- Before the move: let the kids help you cut the clutter from the house. Walk through each space and make family decisions about what is no longer used or useful.
- Put together activity kits to keep small children occupied while a lot of stuff is being moved about, in or out.
- Kids respond well if you keep them informed of the big and small changes to routines and their environment. They want to feel involved and included in the process.
- Involve your 6+ year-olds in the unpacking process – Let them help you organize their rooms to help them learn/get used to locating and putting away toys, books, clothes, shoes, etc.
- Unpack in this order: kids’ rooms, play room, kitchen, parents’ bedroom, common areas.
Before packing, sort your clothing into piles of what you want to donate and what you want to bring to the new home. Bring only the clothes you want and will use.
Garbage and lawn bags are the easiest way to move fluffy bedding, pillows, and linens.
Pack the bedroom furniture. Mattresses should be kept safe in a mattress bag and box. If a dresser is light, you can wrap the drawers shut and lift. If the dresser is heavy, it is best to empty the contents of the dresser and then wrap the drawers shut.
The best way to ensure that drapery, curtains, and blinds are tangle-free, hang them in a wardrobe box for moving.
Take extra care when moving mirrors and pictures frames. There are special boxes which you may purchase from a moving store for these items.