Turning a Move into Family Bonding

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Turning a Move into Family Bonding

Moving can be one of life's most stressful experiences, what if you could turn it into an excuse for quality family bonding instead?

Moving can be both extremely stressful and extremely time-consuming business. After all, you and the entire family have to make sure everything is accounted for during the move; from the inventory, to your new home, to hiring professional services, and even the actual moving day in itself. Just the thought of having to pack anything you own can be extremely overwhelming … but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. In fact, moving can be made into a family bonding moment if you plan it the right way. But how exactly does this work, though? Read on.

Familiarise yourself with the neighbourhood with a little trip: One of the best things you can do for your new home is to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. This lets you have a basic idea of things you can expect from your neighbourhood, so getting acquainted with your new life can be much easier. You need to know where the nearby institutions (like hospitals, schools, and police precincts) are, as well as services like restaurants, malls, and other establishments. You can do this the easy way by getting yourself a staycation in this neighbourhood prior to the move. You can stay in a hotel and just ‘chill’ as a family. You can play board games at home, tour the nearby malls, and even just enjoy the company of one other.

Turning a Move into Family Bonding

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Get everyone to sort their inventory: In order to make sure things stay in order, it also helps to manage a proper inventory. It can be in the form of a physical inventory like a notebook, or something like a spreadsheet on your tablet. The point here is to make sure you list the things you own, how many of them you own, how much they’re worth, and if you want to keep, sell, or throw them away. This is important, as an inventory ensures you’re able to keep tabs on where things you own are, and whether special objects need particular care. For instance, your musical instruments might need piano movers New York to be moved properly.

Turning a Move into Family Bonding

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Assign the family into their respective roles: It’s important for your family to maximise your time and skills by delegating everyone to their particular tasks and duties. You can start by gathering everyone at home and to determine what aspects of the house move they can help manage. You and your spouse can work on documentation and overall planning, while others can be in charge of packing and unpacking the belongings in their respective rooms. This speeds up the moving process, as all rooms have been delegated to specific members of the family who can handle these moves well.

Make a reasonable and practical moving timeline: Once you’ve sorted out the essentials to your new home, you should work out on a reasonable moving schedule. Gather the entire family and check what sorts of free time, paid leaves, and various time off options they have so they can be assigned certain duties in the move. The point here isn’t just to make sure people have things to do, but that they don’t compromise anything regarding work and studies just to get things up and running for the move. This is important, as a good moving schedule ensures your move goes according to plan without any hassle.

Moving as Family Bonding: It's All in the Family

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Work together with moving professionals: If you’re having a bit of trouble doing parts of the move yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out to moving professionals to help you out with the move. You and the eldest among your children can accompany you to movers and packers, so your children can also learn how to interact and deal with professionals. When finding moving professionals, look for those that specialise with house moves so you know they’re equipped with the skills, manpower, training, and resources needed to deal with your house move without any worries.

Moving as Family Bonding: It’s All in the Family.

With the above in mind, it’s important to always remember that anything can be a family bonding with the right kind of planning and research. As with the case of a move, you and your family can transform an otherwise stressful event into a huge dose of bonding fun. It’s all in assigning family members to roles they’ll be able to perform best, and to perform all the parts of the moving process along a decent and reasonable timeframe.