There is really nothing I enjoy about moving, except for [hopefully] the destination. Every thread of my emotions is tugged upon as we box up life and say farewell to home. Each of my kids feels differently about the move so conflicts are high.
This week, I decided to share some tips that have helped keep my sanity a bit more intact as we prepare to leave Connecticut and head south to Georgia.
1. Start by packing the toys with too many pieces. You know the things you clean up constantly, that wander into every room of your house? Put them in a box and tape it up. Feels good, right?
2. Next, tackle the "extra." Extra blankets, towels, dishes, clothes. Whatever is nonessential, now's the time to pack it or pitch it.
3. Clean out the closets. Closets are a great place to store boxes while your organizing for the move, but there has to be space in them first. Determine what's essential and what's not. For us, this meant deciding what clothing we'd keep in suitcases for the actual move, and boxing the rest of the stuff to make some room for boxes.
4. Place limits on what you [and your kids] will bring. We have too many toys, who doesn't? I might love thrift stores too much and struggle saying "no" to that 50 cent toy my kids ask for. But, I did limit their own moving loads to 3 boxes each. This gives them the power to decide what they truly enjoy playing with and what's clutter.
5. Use clothes/blankets to secure fragile items. Simply layering linens that need to be packed with grandma's glass picture frames helps to keep your breakables secure and gives your linens extra purpose!
Have any tips for me during this crazy time? I'd love to here your moving advice in the comment section!
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.