Moving to Austin is a big job, but you don't need to tackle it by yourself. On the contrary, you should change moving to Austin into a family undertaking that boosts some quality time together and makes the whole job much more workable—and perhaps even enjoyable.
Here are several tips to get the whole family involved in the project.
The day prior to packing, conduct a family meeting and review the moving assignments that need to be completed. Designate responsibilities to everyone with clear directions about how to manage them. Your kids might enjoy to-do lists—there's something deeply rewarding about marking something "done", no matter if you are young or old! Young children might take pleasure in helping you label the boxes, or even adorning them with markers or crayons. Create a sense of teamwork, and when it's go time...
Make It an Event
Packing seems an awful lot like a chore. Rather than asking (or demanding!) the kids to do it haphazardly on their own, set aside a day or some chunks of time and have everyone do it together. When you commence, prepare a special drink or goodies and have some pizza delivered. Encourage everyone to update each other on progress.
Remember to take break times for treats, and agree that when the job is completed, you'll all do something relaxing together. That could mean going out to your favorite family restaurant, or doing something unique in your new area! You could even present prizes for boxing the most in a certain amount of time or for getting rid of the most unwanted or outgrown items. Which leads us to:
Sort Through Old Items
There is little value to pack and move any things your children have gotten too big for. Save the space and time by purging them ahead of time! Even younger children can decide if they have any toys they don't play with anymore. You might agree to donate those unwanted belongings to children in need, which can be a rewarding accomplishment for your kids, too.
Get Garage Sale Ready
If you are having a moving sale, ponder letting your children have the proceeds from the items they sold. This may inspire them to purge a few more toys and clothes they do not need anymore, and it helps them to be more a part of the process. They might be more agreeable to help you work the yard sale, too!
Let Them Pack Their Rooms
If your kids are old enough, you might let them manage packing their own rooms. Give them a few instructions on how to pack clothes, bulky items, posters, and more. You or the moving company can handle the big or delicate things.
Work as a group in the kitchen and other common rooms. Kids can without difficulty box books and other non-fragile belongings; tweens and teens can help you with belongings like dishes and small appliances. Use the time to have a conversation, or take turns choosing your favorite songs to share with one another.
Ask the Pros
Make your move more workable yet by hiring some professional help! Yes, a professional moving company can haul the unwieldy stuff and pack up the moving van, but A-1 Freeman Moving Group can do more than that: we offer a full spectrum of moving services to perfectly compliment your needs in Austin. We can provide packing materials, or even pack everything up for you. We do not want to take away from your quality family time, but perhaps you would prefer to get that at the park, anyway.
Click here to get started on your detailed estimate. We're devoted to no-hassle pricing, so you know exactly what you're getting for the rates. This can allow you to stick to your budget and discern how much of the project you and your family can do yourselves and how much assistance you will need from a professional moving company.