When you have children, everything gets that much more complicated. When you’re packing up your home to move, handling all of the details and actual packing up can feel impossible. Follow these four tips to make the process go smoother.

If your children are old enough, have them pack a box of toys.

Depending on how far you’re moving, your kids might not have access to everything they own for a while. So have your children pack a box of toys and stuffed¬†animals for themselves. They can pick what they want to have with them so you’re not on the hook for a toy that’s on the other side of the country. It also gives them a sense of power during a scary process.

Tape their boxes their own color.

When you have more than one kid, they’re not going to want to share. There is no making do with the sister’s or brother’s clothes, not if you want a moment of peace. So have them each pick a color of tape that you can seal the boxes with. That’ll make unpacking a lot easier.

Hire a babysitter for an evening of packing.

Even if your children are old enough to entertain themselves while you’re packing up the house, set aside an evening when you can get them out of the house or have a sitter watch them. This is the evening when you can bring in movers, move out the furniture, and pack up anything that requires your full attention.

Always have extras.

When you’re moving, treat it like a long vacation. Fill up suitcases with everyone full of complete outfits, toiletries, and any entertainment you would bring on a road trip. Having extras can make delays easier to deal with once you get to the new house.

Go to Kiwimove for more packing tips and a moving service that can help make things go even smoother.