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Whether you’re moving across town, across the state or across the country, packing up and moving is a job that’s best shared. But for families with teens, who – let's face it – would probably rather hang out with their friends than pack, getting them involved in the process may be a challenge.

Fortunately, at TXU Energy, we have a few ideas that can make packing up your stuff fun for the whole family – and make Earth-friendly moving a snap! Here are our top tips for making a greener, cleaner move that’s fun for all:

  • Set the theme: Earth-friendly moving.
  • Allow every member of the family to invite one to three friends each (depending on the size of your house and the size of your family).
  • Order pizza and soft drinks.
  • Let your teens create playlists on their MP3 players that will “DJ” the event.
  • Gather up recycled/recyclable/reusable boxes, air-popped popcorn instead of Styrofoam packing peanuts and old newspapers.
  • Pile up linen napkins, placemats, towels, sheets, old t-shirts and blankets that can be used to wrap items.
  • Set out examples of how to combine items that demonstrate how to use less space when packing (like stuffing socks into shoes and scarves into jacket sleeves).

With everything in place, you can lay the groundwork: Pack what you want to keep, stack up items for donation (when in doubt, ask), and make a pile of things that can be recycled.

Whoever does the best job with their designated spaces will win a prize – something eco-friendly in keeping with the theme of Earth-friendly moving, like a gift card for TOMS shoes, a tree or plant native to your area, or even a gift card to a restaurant featuring local, organic foods.

For more Earth-friendly moving tips and ideas for greening up your home, check out the rest of our series on kids and Earth-friendly moving:

Teach by Example
A great way to drive home the importance of Earth-friendly moving is to use electricity from renewable resources to power your home. At TXU Energy, we offer plans with 100% renewable wind energy. Learn more and see if it's right for your family today!