We are moving to a new house so the blog will be ignored for a while while I pack and organize and sort and go punch a pillow and then return to packing. So I’ve shared some moving tips since this will be our 3rd move in 2 years.
1) The Duct-Tape system. Each room of your house will have a different color of duct-tape. Make a master sheet (pictured to the upper left) and label what color goes to what room. Once you move you can hang the master where people will see it and know which room to put the box in to. Also make a sheet with the color of duct-tape to hang above the door of the room where the box goes. (second picture). Attach a small piece of duct-tape on opposite corners of the box. That way no matter which way the box is turned you can see the color. (pictured upper right). I’ve also seen where people use stickers or those circle office stickers to organize boxes.
2) Print off a calendar to be the master planning calendar for moving. I started to write down tasks so I could space them out and not be too overwhelmed. If you live in a rental or house that you need to clean then add to the calendar a list of to-do’s. Examples: clean windows, clean out fridge, vacuum under couch cushions, wipe down walls, etc. Do only one a day so you don’t pull out your hair.
3) Packing is the time to De-clutter. If you have 4 casserole dishes think about getting rid of 1 or 2 of them. Haven’t wore a shirt in a couple of years, donate it. Old books, donate to the library. Have 10 cookbooks? Keep 2-3 and tear out your favorite recipes from the other ones and keep in a folder. Have tons of toys? Sort and throw away broken ones and donate unused ones.
4) Packing plates: alternate glass plates and plastic ones. If you don’t have plastic ones then use paper plates.
5) Moving with a toddler: Begin discussing the move right away. Show them pictures of the new house and their new room. Talk about how exciting it will be and let them tell you their fears and worries about moving. What helped my 3-year-old was talking about everything that was coming with us to the new house. We’d walk around our rental house and point to everything that was moving with us.
6) Buy a few colorful small sterilite tubs (I got red ones) to pack essentials. Leave them empty until close to the day of the move and put the things you will need right away or need on hand. Items to pack: Snacks, paper plates, disposable silverware and cups, phone chargers, paper towels and toilet paper, bath items (shampoo, conditioner, body wash), hand soap, tampons, small container of laundry detergent and dryer sheets, medications, thermometer, and cameras.
7) Keep suitcases empty until a few days before and then pack a few days worth of outfits and anything else you would normally pack if you were going on a trip.
8) The night before the move- Pack bedding and curtains. Sleep with a sleeping bag. After taking a shower, do laundry right away then pack it. Check the dishwasher and washer/dryer for items. Go through all the cabinets and drawers to check that you packed everything. Leave a roll of toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towel roll in the bathroom.
9) Packing the important things. Consider buying another color of sterilite or Rubbermaid tub to put priceless items in: Baby books, albums, family videos, or anything else. A plastic tub will be more durable than a box and it is waterproof. If you can bring it in the car do so, so it won’t be lost.
10) Menu planning. As soon as you can start planning a menu using the items you have in your cupboards and fridge. If you can plan ahead and make frozen meals so they can be thrown in the oven or microwave for a quick meal so you can get back to packing. Opt for pre-made frozen meals if you are already stressed out!
11) Toddler tips: Include them as much as possible. Let them pack some items in their room so they feel helpful. Let them pop some of the bubble wrap. If they have a beloved stuffed toy or blanket make sure it goes in the plastic tub or suitcase so that it is readily available. Make sure snacks are on hand when they get hungry.
12) Pack 2-5 boxes each day if you have a few weeks before you have to move. Space it out so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
13) Make sure and tape the bottom of the boxes well before you put items in them so heavy things don’t fall out.
14) Start saving newspapers and paper bags to use as padding. You can also use cleaning rags or dish towels to use as padding for your kitchen items.
15) Tape drawers shut after they have been emptied so they don’t fall out during the move.
16) A few days before the move. Clean out the trash cans. Start to hang garbage bags on door handles.
17) Use tall laundry baskets to pack items in. You could save one to put your bedding in or pillows.
18) I saw a great idea on pinterest where you can put clean trash bags around your hanging clothes and tie the top so you can leave them on the hangers.
19) Buy and pack a new toilet brush and throw away the old one when you move.
20) Throw out expired medications and pantry foods or ones that will be expire soon.
21) Fill-out form to change your address with the post-office. Sign releases at your doctor’s office so they can forward your medical info to your new doctor. Forward money to new bank, sign forms. Get cash to have on hand. Contact magazine or other monthly mail of your new address.
22) Order to pack your house: (1) Pack decorations, knickknacks, picture frames (Touch up paint where needed. (2) Pack off-season clothes (3) Organize and pack unneeded garage items (4) Pack extra towels, bedding, blankets, etc. And just wash the ones you are using. (5) Pack kitchen items you hardly ever use. (6) Pack books (7) Pack and organize basement and/or attic (8) Pack toys and leave one box untaped so it can still be opened or put in a plastic tub with a lid. (9) Pack shoes and leave out 1-2 pairs. (10) Pack tupperware, pack silverware and knives in the tupperware so they don’t scatter in the box
23) Keep on hand: (1) Medications (2) Thermometer (3) Snacks (4) One pan, one pot, one stirrer, one tupperware container, toaster, microwave, pizza cutter for all the frozen pizza you will eat. (5) Cleaning supplies, vacuum (6) Small container of laundry detergent and dryer sheets (7) Extra bags, boxes, or tubs to pack last-minute items. (8) Disposable cups, plates, etc. (9) Bottled water. (10) Tampons (11) Phone chargers and computer chargers, (12) Diapers and wipes if you have little ones (13) Baggies
24) Find ways to de-stress because moving is a very stressful time! Watch movies, eat-out, get a massage, eat chocolate, enlist help, eat more chocolate.