Moving--It's A Family Affair

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

Moving is really a family affair. Having said that, simply because you're the adult doesn't imply you have to do all the coordinating and packing on your own. Even if you're employing a professional moving company in Colorado Springs, every person in the household has a task to carry out when you are moving. Make clear that you do not expect them to load the moving truck, however that there are many ways they're able to pitch in and assist--below are some age-appropriate options they're able to do just that.
 

Small Children

Toddlers and preschoolers are not a lot of help, but they're so incredibly occupied by unfilled boxes, rolls of tape, as well as bubble wrap that you simply don't care. Give a four-year-old free rein with packing supplies and you can blow through their things prior to them getting uninterested and begin eating the packing peanuts. In all seriousness, offer your littlest children a box and some tape and go to work. Ask them which toys they wish to donate to friends or share with other youngsters they might not know--it can be a little item that enables them to feel as if they may have a little say in the proceedings.

Elementary Age

If you have youngsters in this age group, they may be in the sweet spot--old enough to be hard workers, however, not so old that they've got strong sentiments. Here are several jobs a third grader can easily achieve.

· Look through their things and decide what to keep.

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

· Put giveaway things in bags and boxes.

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

This is a great age range to discuss giving old games and toys to charitable organizations, as well as to talk about the reason why you choose the ones you do. When the non-profit you choose posesses a thrift retail outlet, bring your youngsters in and permit them to see what it looks like.

Middle School

Pre-teens as well as teenagers are theoretically capable of genuinely pitching in, but it may take a bit of ingenuity to make that happen. These children are leaving behind friends, sports activities, and school, and might be more motivated in small-time sabotage compared to genuinely getting into the swing and packing up the attic. If you need to resort to bribery to get them on board, it's sort of a small expense to pay.

· Offer to allow them to select the shade and pieces of furniture for their new bedrooms.

· Obtain their feedback on what they would enjoy to acquire in a new home. Obviously, they need to be realistic, yet make sure they know their views matter. Inquire about back yards (trees, playhouses, area for a basketball goal), basements, rec rooms, along with other items that may be on their wish lists. When you evaluate homes on the internet, show them what you like and what you don't--and explain exactly why.

· Sell unwanted stuff and split the proceeds. Consider various selling sites to figure out which of them work most effectively. The majority of websites require that sellers be 18 years old, therefore you will have to set the accounts up and handle the auction or sale listings, but your teens might take the pictures, upload them, and write the information.

· Go the garage sale route and let them set up the tables and place price tags on items.

High School and College

These are the tricky years--it is not easy to move at any age, however it is especially hard for high schoolers. The good news is that while they are somewhat sad, they're old enough to accomplish some heavy lifting while they sulk. Here are several things your young adults can do to pitch in.

· Help with taking apart home furnishings.

· Smile and let them adorn their rooms completely like they want. They may be moving out soon enough, and you could definitely repaint.

· Go up in the attic and bring things down--teenagers tend to be more nimble than their mom and dad (and the majority of professional movers will not enter in the attic).

· Drive loads of stuff to the second hand outlets or even the dump. Cover their gasoline and junk food in the process.

· Arrange journeys returning to see pals or go ahead and arrange for pals to come visit.

· Permit them to sell their own items via the internet should they be more than 18 and keep the earnings.

· If you have a yard sale, allow them to handle the funds and the online sales.

Be truthful--if you have children in college, it is completely possible that you've already turned that bedroom into a workout room or perhaps an office. When your college students are home on a break before you move, be certain they're going through all their old cartons of stuff--you'll still have to move them, but maybe they will purge enough to cut down on the volume.

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 house. If you need assistance any step of the way, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Colorado Springs a call!!

 

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