Moving house is can be a stressful and tiring process, but if you have kids, that process can be even more complicated. For parents with young children, this means that they need to pack everything by themselves (older children can help though). That’s why you need to start on time. Packing your kids’ stuff can be tiring, since they have a lot of clothes, toys, books, etc. But unpacking it can be an issue as well if you don’t do it properly. This is the chance for you to organize, get rid of unwanted items and move to your new home easily. Our little guide will give you some tips and tricks on packing your kids’ clothes and having no problems with it. When packing other things in your home, check out our general moving tips.
Involve the kids
Before you even start packing your kids’ clothes, prepare your children for the process. Tell them what is happening and how they can help you. Let your children be part of the move. Young children can’t pack clothes, that can be too challenging for them. But you can assign some other age-appropriate tasks. In that way, you will keep them occupied while you deal with the clothes. They can sort out their toys and put them in boxes, for example. Keep them busy while you can pack the clothes and be in the same room with them.
Make it fun when packing your kids’ clothes
Packing process can be boring, both for you and your kids. That’s why making it fun and relaxed can help all of you to finish the tasks easily. You can play your favorite music while you are working. Also, keep some snacks handy, both for you and your children. You can entertain your children by telling them to sort the toys by color or importance. This way your packing time will go faster.
Start with decluttering
Staying organized while moving is really important. Before packing your kids’ clothes, sort out everything you have. Basically, try to get rid of everything you don’t need. There are definitely clothes that are too small or too old, and there is no point in keeping them. By getting rid of all the unnecessary items, you can also reduce the moving costs, and get some free space in your new home. Here are some things you can do with those items:
- donate – make a donation to the local charity group. There are kids who will need some new clothes.
- sell – selling online or in a yard sale is always a great idea to make some money!
- recycle – many clothes shops offer you to recycle your old clothes and get a coupon for your next purchase. A great way to upgrade your kids’ wardrobe!
- extra tip – use old clothes to protect any breakables that you will pack – like glasses, electronics, etc.
How to know if something is ready to go?
If you are not sure whether to keep or save a clothing item, ask yourself these questions. They will help you decide:
- Is it too worn out?
- Does it fit?
- Do my kids love and wear this?
Even though you can become sentimental and save everything worn by your little ones, keep in mind that maybe somebody needs it more. Unnecessary items can cost you time, money and space so you should definitely get rid of them.
Best way to move the clothes is to have them tidy and organized. Before you put the clothes in boxes and bags, divide them into groups. You can have summer/winter group of clothes, or if you have clothes that are too big at the moment, separate clothes by size. So when you unpack, you will have clothes grouped by season, material or size. This way you’ll know exactly what to put into the new wardrobe first, and what to keep for later.
Get the right tools
For this task, you’ll probably have to go to the local craft or office supplies store. You need to get everything to stay organized while packing your kids’ clothes. You will need different colors markers, boxes, tape, scissors, plastic bags and maybe even some vacuum sealed bags. To make it interesting for your kids, use some funny stickers to label their boxes.
Label, label, label
We can’t stress this enough. Whether you are packing into boxes, plastic or vacuum sealed bags, label each one with a marker or a sticker. More detailed you are with this, the easier it will be for you to unpack and sort everything out at your new home. Trust us, you will thank yourself for doing this.
Space saving tips
During a moving process, saving space is extremely important. Here are some things you can do to save some space and money while packing your kids’ clothes:
- use suitcases for packing – if you think about it, you have a couple of suitcases that you need to move as well. Use them for packing your kids’ clothes inside. Even small, kids’ suitcases can be useful in this situation.
- leave some clothes in drawers – socks, underwear and similar things can be left in drawers while moving. Just be sure not to leave too much, so that the drawers are not too heavy to move. Furthermore, protect the drawers from opening and making a mess by closing them firmly and taping them.
- use vacuum bags – vacuum –sealed bags can save you a ton of space. Use them wisely!
- use kid’s boxes from toys and diapers – toys and diapers sometimes come in very strong cardboard boxes. Save them in advance so that you can use them for packing your kids’ clothes.
Prepare for the first day at your new home
Don’t pack everything. Make the first-day kit for your new home. You will probably be too tired to go through the boxes on the very first day. That’s why you should leave some clothes and have them handy for your kids to wear them on the first and second day. This tip is good for adults, too!