I’ve been extremely excited, I’ve also been dreading the moving process.—Especially with having a 7-month-old and 3-year-old in tow. If our other moves weren’t dreadful enough, moving two more little people along with us make it even more difficult.
I have learned a few things along the way as I’ve prepared for our move (yes, it’s been a long drawn-out process) and I have some tips to share for you brave souls facing the same fate.
1. Pick a moving day and schedule everything.
After I busted out my calendar and nailed down a closing date, I made a schedule for how much we needed to get done before moving day. Having a schedule at a glance and knowing how many days you have left can keep you from procrastinating until the last minute.
2. Purge stuff.
Now is a great time to have a yard sale. No use in packing things you don’t need. Take the time to go through old clothes that don’t fit and make a donation box to take to a charity.
3. Pack early.
In previous moves we often waited until the last minute to pack. It’s dreadful. With kids, unforeseen diaper blowouts and temper tantrums can put a halt to everything. Start packing early so you can get a brunt of the work over with before moving day.
4. Get movers.
Whether you’d enlisting help from a lot of friends, church members, or if you can afford to hire movers, you’re going to want help. This time we opted to hire professional movers who disassemble and reassemble the kid’s beds, and swiftly move and pack everything into the truck the best way possible. They’re professionals, and way faster than we’d ever be.
5. Organize everything.
Whatever you do don’t throw random things into all of your boxes. It makes moving and unpacking a breeze when a box containing items from one room can be set in the area it needs to be. You don’t want to be unpacking for a year, or looking all over for something you need. Which brings be to…
6. Label everything.
Make sure you write on the box not only what room the contents belong to, but a few specifics about what’s inside. It’s great you know the box belongs in your sons room, but is it his toys or his clothes? Also, you may want to bring over really important documents or items in your car so you know exactly where they are.
7. Ask for help.
I’m not just talking about on moving day. Have friends help watch your kids when you pack, or have a packing party and get a few friends to help wrap and pack your kitchen dishes. It takes a village to move a family.
The one fun thing about moving with kids is all the fun with boxes. Here are some pictures of cute kids in boxes courtesy.