Moving--It's A Family Affair

Moving to a new homeBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving is definitely a family affair. Having said that, just because you are the adult doesn't imply you have to do all the preparing and packing yourself. Even if you're getting a professional moving company in Houston, everyone in the family has a task to perform if you are moving. Clarify that you do not expect them to load the moving truck, but that there are lots of possibilities they can pitch in and assist--below are some age-appropriate ways they can do just that.


Toddlers and also preschoolers aren't a great deal of help, however they are so incredibly entertained by empty boxes, rolls of tape, and bubble wrap that you really will not care. Offer a four-year-old free rein with packing materials and you can blow through their things before they get uninterested and start consuming the packing peanuts. In all seriousness, give your littlest kids a box and some tape and get to work. Inquire which playthings they wish to present to buddies or share with other youngsters they do not know--it can be a small thing which enables them to feel like they've got a little say in the process.

Elementary Age

If you have youngsters in this age group, they're in the sweet place--old enough to be very helpful, but not so old that they have robust points of view. These are a few tasks a third grader can easily accomplish.

· Sort through their stuff and choose what to donate.

· Put cartons together, arrange packing supplies, put color-coded labels on boxes.

· Put giveaway stuff in bags or boxes.

· Help empty out closets and also drawers to be ready for the professional movers.

This is an excellent age group to talk about contributing gently used toys and games to charitable organizations, and to explain why you pick the ones you do. In the event the non-profit you choose posesses a thrift retail outlet, take your youngsters in and let them observe what it looks like.

Junior High School

Pre-teens as well as teenagers are hypothetically capable of truly pitching in, but it usually takes a little imagination to make that occur. These children are leaving buddies, sporting activities, and school, and might be more interested in small-time sabotage compared to genuinely entering into the groove and packing up the garage. If you wish to use bribery to get them agreeable, it truly is sort of a little cost to give.

· Offer to permit them to choose the paint and furniture for their new rooms.

· Acquire their feedback on what they might enjoy to obtain in a new home. Certainly, they must be realistic, yet let them know their thoughts make a difference. Inquire about back yards (trees, playhouses, space for a putting green), basements, recreation rooms, as well as other stuff that may be on their wish lists. When you view residences online, show them which you like as well as what you don't--and express exactly why.

· Advertise old things and divide the proceeds. Try different selling sites to understand which of them are the best. The majority of sites require that sellers be 18 years old, therefore you will have to set the accounts up and control the auction or sale listings, however your teens can take the photographs, upload them, and prepare the information.

· Go the garage sale route and let them arrange the tables and put price tags on items.

High School and College

These are the challenging years--it can be hard to move at any age, but it is especially hard for high schoolers. The great thing is that while they may be rather disappointed, they're old enough to accomplish a little hard work whilst they pout. Here are some tasks your young adults can perform to pitch in.

· Help with taking apart home furnishings.

· Smile and permit them to adorn their bedrooms exactly like they really want. They're leaving soon enough, and you can definitely repaint.

· Head up in the attic and carry stuff down--teenagers are much more nimble when compared with their mom and dad (and the majority of professional movers won't enter the attic).

· Drive loads of stuff to the thrift stores or the dump. Pay for their gas and junk food in the process.

· Arrange trips returning to visit friends or go ahead and plan for pals to come visit.

· Allow them to sell their own stuff via the internet should they be over 18 and keep the earnings.

· If you hold a garage sale, permit them to manage the money and the internet sales.

Tell the truth--if you've got children attending college, it's totally likely that you've previously converted that bedroom into a fitness room or perhaps an office. When your college students are home on a break prior to when you move, make sure they go through all their old cartons of stuff--you are going to still need to move them, however perhaps they will purge enough to cut down on the quantity.

As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.” We believe this applies perfectly to moving. Get the whole family involved and in a blink of the eye, you will be on your way to your new home. If you need assistance any step of the way, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Houston a call!!


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