Moving to Oklahoma City is a huge task, but you don't have to tackle it by yourself. On the contrary, you can turn moving to Oklahoma City into a family undertaking that inspires some family bonding time together and makes the whole ordeal a lot more doable—and perhaps even enjoyable.
Here are several ideas to get the entire family interested in the project.
Make a Plan
The day prior to packing, conduct a family meeting and talk about the moving assignments that need to be completed. Appoint responsibilities to everyone with clear instructions about how to accomplish them. Your kids might enjoy to-do lists—there's something very satisfying about marking something "done", no matter your age! Young children might take pleasure in helping you label the boxes, or even embellishing them with stickers or crayons. Build a sense of teamwork, and when it's time to get started...
Make It an Event
Packing sounds an awful lot like a burden. Instead of asking (or demanding!) the kids to do it whenever on their own, set aside a day or some blocks of time and have everyone do it together. When you get started, prepare a special drink or snack and order some pizza. Encourage everyone to communicate with each other if they need help.
Remember to take break times for nourishment, and decide that when the packing is finished, you'll all do something entertaining together. That may mean going out to your favorite family restaurant, or doing something different in your new part of town! You could even award prizes for boxing the most in an allotted time frame or for donating the most unwanted or outgrown items. Which leads us to:
Go Through Old Items
There's no value to pack and move any items your kids have stopped wearing or playing with. Save the space and time by going through them before you move! Even younger children can decide if they have some things they don't play with anymore. You might agree to donate those unwanted items to children in need, which can be an enriching process for your kiddos, also.
Get Garage Sale Ready
If you're going to hold a moving sale, think about allowing your children keep the proceeds from from their items. This may inspire them to purge a few more toys and clothes they don't need anymore, and it helps them to be more interested in the process. They could be more willing to assist you with manning the yard sale, too!
Let Them Handle Their Rooms
If your kids are old enough, you could put them in charge of boxing up their own rooms. Have a quick tutorial on how to pack clothes, awkwardly shaped items, pictures, and more. You or the moving company can handle the large or fragile stuff.
Work collectively in the family room and other common rooms. Kids can simply box books and other non-breakable belongings; older children and teens can assist you with items like plates and utensils and small appliances. Use the time to have a conversation, or take turns picking your favorite songs to share with each other.
Ask the Pros
Make your moving day more controllable yet by getting some professional help! Yes, a professional moving company can haul the cumbersome stuff and pack up the truck, but A-1 Freeman Moving Group can do more than that: we provide a full gamut of moving services to best compliment your requirements in Oklahoma City. We can provide packing materials, or even pack your things up for you. We don't diminish your quality family time, but maybe you'd rather get that at the park, anyway.
Click here to begin your detailed estimate. We are devoted to no-surprise pricing, so you will be aware specifically what you're getting for the price. This can help you to stick to your budget and figure out how much of the project you and your family can do on your own and how much assistance you will need from a professional moving company.