What is a first day box? Read on to find out and try these moving tips from a military wife to make your move easy and stress-free!
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. All opinions are my own.
As a military family we have had our share of moves. From local moves that we’ve done on our own to moving the family across the country – on three separate occasions – we’ve done it all.
After each family move I learn a little more or come up with a new “trick” to make our next move even easier. Those moving tips are the ones that I’m sharing with you!
Our most recent family move was the most complicated as we headed across the country with four children and a dog. Although it was the most complicated move, I was also the most prepared with a few moving tips up my sleeve.
Moving Tips from a Military Wife
Prep the House
Before the movers arrive, or you do any packing of your own, you will want to prep your house. This is the time to throw out any unwanted trash, donate items, and make sure that everything is in the correct place.
I like to go room by room and clear out items to donate first. Next you will want to do an overview of the house and make sure you have everything in the correct rooms.
Have toys from the toy room made their way into the master bedroom? You will want to make sure they are put back into the kids rooms or they’ll be packed and labeled with whatever room they were in.
This might seem like a lot of work, but it will make unloading and moving into your new home so much easier.
Get a Sitter
If you can, plan for someone to watch the kids while you are packing up. It will make your day so much easier not to have to entertain the little ones while trying to get everything into boxes and furniture taken apart.
I’ve learned that even with a moving company doing all of the packing and unloading, you still need full attention to detail to make sure everything ends up in the right place, and to secure those last minute items.
Use Colored Duct Tape
Colored duct tape. Purchase a roll of colored duct tape for each room in your home. Make sure each room is a different color and they are all bright.
Once the rooms have been packed up, wrap a piece of the coordinating duct tape on each box.
Movers will typically label each box with a sharpie and some sort of abbreviated code that will be nearly impossible to figure out later on when the truck is being unloaded. The colored duct tape eliminates any confusion of which box belongs to what room – making it super easy to coordinate where to put each box as they come off the truck.
Family Care Binder
The family care binder is a must! This is something that I keep put together and use all the time but especially during a move. You do not want all of your family’s important documents accidentally being packed, or worse LOST!
Our family care binder has a divider for each person and pet as well as home and auto documents. It is where I keep all of the birth certificates, shot records, social security cards, passports, auto titles, etc.
When you are moving across the country these things are all necessary to keep with you, not only so they don’t get lost but just in case you need them.
The First Day Box
The first day box is a special box that you pack with everything you will need for your first day in your new home.
Decorate it – this is a great chance to let the kids get involved – bright and colorful so you know exactly where it is.
You will want to included things like paper plates and cups, paper towels, coffee pot and coffee, and toilet paper. That way you don’t have to got searching for these items or running to the store when you need to be unloading.
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