Getting prepared to move is stressful. There is always so much to do from packing, booking movers, making sure that your old place is ready for its new residents. This stress is significantly increased if you have children. So in order to help parents with this, here are a few tips for moving with kids.
The first thing you should do is tell them well in advance that you are planning to move. This will give them enough time to process that they will be living somewhere else. How you do this will depend on the age of your child and their development. The important thing is that you don’t spring it on them at the last minute, as this will make their anxieties about the move worse. If you have developmentally typical teens or preteens, you can discuss the move with them as if they were an adult. If you have elementary aged children then you should tell them the basics without going into too much detail. Just give the simplest reason. If your children are toddlers or have special needs you will want to prepare them for the move in the simplest way possible. You can tell them something like we are moving to a different house or apartment and you will be sleeping in a new room. They will be stressed at first, but after some time they will be able to process it and accept it.
Before you start packing you will need to figure out which items you will be taking, and which ones will either be sold, donated, or thrown away. This of course goes for your children as well. Have them help you go through their things.
Clothing is simple enough as they will need to keep that unless they have outgrown it, or it is damaged to the point that it is unusable. However when it comes to their toys you should sit down with them and ask if they really want to take all of them or if they would be willing to donate some of them. It is a good idea to encourage donations, as it will both help those who are less fortunate, as well as saving time and space when it comes to the move.
While you should have your kids help when it comes to packing up their things, they can really only do so much. The best time to pack up the rest of your belongings would be while they are asleep. Chances are they will have homework, extracurricular activities, and other responsibilities that they need to take care of. Packing while they are asleep will give you the opportunity to focus on packing without interruptions from the kids.
Even with plenty of advance notice, your kids will probably still have a hard time processing everything. That is why it is a good idea to surprise them with a new toy or something that you think will make them happy. You can also surprise them by taking them to their favorite restaurants. Leaving their home will be hard for them to accept at first, but these things Will lighten the process and make it faster and easier for them.
No matter how well you prepare your kids or even yourself for the move, it will take some time to adjust. It may be easier if you didn’t move too far, but if you did it may even take as long as a year. They will need to get used to a new school, make new friends, and generally get used to their new surroundings. Moving with kids is a very difficult experience no matter where you are moving to, but with these tips you should be able to make it a bit easier.
Moving can be both a stressful and an expensive ordeal. You need to fix up your old place for its new residents, and make your new place feel like home. Then there are all of the old things that you don’t need anymore. Moving them would just be a waste of time and money, not to mention the space they will take up in your new home.
The best option is to get rid of these things before your move. Doing so will lessen the time needed to move as well as decrease the number of things you need to unpack when you get to your new home.
Here we will show you a few ways you can ethically get rid of your old things.
A garage sale would be the best way to get rid of your old possessions that you no longer need or want. It will also help put a little money in your pocket to help cover the cost of your move. A garage sale is great especially if you have a lot of other things to sell besides old furniture. It will however take some time to organize and advertise your garage sale. You should separate the furniture you are looking to get rid of and clean it up so they look as good as possible to potential buyers. You should then check around for what similar items are selling for to determine where to set your prices. You can also use online platforms like OfferUp, Nextdoor, or LetGo to increase exposure for you garage sale.
There may be some things that are still good but didn’t sell at your garage sale, or maybe you don’t want to bother with the planning and organization of a garage sale. In this case you can ask family and friends if they would like any of your old stuff. Take a few pictures of the things you want to get rid of and send them to people you know. It's likely that someone will be happy to take some of those things off your hands. Of course this option doesn’t bring in any money like a garage sale would but it is an easy way to make some unwanted stuff disappear.
There are many charity organizations out there that will take your unwanted items as donations, as long as they are still in good condition. There are plenty to choose from including The National Furniture Bank Association (NFBA), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), The United Way, The Salvation Army, Donation Town, or Goodwill. There are likely many local options as well including churches, and in the Houston Area Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) or Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM).
With these methods you should be able to get rid of anything that you don’t want to ensure that your move is as quick and easy as possible.
If you’re using a professional moving company on your moving day, there are many items that movers are not allowed to move. It is very important to be knowledgeable of these things to keep you out of a last minute bind on move day.
Some items are not allowed on company trucks due to various reasons. Some items can either be hazardous, cause infestation, or just have too high personal value to our clients. It is important to us to keep our crew, as well as you and your belongings safe during the entire moving process. In order to ensure that, read below of all the items that movers will not move.
Your move out date is coming up soon and its time to hire a professional moving company. Even though our goal at HighSpeed Movers is for our clients to do the least amount of work possible, there are still a few tasks that need to be done as a client to ensure your move goes as planned.
We want to provide you with the most helpful moving tips and advice to make you feel at ease when the big moving day arrives. Here are a few tasks that you will want to take care of before your crew of movers arrive.