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Tips for Moving During the School Year: Packing Sensibly and Staying Organize

When you think about packing up your entire house and relocating in the midst of the school year, you may think that the last thing it’s going to be is organized. Sounds like chaos? Well, it could be, but it doesn’t have to be! Here’s how to plan ahead and keep it together when moving after school starts.

Create a Binder

Whether you choose a box, binder or a safe, pick one place to store all of your important paperwork and documents. Some items you’re likely to need when registering at a new school are:

  • Proof of new residency
  • Birth certificate
  • Health forms
  • Social security cards

Keep all of these items together and hand carry them with you. This is one box you definitely shouldn’t hand over to the movers!

Set Appointments Ahead of Time

Before you move, call the school and make appointments to register your child and for you and your child to take a tour. Things can get hectic when you’re moving, and setting these up ahead of time will prevent it from slipping your mind.

Pack School and Homework Supplies Together

Gather your child’s backpack and pack as many school supplies in it as possible. Create another box and pile in everything your child needs at a homework station — crayons, pencils, sharpeners, glue, scissors, stapler, ruler, markers, etc. As soon as you make everyone’s beds in the new house, set your sights on establishing a well-equipped homework spot. If they have their own desk, make assembling it a priority, as well. This will allow your child to get right into the swing of things once starting at his or her new school.

Do Your Homework, Too

Before you move, research everything you’ll need to do in addition to registering your child. Find out where their bus stop will be. Get a lunch account set up for them. Join the PTA and visit their website. And visit the school’s website, making note of special events, spirit days, fundraisers and more that you and your family can get involved in. Knowing what’s coming up and making plans to be involved will make it easier for you and your child to meet friends and get active in your new school community.

Pack Clothes Seasonally

While you’re packing your child’s clothes, pack them by season. This way you’ll easily be able to find the school clothes your child needs right away without having to filter through their entire wardrobe upon arrival.

Label Like Crazy

For everything else, create a labeling system. You may choose to write on each box, including the contents and the room where it goes. Or if you’re super organized, you may decide to create a spreadsheet that details all contents in each box. On the outside, just write the number of the box and the room where it should be deposited.

Moving during the school season has some added challenges. But with a few tips and a little extra planning, you’ll have your child organized and settled in the new school in no time.

Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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