Moving--It's A Family Affair

Moving to a new homeBy Julie DeLong, Oil Capitol Relocation 

Moving is a family affair. However, just because you are the grownup doesn't imply you have to do all the organizing and packing by yourself. Even if you're working with a professional moving company in Little Rock, every person in the family has a task to carry out if you are moving. Explain that you do not need them to load the moving van, however that there are lots of alternatives they can pitch in and help--here are a few age-appropriate possibilities they could do exactly that.

Small Children

Toddlers as well as preschoolers usually are not a lot of help, but they are so incredibly occupied through unfilled cartons, rolls of tape, and bubble wrap that you really don't care. Offer a four-year-old free rein with packing materials and you can blow through their belongings before they get uninterested and start consuming the packing peanuts. In all seriousness, give your littlest ones a carton and some tape and go to work. Inquire which toys they would like to present to friends or share with other youngsters they might not know--it is a little thing that helps them feel like they've got a bit of say in the proceedings.

Elementary Age

If you have youngsters in this age category, they are in the perfect position--old enough to be hard workers, however, not so old that they've robust opinions. These are a few jobs a third grader can certainly accomplish.

· Sort through their stuff and determine what to keep.

· Put boxes together, prepare packing materials, place color-coded labels on cartons.

· Put giveaway things in bags and cartons.

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

This is a great age range to mention donating gently used games and toys to charitable groups, and also to explain the reason why you pick the ones you do. If the non-profit you choose has a thrift shop, take your kids in and permit them to see what it looks like.

Middle School

Pre-teens as well as teens are in theory able to really pitching in, however it usually takes a bit of imagination to make that happen. These children are leaving friends, sporting activities, and school, and may be more motivated in small-time sabotage than really getting into the groove and cleaning out the storage area. If you wish to use bribery to get them on board, it truly is sort of a small cost to invest.

· Offer to let them to select the color and household furniture for their new rooms.

· Get their input on what they might love to have in a new house. Certainly, they ought to be practical, however inform them their thoughts matter. Find out about back yards (trees, playhouses, space for a swimming pool), basements, recreation rooms, along with other things that could be on their wish lists. When you view houses online, show them what you prefer as well as what you do not--and express the reason why.

· Market gently used stuff and divide the earnings. Look at different selling websites to determine which ones are the best. A good number of websites require that sellers be 18, so you will have to set the accounts up and manage the sale listings, but your kids could take the photos, upload them, and prepare the descriptions.

· Go the garage sale route and allow them to organize the tables and place price tags on stuff.

High School and College

These are the difficult years--it is tough to move at any age, yet it's especially difficult for high schoolers. The good thing is that although they are rather unhappy, they are of sufficient age to do a bit of heavy lifting whilst they sulk. Here are several items your teenagers can perform to pitch in.

· Help with taking apart furniture.

· Smile and permit them to embellish their rooms exactly like they want. They are moving out soon enough, and you can always repaint.

· Go up in the attic space and carry things down--teenagers tend to be more nimble than their parents (and the majority of professional movers will not go into the attic).

· Drive loads of things to the second hand stores or even the dump. Pay for their gas and junk food in the process.

· Arrange trips returning to visit close friends or go on and plan for friends to come visit.

· Permit them to sell their own items on the internet if they're over 18 years old and keep the earnings.

· If you hold a garage sale, allow them to manage the cash and the internet sales.

Be honest--if you've got children in college, it's entirely probable that you have by now converted that bedroom into a workout room or an office. When your university students are home on a break before you move, make sure they go through all their old boxes of stuff--you will still have to move them, however maybe they can 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 entire family involved and quicker than quick, you will be on your way to your new home. If you need assistance any step of the way, give Oil Capitol Relocation in Little Rock a call!!


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