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Moving With Kids

Moving can be a stressful time for the whole family, but it can be especially tough for kids. On moving day, there will be movers coming in and out of your home, packing and moving heavy items. It can be confusing, and if your little ones get mixed up in all the commotion, they could be injured.

Let’s keep your children happy, comfortable, safe and entertained throughout the whole process with these easy tips:

 

  1. Encourage your kids to pack themselves so that they are involved in the moving process.

    They can have their own boxes and suitcases that they are responsible for. Give them color codes, paint, markers or fun stickers to stick on the boxes that belong in their room. It will keep them busy and make it easier for them to identify which boxes hold their possessions when they arrive in your new home. This can help ease any apprehension about their most treasured toys being lost during the move.

  2. Give each child a backpack to fill with overnight items so that you don’t have to search boxes when the moving truck arrives to your new home.

    Include a toothbrush, pajamas, favorite stuffed animal, favorite blanket, favorite bedtime story, pillow, handheld electronic games and a change of clothes. They should keep their favorite toys with them to offer comfort as well as ensure safe passage to your new home.

  3. Keep them occupied.

    If your children are old enough, have books, board games, coloring books or other low-maintenance toys to keep them occupied as you may be tied up helping with the moving process. Keep a cooler with snacks and drinks in the room as well.

  4. Wait to throw away items.

    If you’re planning on getting rid of items your children no longer use, try to do the weeding out well in advance of the move or wait until after you are settled in the new home. This will prevent the children from associating moving day with an unsettling loss.

  5. Plan their new bedroom.

    Tell your children that they will have the opportunity to help decorate their new room by allowing them to pick out room colors or other fun items such as a bean bag chair, inexpensive tent, or a wall decal of their favorite cartoon character. You can give them a floor plan before you move in, so that they can decide where they want their belongings to go.

  6. Let children unpack their belongings first.

    Moving somewhere new is quite the adjustment for your kids, so make them feel important. Before you dive right into unpacking the kitchen, living room or dining room, allow each child to select one of their own boxes and take a few items out.

  7. Hire professional movers for your local or long-distance move.

    From full-service moving capabilities to storage options, Elite Moving & Storage can assist you with every aspect of your move, even unpacking your boxes and putting every last item where it belongs! If you don’t have to bother with the logistics of your move, you will have more time to focus on tending to your children.

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Plan a Garage Sale Before You Move

If there’s one thing that’s always true about moving, it’s that it is the perfect opportunity to go through all your stuff and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Clearing out unwanted or less-used items makes packing, moving, and unpacking less stressful and less time-consuming. Doing a pre-move garage sale is a great way to free yourself of those extra items and make some extra money for the move as well.

Hosting a successful garage sale takes a bit more work than simply arranging your stuff on your front lawn and sticking up a sign. If you want to get rid of the most items possible and for the best price possible, follow the following tips:

DECIDE WHAT TO SELL

Go through each room in your home with a notebook and decide what things you no longer want to keep. The next step is gathering them all together and making sure they are in good shape. People who frequent garage sales are looking for bargains, but that doesn’t mean they want something that is old or falling apart.

CHECK WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES

If you are planning a garage sale in Chicago you must have a permit. Residents are limited to 3 sales per year, with the third sale being a moving sale. Each Garage sale is limited to 3 consecutive days between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. The permits are FREE and must be displayed during the sale period.

SELECT A DATE

Everybody loves a sunny weekend garage sale! Spring/Summer is usually the ideal time for hosting a garage sale, since the weather is finally turning and people are eager to be outside. Timing wise, aim to start in the morning and go through the afternoon. If you still have a lot left at the end of the day, it’s time to go for the deep discounts.

PRICE IT RIGHT

We all find value in our belongings, but garage sale shoppers are looking for a bargain! Be careful not to over-price items. If you can, check out a couple garage sales in your neighborhood so you can see what kind of prices are being set. Remember that you are trying to get rid of these items, so price them in a way that will make a buyer ready to take it right then and there. Write your prices clearly with a marker on a sticker and affix it to the item. Also make a list of all your items and posted prices to have with you the day of your sale for easy inventory and price questions.

BE CREATIVE WITH THE ADVERTISING

You want to make sure that people are able to find your garage sale. A sign on the side of the road is the most common way to advertise it, but it’s not necessarily the most effective. Many libraries, grocery stores, and other public spaces allow posting fliers with permission. Do the advertising ahead of time, in the newspaper, public places and on social media. The more you get the word out, the more likely you are to draw a decent crowd

GET ORGANIZED

Organize your items in a way that makes sense. Clothes and accessories, dishes and kitchen items, home decor, and furniture. Display items in a way that makes them easier to sift through, such as records in a cardboard box, clothes hanging on a rack, and jewelry laid out on a mat. Make sure you rearrange items as other things are sold to keep the display enticing.

DONATE THE REST

If you end up having some stuff left at the end of your garage sale, you may want to consider donating it to a good cause. If they were good enough to try to sell, they should be good enough to donate. Find a local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other donation center. Don’t forget to get a receipt, your donated items can be tax-deductible.

Always keep in mind the main goal of your sale: to clear out items you won’t be taking with you on your move! Now that you are ready to move, Elite Moving & Storage can help you with moving services. We’re highly rated, safe movers that offer full moving services year round. Contact us today for all your moving service needs!

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10 Ways To Make A New House Feel Like Home

You’ve just moved in. You like your new space, but it just doesn’t feel quite…right yet. So how can you make yourself more comfortable quickly? After all, you have things to do, and you need this to be your sanctuary ASAP.

1. Unpack and Set Up

Get rid of those boxes! Get your big items out, then set up the small things, and put everything where it’ll go. Your space will feel more like home if you aren’t reminding yourself every time you look around that you just got here.

2. Clean Your Space

Chances are the place doesn’t quite smell like home. So, take out your own cleaning supplies and give the place a once-over that will help you get familiar with its nooks and crannies. It’ll feel a bit more familiar. Light a candle once you’re done to infuse the place with a familiar scent.

3. Decorate

If you’re able to, repaint. Recarpet. Your taste is likely a bit different than the people who lived there before. Go big, or go small. Adding some new splashes of color, pillows for the couch, big plants will make the place feel more like yours.

4. Make Your Bathroom A Priority

The bathroom is usually a small space that you can quickly personalize. You’re in there many times a day, after all. You’ll feel better if you get all your familiar toiletries out and available. It’s the little things that make a place feel more like you, and this is a great place to start.

5. Set Up Your Bed

When you first get there, you’ll need at least one place you can relax while you’re getting unpacked. You’ll need your bed, of course, to sleep in. Having that piece of furniture set up will go a long way towards making you feel like you have eked out a restful oasis in your new home.

6. Accessorize

Furniture is one thing, but your personality also comes out with your belongings. Posters, pictures of family and friends, souvenirs you bought on your last vacation, your favorite books, are all parts of you that you can spread around to make your new space feel safe.

7. Play Your Favorite Music

Get out your favorite playlist and turn on some music! As you’re unpacking and getting your new place ready, music can de-stress and soothe you, and make great new associations with your new apartment or house. Don’t be afraid to dance it out.

8. Do A Security Check

Make yourself familiar with the way your doors and windows work. Are your locks secure? If not, get them taken care of right away. Taking steps to make yourself physically safe will go a long way towards allowing you to relax in your new home.

9. Have a Housewarming Party

Bring in your old friends, and invite some new ones too! Moving is about new beginnings, but shouldn’t leave you bereft. So, hold a gathering for your support system. Seeing them enjoy your new home may help you do so as well.

10. Be Patient

It may take some time for you to truly get to know your house and feel like it’s becoming your home. You can do some things to help, but don’t force it. Eventually, you will find the best place to lounge and read, the one place your cat always has to sit, and the greatest storage area for your mixer – and then it all comes together for you.

Count on Elite Moving & Storage for expertise, service, and professional movers!

At Elite Moving & Storage, we pride ourselves on always trying to be the best movers in Chicago. We’re affordable and low-cost for all your needs, whether you’re searching for piano movers, furniture movers, or full-service storage. Try us for local or long-distance jobs. Get a free estimate!

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Moving with Kids: Easing the Transition

Moving may be stressful for you, so imagine what it’s like for your little ones! They may not fully understand why the move needs to happen, which can make things difficult for you. On the other hand, kids are resilient. You can help them adapt to the move by preparing them, communicating with them, and helping to alleviate their fears. Moving can be exciting, too, so focus on that aspect of this next phase of your life.

Prepare children emotionally for your move

Tell your kids exactly what to expect from the process. Provide opportunities for them to say goodbye to their friends and favorite places. Encourage them to keep ties, and help them do it since they might not be old enough on their own. Reassure them that their family is here for them no matter what.

Get them excited, and let them know that all the chaos is part of the adventure. Don’t be negative. Allow them to be invested in the new house, the new school, the new city, even your new job. As you purge items you no longer need, let your kids have a say in what stays and what goes. Get them involved!

Prepare children physically for the move

If you can, time your move for a period that will cause the least amount of upheaval – summer, for example, when school is out. If your child has recently reached a milestone like being potty-trained, don’t be surprised at some backsliding. Prepare yourself for that (have pull-ups on hand, maybe!).

Pack your child’s medications, papers, and favorite toys and activities to be easily reachable during the car ride or airplane travel, just in case. Bring extra clothing as well. Make sure there’s a bag of toys available right up to the end, so your kids have something to do while you’re packing. Label everything properly, because kids may take it harder than you do if something can’t be found when they need it. And allow them to help with navigation, so they get a real sense of where you’re leaving and where you’re headed.

Make moving an adventure for your kids

Focus on discovery to make your into an adventure. New places, new people, and new experiences are all part of the journey. Search out new attractions, and explore your new home with your children. Let them assist you as much as possible in discovering great things about the new neighborhood, and in setting up the new place.

Will they have their own room for a change? Allow them to help decorate it, so it feels like their secure spot. Take your time unpacking so that there isn’t stressful clutter everywhere. Do display personal items as soon as you can, to make the place feel familiar and emphasize that this is now where your family life is centered.

Move with Elite

At Elite Moving & Storage, we understand that moving can be a stressful time for you and your family, and we aim to reduce the upheaval as much as possible for kids as well as adults through our expertise and empathy. How can we help? Find out by contacting us and getting a free estimate. We are a moving company that cares.