Moving to Atlanta is a large undertaking, but you do not have to tackle it by yourself. On the contrary, you should turn moving to Atlanta into a family project that encourages some family bonding time together and makes the whole job much more workable—and perhaps even pleasant.
Here are some tips to get the whole family interested in the project.
The day prior to packing, conduct a family meeting and review the moving tasks that need to be completed. Designate jobs to everyone with clear instructions about how to do them. Your kids might enjoy to-do lists—there is something very enjoyable about marking something "done", no matter if you are young or old! Young children could like helping you label the boxes, or even embellishing them with stickers or crayons. Build a sense of teamwork, and when it is time to get started...
Make It an Event
Packing feels an awful lot like a chore. Rather than asking (or demanding!) the kids to do it at random on their own, set aside a day or some blocks of time and have everyone pitching in. When you begin, prepare a special drink or goodies and have some pizza delivered. Encourage everyone to update each other on progress.
Schedule break times for nourishment, and decide that when the task is completed, you will all do something relaxing together. That might mean going out to your favorite family restaurant, or doing something different in your new neighborhood! You could even present prizes for boxing the most in a specified time frame or for donating the most unwanted or outgrown items. Speaking of which:
Sort Through Old Items
There is no reason to pack and move any belongings your children have outgrown. Conserve the space and time by getting rid of them ahead of time! Even younger children can decide if they have any toys they do not want anymore. You might elect to donate those unwanted belongings to children in need, which can be a gratifying accomplishment for your kiddos, too.
Get Garage Sale Ready
If you're going to hold a moving sale, ponder allowing your children save the proceeds from the items they sold. This may encourage them to get rid of a few more toys and clothes they don't need anymore, and it helps them to be more interested in the process. They might be more willing to help you work the moving sale, also!
Let Them Pack Their Rooms
Depending upon the age of your kids, you can have them pack their own rooms. Have a quick tutorial on how to pack clothes, awkwardly shaped items, posters, and more. You or the moving company can take care of the heavy or fragile items.
Work together in the living room and other common rooms. Kids can without difficulty box books and other non-breakable things; older children and teens can assist you with belongings like plates and utensils and small appliances. Use the time to talk, or take turns picking your favorite songs to share with one another.
Ask the Pros
Make your relocation more controllable yet by hiring some professional help! Yes, a professional moving company can haul the bulky stuff and load the moving van, but A-1 Freeman Moving Group can do more than that: we offer a full gamut of moving services to best compliment your needs in Atlanta. We can arrange packing materials, or even pack all of your stuff up for you. We don't want to take away from your quality family time, but maybe you would prefer to get that at the park, anyway.
Click here to start your detailed estimate. We're committed to no-surprise pricing, so you know precisely what you are getting for the price. This can allow you to stick to your budget and discern 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.