1- PACK WHAT RELAXES YOU LAST. We've all read the moving tip that says you should leave some toys unpacked to entertain the kids, but I have yet to read a blog that gives me permission to leave out some of my own favorites. I'm a crafter, so I need my craft supplies to be packed last (and even some to be left out and never packed). For my sanity, I need to know that I can have an idea and start making it without too much waiting time. Not being able to craft makes me anxious. A bit of knitting or some random glue gun craft relaxes me and makes the whole move less stressful. I don't know what relaxes you or makes you happy, but whatever that item/activity, you should pack it last.
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3- USE UP YOUR SENSORY BIN STASH. Ok, so this might be unique to us. Instead of packing three boxes of cornstarch and five boxes of baking soda (cause that stuff is heavy), make some sensory soup or fake snow and use it up. As a bonus, it'll give the kids something interesting to do while you pack.
5- KEEP YOUR SCHEDULE. Moving is a crazy time, but as much as you are able, you should try to keep the kids' schedule the same.
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7- PACK SOME GARBAGE BAGS. Instead of bringing a box of garbage bags with you to your new house, pack some garbage bags in the boxes. When you pack a box for the bathroom, for example, tuck a garbage bag in there. Maybe you won't need it, but at least you'll have an extra one on hand. Tuck another garbage bag in a kitchen box or bedroom box. If you don't need the bag at the time of unpacking, stash it under the sink (or leave it in the same room as the unpacking) and save it for later.