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Are you moving soon? It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town or across the country, it is hard to move. And it is a lot of work.

We are a military family and typically military families move every three to four years. We have moved three times and two of those times I’ve moved on my own. I know now how important it is to be prepared for a move and how much prep work is required before the movers come to pack up the stuff.

Moving is a lot of work, but I’ve learned some things to make the transition easier. Here’s some tips to help keep your sanity and make the moving process more enjoyable for everyone. And as an added bonus, many of these tips will help make unpacking easier, too.

Prep Work

Organize Boxes by the Room or Item

With younger kids, they can “help” by scribbling or taping (with the appropriate color, of course) on the specific boxes according to which room or item they belong to. This gives kids something to do, all the while keeping you a little more organized.

“Open First” Boxes

Utilize Copious Amounts of Ziplocs®

This saves A LOT of time when unpacking. You don’t have to wash things that were in bags and you don’t have to look for missing pieces because it is all together!

… And Garbage Bags



Use Items You Don’t Want to Move

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Amanda Huffman is a military veteran who served in the Air Force for six years as a civil engineer, including a deployment to Afghanistan. She traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag to stay home with her two boys and follow her husband’s military career. They are currently stationed in Southern California, living the dream and making frequent trips to Disneyland. Her blog, Airman to Mom, incorporates stories from her past military life and her perspective on life as both a veteran and military spouse. Check out more about Amanda on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

This article was previously posted on Amanda’s blog, Airman to Mom. It has been edited for The MOPS Blog.