Oct 20, 2020

How to Pack a Child’s Room when Moving


A child’s room

Are you planning to relocate any time soon? Even though you and your family are excited about living in a new home, you know that there is some less exciting stuff to do before you can enter your new house. Not many people are fond of packing, but there are ways you can make it more efficient and amusing to the youngest members of your family. Let's see how you can pack a child's room when moving and have fun while you are at it.

Get rid of the stuff you will not need

This is the golden rule of any relocation - moving the possessions you won't actually need in a new home simply makes no sense. You have probably noticed that your child's room tends to shrink as your kid gets older. That is, the more toys and clothes your little one has, the less room there is for playing and moving around the room. Plus, kids' rooms are the areas that get cluttered very easily due to children's ever-changing interests. The only way you can stop this from happening is by decluttering as often as possible. Needless to say, this is the perfect opportunity to do so, especially if you are moving abroad with small children. In this case, you should leave only the most favorite toys and some basic pieces of their clothes. All other items should be given away, sold, or donated.

A woman carrying a bin full of stuff, a child playing
Is your child’s room getting smaller or what?
Even if you are moving locally and into a bigger home, you should get rid of all outgrown clothes, broken and damaged toys, and items that your kid is not interested in anymore.

Get some proper packing supplies

You will need various moving materials to pack a child's room when moving. These are some you cannot do without:
•    boxes
•    tape and scissors
•    markers and labels
•    padding material and wrapping paper
•    sealable plastic bags

Boxes in all sizes

You can use the bigger ones for packing lighter items such as stuffed animals and other soft toys. You can put action figures, Barbie dolls, and other toys mainly made of plastic in medium-sized boxes. When it comes to books, you should try to find some smaller containers to accommodate those since they tend to be rather heavy. Whether you choose to rent or buy cardboard or plastic moving boxes, try not to overload them. That is how you will avoid the injuries that might occur and keep your kid's possessions safe during the relocation.

Tape and scissors

Obviously, if you opt for cardboard boxes, you'll have to tape them closed so that the toys don't fall out of the boxes during loading, transport, and unloading. Make sure that you get a good quality tape and enough of it for packing all of your parcels. You can even include your kids in the moving process by assigning them the task of sealing the boxes.

Markers and labels

Don't assume that you will remember what's inside each and every box once they are all unloaded into your new home. Use a marker to number them, note their contents, and indicate which room they should go to at the end of your relocation. You can even let your kids decorate the boxes containing their toys. This can be an excellent experience for them, and they will have a lot of fun doing it. They can even make robot or dinosaur costumes out of used boxes once the relocation is over. Additionally, labels will help your movers decide how to handle the packages.  
Mom and her kids having fun while packing
Packing can be fun for kids
Padding material and wrapping paper

Some toys need to be treated with the utmost attention. Wrap those delicates in some sort of padding material before putting them in a proper box. Your kid's collectibles, trophies, medals, and other breakable items also need this sort of protection.

Sealable plastic bags

They are by far your best choice for packing small items and pieces that can easily get lost (legos, pearls, materials used for arts and crafts, etc.). Speaking of legos, if you have kept the original boxes of your kid's sets, you should use them now. The same goes for puzzles and board games. When they are inside, secure the boxes with some tape, and you are good to go. On the other hand, if you haven't saved the packaging, you can use plastic or cardboard boxes. Put the small parts inside the plastic sealable bags and tape them to the box containing the set they belong to.

How to pack your child's clothes?

After you remove all the clothes that your child will not wear anymore, it will be easy for you to pack the rest. Plastic bins with lids should be your choice for this purpose, but there are some alternatives too. For instance, you can use empty bags or suitcases. Here's a practical tip for you packing clothes for a move: Pack the clothes you will put on the same shelf in the closet together.  The unpacking will be much easier. You can even try to include kids by asking them to pack their own clothes if they are old enough for the task, that is.

How to deal with packing your kid's room if he/she is too young to participate?

School-attending kids and teenagers can be your helping hand during the relocation process. However, unlike them, toddlers and babies will need even more attention than usually once they see something is going on in their home. Other family members, friends, or good neighbors can help keep the little ones out of the way while the guys from goodneighborsmoving.com carry, load, or unload your possessions. If you are not lucky enough to have that sort of help, you always have the option of hiring a babysitter.
Three women taking care of a baby boy
Family members will be glad to help
What are the items you should pack last?

If you are moving with kids, the chances are that you will not be able to pack your entire home in a day. However, a few hours a day should be enough to get the work done on time. The items you should pack first are those that you will need last. Leave the most important things (favorite toys, a few outfits, your kid's toiletries, a book to read at nighttime, etc.) for the bag of essentials. You should always know where the bag is just in case you fail to unpack all of your child's possessions on the moving in day.
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