Moving to Killeen--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 are the grownup does not mean you must do all the preparing and packing on your own. Even if you're getting a professional moving company in Killeen, everyone in the family has a role to carry out if you are moving. Clarify that you don't need them to load the moving truck, however that there are many possibilities they can pitch in and assist--here are a few age-appropriate ways they could do just that.


Toddlers and preschoolers are not a lot of help, but they are so wonderfully entertained by unfilled boxes, rolls of tape, and bubble wrap that you really will not mind. Offer a four-year-old free rein with packing supplies and you could blow through their belongings prior to them getting bored and begin consuming the packing peanuts. Seriously, provide your youngest children a box and a little tape and go to work. Inquire which toys they would like to donate to friends or share with other children they might not know--it's a small thing which enables them to feel as though they may have a little say in the proceedings.

Elementary Age

If you have kids in this age group, they may be in the perfect place--old enough to be very helpful, but not so old that they've got solid sentiments. Here are several jobs a 3rd grader can readily accomplish.

· Look through their things and decide items to keep.

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

· Put giveaway stuff in bags or boxes.

· Help empty out closets and also cabinets to be ready for the professional movers.

This is a good age range to talk about donating gently used toys and games to charitable organizations, as well as to talk about the reason why you pick the ones you do. In the event the non-profit you choose possesses a thrift shop, bring your youngsters in and let them observe precisely what it looks like.

Middle School

Pre-teens as well as teenagers are theoretically capable of genuinely pitching in, but it could take a little ingenuity to make that occur. These children are leaving buddies, sporting activities, and school, and might be more interested in small-time sabotage than actually getting into the swing and cleaning out the garage. If you need to resort to bribery to get them on board, it's sort of a modest cost to invest.

· Offer to let them to pick the shade and household furniture for their new bedrooms.

· Get their feedback on what they might love to obtain in a new home. Certainly, they ought to be practical, yet let them know their views make a difference. Ask about yards (trees, playhouses, space for a swimming pool), basements, rec rooms, along with other things that may be on their wish lists. If you view homes via the internet, show them which you like and what you don't--and talk about exactly why.

· Sell unwanted stuff and divide the proceeds. Consider various selling places to figure out which companies are the most effective. A good number of sites require that sellers be 18, thus you will have to set the profile up and handle the auction or sale listings, but your kids could take the pictures, upload them, and prepare the information.

· Go the yard sale route and let them arrange the tables and place price tags on stuff.

High School and College

These are the tricky years--it is hard to move at any age, however it is exceptionally tough for high schoolers. The good thing is that although they're quite disappointed, they really are of sufficient age to accomplish a bit of hard work whilst they pout. Here are a few tasks your teenagers can perform to pitch in.

· Help with taking apart home furnishings.

· Smile and let them adorn their rooms completely like they want. They may be moving out soon enough, and you can always paint over their selection.

· Go up in the attic and carry items down--teenagers are far more agile than their mom and dad (and the majority of professional movers will not go into the attic).

· Drive loads of things to the second hand shops or even the garbage dump. Buy their gas and junk food in the process.

· Arrange excursions returning to visit good friends or go ahead and plan for buddies to come visit.

· Permit them to sell their own things on the internet if they are over 18 years old and keep the proceeds.

· If you do a garage sale, allow them to manage the money and the online sales.

Tell the truth--if you have kids in college, it may be completely likely that you have by now turned that bedroom into an exercise room or perhaps an home office. If your college students are home on a break before you move to Killeen, be certain they go through all their old cartons of stuff--you will still have to move them, but possibly they'll clear away enough to cut back on the quantity.


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