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, simply because you're the adult does not mean you have to do all the preparing and packing by yourself. Even if you are hiring a professional moving company in Little Rock, everyone in the household has a job to perform when you are moving. Clarify that you don't demand them to load the moving van, however that there are many options they are able to pitch in and help--below are some age-appropriate options they're able to do exactly that.


Toddlers and also preschoolers usually are not a great deal of help, but they're so perfectly entertained by empty cartons, rolls of tape, as well as bubble wrap that you really don't mind. Provide a four-year-old free rein with packing materials and you can now plow through their stuff prior to them getting bored and begin eating the packing peanuts. Seriously, give your youngest children a box and some tape and go to work. Ask them which toys and games they would like to present to buddies or share with other children they do not know--it's a little thing that helps them feel like they have a little say in the proceedings.

Elementary Age

If you have kids in this age category, they are in the perfect spot--old enough to be very helpful, but not so old that they have strong opinions. Here are several duties a 3rd grader can certainly achieve.

· Look through their things and select what to keep.

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

· Put giveaway things in bags or cartons.

· Help clear out closets and cabinets to prepare for the professional movers.

This is an excellent age range to talk about giving gently used toys and games to charitable groups, and to talk about why you select the ones you do. In the event the non-profit you select posesses a thrift shop, bring your kids in and allow them to observe what it looks like.

Junior High School

Pre-teens and teens are hypothetically capable of really pitching in, however it could take a bit of imagination to make that happen. These children are leaving behind friends, sports, and school, and may be more interested in small-time sabotage than really entering into the swing and cleaning out the storage area. If you need to resort to bribery to get them on board, it is sort of a modest cost to pay.

· Offer to let them to choose the color and furniture for their new bedrooms.

· Get their input on what they might really like to have in a new home. Definitely, they should be reasonable, but inform them their views make a difference. Find out about yards (trees, playhouses, room for a swimming pool), basements, recreation rooms, and other items that could be on their wish lists. If you look at homes online, show them what you like as well as what you do not--and talk about the reasons why.

· Advertise old belongings and divide the earnings. Consider several selling websites to figure out which ones are the most effective. A good number of websites require that sellers be 18 years of age, thus you will have to set the accounts up and handle the listings, however your teens might take the pictures, upload them, and prepare the descriptions.

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

High School and College

These are the difficult years--it's hard to move at any age, however it is extremely tough for high schoolers. The great thing is that even though they may be quite upset, they're old enough to accomplish a little heavy lifting whilst they sulk. Here are a few items your teens can do to pitch in.

· Help with disassembling home furnishings.

· Smile and let them decorate their rooms exactly like they want. They are leaving soon enough, and you can definitely repaint.

· Go up in the attic and bring stuff down--teenagers are far more nimble when compared with their mother and father (and the majority of professional movers will not enter the attic).

· Drive loads of things to the second hand outlets or the garbage dump. Pay for their gasoline and junk food in the process.

· Organize trips back to see close friends or go ahead and arrange for pals to come visit.

· Let them to sell their own items online should they be more than 18 years old and keep the proceeds.

· If you have a garage sale, let them manage the money and the internet sales.

Be honest--if you've got children attending college, it may be totally possible that you've previously turned that bedroom into a workout room or even an office. When your college students are home on a break prior to when you move, make sure they're going through all their old boxes of stuff--you are going to still need to move them, however perhaps they'll 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 abode. If you need assistance any step of the way, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Little Rock a call!!


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