Friday, March 18, 2011

Packing and Moving with a Toddler

Working is completely and utterly impossible when you have a busy toddler underfoot!  I've often thought the previous statement when I'm trying to do things like cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry, but it has really become quite clear as I'm trying to declutter our house and pack up.  No, we haven't quite bought a house yet and our house isn't listed yet.  It's just that we have soooo much stuff that we need to get started right away.

I'd really like to begin working in the black hole that is our garage, but I can't let my son run around in that mess because I'm sure he'd get hurt or get into dangerous stuff (like poisons, pesticides, gardening tools, etc.) that we store in the garage.  So I'm forced to work in the house instead.  That sounds easy enough, right?  Wrong! 

My son will ignore me whenever I want his attention and, naturally, he's all over me when I want him to play on his own.  I've decided that the lazy Mom's babysitter (television) can deal with him while I try to work, but he doesn't want to watch TV.  He wants to play with Mama.  He wants to play with anything that I'm trying to go through.  He wants to mix together everything that I'm sorting.  He may not want to be a roadblock to my progress, but his actions are sure making it difficult for me to get anything done.

Have you ever packed up and moved with a toddler in tow?  How in the heck did you do it without going bonkers??


  1. One more thing - I can't believe how much STUFF we have. We have so much that we absolutely have to get rid of a lot of it. What a marvelous reminder of how tremendously blessed we have been!

  2. This may sound cheesy but I have vivid memories of moving several times as a small child. I used to love playing in the boxes. They would be set up around the room, which to me looked like a maze to get through since I could hardly look over them. If you have any extra boxes maybe he can build a fort or you can create a fun maze for him to figure out to get across the room. Just a thought, it sure kept me and my little brother busy.

  3. Oh wow, that's a great idea! I'm definitely going to do that once I'm at the "packing" stage. Thanks so much, Sarah, for the hot tip!

  4. LOL, try it with 2. Good times not just doubled but more like squared. Fortunately, mine are mesmerized by the ol' boob tube. I also let them draw all over the outside of the packed boxes ...oh the lovely art.