Thursday, May 5, 2011

Give some tips and get some fabric

*the giveaway is now closed*

Hello all!  It's been a crazy day already here.  We've had the plumbing inspection today for the house and we're not sure how that went.  We have to wait until the end of the day before we hear anything.  So that's making us a little anxious right now.  All I can say is Louisiana wants to be a swamp! ;)


But the good news for you all is that today we're having a giveaway sponsored by the oh so lovely Fat Quarter Shop!


I picked out something for you all that I want to have. lol.  I'm going to live vicariously through you because once again I think it would be bad form for me to enter my own giveaway. ;)  Wish I could though!


So what is this mysterious fabric bundle?  Why it is Patricia Bravo's Pure Elements Fat Quarter Bundle.  This is her collection of solids.  If you have not worked with Patricia's fabrics, you are going to want to.  They have such a nice hand!  They are really soft and light weight.  And I've heard nothing but great things about this collection of solids.




So, since I'm in the midst of packing my whole house to move 1000 miles away, I would love some tips.  I need tips for packing, moving, traveling with a 16 month old...all of it!  So to enter the giveaway just leave me a tip to help my transition.  Thank you in advance for all of the comments.  I'm not going to be able to return all of the comments this time due to my time constraints. But trust me, I read every comment.  I hope you all do too on these giveaways because there are always really interesting comments.  I found so many beautiful quilts from all of your suggestions with the last giveaway!


Oh yeah...and today I'm featured over on Jennifer's Blog, ellisonlane.blogspot.com.  So if you're interested in learning some things about me that perhaps you didn't know, you can hop over there and check it out.  Enjoy!

158 comments:

  1. Angela, Congrats on your move! Do yourself a favor and hire packers!! It's worth the money. Pack your most valuable (sentimentally or monitarily) items and the breakables, but let them do the rest. You will be amazed at the progress in a couple of hours!

    Good luck!

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  2. Pack rooms together but start with the most important stuff you use on a regular basis. I always hated having 5 living room boxes but no clue where my books, remote, etc. are.
    ... goes very well for the bedroom items too. "Now where did I put that..."... "o yea, its in the "most important bedroom box!""

    It might not be organized by type, but will be more logical and useful :)

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  3. I agree with Angela - hire packers. They are trained to do it all and it will definitely make the move easier at both ends.

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  4. Hire packers/movers and buy some Benadryl. :)

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  5. hubby and i have moved 13 times in our 8 years of marriage. and no, he's not in the military! a few tips:

    1. use this as an opportunity to purge!
    2. take the time to label every box in detail.
    3. get boxes from the grocery store (probably an obvious tip)
    4. enlist the help of friends who have offered it. it's amazing how much faster packing goes when you have help. make sure to supply everyone with a sharpie to carefully label boxes.

    best wishes with the move! it's not fun, i know!

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  6. If you're getting rid of stuff, which I'm sure you are... I would put everything you want to give away, or give to goodwill, or whatever, in a pile. Then, go through all of your stuff a second time and increase that pile! I think it's worth it!

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  7. I have never traveled with a child of my own however when I travel long distance with my ferrets it requires just as much planning. The biggest help I have found is to keep a car bag with easily accessible items (this is the list I keep for the ferrets) like food, fresh water, harnesses, vaccine papers, vet numbers, an extra blanket and treats. For a child maybe things like snacks, toys, a change of clothes etc.

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  8. I have to agree...hire packers...it really takes the stress out of moving. As for traveling with kids...a DVD player is a god-send. I resisted for way, way to long, but since the kids are strapped in anyway, they might as well be distracted. And stop lots...at playgrounds!

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  9. thought of one more! don't bother taking clothes off the hangers when you pack them! it makes unpacking/organizing your new closet SO MUCH NICER.

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  10. Oh I don't envy you, we moved into this house just before our first child was born and I said never again (we're currently looking at extending rather than moving). Tips: label every box and make a list of what is in it, I always think I'll remember what is in it but when it came to unpacking I had no idea. If you know people where you're moving to ask for some big love in the form of meals - the last thing you might want to do is cook but you have to eat! Good luck.

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  11. I moved my sister and nephew back to Texas from North Carolina while my brother in law was deployed a year or so ago and he was around 19 + months old. The best thing we did was leave around 3 in the morning. That way he slept as much as possible.

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  12. We always pack a 'settling-in' box separately. This usually has the kettle,cups tea/coffee, snacks, a dishtowel,maybe a new toy for the munchkin,tissues etc altogether so when you reach your destination you can gather your reserves before beginning the long task of unpacking. Good luck with the move and thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. When I moved from Hawaii back to Washington state, I made sure I packed a box or two that had things that I would need immediately to make the new home feel like home. I had things from every room. Then I marked these boxes with bright colors and flowers so I could spot them quickly. They were the first boxes I unpacked. Another thing I did was use packing as a way to weed out all those things I hadn't used in years. I had an extra box or bag near me for each room, closet, etc. These boxes went to the Goodwill. Garage sales are nice, but not when you are trying to get everything packed up.
    When we traveled 1000 miles with our then 18 month old, we made tapes of her favorite songs and stories. Fisher Price had a wonderful children's tape player then. Now, my granddaughter always travels with the portable DVD player and her favorite movies. Her parents always get her a new one for long trips. This has kept her entertained since she was about 15 months old. Wonder Pets, Blues Clues, and Dora the Explorer are favorites.
    Hope this helps a little.

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  14. Check out http://www.justmoved.org/ to see if there's a group of newcomers in your new area. Good luck with the move! Give yourself time before, during and after!

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  15. Gallon ziploc bags. In each one, put a pair of undies, a pair of socks, a t-shirt, and (for kids) a pair of pants, bib, etc. Have one bag be one day of clothes. It takes all of the guess work out of packing!

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  16. I've never moved with children so my best guess would be to hire babysitters for the packing and make sure you put toilet paper, paper towels and snacks nearby for when you get there. :)

    Thinking of you and hope it goes well!

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  17. This might sound silly, but pack up your suitcases BEFORE the moving truck is gone. Your suitcases and your vehicle never hold as much as you think they will! I've moved 16 times, trust me on this one!
    Thanks for the moving celebration giveaway--you know we all want those gorgeous fat quarters!

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  18. If you don't need it don't pack it. We've moved a ton in the last 9 years and I swear there are boxes that were packed the first time we moved and have never been opened but continued to be moved from place to the next. It's a great time to great time to gid rid of items that are too small, worn out, or just not used. And I agree if you can afford to have packers get them. Just be warned that they will pack as is and that includes leaving trash in the trash cans.

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  19. Definitely get babysitters for the children, and line up some out-of-the-house activities for them. You'll be able to keep your mind on the move and be much more productive. Good luck with it all!

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  20. Mark your boxes clearly and on multiple sides!! I can't tell you how many times a box ends up in the basement because it's only marked once and really tiny so it gets overlooked.

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  21. My first tip is to heed the EXCELLENT advice of hiring packers (seriously. it is seriously worth the money). If you don't hire packers, you might consider using my box-numbering/labelling strategy (I've moved 13 times in 20 years): I use letters to designate where the stuff in the box goes (e.g. Living Room (LR), Dining Room (DR), Kitchen (K), Master Bedroom (MB), and add a number to keep track of the boxes. Start the numbering at 1 and just keep going - don't bother changing numbers for each room (i.e. no LR1 and DR1). Keep track of what's in each box via a master list of what goes in each one as you pack it. Write it down as you put it in the box. I

    When the boxes get to your new house, whoever is moving you can quickly see where you want each one. Label any rooms (like bedrooms as necessary). Our movers were hilariously excited to figure out the system and seeing a burly dude gleefully announce he was heading to the Guest Room was really fun.

    As for the kid: lots of snacks, books, and expect to stop frequently.

    Good luck!!

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  22. Great giveaway! My best moving tip - label your boxes with priority numbers. For example, if you can live without the box of beach towels being unpacked ASAP, label it a 5. What clearly the crafting stuff or the toys would be labeled a 1. That way you know the important stuff is unpacked first and you won't be hunting through unopened boxes!

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  23. Don't move what you don't need to keep - sort through all your things and get rid of everything you no longer need - either donate it or have a garage sale. Label and number every box and keep 2 master lists of what's in each (not of every item in every box, but what type of stuff is in each box). This is a huge help at unpacking time.

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  24. My best advice is to use packing as an opportunity to purge your life of things you don't need. If you haven't used it in a year, dump it. If you've always secretly hated it, dump it. No need to pack, more and unpack stuff you no longer need.

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  25. Take advantage of the opportunity to clear any clutter! Decide if you really want to move the item-is it worth the cost? We moved yearly for awhile, and now that we've been in one place for a few years I can tell we're missing that purging opportunity.

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  26. I had a brilliant idea, but in the few other comments I skimmed through, I think it's been said a lot! You need to have a few boxes of things you'll need right away packed separately so that you can start living right away. Some kitchen necessities, and don't forget sheets & towels! Also, I threw out most of my hangers once & sinceely wished I hadn't! Good luck with the move-hope it's your last for a good while!

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  27. Angela, good luck moving so far away! Thats crazy!
    Our house is on the market and we had our fist showing today... but we're just hoping to buy a bigger home in the same area, I cannot imagine moving 1000 miles away!

    So I've moved once, 6.5 years ago... my tip is this: when you're taking the beds apart (or anything that will have loose hardware (curtains rods too, right?) put all the loose hardware into a ziplock baggie and tape it to the item it belongs to. My family thought I was crazy organized when we moved just because I did that. Nothing like trying to setup your bed (or crib) at your new house, its late, PAST bedtime... and you can't find the screws for it! It will save you some time, I hope! Good luck again, and thanks for the giveaway too - its a lovely set of fabric to be sure.

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  28. Use small boxes so they don't get too heavy and put detailed notes on the outside of what's inside.
    Traveling with a 16 month baby: DVDs, lots of dollar store entertainment and plenty of stops to get out and wiggle. Good Luck!

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  29. I'mwith DianeY - I thought I had good ideas, but once I read all the comments, they've all been said. Just remember to keep something for the wee one handy so once you're there, you've got something you can reach out and touch to keep everybody sane.

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  30. As a military spouse, we've moved more times than I can count. :-) Some moves we've done ourselves and others we've had movers. Labels! Very much needed. Mark on the boxes what is in them/what room they go in. Huge help! Try to have a box(es) of whatevery would be necessities for right away, coffee pot, can opener, pans, etc...hygiene items, blow dryer, towels, etc.

    For your baby, a travel bag is good. I always liked to have a backpack with "new" things in it for fun. Color books, crayons, stickers, a magnet set, a new book, a couple small toys, favorite snacks, etc. Can be creative, still keep it cheap, and it's something to look forward to for the little one.

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  31. I have moved too many times to count but the thing that has helped me out the most in a move is a box inventory. I know it sounds a little anal and time consuming but it helps on the back end of the move every time. As you are packing each box number the box and then keep a rough list of what you're packing into that box. It can be as simple as "dishes" or as detailed as "scissors, tape, pens, picture of us at Disneyland" etc. This way when you hit your new digs and you're desperately looking for that U2 CD that you have to play while you're unpacking you can go to your handy dandy box list and see that it's in Box #12 so you don't have to dig through every box to find those little things you thought weren't all that important until they were packed away out of sight. Good luck with the move!

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  32. I really hope the move goes smoothly for you! Just remember, one. step. at. a. time. :)

    We've traveled all over the world with my daughter who is 2 1/2. You can do it! The best advice I have it to keep a regular schedule for her. That seemed to keep everyone sane even through crazy travels and jet lag. That and maybe you fly to South Bend with her while your husband drives, if you can. And one last one, when we've made long drives, we found it tremendously helpful to time them to maximize the most of the drive during her regular sleeping hours. I'm really not a schedule freak but if baby ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Good luck!!!

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  33. I'm not sure I have any good advice since I still live in the same county as I was born. I've only moved once in 26 years of marriage and my girls were 14 and 12 then. So I'll say just breath and remember your making a memory every step of the way. Have plenty of snacks too.

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  34. Ooh, good luck in moving ! What I would say is to plan out the days in which you will be moving - whether it be driving there, flying etc. I would say it would help so much! Espesh if you have a small kiddo, it helps a lot ;)

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  35. Just dont pack things yo dont need, want or use anymore. Dont bring your 'baggage' with you to a new home. Use this as a chance to 'clean house'. 16mo old? Pack a bag of favorite things and put it in an accessible place before you start packing vehicles so it wont get lost in the madness.

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  36. to combine two comments I saw - if you do hire packers you can get closet boxes that you just hang your clothes in for shipping - sweet!
    If you have enough time to do the travel part to your new home, with a child it helps to be flexible. Do as much driving as possible during naptime, and plan a couple of fun stops along the way that your child can look forward to. If you are flying - pack a change of clothes just in case and a special activity pack just for the plane.

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  37. Invite a friend over to help with the packing. They will keep you motivated and focused to finish the job! Use colored dot stickers on the outside of the boxes to keep things organized per room. And make sure to label the boxes with ALL of the contents! Use old towels, blankets, and sheets to wrap delicate items. Good luck with the big move!

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  38. Goodness, we have had so many moves it almost comes natural now. My first big suggestion would be to buy the packing tape gun. It is worth it's weight in gold!!! Next, make sure to label your boxes well. That is a huge help in the unpack process when you don't have time to unpack everything but you need something specific. Put books in small boxes, this will save your back. Get something new and keep something old with your little one in the car. This gives excitement for something new but keeps familiar close by for when you get to a new home :) And last but not least, take a picture of you and your family in front of your old house. I wish I would have done this at every place I lived, just to help keep memories :)

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  39. Our best moves were with packers! However we moved 2,000 miles with a 3 month old and a u-haul! Just allow plenty of time for yourself and realize you will need to make time for the baby! Good Luck and Happy travels...

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  40. I'm one of those weird people who actually likes packing and moving -- not all the time, but often enough to purge and see what you have versus what you need. That said, here are my tips:
    1. Purge! If you haven't used it recently, you won't.
    2. Bankers boxes are fabulous for books b/c they have handles and you can only put so many books in them.
    3. It's worth it to buy the box w/the rail in it to hang clothes. Toss your shoes in the bottom, and you've got your closet packed and unpacked easily.
    4. Buy plastic/rubber storage boxes for anything you generally store (holiday stuff, underbed stuff, etc) so they can be used during and after the move. They're also great for bulky kitchen things like pots.
    5. Label everything by room, and to the extent possible, be detailed about what's in the box (on the box or on a separate notepad).

    Good luck!

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  41. I moved with an 11 month old and a 3 year old. I did lots of nap time packing and started early. I just moved room to room and packed several boxes a day of things we weren't actively using and stacked them in the corner. I did this each day till it was eventually done. It wasn't easy...

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  42. First.. LABEL the boxes. I also put a prioriity number on them 1- I need it right away 2- within a week 3-Not life threatening. Also if you can drive over night so the baby can sleep I reccommend that. If not plan on a lunch at a place that has a play structure inside for some run around time.

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  43. Make a cd of your favorite tunes (or a playlist if you're all 21st century) that will make the UNpacking more bearable. Back in the day my friends and I would have a getting ready to go out tape (eek, I feel old now). Keep it in your handbag and keep tabs carefully on whatever you'll play it on. After you've HIRED the packers, all you'll have to worry about is finding a decent takeout and unpacking at the other end. Good luck with the move.

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  44. Oh, I have moved a bazillion times -- good luck! Most of the other commenters have everything covered, but... yes, label, label, label your boxes. I like to use different color post-its for each room to color code which boxes go where. (and slap a piece of clear packing tape over the post-it to keep it from falling off.
    Use towels, blankets, and coats to cushion breakables. Big blankets can be wrapped and taped around large picture frames and/or mirrors.
    Set aside 2-3 key boxes with your core "survival items," i.e. the things you will need day one to function: towels & basic toiletries, cleaning supplies, a pot to cook in...or the number of a good pizza joint in your new town. :)
    I personally am too cheap to hire packers, but am SO grateful to hire movers to do the heavy lifting! If you do hire packers, be aware that they can really gouge you with packing supply costs, and they will use excessive amounts of these supplies!
    And of course... lift with the legs, not the back! :)

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  45. Congrats on your move! very exciting (although, a little stress full) Helpful hints: 1) Write everything that is in each box on the outside and if you can photo contents of box. 2) Mark really important and immediate need boxes for immediate unpacking 3) relax when you get there. Everything will get put away! Thanks for the chance to win. gougeonathome@charter.net (Allison)

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  46. I've moved 3000 miles one way then moved 6000 miles in the other direction!

    Purge! Just get rid of stuff you don't need. It sucks to open a box after you've moved and be all "I kept this why?"

    Label! Everything!

    And my favourite? Roll up your bedding all together in the fitted sheet. Pillows, duvet, top sheet, everything! When you get to your new home, all you have to do is unroll the wodge, pop the sheet on, and fall into bed. Ahhhh...

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  47. I am sure the inspection is just fine:) For the move, I'd take lots of bottles and pacifiers to keep little on sucking :) And lots of blankets and books- that always seems to work :)

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  48. I've had movers before and loved it, but I didn't have to pay for it (the company I got hired by paid for it). NICE. If you can't do that, I love the labeling and purging ideas, two very important things for sure.

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  49. Label, label, label! And lots of snacks for the little one!

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  50. I'm going to echo the clutter comment - great time to take some big boxes to a place that can use them, especially if you won't miss them.

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  51. Tip: If you're packing books, pack them in small, sturdy boxes. Often people pile books in boxes and then are surprised when they can hardly lift them and often the boxes fall apart if they're too heavy. Small boxes for books. Trust me. I'm a librarian.

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  52. If you own a laptop mark the stuff you really don't want to lose with some cryptic gobblety goop that no one but you can understand and then put the real inventory for these boxes in a file on your computer and e-mail it to yourself in case something happens to the computer. Things like financial papers could be labelled as a specific fabric type. Special items could be labelled in many ways, but if there is any value they can diappear off a truck or a porch before you know it.

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  53. Excellent advice from everyone! I'd agree with purging where possible and marking boxes clearly. Definitely try and do most driving when little lady's usually sleeping and be prepared for plenty of stops to keep her happy!

    Good luck with the move and thanks for the super giveaway :)

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  54. How long can a post comment be?? I recently moved although with a 9 year old.. can it be that different? Find out what date the truck will arrive at your new house.. and whatever you cannot live without until that date.. you need to take with you in your car or pull a small trailer along. Having a baby makes things a little different. You cannot really expect a baby to stay out of things in the new house while you make it baby safe.. so you need to have those things you need to DO that packed on the truck LAST.. so that they are the first things off of the truck. Pack n play.. toys. Baby gates. Baby's things are last on the truck so that their room is the first room set up.. a happy baby makes for a happy mommy.. and you will be able to set up the new house faster.
    If you are going to fly.. don't do what I did..
    I packed my medication, and jewelry into checked bagage.. and it didn't arrive until 4 days after we did.. a bit nerve wracking!! No clothes.. no meds.. no jewelery.. The moving truck wasn't coming until days after that. DH drove ahead with the pets. My son and I flew. It wasn't worth the aggrivation.
    I also went through my old house and tossed out anything that I didn't REALLY love and want to move.. as we paid the movers to move junk.. that didn't make any sense.. and having a new clutter free house.. was wonderful!!

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  55. Holy moly, I haven't moved with a munchkin yet...but it looks like you've gotten some great tips. My greatest moving tips are as follows:
    1. Hire movers. Or at the very least, pay your husband and his friends with beer and pizza, and stay out of it as much as possible. Every time I try to help with the physical part of moving, my completely klutz self gets hurt.
    2. Try to get rid of stuff as you pack. Ask yourself whether or not you're willing to pay someone to move it, if you're not sure whether or not you want to keep something.
    3. If you can, try to get your husband or another family member to deal with the moving of boxes into the house while you stay elsewhere with the baby - a 16-month old would be tough to corral in the midst of movers and boxes and such.

    Good luck!!

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  56. When we moved with a 2 year old, I put the furniture in his new room in the same orientation to eachother they had been in his old room. I tried to make it look as familiar as possible. Good luck!!

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  57. • Hire movers
    • Label the boxes in detail and number them, and keep a separate list with this info. You'll know if you're missing a box, and you can browse the list easily.
    • Keep an "open first" box with essentials - not just physically essential but items that will make a new place feel more like home
    • If purging makes you nervous (it does me), donate the stuff to tornado victims, or a women's shelter, etc.

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  58. Label every boy with what room it goes to, and the contents. Try to keep same items together. Wrap all breakables very well! Don't overload boxes!

    Make sure you have a separate bag packed full of stuff for your child, toys, diapers, wipes, all those kinds of things you will need and need to keep them entertained when you move into an empty house!

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  59. That last comment was supposed to say "Label every box" sorry!

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  60. The usual - purge, labels, etc. Make sure you label the box with bedding and towels really well. You can eat out/have takeaways but you want a good night sleep as soon as you move in. If you are using movers keep out the kettle, mugs, coffee & tea, etc with some biscuits and then just before they leave put all into a small box and give it to them so they can have a cuppa when they are getting all the boxes into your new place. Keeps them happy.

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  61. First I'd recommend an extra dose of patience and a ready sense of humor. If a moving company is doing your packing, empty your trash barrels and hide your purse. When we moved the thoughtful movers packed our trash barrels with their trash (that was interesting) and since my purse was on a counter, they packed that too. Took about an hour to find it! Keep out a few favorite objects for the wee one and get a few new treats too (little things) as distractions. Ditto with the fav snack foods (you might want to pack these into a car in advance so they don't get packed by mistake). If your driving, favorite songs (if you can stand them for hours on end) and books on tape are wonderful. We have never had movie players in the car, but if you do- grab the movies that your little one will like and get them into the car so they don't get packed by the movers. And depending on when you and your stuff arrive, make sure you have o r know where to get a pack or 2 of paper goods (plates, cups, napkins) and utensils unless you are planning to be eating out until your kitchen goods arrive. Also knowing where your new grocery store/pharmacy and bank will be is helpful once you get to your new home. Best wishes on the move.

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  62. This is the perfect time to get rid of the clutter and things that have accumulated that you haven't used since you moved the first time. I know, I have some of those boxes that I never unpacked and I've lived in my house 3 years...don't do it.

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  63. We have done several large moves and have been fortunate to always have our companies pay for the move. If yours is paying you MUST let them pack for you. Young guys show up and pack everything! You don't have to lift a finger, ever. Unless there's something special you dont' want them touching, in which case that can be done in advance. They pack your dishes, junk drawers, everything! And they pack it so lovely and safely! They can do an entire house in one day! 4 moves and nothing lost or broken (knock on wood). They will unpack for you too! I've never gone for that service because I like the unpacking part of moving but it's there if you need it.

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  64. I read the wonderful interview post on the ELQ blog. Let the movers pack - have just the essentials left out the morning of the load - for me that meant the coffee pot/fixings and beds/linens loaded last. As the preceding comment stated -- have the moving van loaded in the order you need it coming off the truck -- in quick to unpack boxes - like some changes of clothing, bath, and essential kitchen items. At the end of the day you will be tired and searching through boxes is not fun. Label everything. Bad things happen. In my case, having insurance paid off because had some items lost and broken. I threw away, gave away, or donated lots of stuff (get a charitable write-off if possible). Have a good place (already with food/linens ready) to stay for a full night's rest locally the night after the load. For that one night I used a small carryall and had some great pizza. Think about where the truck needs to park for load/unload. I had long carries, which is extra expense -- and the transport carrier for my car couldn't unload at the new house because of low power lines. Have a wonderful, safe move.
    Oh! fabric is heavy and costs a lot to move -- so have a lot of blog giveaways! LOL Seriously, fabric is heavy - there was a post on moving quilting items at http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/

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  65. I just moved with a 11 month and I will have to say it is not ideal but the thing that helped us the most is that we made sure we packed all her stuff all together and set up her new room right away. We also bought her a special "moving/new room" toy, she loved it!
    Also we had family helping us on the day of the move, it was awesome because they could entertain her while we worked and moved.
    Good luck, hope it is a smooth move.

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  66. Have a fun pack for the 16 month old handy - toys, snacks, blankets, books, etc.

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  67. I'm sure I'll be repeating a lot of what other people said, but here goes:
    Purge! Haven't used it or thought about using it in over a year? Get rid of it!
    Use your sheets, towels and clothes as packing material (more for awkwardly shaped things than really fragile stuff).
    If your grocery store gets their egg cartons in boxes ask for the boxes, they are the perfect size, especially for books!
    Label everything with what's in the box and where the box is supposed to go.
    Color code you packing take, things that need to be unpacked first have red tape, yellow tape for in a week or two, green for whenever (or whatever designations/colors you choose).
    Use towels to move mattresses. After standing the mattress on end slip a towel under the mattress, use the ends of the towel to pick up the mattress or pull it along the floor.
    Expect things to take longer than you think they should.
    Be prepared to stop often when on the road, give yourself lots of extra travel time. Stopping early and staying somewhere with a pool might help everyone unwind.
    Transport the absolutely critical stuff yourself (for me that would be basic clothes, the computers, sewing machine, some kitchen stuff, blow-up mattresses and sheets and towels.)
    Good luck!

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  68. I think everything has been said! I do think the most important thing is to pack what you need first in the car and let the movers do the rest. I hope you like your new city and new home.

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  69. Get a binding estimate from your movers and get replacement insurance. When I moved cross country (twice!) I made sure to label each box with my name and address.

    And as for travelling with wee ones: bring some small simple toys, plenty of diapers and wipes (which are good for everything from wiping bums to cleaning up after a meal to doing a spot clean of a carseat). Snacks. Lots of snacks. And a few good kid music cds for the ride.

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  70. Hi Angela, it is a looong time since I moved. I guess if it depends on if you are doing the packing yourself, But any "special treasures, I would wrap in my bath towels. Crockey ( plates and such can be put in cartons with paper party plates between each item, Nad have a couple of boxes clearly marked with items you will need as soon as you arrive at your new home - for instance one for your toddlers essentials, one for yourself with kettle/toaster, etc even if there is the items you need to at least be able to make a snack or light meal, as I'm sure you will all be exhausted. All the other boxes should just be marked with whichever room they are going to be unpacked. I hope everything goes really smoothly for you and that you will all be so happy in your new home. Hugs, Sandy. :)

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  71. Amazing tips! Mine is to use all of your linens, bedding, towels, etc. as packing material, e.g., separate plates with washclothes... wrap vases in your fluffy towels. This way you are doubling your packing effort!

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  72. Label. Label. Label. I am so unorganized and moving has always been hell for me. I always wish I labeled more. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  73. Hire packers! They're super efficient AND it'll be a better job than most people do themselves. It's totally worth it in the end!

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  74. We drive from Wisconsin to NJ or NC every summer- starting when my oldest was about a year old. Have lots of snacks (maybe even a few that are usually "forbidden" for treats) and new toys- Any silly little thing that they've never seen before is great. The trick is not breaking them out too early before they're necessary (and then the novelty wears off before the trip is over), but not waiting so long that they totally lose it! And I have to say, as much prep as I've done for every trip, it has always gone WAY better than I thought it could. Good luck!

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  75. Being "advisor 73" most of the obvious comments have been made. I will echo the Label, Label, Label comments, as well as the Use SMALL boxes comments... Twice as many small boxes well labeled will make for a much quicker unpack.

    If it is at all possible, double the time "required" to make the trip, and take your time. Stop often and enjoy some "Touristy" things along the way... Heck, go out of your way if you have to, but if you can afford the extra two days, you will look back on it as a "Trip" and not a "Move".

    One last thing... Take pictures. Lots of pictures. IF you are using movers, or packers take photos of everything BEFORE it is packed / moved and again as you are unpacking it. You never know if or when you will need them.

    Oh, and Beautiful fabric in the give away... Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  76. Hi There, moving with kids can be FUN! Sharon Lois and Bram, songs for on the way and when you get there. Is a great kids album and won't drive you crazy as an adult. We moved across Canada when our son was 3. I had lots of fun little toys for him each day on the trip. Just little things but exciting. A new book or a little special something. Get rid of stuff before you move.

    And the giveaway is great!

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  77. first tip...stop in Fort Wayne on your way to South Bend...we can chat and let your little boy play with loads of toys for a break from the car seat!

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  78. I love everyone's tips (the one about the bottom sheet to load up your bedding ready to go is priceless!). If you can, check into a hotel for the first night so you don't have to worry about getting the beds ready right away. For the baby, wrap up some little toys, shakers, and goodies. The unwrapping will occupy her a little while. If you have an ipad, you can download some videos for her to watch while you travel. (We tried that with a six month old last month when we flew for six hours but she just wanted to eat the ipad!) Good luck!

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  79. Get rid of as much stuff as possible! As for traveling, just plan on it taking much longer than usual. You'll all be happier if you stop for breaks. Try to find places where he can get out of the car and run around.

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  80. If your budget allows, hire a moving company. If you have to pack and move everything yourself, start packing early and distribute the heavy stuff (like books, plates etc) to other boxes so you don't end up with 3 (or 10 depending on how much stuff you have) extremely heavy boxes. And make sure you lable every box so you know what's in which box, this will make unpacking much easier too. Good luck!!

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  81. Use dish towels, hand towels, pillowcases etc for helping to pack dishes and other breakables. You have packed two things at once.

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  82. About the only thing that hasn't been suggested is to use a folding table for packing on. You can move it from room to room and your back and knees will thank you for not packing on the floor.

    Oh, and when labeling boxes, label at least two sides of each box (top and one side) so you can tell what box is what when they're stacked on top of one another in a big pile!

    Make sure you have your heating pad and a bottle of ibuprofen handy...on both ends of your move! I've been known to take a preemptive Aleve at the start of the moving and unpacking days to head off the worst of the head and body aches.

    Good luck, m'dear!

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  83. Wow - you have a lot going on! Traveling with a 16 month old is TOUGH enough - packing & moving at the same time? Let's just say I don't envy you.

    We did some travel when my daughter was 15 months - it's a harried time. What I would do differently: Plan little activities for every 15-20 minutes. Make snack an activity - lay cheerios out in shapes/sizes and talk about them -name the shapes, how many, large/small, counting, etc. Works with raisins, goldfish...you get the picture...

    miscstadra at hotmail dot com

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  84. I've moved 8 times long distance, 15 or so if you count small distances. I like the unpacking part! My best advice would be to take as much time as possible. As far as advice...I don't know. Take little 'fun breaks.' And treat it like a vacation or adventure. Of course it is an adventure, isn't it? :) I hope a moving company is moving you, if not I feel for you! :D

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  85. Grandparents! My dh was in the navy for 20 yrs. we made alot of long distance moves. Grandparents were the key to things running smoothly. Send the kids to them befor you pack up and move, then when you are at your new home have the grandparents come bring the kids to you and they usually will stay and help unpack too. Especially if you will be moving quite a distance from them they will usually not mind helping out with the kids durring this time so that they are able to spend time with them. Before anyone gets up set that I may be taking advantage of the grandparents let me make it clear that I am now a grandparent and have done this for my children also......it was really great fun, it wore me out but it was fun!

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  86. I'm moving soon myself, so it was really fun reading through everyone's tips here! The only tip I have is to wrap your breakables and fill up box space with your towels, sheets and blankets (and maybe even clothes). This is really only helpful if moving space is a concern. I moved myself and everything I had in my tiny car 3 different times, so I got really good at using every square inch :)

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  87. take this time to get rid of anything that you really don't need. and label your boxes well!!

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  88. In our last move, I was having a hard time finding boxes, so I went to my local big box office supply store and bought bankers boxes (buy one pack, get one free) and packed everything in them. No need for tape (we were moving ourselves, so we didn't have to worry about the boxes getting dumped) and when we arrived, I could break down the boxes and re-use them later. I have a bunch of them in the attic, labeled with my Christmas stuff - they're all the same size, so it's very easy to arrange them. There's also a place to label them on all sides.

    One other small tip - coffee filters are great for protecting your dishes ,and cleaner than newsprint, cheaper than bubble wrap! You can put them between plates, cups or bowls and stack them together without worrying about breakage or scratching. (It's a good idea to do that when you put them in the cabinet too - your dishes will stay nice looking longer!)

    Good luck on the move!!

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  89. It's been a while since I've moved, but I like to take advantage of the Lowes coupons you can get at USPS.com with the change of address packet! :)

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  90. When we moved into our house, we had only been married 6 months and had a bed, a beanbag chair, a desk and a table--no other furniture. We've been here 9 1/2 years, and I am terrified for when we do actually move. I have no advice, but good luck!

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  91. I have found that having the name of the room where each box will go (listed clearly on the outside of each box in big print on each side) to be really helpful. Also having the boxes numbered & then having a master list of what is in each box saves a lot of time when it comes to unpacking the essentials when you get to the new house. Good luck, hope it goes smoothly.

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  92. Label your boxes!! That makes life so much easier when you get to your new home.

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  93. Packing tip. When in doubt, add more padding. The movers packed us in our first move. Some broken dishes, oops! I packed for our second move. Nothing broken. Also, pack bedding and things you will need before the rest of the house will get unpacked in one or two boxes, and label them 'OPEN FIRST'. Label things well, you won't remember what you packed where. Good luck.

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  94. One box at a time. Take care with every box. It's the one you pack in a hurry, when you are tired and it's late, that ends up with the damage. Secondly have a 'move in box'. The one with a couple of towels, toilet paper, the kettle, toaster and some tea, coffee and crackers in it. Even your toiletries and a change of clothes. It just takes the pressure off so much during that first 24 hours.

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  95. Label each box with specifics; relax and try to laugh through the process.

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  96. Keep tiny little containers everywhere, like car, bag, purse, so your 16mth always has something to snack on.

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  97. I label the box with what room I want it to be in and when people help move you in they can just put it in the right room and you arent searching everywhere for it.

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  98. My big tip is to PURGE! Can you pick one up at a dollar store at the new location? Toss it. Do you have a collection of VHS tapes with dust on them? Get rid of them. Invite friends over to pick through the stuff you plan to get rid of and donate or toss the rest. I managed to condense a 10-room house down to 10 boxes (plus some furniture) when I made a similar move across the country.
    Also - when labeling boxes, write on the sides as well as the top. It makes it MUCH easier when trying to find the glasses or shower curtain!

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  99. as far as moving goes, I don't have much advise. I've only moved a few times in my 58 years. But I would say well marked boxes would be a priority. Good luck and travel safe. Lots of snacks for the baby, and toys and books to keep him/her busy!

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  100. Good luck. I would echo the purge, movers, label comments. I have only moved once since we have been married ( a bigger move) but recently moved my dad. What I wish we had done was to number each box and then make a master list of what was in the box. It has been two years and I am still looking for some things. And no he hasn't unpacked everything.

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  101. Pack some suitcases as if you were going on vacation for a week - everything you would need for a every family member for a whole week. Then you will not be under immediate pressure to get all the essential unpacked within a day or two, and if you forgot to label something, you can survive until you find it. Other than that, ditch every tiny thing you can. Give it away, sell it, throw it away - do not move it unless you absolutely have to.

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  102. Be sure to keep the little one's comfort items and favorite toys so things seem familiar...I would also try to keep the sleep and other routines as close to normal as possible!

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  103. Tips for moving - hmm I haven't moved for almost 25 years. But I remember....clearly mark on your boxes what is in them so when you are looking for that one item you need to use right now and you don't have time to unpack....you'll be able to locate it.

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  104. You've gotten lots of great advice on moving... we did a horrible job packing up on our last move over 12 years ago, so I wouldn't try and give you our suggestions!

    As for travelling with a toddler, we've done a number of road trips with our kids. With my son when he was 18months, we took lots of CDs of sing-along kid music, lots of books, books on tape/CD (Robert Munsch, Sesame Street, etc). We also traveled on his schedule - if he's napping, its not time for LUNCH... pack lots of snacks that you know they'll eat. And stop by a river, park, lake, etc and get out and stretch your legs and let them run/walk... Swings were very popular on the trip.

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  105. I'm not that great of a mover, but my friend swears by using a moving company in order to not break her back. She packs everything, they move it. Sounds like you need a really well packed baby bag :) Hopefully your baby will sleep most of the time. Good luck!

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  106. Perfect topic for me! We just signed a lease at a new place and will be moving in a couple weeks!!! Here's what I have so far - use similar sized boxes (smallish) so they stack well and aren't too heavy (especially if you're paying your movers in pizza).
    Label each box first with a room title then with what's in it. Label the top and one small side.
    Purge! Lots of purging. And see if your local salvation army can do a pickup.
    Start with stuff you can live without for a while (my entire office)... those boxes can be the first packed and last to be unpacked.

    Travel with a little one? Best tip ever? Leave at 3AM. Bring all the normal food/snacks/drinks in the car. Bring some special snacks. Stickers are awesome. Also, bring a small thing of bubbles in the car... bubbles are fun no matter where you are. :) Good luck!

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  107. I think it is an opportunity to get rid of lots of clutter. So that your new house could be clutter free and easy to maintain & clean.

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  108. Start packing early!!!! It always takes much longer than you think, always.
    Colouring is good in the car, remember a sharpener! One of those trays with a bean bag cushion underneath could be useful as a colouring in/snack/play surface.
    Remember, it's an adventure!

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  109. Oh, wow, it's been 20 years since I've moved. It was DEFINITELY great having packers. But I found that I really didn't need them to UNPACK on the other end. You just end up with EVERYTHING staring you in the face! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. You know everyone would have given you tips anyway, right?

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  110. My Mom's rule for packing & moving was this:
    1 for me
    1 for the trash
    1 for the Goodwill

    She never was one for clutter. I, however, take after my Dad....

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  111. Yuck, moving is so stressful! I would also say as my number one piece of advice: hire packers. Maybe it's cheaper if you just do the packers and not movers, as well, so it could be doable on a budget, but I don't know. Also, the idea of packing your stuff you are taking with you for immediate use, that is going in your vehicle before everything else, is priceless, so do that no matter who packs your stuff. And for sure find somebody to help with the baby, unless you have days and days to do your packing! The driving part, well, you kind of just have to go by what your child tells you his limits are, and you learn those as you go. I've driven cross country with my son and done extensive solo traveling by plane with him, and I learned fast that I couldn't set the pace, and that it was essential to let him run around. Also, pack fresh fruit in your car, because travel doesn't make eating healthy very easy! GOOD LUCK!!!

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  112. So happy for you! We look forward to the day we move back home too... My one most important tip for your packing/ moving is...make lists and label boxes loud and clear. When we moved here, all our boxes were given numbers that were written on the top and the side of the boxes for easy visibility and we had a master list that described what's in each box...to prevent loosing the important piece of paper, we scanned it and emailed an electronic copy to ourselves. It was a very efficient way to find things and unpack!

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  113. I'm afraid you've probably read/heard all this before, as it's rather obvious, but if you are going to do the packing yourself it's good to remember not to pack too much heavy thing in one box ;)
    As for travelling with a little one, I found it helpful to have a few toys packed so that you can show the child something new when he or she gets bored with the current toy. And if your daughter has a favourite toy or blankie, definitely keep it somewhere close :)

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  114. De-clutter before you pack ... it's probably been said somewhere nefore but really, it's a must. I have moved countless times and it's the one thing that has made moving easier.

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  115. Make sure the packers don't accidentally pack your trainers so you have to do the whole move in impossibly high heels (yes, that happened to me).

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  116. Good luck with your move, we moved from Australia to Europe earlier this year with 3 littlies. Theres is lots of good advice about packing here so my tip is about traveling in the car with toddlers. Instead of planning to set off when they are due for a nap (which is what I used t do) start an hour or 2 earlier. This way you get a few hours more traveling time before they start to get restless and need to stop and run about. Oh and an old towel to protect the carseat just in case of enormous poo leakage. That one happened to me at Frankfurt airport in front of lots of well dressed business types.
    Allie
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  117. Take time to get rid of things you do not want anymore. There's nothing worse than moving an unwanted item that many miles. I moved (within the same city) six months ago and that made the move, and unpacking, so much better. Of course my boyfriend feels there are more things I could do away with, but that's just men I think.

    Good luck with the move!

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  118. We have lived in the same house for 25 years so I don't have much experience but I'd say get help - and plenty of it!
    Good luck!

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  119. I would recommend getting more boxes for packing than you think you will need! It's amazing how many things we store in so little time...

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  120. I was once told by a very sensible friend with two small kids that when she moved she just packed drawers with contents rather than having to pack the contents separately. Obviously this won't work with your best china if you keep this in a drawer. You can always declutter when you are settled in. But if you're moving and have a million other things to do you probably won't have the time to sort out all your drawers and cupboards before you start packing or as you pack. Good luck with it all xx

    Oh and another tip - keep stuff like kettle and your favourite drinks/snacks in a box with you so you don't have to play hunt the mugs and drinks when you've just walked in the door!

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  121. Woo, difficult question. I've moved dozens of times, including moving to other countries but I'm rubbish at packing! Keep a box til last and just before you leave put the kettle, teabags/coffee, milk, cups and a packet of biscuits in it. Take this one with you in the car... you will need it!

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  122. Purge while you pack! You'll be so glad that
    you have less to pack and UNPACK when you
    get to your new home. Good luck!

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  123. For moving with a child, if you do the pack a suitcase for the week thing, make sure you include a favorite blanket/toy or something that is a total comfort thing in the car for the trip and the first few days of chaos. the familiar small/feel will be a reassuring thing with so many big changes!

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  124. Tip 1) color code each room and its boxes with those garage sale circle stickers. It's easier than writing on boxes. 2) as for baby: 1) keep moist towellettes every where: purse, glovebox, backseat, even in ziplocked small amounts in pockets. 2) keep 1 qt or 1 gallon ziplocks of toys or fidgety things and hide em away to bring out only when baby needs to see something new. Some of them can be non-messy snacks like goldfish. 3) keep a tiny cooler in reach for juice boxes, grapes or little bottles of whatever anyone might want. 4) save plastic grocery store bags in the diaper bag for easy disposal of diapers and other trash. They coact well so don't take up much space. Happy traveling!

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  125. I color coded each box, which really helped organization when we got to the new house!

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  126. If possible, do whatever cleaning and painting you need to do at your new house before the boxes arrive or before they are unpacked.

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  127. I think about everything has been covered, but I would just add-relax, and don't let the stress get to you. It will all work out in the end. Good luck and thanks for the giveaway!

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  128. Label, Label, Label!

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  129. I haven't moved for years, but a friend of mine was just complaining that she should have had her coffee maker in her personal items that she took in the car instead of packed in a random box.

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  130. We moved cross-country more times than I can remember. In the car, we each had a box of treats. We could choose one every two hours -- it was helpful to introduce something new over the course of the long ride. The treats were pretty small/inexpensive, but ! Man, those were the highlights of the trip.

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  131. i haven't done a cross country move with a lot of stuff, but my simple suggestions are to label your boxes and don't pack them too full (says she with the memory of a strained back and ending up with books in the kitchen)

    knottygnome@gmail.com

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  132. When we would move every 3-5 years. The one thing that always made it easier for us. I made a bag of things I had to have at my fingertips. Wipes, Toilet seat covers, Toilet paper, A book, Childs favorite book, Snacks, Map, whatever else you would use daily. This bag went in the front or back seat of the car first. Then I packed everything else. It was calming for me to know my had to have bag was there. Sometimes we would get to the night stop and I would pull out the baggage and the had to have bag and we never got into it that day but to have that book handy at bedtime was a life saver. Good luck on your move.

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  133. I've got only tip (it's great tip if you are sentimental and collect all things): take with you as less things as you can, before movement throw away all unnecessary things (cry if you need while throwing them, but make yourself to do this). You'll feel much better in your new house:)
    PS. It's good tip, but I must admit that I wouldn't be able to do this by myself...

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  134. One of the best tips I have ever gotten and utilized (from a friend who moved a lot due to her husband's work) is -- pack your own boxes but hire movers to pack the truck.

    It always take a day at least to do that and by that point you are always exhausted and /then/ you have to drive. Hiring movers gives you time to 'relax' before starting your trip.

    Good luck with the move.

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  135. This may have already been said, but you can keep a master list of all your packed boxes with notes on what they include. Number the boxes and number the list. Then, when you need something you can look for box #35 or whatever. Can help in the unpacking madness!

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  136. Moving 1,000 miles. Best tip(s) from my multiple moving experiences - 1) Buy moving boxes that are all the same sizes. 2) invest in a pack of black felt tip permanent markers so you can write the room they come from and most importantly a list of the contents on each box. 3)Lots of bubble wrap and newsprint for wrapping 4) Hire movers if you can afford the expense 5)Don't forget to get the Wardrobe boxes to hang all your clothes in - they are worth every dollar!

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  137. A lots of good ideas, mine is like many others, hire some movers/packing firms, so you can take care of your daughter and stay strong and healthy, moving is big buisness!
    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  138. My Tip along with so many others is Hire Packers/movers. I have moved so often It makes things so much easier, especially with a toddler about!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  139. I would label every box in detail! and keep a box of your toddlers fav toys and activities in the car ready for the trip, that way they won't get packed accidentally! Good Luck!

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  140. Angela, I would make your little one something special like a blanket or a pillowcase that was just your toddlers. It will help comfort them when things get unfamiliar. A friend of mine suggested to me when I thought we would be moving from the US to Germany, that you should get a stuffed animal and make that your toddlers buddy. That will help with the anxieties as well. But most of all take care of yourself and your husband. You are your child's rock and emotional strain will show to the little one no matter how well you try to hide it. But be honest that this is just as scary for you as it is for the whole family. Good Luck and Blessings as you embark on this new adventure in your life.

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  141. Good luck on the move! I moved a ton during my undergrad for co-ops, and they were always international via airplane, so everything had to fit in 2 suitcases. It totally sucked. Now I've been living in the same place for a few years during my graduate degree and I'm totally not looking forward to packing all the stuff I've accumulated!

    My advice? Pack your underwear and your toothbrush and some toilet paper and put that in your car before you forget. You never know what you're going to unpack first at the other end, so this way that first night doesn't involve frantically unpacking every box in sight!

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  142. Good luck...I will also be setting out in a week or two from Virginia to California with a 15-month-old. Here are a few things I've heard and am going to try. First, collect up a few of her toys and put them away now, then, they will be "new" on the trip. Also, I found a car seat tray for convertible car seats, it seems like a great way to play while stuck in the car (I'm testing the one I got today). Finally, Foogo by Thermos are really great insulated cups (we use the straw ones, but they're also available in sippy), they really do keep the milk cold for hours (I have tested it myself!). I hope your move goes well!

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  143. Good luck with your move! I have traveled all over the country via car with my daughter - my husband is in the army. We drive to see family and she is 18 months old. My best advice is just entertain her in the car, it will make the long drive so much easier. My daughter loved playing with the book that my husband and I were reading and she also loved playing with a flashlight that she could turn on and off at night. It made life SO much easier! Good luck!

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  144. Busy time for you! but I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run (remember that when you are ready to tear your hair out!) My packing tip for you is to LABEL ALL CONTAINERS VERY WELL. It may seem tedious when you have so much to do, but trust me when you're looking for something specific after you move the little bit of extra time is worth it.
    Thanks for the giveaway even though you're busy!

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  145. Lots of great advice here. If you're part of a church group, maybe enlist some help there--of course, handle the breakable/valuable stuff yourself. For us, finding enough boxes was always a problem--and buying a bunch can get spendy. Places to scrounge for boxes include grocery stores, McDonalds (those fries boxes are awesome!), and school cafeterias (they get huge deliveries of food almost every week). If you give them a call or go in and ask ahead of time, they'll often save you a pile of boxes.

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  146. It's 8 years since we moved and that was from the UK to France!! I took the opportunity to de-clutter and threw things out, gave things away to friends, family and charity shops. Make sure you pack everything well, we did it ourselves so only had ourselves to blame if something got broken, nothing did, and label label label every box if not what is in the box then what room it needs to go in. Oh and the most important thing.... make sure you know where the kettle is!!!!! Good luck.

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  147. Good luck with your move! I moved 2.5 years ago and the best piece of advice I can give you is PURGE!!! If you don't LOVE it, if it's not IRREPLACEABLE or SENTIMENTAL get rid of it. It's expensive to move, time consuming to pack it (and unpack it again), moving is the best time to get rid of the excess!

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  148. Congratulations on your move. We moved last summer for the first time in 30 years!!! My best tip is to mark you boxes well. Like Kitchen items, Half Bath, Living Room, Master Bedroom etc, etc. Then you can find things if you need them, as you already know what you had in each of those rooms. They might not go back into the same room in your new home, but it will make life a little easier when trying to locate things you need to use.

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  149. on any long road trips... and we've gone on a few, i check out the dollar store & cheaper toys at walmart, target, etc. purchase $20-30 dollars worth, wrap individually in tissue paper, leftover Christmas paper - whatever is available since the kiddo doesn't care. and whenever a "prize" is needed, my boy gets to pick something out of the bag & enjoy. :) the prizes and watching new movies seem to help our lil guy enjoy trips. hope your move goes well!

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  150. Pack a survival box of those items that you will need right away. A few sets of clothes, bath stuff, etc. YOu won't feel like unpacking right away, so this way you just have to unpack one box. Oh - and mark all the other boxes very well on each side.

    Good luck!

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  151. If you are not hiring movers, pack like a mover. That means: don't think and don't stress.

    1. Buy boxes and packing materials.
    2. Start in one room and pack it all up. Start in one corner and just put it in a box. Don't worry if there is something in the next room that would fit into the box better, or if you could use clothes or towels as packing material. Just pack the room as fast as you can. This is nearly impossible for uptight me, but I think it is the key to fast, stress free moving.
    3. Label the box with the room.
    4. Get a trailer with plenty of room so you don't have to worry about packing tight.
    5. Hire a couple of High School and college guys to help load and unload.

    Then go get a massage. :)

    And having an adult sit in the back seat with the little ones can help too.

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  152. tons of great advice on moving.

    We just went on a 3 week long 6000+ mile road trip with an 18 month old.

    some advice for traveling with a toddler:
    1. makes stops to play when you need too
    2. bring TONS of snack foods - you never know which is going to hit their fancy. They have apple sauce is packets that are not as messy (if she doesnt squeeze them and knows how to drink from a straw)
    3. if shes sleeping- Keep driving. (have snacks and water handy for you if this goes over lunch)
    4. know that her schedule will be messed up and just flow with it.
    5. bring a bag of toys she hasnt seen or played with in a while. Books also work great if she likes looking at them herself.
    6. getting a suite (if traveling overnight) is worth the extra money. I know our son would stay awake when he could see us. We made a barrier with a sheet on it to block his view from PVC pipes.

    email me if you want more details or our blog to see the picture of the barrier.

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  153. I hope I get something from reading these moving tips too. I suggest doing a little bit of packing every day, and it will be done in no time!

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  154. My best recommendation works only if you know the house you're moving into. Work out the dimensions of all of the rooms in the new house and draw it out on graph paper. Draw all the furniture you're planning to take with you as well. Work out where all the furniture is going ahead of time, so you can have the movers put the furniture in place as they unload the truck. Labels boxes with which room they go in as well. It will save you a TON of time and energy later, trying to find stuff and moving it about the house to its right spot. My last move, the movers laughed about how anal-retentive I was being, and how they thought my floor plan would never work. It not only worked, but meant I wasn't stuck with moving bookshelves and dressers on my own, and meant I could unpack boxes onto the shelves and drawers straightaway.

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  155. My last move (there were several before then) was 24 years ago and my youngest of 3 was 1 year old. I don't remember too much but i read some of the comments.
    Packers help and really good labeling with details and the rooms.
    The most important things are the kitchen necessities and the bedrooms. We always set the beds up first.
    Also, I do remember with little ones that we needed to do a wash right away.

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  156. My most recent move was international, so a bit more chaotic than usual! But make sure you keep a separate box of dishes, cutlery etc so you're able to eat without hunting through box after box of kitchen supplies just to find plates!

    Good luck :)

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  157. I just moved house in March - by far my best tip is the 'essentials box'. That is: a box that you pack with all the essentials you will need on your first night in the house. i.e. a set of linen for your bed, a couple of coffee mugs etc etc the things you will absolutely need to be able to sleep the first night.

    Also - the first thing you do when you arrive is to make the bed/s so that you have somewhere to sleep, and then order pizza!

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  158. Pack a box of essentials to be opened first in the new house - bed linens, paper towels, soap, first aid items including pain/headache reliever, etc. Label this box so there is NO missing it in the mix of the hundreds of other boxes. Pack it last in the moving truck or in your own vehicle. Don't misplace this box.

    Relax as much as you can and view this as an adventure, not a chore. This too shall pass....:-)

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