I always like to pack and discard all at the same time so I start with the kitchen stuff we don't use all the time, china and suck, the toys your kid can live with out and your crafting stuff, I would keep some little things for toddler but just maybe one bin with crayon, coloring book and things. I would also box up all but 10 favorite books and get those packed and all the things you know you can live with out for a while. This might also give you a great opportunity to grab bins to store toys to do a toy cycling when you get to the new home. I like to cycle out toys and have some put away and then rotate every week or so. So having clear bins for different kinds of toys can become really helpful.
Create a spreadsheet. Number every box and item (desk, beds, etc that don’t fit in boxes) write a description on your spreadsheet. When you get to the new house, check off the box numbers to make sure you received them all. Also have a column for which room. Then you can filter and see ok boxes 17, 24, 38 go to the kitchen.
I am a nanny and a few of my nanny families have used Frog Boxes! Stackable totes, they drop them off and pick them up in a timeline you request so they make packing easy and nothing gets too heavy or trapped in a taped up box if the toddler requests something specific :) frogbox.com
Definitely pack the toddlers room last! I also use these scrunchable target laundry/travel baskets for kids stuff because they are easy to travel and move with but still makes toys, snacks, diapers accessible (they're also great for carrying child and laundry up the stairs at the same time)
Clear plastic bins with handles if you can for as much as possible--esp if you are going to be going into them for things. Box up the things you won't be touching until after you move and label them (I love the spreadsheet idea!). Make packing your child's things a game the yparticipates in to minimize their anxiety about it
The first thing you do is make a list , while enjoying a nice day at the park with your kids. So you are going to integrate a simple task with fun in the sun . Change of address,cable, phone,Electric co Etc..,.. Then you have one bag or small box that has all important papers,medical,information,all medications and last but not least valuable jewelry. Get a number of small medium and large boxes. The smaller the box the larger number of quantity going up you will need the least . You will need tape which should not pay more than a dollar fifty a roll .from Walmart.also you will need a couple wrapping paper. And last you will finish it off with a roll of stretch wrap. Don’t forget to keep out your basic tools and a box of garbage bags and a box of small ziplock bags for all your toiletries and bathroom items. Snacks , bottled water and juices a must as well as toys for the kids and a hand held device to watch cartoons. , books,coloring items and don’t forget wipes and all that come in a diaper bag .Have a comfortable area for the kids and same for pets. Now you are almost there , while your partner iss out playing golf you can now get started on preparing an elaborate meal for his arrival. I’m kidding..,,,,,, on to the packing and preparing for the arrival of the movers .prepping is vital. Have your partner disassemble or take off any items that are time consuming and easy. Now you will mark all boxes to its final destination.while not forgetting to mark a box fragile or a arrow going up suggesting that the box has liquids. The larger the box the lighter the items inside and the smaller the box you can go crazy. Make sure the movers have the proper address to the new home. Now going back to the movers if you want a perfect move there are 3 things you can do to insure you have an amazing experience. Suggest at the beginning if they are allowed to accept tips and if they would care for a bottle of water or some energy snacks.such as a power bar.or fruit. But a big no no is alcohol or pizza.. movers are offered pizza 3 times a day. Ugh ! Now moving forward to the new place . Mark every room by numbers or letters that match the box. This will keep you from going crazy because you will be asked over a hundred times where should I put this box or item. The End
Amen, Larry! We're usually our biggest enemies and critics!! Now THERE'S some advice for moving... Moving towards the best versions of ourselves! Much love to everyone on this thread! Y'all are all such nice folks, fr! :) Glad the are such positively-minded people helping to build this community! 🥰