We saved our kids’ bedrooms for last when we packed for our latest move. Since they were leaving the only home they’d ever lived in, we wanted to keep their rooms as normal as possible. Plus, if we packed away all their toys and books too early, how would we keep them occupied while we packed the rest of the house? We used these methods to pack the kids’ bedrooms for a move.
We first went through all of the “stuff” that had collected in the kids’ bedrooms. Toys and clothes were the biggest causes of clutter in those rooms. We got rid of clothes that no longer fit. We ditched toys that were broken or missing parts. Anything that they no longer played with was considered for donation. It took some time, but getting rid of clutter left us with much less to pack.
When we could wait no longer to pack the kids’ bedrooms, we started with the non-essentials. Since it was late spring, we pulled all of the winter clothes and packed them. We left enough clothes in their dressers and closets to make it until the move. The rest were packed.
We let the kids each pick a few toys and books to keep out until we moved. This gave them a little sense of familiarity and kept them occupied in those last few days. The rest of the toys, books, games and wall decor went into boxes.
We didn’t need to disassemble much in the kids’ rooms. They both have basic twin beds, so we waited to take apart the frames until moving day. This allowed them to keep sleeping in their own familiar beds right until the day we left. The furniture went right into the moving truck and right back out and into their new rooms when we arrived.
Packing is often easier without little helpers, but my kids were very excited to help out. My husband would have preferred to do it all without the kids around. I reminded him that it is their move too. It was important for me to let them take an active role in the packing and moving process. I felt that it helped them feel involved, take some ownership and deal with the emotional side of moving.
How much involvement you allow is up to you and the age of your child. Older kids can do more with the packing. Younger kids need supervision and direction. We let our daughter pack her toys in boxes. While she was at school, I went back through those boxes to make sure they were packed efficiently. She got to help, but I still had the final say in the packing.
Saving the Best for Last
Your packing and moving timeline is the biggest indicator of when you should pack your child’s room. For us, it worked best to wait until closer to the move to get the kids a sense of normalcy.