Moving--It's A Family Affair

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

Moving is definitely a family affair. Even so, even though you are the adult doesn't mean you should do all the organizing and packing yourself. Even if you're getting a professional moving company in Oklahoma City, everyone in the family has a job to do when you're moving. Clarify that you do not demand them to load the moving truck, however that there are many ways they are able to pitch in and assist--here are a few age-appropriate possibilities they could do just that.

Small Children

Toddlers as well as preschoolers aren't loads of help, but they are so wonderfully amused simply by unfilled boxes, rolls of tape, and bubble wrap that you really will not mind. Provide a four-year-old free rein with packing supplies and you could plow through their stuff before they get bored and commence eating the packing peanuts. In all seriousness, give your youngest kids a box and some tape and go to work. Find out which toys they would like to donate to friends or share with different youngsters they don't know--it's a minor item that assists them to feel as if they have some say in the proceedings.

Elementary Age

If you have kids in this age group, they are in the sweet position--old enough to be very helpful, however, not so old that they've got solid points of view. Here are a few tasks a third grader can readily complete.

· Look through their belongings and decide items to give away.

· Put cartons together, organize packing materials, put color-coded labels on boxes.

· Put giveaway items in bags and boxes.

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

This is an excellent age group to discuss donating gently used toys and games to charitable organizations, as well as to explain why you select the ones you do. In the event the non-profit you select posesses a thrift shop, take your youngsters in and allow them to observe what it looks like.

Junior High School

Pre-teens and teenagers are hypothetically able to truly pitching in, but it usually takes some creativity to make that happen. These children are departing from friends, sports, and school, and might be more interested in small-time sabotage rather than actually getting in the groove and packing up the storage area. If you need to use bribery to get them agreeable, it truly is sort of a modest expense to pay.

· Offer to permit them to choose the shade and pieces of furniture for their new rooms.

· Acquire their input on what they'd really like to obtain in a new home. Clearly, they must be practical, but inform them their views matter. Inquire about back yards (trees, playhouses, area for a basketball goal), basements, rec rooms, along with other items that could be on their wish lists. Whenever you look at houses online, show them what you prefer as well as what you don't--and talk about the reasons why.

· Advertise old stuff and divide the proceeds. Consider various selling places to determine which ones are the most effective. The majority of sites require that sellers be 18 years of age, thus you will have to set the profile up and control the listings, but your kids might take the pictures, upload them, and compose the product descriptions.

· Go the yard sale route and permit them to organize the tables and put price tags on items.

High School and College

These are the difficult years--it can be not easy to move at any age, but it is extremely rough for high schoolers. The good thing is that while they are fairly sad, they are old enough to do a little heavy lifting while they pout. Here are some things your teenagers can perform to pitch in.

· Help with taking apart household furniture.

· Smile and allow them to embellish their bedrooms precisely like they want. They may be moving out soon enough, and you could always paint over their selection.

· Head up in the attic and get items down--teenagers are far more agile when compared with their parents (and the majority of professional movers won't enter in the attic space).

· Drive loads of things to the second hand shops or the dump. Cover their gasoline and junk food in the process.

· Organize excursions back to see close friends or go on and plan for buddies to come visit.

· Permit them to sell their own items on the internet should they be more than 18 years of age and keep the profits.

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

Be truthful--if you have kids attending college, it may be completely probable that you've already transformed that bedroom into an exercise room or even an office. Whenever your university students are home on a break before you move, be sure they sort through all their old boxes of stuff--you are going to still have to move them, but maybe they can clear away enough to minimize on the volume.

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


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