Okay time to pack up the kids room, words no one ever wants to hear. You can picture it can't you, standing in a room filled with toys thrown about, toy boxes spilling over with stuff you haven't seen in years, is that an old cookie mixed in with her dolls? At this point you're probably wondering how, just how, did you let things get this out of control. Well relax, and take a breath, I can help. It seems like a lot, I know, but it doesn't have to be and believe it or not there are even ways to make it a little fun for everybody!
First, Take Inventory & Get Organized
Getting organized: always the best first step. Let's hold off on the furniture for now and work on the smaller stuff. Start by separating all the smaller, similar items into piles, books in one pile, stuffed animals in another, clothes in yet another – you get the idea.
Here's where you can make things a little fun... employ your kids! And chances are if you have little ones they're already trying to “help” anyway so why not have them do some of the separating for you. You can turn it into a game and with a little help it will go by faster than you think.
This would also be a good time to get rid of the stuff your kids have outgrown or just simply don't need. After all, too many toys might not be that good for them anyway. You can donate the toys that are no longer used to Goodwill, or Salvation Army who will even schedule a pickup. You can get rid of stuff, shrink your move and help out your community all at the same time; it's a win-win.
Next Up, Start Packing
Well this should be a little easier now that you already have things organized into piles. Just start putting those things right into Boxes or plastic totes, whichever you prefer. And since they are all similar to one another you don't have to worry too much about packing things improperly, after all the books are with books, the clothes with clothes, etc. One piece of advice, secure the toys with loose parts (puzzle pieces, doll or figure accessories) before you box them up, otherwise you'll probably wind up with a box filled with pieces, none of which you will recognize when you're unpacking, and that's never a fun game to play.
Prepping the Furniture
Now lets get to the big stuff, the furniture. You'll probably need to disassemble a few of the pieces, like the crib for instance. Resist the temptation to ship it assembled, these types of items do not ship well assembled, and chances are the mover may charge to disassemble it for you. Yikes! I would suggest labeling the pieces, left side, right side, back, front, middle, etc. as you take it apart. It will make it that much easier to assemble later. And be sure to keep all the hardware together. You can just stick it all in a little sandwich or snack baggy, they're the perfect size and chances are that you have one handy, you know since you have kids. Then you can just tape it right to the side of one of the pieces.
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