Moving to Austin--It's A Family Affair

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

Moving is really a family affair. However, just because you're the grownup does not mean you must do all the coordinating and packing by yourself. Even if you are employing a professional moving company in Austin, everyone in the family has a job to do if you are moving. Clarify that you do not demand them to load the moving van, but that there are many possibilities they can pitch in and help--below are some age-appropriate ways they're able to do just that.
 

Preschoolers

Toddlers as well as preschoolers usually are not a lot of help, but they are so fantastically entertained by unfilled boxes, rolls of tape, and bubble wrap that you just don't care. Offer a four-year-old free rein with packing materials and you can push through their belongings before they get uninterested and commence eating the packing peanuts. In all seriousness, offer your youngest kids a box and some tape and get to work. Inquire which toys and games they wish to present to buddies or share with different kids they might not know--it is a small thing that helps them feel as though they may have a little say in the proceedings.

Elementary Age

For those who have kids in this age group, they're in the sweet spot--old enough to be helpful, however, not so old that they've got solid points of view. Here are a few jobs a 3rd grader can certainly accomplish.

· Go through their belongings and select what to give away.

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

· Put giveaway stuff in bags or cartons.

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

This is a great age group to talk about giving old games and toys to charitable groups, as well as to discuss the reason why you select the ones you do. If the non-profit you choose possesses a thrift shop, take your children in and permit them to check out what it looks like.

Middle School

Pre-teens and also teenagers are in theory competent at truly pitching in, but it may take a bit of imagination to make that occur. These children are leaving friends, sports activities, and school, and could be more engaged in small-time sabotage compared to really entering into the groove and sorting through the garage. If you wish to use bribery to get them on board, it's sort of a little price to give.

· Offer to allow them to choose the shade and pieces of furniture for their new rooms.

· Get their feedback on what they would love to obtain in a new home. Definitely, they need to be reasonable, but tell them their thoughts matter. Inquire about back yards (trees, playhouses, room for a putting green), basements, rec rooms, as well as other items that may be on their wish lists. Whenever you view homes on the internet, show them what you like and what you do not--and talk about why.

· Market old stuff and divide the profits. Consider several selling sites to determine which companies work most effectively. The majority of websites require that sellers be 18 years old, so you'll have to set the accounts up and manage the listings, but your kids can take the photos, upload them, and write the information.

· Go the yard sale option and allow them to set up the tables and put price tags on things.

High School and College

These are the challenging years--it is hard to move at any age, but it is especially difficult for high schoolers. The good thing is that although they are quite disappointed, they're old enough to accomplish a little hard work whilst they sulk. Here are a few things your teenagers can do to pitch in.

· Help with disassembling home furnishings.

· Smile and let them decorate their rooms exactly like they want. They may be moving out soon enough, and you could always paint over their choice.

· Go up in the attic and carry things down--teenagers are far more nimble when compared with their mother and father (and most professional movers will not go into the attic).

· Drive loads of things to the second hand outlets or the garbage dump. Pay for their gas and junk food on the way.

· Set up trips returning to visit pals or proceed to plan for pals to come visit.

· Let them to sell their own stuff via the internet should they be more than 18 and keep the proceeds.

· If you do a garage sale, let them take care of the cash and the internet sales.

Be truthful--if you have children attending college, it is totally possible that you have previously converted that bedroom into a fitness room or even an home office. When your university students are home on a break prior to when you move to Austin, make sure they go through all their old bins of stuff--you will still have to move them, however possibly they'll remove enough to cut back on the quantity.

 

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