We have moved twice in the last year and both times were shockingly smooth. Our first move was 3 hours north and our second was only 2 miles. Regardless of how far you move, the event is stressful and time consuming, with kids- its’s even more complicated.
I have 5 tips that I swear by, these tips have allowed for each move to be painless and less stressful.
TIP 1: Organize, Donate and Sort
We had three boxes lined up at all times: Box 1- Donate, Box 2- Trash, Box 3- Keep. Start going through your items the day you learn that you will be moving. Each day pick a spot in your home to sort through.
TIP 2: Clean As You Pack
Spot clean items as you pack up an area. This will make the cleaning process after your items are moved out a bit easier. A quick wipe down of a bookshelf or counter will save you time later on.
TIP 3: Pack A Suitcase For Each Person
This has made things so much easier during the organization time. When you arrive at your new home you’re not digging through boxes to find underwear, diapers, shampoo, bathing suits or clothes. Anything that each of us needed for at least 1 week was packed in a suitcase. This allowed for me to get to my boxes when I had the time to do so. It helped to not have to dump out a box to find those favorite shorts or a pull up needed for nap time.
TIP 4: Budget for MOVERS!
We used Two Men & A Truck for both of our moves and they were LIFE SAVERS. It was incredible to see the time, attention and care given to my things. They treated them as if it was their own.
We had each item handled with care, wrapped with detail and carried so gently. I never saw them toss or drop a thing. When we moved for the first time it was hours long, those men worked so hard and never once made a complaint. The second move was just down the road, but we were treated just the same. The guys were also so sweet with my girls, ensuring them that their toys would be safe and carried carefully. They smiled and waved at them time and time again as they watched them from the window. It was the sweetest thing.
We HIGHLY recommend Two Men & A Truck!
Tip 5: Utilize The Storage Options You Have
We have laundry baskets and toy bins that after sorting ended up empty. We ensured to use these for items that did not fit into a conventional box.
Moving with kids is never easy but these tips allowed us to survive the ordeal and I would highly recommend these tips to anyone moving with little ones.
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