Being an Army wife, we have had to move quite a few times. And, we have at least 4 more moves in our future. That being said, as a mother of 3 young kids, waiting till the last minute to do anything stinks. I will not let that happen when we move. I will be proactive! So, through trial and error, I have come up with a game plan on getting our stuff in moving-ready condition.
Sort it Out
One of the biggest struggles with organization, packing, and moving is having too much stuff. It is really hard to pack up your home and sort through piles of stuff you didn’t need. Sorting throughout the year is a vital activity to keep your stuff streamlined and ready to pack. With kiddos, toys and clothes can pile-up if you don’t get rid of what you don’t need as soon as you can. I currently am about a year from our next move (we think), but I have some garbage bags of stuff to get rid of in our garage right now. If it hasn’t been played with, or if it is missing a wheel, or if it is too small, if goes away. I am planning a yard sale for next month, but otherwise the stuff would have gone right into the van and down to the thrift shop donation shed. I don’t want anything taking up space that doesn’t need to be here.
Pack as You Go
When I go through toys, I keep things that the kids will play with again (as long as they are in proper working order). I get anxiety over too much clutter in the house, so I can’t let them keep too too too much stuff inside their rooms. So, I have a swap-out toy tote in the garage, full of toys that are clean and ready to be played with. When someone says “I’m bored”, I will have them gather some of their toys to swap with toys in the garage bin. That way, half of their toys are already packed and ready to move, and the other half are organized in their rooms. And by organized, I mean that at one point they were in a drawer or bin labeled with their category, but now it is likely that they are under a bed or in another place in the house.
Label, Label, Label
Nothing is worse than unlabeled boxes/bins/totes. It really stinks to think you have everything all organized and ready to move, to only realize that there is a bin of 2T clothes you didn’t remember having (and therefore spent a ton of $$ to buy 2T clothes that you didn’t need). When you box things up from inside the house, label the container before setting it in it’s storage space. It makes things so much easier! Even if you are not moving anytime soon, isn’t it nice to know what boxes the Christmas lights are in WITHOUT having to open every box??
Moving can be a super stressful experience, even for those of us who move fairly frequently. Do some work beforehand to make the move as painless as possible!