Moving--It's A Family Affair

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

Moving is definitely a family event. Even so, just because you are the adult does not mean you should do all the preparing and packing yourself. Even if you are hiring a professional moving company in Dallas, everyone in the family has a role to carry out when you are moving. Explain that you don't expect them to load the moving van, but that there are many alternatives they're able to pitch in and assist--here are several age-appropriate ways they can do just that.


Toddlers as well as preschoolers are not a great deal of help, however they are so wonderfully amused simply by unfilled cartons, rolls of tape, as well as bubble wrap that you really don't care. Give a four-year-old free rein with packing supplies and you could push through their things prior to them getting bored and start consuming the packing peanuts. In all seriousness, give your youngest children a box a bit of tape and get to work. Find out which toys they want to give away to buddies or share with other youngsters they do not know--it can be a minor item that helps them feel as though they have a bit of say in the process.

Elementary Age

For those who have youngsters in this age range, they are in the ideal position--old enough to be hard workers, however, not so old that they've robust points of view. These are a few duties a third grader can certainly achieve.

· Sort through their things and choose items to donate.

· Put cartons together, prepare packing supplies, place color-coded labels on boxes.

· Put giveaway things in bags or cartons.

· Help empty closets and drawers to get ready for the professional movers.

This is an excellent age range to mention donating gently used toys and games to charitable organizations, as well as to explain the reasons you choose the ones you do. When the non-profit you select has a thrift shop, take your kids in and let them see what it looks like.

Middle School

Pre-teens and teenagers are theoretically capable of really pitching in, but it might take some creativity to make that occur. These kids are departing from friends, athletics, and school, and might be more interested in small-time sabotage rather than genuinely getting into the swing and cleaning out the garage. If you need to resort to bribery to get them on board, it truly is sort of a modest cost to invest.

· Offer to allow them to select the shade and household furniture for their new rooms.

· Obtain their insight on what they will enjoy to have in a new house. Obviously, they must be realistic, however inform them their feelings matter. Inquire about back yards (trees, playhouses, space for a swimming pool), basements, rec rooms, along with other things that might be on their wish lists. When you look at houses via the internet, show them which you like and what you don't--and explain the reason why.

· Advertise unwanted belongings and divide the profits. Consider several selling sites to figure out which of them work most effectively. The majority of sites require that sellers be 18, thus you'll have to set the profile up and manage the sale listings, however your kids could take the photographs, upload them, and compose the information.

· Go the garage sale option and allow them to set up the tables and put price tags on items.

High School and College

These are the challenging years--it is not easy to move at any age, however it is exceptionally hard for high schoolers. The great thing is that while they may be rather unhappy, they really are old enough to perform a little heavy lifting while they sulk. Here are some things your teenagers can do to pitch in.

· Help with disassembling home furnishings.

· Smile and permit them to decorate their rooms completely like they really want. They may be moving out soon enough, and you could definitely repaint.

· Get up in the attic and bring things down--teenagers are far more agile than their mom and dad (and the majority of professional movers will not enter in the attic).

· Drive loads of stuff to the thrift shops or perhaps the dump. Cover their gasoline and junk food on the way.

· Set up journeys returning to visit close friends or go on and plan for pals to come visit.

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

· If you do a garage sale, allow them to handle the money and the internet sales.

Be truthful--if you have kids in college, it's completely likely that you've previously converted that bedroom into a fitness room or perhaps an home office. If your university students are home on a break prior to when you move, make sure they're going through all their old containers of stuff--you'll still need to move them, however perhaps they will purge enough to minimize on the amount.

As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.” We feel this applies perfectly to moving. Get the whole family involved and quicker than quick, 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 Dallas a call!!


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