Moving can be both stressful and exciting. The planning and amount of work required to pack and transport your belongings from one home to another is a daunting task. Whether moving down the street or across state lines, these tips help make moving with your family a breeze.

Declutter Before You Begin Moving With Your Family

Before moving day, make a plan that helps reduce stress. Moving with your family is an excellent opportunity to declutter your home through your belongings. Box up out-of-fashion clothes, old toys, and other unused items. Donate them to charity or hold a yard sale. The fewer things you move, the easier it will be.

Next, create a plan for packing. Organize areas of your home and determine what area to pack first.

Gather Supplies

Don’t get caught on moving day without boxes, tape, markers, and necessary supplies. Reuse boxes that packages arrive in if they are still sturdy and strong. When planning the move, ask friends and family to save their boxes for you. Moving stores offer boxes for sale, and you might be able to gather a few from grocery and liquor stores. Invest in strong packing tape to secure the boxes and prevent heavy boxes from breaking. Plastic storage bins are also great for moving and can be used for storage once you reach your new home.

Tips for Packing When Moving with Your Family

As you and your family begin packing for your move, label each box, bin, or bag. Another idea is to color-code boxes and bins. For example, red for the kitchen, green for the living room, etc. Each family member can choose a color and label their boxes as they pack. This makes unloading a breeze because you can easily tell which box belongs in each room.

Use care in packing fragile items. Wrapping breakables in bubble wrap or styrofoam will prevent damage during the move.

Begin packing early and complete a little each day. Pack up a room, or a section of a room, whenever you have free time. You’ll prevent feeling overwhelmed by trying to box everything up the day before moving.

In the process of moving, make it a family affair with each member packing their things and helping with the overall process. With teamwork, planning, and the right tools, moving with your family can be a much less stressful experience.

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