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 does not mean you must do all the preparing and packing yourself. Even if you are hiring a professional moving company in Atlanta, every person in the household has a job to perform when you're moving. Explain that you don't expect them to load trucks, however that there are numerous ways they are able to pitch in and help--here are several age-appropriate options they could do exactly that.


Toddlers as well as preschoolers are not a lot of help, however they are so incredibly amused simply by empty cartons, rolls of tape, as well as bubble wrap that you simply do not mind. Provide a four-year-old free rein with packing materials and you can push through their things prior to them getting uninterested and commence consuming the packing peanuts. In all seriousness, provide your littlest children a carton and some tape and get to work. Ask them which toys they want to donate to pals or share with other youngsters they do not know--it's a small item that assists them to feel as if they may have a bit of say in the process.

Elementary Age

If you have children in this age category, they are in the sweet position--old enough to be hard workers, but not so old that they have robust points of view. Here are several duties a 3rd grader can certainly complete.

· Look through their stuff and determine what to keep.

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

· Put giveaway items in bags or boxes.

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

This is an excellent age group to discuss contributing old games and toys to charitable organizations, and to discuss the reason why you select the ones you do. If the non-profit you select posesses a thrift shop, take your youngsters in and allow them to check out what it looks like.

Middle School

Pre-teens and teens are in theory capable of truly pitching in, however it might take a little imagination to make that occur. These children are departing from pals, sports, and school, and could be more motivated in small-time sabotage compared to genuinely entering into the swing and packing up the storage area. If you wish to resort to bribery to get them on board, it truly is sort of a little cost to invest.

· Offer to permit them to choose the color and furniture for their new rooms.

· Get their feedback on what they'd enjoy to obtain in a new house. Obviously, they should be reasonable, yet inform them their feelings make a difference. Inquire about back yards (trees, playhouses, space for a swimming pool), basements, recreation rooms, as well as other items that might be on their wish lists. If you look at houses via the internet, show them what you like as well as what you do not--and express the reasons why.

· Sell old stuff and divide the earnings. Consider different selling sites to determine which companies are the best. Most websites require that sellers be 18, so you'll want to set the profile up and control the listings, however your teens could take the photographs, upload them, and write the product descriptions.

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

High School and College

These are the challenging years--it can be hard to move at any age, however it is extremely tough for high schoolers. The good thing is that even though they're quite disappointed, they are of sufficient age to perform a bit of hard work while they pout. Here are several items your teenagers can do to pitch in.

· Help with disassembling furniture.

· Smile and let them decorate their rooms precisely like they want. They're leaving soon enough, and you could always repaint.

· Go up in the attic and get items down--teenagers are much more nimble than their mom and dad (and the majority of professional movers will never enter the attic).

· Drive loads of things to the thrift stores or even the dump. Cover their gas and junk food along the way.

· Arrange excursions back to see good friends or proceed to arrange for buddies to come visit.

· Allow them to sell their own things on the internet if they're more than 18 years of age and keep the profits.

· If you hold a yard sale, allow them to take care of the cash and the online sales.

Be truthful--if you've got kids in college, it is entirely likely that you've already turned that bedroom into a workout room or perhaps an office. When your university students are home on a break before you move, make certain they go through all their old cartons of stuff--you will still need to move them, but perhaps they'll purge enough to cut back on the volume.

As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.” We feel this applies perfectly to moving. Get the entire family involved and quicker than quick, 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 Atlanta a call!!


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