Moving--It's A Family Affair

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

Moving is a family event. Even so, just because you are the adult does not mean you have to do all the preparing and packing by yourself. Even when you are hiring a professional moving company in Tulsa, everybody in the family has a job to carry out when you are moving. Explain that you don't expect them to load trucks, but that there are numerous options they can pitch in and assist--here are a few age-appropriate possibilities they can do exactly that.


Toddlers and also preschoolers are not a lot of help, however they are so incredibly entertained through unfilled cartons, rolls of tape, and bubble wrap that you just don't care. Offer a four-year-old free rein with packing supplies and you can push through their belongings before they get uninterested and begin consuming the packing peanuts. Seriously, provide your youngest kids a carton a bit of tape and get to work. Ask them which toys they want to give away to buddies or share with other youngsters they do not know--it can be a minor item that enables them to feel like they may have some say in the process.

Elementary Age

For those who have children in this age group, they may be in the ideal place--old enough to be very helpful, however, not so old that they've got strong opinions. These are a few duties a third grader can certainly achieve.

· Go through their stuff and choose what to keep.

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

· Put giveaway items in bags or boxes.

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

This is a good age group to mention donating gently used toys and games to charitable groups, and also to talk about the reasons you pick the ones you do. If the non-profit you select posesses a thrift retail outlet, bring your children in and let them see exactly what it looks like.

Middle School

Pre-teens and teens are hypothetically able to really pitching in, however it might take some ingenuity to make that occur. These children are departing from friends, sports activities, and school, and may be more interested in small-time sabotage than actually getting into the groove and sorting through the basement. If you wish to use bribery to get them agreeable, it's sort of a modest expense to give.

· Offer to permit them to select the color and furniture for their new bedrooms.

· Obtain their input on what they'd enjoy to acquire in a new house. Certainly, they must be realistic, however inform them their feelings matter. Ask about back yards (trees, playhouses, space for a basketball goal), basements, recreation rooms, as well as other stuff that might be on their wish lists. Whenever you look at houses online, show them which you prefer along with what you do not--and talk about the reason why.

· Market unwanted things and divide the earnings. Try different selling websites to figure out which companies are the best. The majority of websites require that sellers be 18 years old, therefore you will have to set the profile up and manage the sale listings, however your teenagers can take the pictures, upload them, and compose the descriptions.

· Go the garage sale direction and allow them to arrange the tables and put price tags on items.

High School and College

These are the tricky years--it's hard to move at any age, but it is particularly hard for high schoolers. The great thing is that while they're somewhat disappointed, they're old enough to perform a little hard work while they sulk. Here are a few things your teens can carry out to pitch in.

· Help with disassembling pieces of furniture.

· Smile and allow them to decorate their bedrooms exactly like they desire. They're moving out soon enough, and you can always paint over their choice.

· Head up in the attic space and bring stuff down--teenagers tend to be more nimble when compared with their mother and father (and most professional movers will never enter the attic space).

· Drive loads of items to the thrift stores or perhaps the dump. Pay for their gas and junk food along the way.

· Set up journeys returning to see pals or go on and plan for friends to come visit.

· Let them to sell their own stuff via the internet if they are over 18 years old and keep the proceeds.

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

Be honest--if you have children in college, it is entirely probable that you've previously transformed that bedroom into an exercise room or even an office. If your university students are home on a break prior to when you move, be sure they go through all their old bins of stuff--you will still need to move them, however possibly they'll purge enough to cut down on the volume.

As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.” We feel this applies perfectly to moving. Get the whole family involved and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to your new home. If you need help for any step of the way, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Tulsa a call!!


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