Moving--It's A Family Affair

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

Moving is a family affair. Having said that, just because you are the grownup doesn't imply you have to do all the organizing and packing by yourself. Even when you are working with a professional moving company in Denver, every person in the family has a job to perform when you're moving. Clarify that you don't demand them to load the moving truck, but that there are lots of ways they can pitch in and help--below are some age-appropriate ways they can do exactly that.
 

Toddlers

Toddlers as well as preschoolers are not loads of help, but they are so wonderfully occupied simply by empty cartons, rolls of tape, and also bubble wrap that you really don't mind. Provide a four-year-old free rein with packing supplies and you could plow through their things prior to them getting uninterested and start eating the packing peanuts. In all seriousness, give your littlest kids a box and some tape and get to work. Ask them which toys and games they want to present to friends or share with other children they do not know--it can be a minor item which helps them feel as though they've got a bit of say in the process.

Elementary Age

For those who have children in this age range, they may be in the ideal spot--old enough to be hard workers, however, not so old that they've strong points of view. These are a few jobs a third grader can readily achieve.

· Sort through their stuff and select what to donate.

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

· Put giveaway stuff in bags and cartons.

· Help empty closets as well as cabinets to get ready for the professional movers.

This is an excellent age group to discuss contributing gently used games and toys to charitable organizations, as well as to talk about the reason why you pick the ones you do. When the non-profit you select has a thrift retail outlet, bring your kids in and let them check out what it looks like.

Junior High School

Pre-teens and teens are hypothetically able to genuinely pitching in, however it usually takes a little ingenuity to make that happen. These kids are leaving friends, athletics, and school, and may be more interested in small-time sabotage than really getting into the groove and sorting through the storage area. If you wish to turn to bribery to get them on board, it is sort of a modest cost to invest.

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

· Acquire their feedback on what they will enjoy to acquire in a new house. Definitely, they should be reasonable, but let them know their thoughts make a difference. Inquire about back yards (trees, playhouses, area for a basketball goal), basements, rec rooms, as well as other items that may be on their wish lists. If you view residences online, show them what you prefer and what you don't--and talk about the reason why.

· Market old things and divide the profits. Consider different selling websites to figure out which companies are the most effective. The majority of sites require that sellers be 18 years of age, so you'll want to set the accounts up and control the listings, however your teenagers can take the pictures, upload them, and write the product descriptions.

· Go the yard sale option and let them set up the tables and place price tags on stuff.

High School and College

These are the challenging years--it's hard to move at any age, yet it's exceptionally difficult for high schoolers. The great thing is that although they may be rather unhappy, they are old enough to perform a little hard work whilst they pout. Here are a few things your young adults can carry out to pitch in.

· Help with disassembling pieces of furniture.

· Smile and let them adorn their rooms precisely like they really want. They're moving out soon enough, and you could always repaint.

· Head up in the attic and bring stuff down--teenagers are much more nimble than their mom and dad (and most professional movers will never go into the attic space).

· Drive loads of things to the second hand shops or the garbage dump. Buy their gasoline and junk food along the way.

· Organize journeys back to visit pals or proceed to plan for pals to come visit.

· Permit them to sell their own items on the internet if they are over 18 and keep the profits.

· If you have a yard sale, permit them to take care of the money and the internet sales.

Be truthful--if you have children in college, it's entirely possible that you have already transformed that bedroom into a workout room or an office. When your university students are home on a break before you move, make certain they sort through all their old bins of stuff--you'll still need to move them, however perhaps they can purge enough to cut back on the quantity.

As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.” We feel this applies perfectly to moving. Get the entire 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 Denver a call!!

 

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