You just got word from the boss that you’re moving in four months. What’s more, you’ll need to look for a smaller home to keep your budget on track. Uh-oh. What do you do with all your stuff?
You’ve just faced a conundrum that’s common to anyone downsizing. Sounds like a yard sale is in your future. If you’ve ever gone to a successful yard sale, you may already have a few ideas in mind for your own.
However, every great yard sale has one thing in common: a good plan. Here are a few strategies to help you sell your extra belongings, collect a decent profit, and fit all the most important items in your new home after the move.
Take the Time to Craft Your Plan
Anyone who’s moving relatively soon has a lot to manage. You have to search for a home in your new area. You need to sell your current place. You have to figure out what you’re going to keep, what you should throw away, and what items are best to sell at your yard sale.
Ideally, you need a few months to plan for a successful yard sale. Of course, if you need to hold the sale soon so you can artfully stage your home for the realtor, you may have less time.
The main thing is to get started and devote some real thought to the process, not just carry out a few boxes of junk to the curb and slap a few price tags on them. Create a step-by-step checklist that you know you can follow. If you don’t want to make one yourself, search online for a printable list.
Also, don’t forget to ask your HOA or landlord for permission and yard-sale guidelines. You may need a permit from your city, as well.
Set Aside a Collection Zone
Allocate a zone in your basement or garage for the items you know you want to sell. If you’re on the fence about any items, do a little research online to find out how similar items are selling on classified boards or auction websites.
To help you decide, browse the following list of items that tend to sell well:
- Working appliances
- Audio-visual items (camcorders, DVD players, and so forth)
- Safe, working baby equipment or furniture (don’t sell it if it’s not up to code)
- Books, LPs, DVDs, and CDs
- Furniture and lamps
- Sheet music and instruments
- Kitchen supplies
- Gardening supplies and tools
- Bicycles and scooters
- Toys and games
- Re-potted plants or seedlings you can’t take with you
- Area rugs
- Sporting equipment
If time is of the essence, you may be able to sell higher-ticket items online before the yard sale. Everything else can wait.
Fix a Fair Price
If you’re like most homeowners, you probably think your stuff is worth more than buyers do. If you’re in doubt, ask a friend who lives in your area to help you decide. Don’t try to influence them first by suggesting your ideal price.
The reason this is helpful is because it distances you emotionally from each item and makes the pricing more objective.
In the end, it’s a good rule of thumb to charge 20-30 percent of the original price. If you purchased a sofa for $400, then, you can probably ask between $80 and $120 for it if it’s still in great shape. Charge less if your item really shows its age.
It’s also a mistake to price your sale items too low, though. You need to leave a little room for bargain hunters to haggle prices with you. If you have a bunch of less-desirable items to sell, consider selling them in a package deal; for example, 20 books for $5 bucks.
Once you’ve decided on prices, keep an inventory book so you know exactly what you have at any time.
Pick a Date, Watch the Weather-or Move It Indoors
If you want to hold your yard sale just before you move in the spring, pay attention to the date. It rarely pays to hold your sale on a holiday weekend such as Memorial Day, for example. Take stock of the weekends when you may have less competition, if possible.
If you’re short on time and need to hold your yard sale earlier in the season, you may want to make an event of it by installing outdoor heaters for the event. Buyers who were deprived of yard sales during the winter months may be anxious to get out there and nab great buys.
If the weather looks too foreboding to hold a traditional yard sale, consider moving yours indoors. If it’s too crowded inside your garage, think about arranging part of your hoard inside your living room.
If you go indoors, recruit friends or family members to keep an eye on your no-entry areas. Also, keep a nearby bathroom available and stocked with supplies so buyers will linger even when nature calls.
Now that you know a few sure-fire strategies for a successful yard sale at any time of year, you’ll be ready for any challenge that lies ahead-even fitting your belongings in a smaller home! Here’s wishing you great yard sale success.
Wheaton World Wide Moving takes Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank to Houston for Tissue Donation Event
Wheaton World Wide Moving interstate agent, Crown Moving & Storage, loaded blood sampling machines and various medical equipment for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank (KTB) at the IU Simon Cancer Center in downtown Indianapolis. The items are being transported to Houston for a tissue donation event taking place on Saturday, Feb. 28.
KTB is the only known biobank in the world that collects healthy breast tissue for breast cancer research. The focus of the KTB is education, knowledge and prevention. The goal of the KTB is to figure out how to stop breast cancer before it begins, and to encourage development of targeted treatment for particular types of breast cancer which have no such therapy as of now. By distributing normal tissue for research, the KTB is able to accelerate research for the causes and prevention of breast cancer. To better understand the evolution of the disease, it is necessary to compare abnormal, cancerous tissue against normal, healthy tissue.
The Komen Tissue Bank is hosting the event in Houston at the Baylor McNair Campus, 7200 Cambridge, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. They have partnered with the Baylor College of Medicine, Pink Ribbons and the Houston Komen affiliate.
To donate, you need to schedule an appointment and must meet the following requirements:
- Are a female over the age of 18
- Are not taking blood thinners (not including aspirin)
- Do not have breast implants
Since 2008, Wheaton World Wide Moving has transported and set up blood sampling equipment for tissue collection events throughout the country. With breast cancer affecting so many people all over the country, Wheaton World Wide Moving is proud to assist with a small part of the KTB’s mission to accelerate the eventual cure for breast cancer.
To learn more about Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank, please visit http://komentissuebank.iu.edu/
Below are some pictures from loading at the KTB in downtown Indianapolis.
Before Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Fred Couples, Ernie Els and many other well-known golfers take the course for the Northern Trust Open today, Wheaton World Wide Moving agent Heritage 21st Century Movers hit the course early, preparing the Riviera Country Club for the big tournament this week.
For the 17th consecutive year, Heritage 21st Century Movers sent a nine-man crew and two tractor trailers to the Pacific Palisades, California course and relocated approximately 30,000 – 40,000 lbs. of goods for the tournament. Relocated items included tables, chairs, multiple pianos, locker room furnishings, lobby décor and much more.
“The Northern Trust Open event is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Carol Thomas, owner of Heritage 21st Century Movers. “We gather friends, family and customers and all get together at this beautiful site to cheer for our favorites.”
Opened in 1926, the Rivera Country Club is recognized as one of the best courses on the PGA Tour. Perhaps the most famous hole on the course is the 10th hole. The 315 yard par-4 hole challenges players to decide whether to challenge the narrow angled green guarded by bunkers or to lay up down the left side of the fairway.
Riviera Country Club and Northern Trust Open fun facts:
- 7,279 yards, par 71
- No. 3 rated golf course by PGA TOUR professionals
- Course record is 61
- Hosted the Northern Trust Open 47 times
- This will be the 42nd year the tournament is held at the Riviera Country Club
- The Northern Trust Open is a supporter of City of Hope – A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
Since we are all feeling the love on this Valentine’s Day, we are looking at what makes Wheaton World Wide Moving a preferred interstate van line. Receiving feedback via our survey, the Customer Experience Report (CXR), speaking to customers on a daily basis and analyzing the journeys our customers make during every step of the move process reveals to us what customers believe sets us apart from our competition.
Four in ten customers pick Wheaton World Wide Moving because they have used us before and had a positive experience, or they have been recommended by someone they know and trust to hire Wheaton for their move. This is our largest segment of customers and this percentage has increased significantly over the last several years, so our customer loyalty is ever growing.
Olimpia, a recent customer said in their CXR, “I have moved with Wheaton four times and have always had a very good experience.”
Steven, another recent customer said, “There were a lot of other companies which were lower on price, however I made this decision to go with Wheaton again based on how my move from Pennsylvania to California was handled in 1995. This move was handled equally as well.”
Carrol and Shannon said, “We have moved five times in our married life of 45 years, and this was probably the best service overall ever! Everyone went over and above their job description. Very appreciated!”
Our drivers are the heart and soul of every move. Not only do drivers spend weeks driving around the country with household goods, they also help coordinate the helpers and communicate with the corporate office about scheduling.
Customers consistently rate our drivers with high marks. More than nine in ten customers indicate in their survey that they would choose to have their exact same Wheaton driver move them again for their next move!
“Joe Lewis was our driver during pickup and delivery. He is absolutely a fantastic leader,” said Jerry and Kathy in Wake Forest, N.C.
Theresa raved about her driver, “Robert was the best. He did an awesome job and was a very pleasant, outstanding driver and worker. He deserves a raise, great experience.”
Miriam also complimented her driver, “I am very pleased with Wheaton, especially the driver. He did an excellent job. He was very professional and a very good communicator. I would use Wheaton again.”
One of the first interactions the consumer has with the van line is through our salespeople. Our salespeople are known for the professional attitudes, yet friendly, family-like demeanor. This is another leverageable strength of Wheaton’s. Approximately nine in ten customers have very favorable perceptions of our salespeople’s courtesy and professional service. This service promotes trust and confidence in our customers that Wheaton can reliably and effectively handle their moves.
Customer feedback and statistical analysis of our survey data reveal communication is biggest driver in shaping customer perceptions of Wheaton. Communication and great customer service makes the difference between a good move and a great move. Since proactive and accurate information is so important to our customers, we are constantly reviewing our processes to improve our communication with them.
Our goal is to exceed expectations with every move. With that goal in mind, we are constantly reviewing the customer experience through the CXR and other feedback mechanisms platforms for ways to improve the process and make it as stress-free as possible.
*Source: Wheaton World Wide Moving, Customer Experience Report, Quarter 4 2014
For many renters, their security deposit is a lifeline. It can help pay for the first month’s rent on their next apartment, cover moving costs, or compensate for the fees associated with opening new utility accounts. Unfortunately, 26% of renters have lost their security deposit at least once. Of those renters, 36% received no explanation as to why their landlord didn’t return their deposit.
Don’t let an unreturned security deposit cause you financial hardship. Use these 10 renting practices to retain your future deposits.
Before You Move In
Adequate preparation is one of the most important parts of maintaining your security deposit. You can’t avoid mistakes, or outright scams, unless you spot them first.
1. Do Your Research
If you haven’t fully researched your obligations and rights, you’ll have more difficulty preventing justified security deposit deductions. Before you choose an apartment, or at least before you move in, research the following legalities:
- Your new lease. Read through your lease carefully and question any unclear provisions.
- Your rights as a tenant. These vary by state, so if you move to a new area, don’t assume you have the same rights as you did in your last apartment.
2. Discover What Your Landlord Expects from You
Your lease may not cover every possible situation. Talk to your landlord about his or her expectations of you as a tenant. You can even begin the conversation by mentioning your goal to get your whole deposit back. Here are some questions you may need to ask:
- Who has the responsibility to maintain the lawn and landscaping?
- Which repairs does the maintenance team take care of and which repairs are your responsibility?
- Who will shovel snow, deice sidewalks, etc.?
While You Live at the Property
Aside from the obvious precautionary measures, like keeping track of your kids and pets, use these three practices to protect your financial investment.
3. Document Any Issues with the Property
When you move in, most landlords supply you with paperwork for documenting the property’s condition. In addition to filling out the forms in specific detail, go through the following checklist:
- Take pictures of any damage, including stains, scratches, and warping
- Test all appliances to ensure they work properly
Send the forms and pictures to your landlord in a traceable way, like email, so you’re ready if any disputes arise.
4. Get Written Permission for Every Change You Make
Whether you want to give the entire apartment a new coat of paint or just hang some pictures, get written permission for the renovation if it isn’t explicitly provided for in your lease. Some landlords take the cost of returning the apartment to its pre-move in state out of security deposits so ask about that specifically.
5. Report All Repairs to Maintenance, Even if You Handle Them Yourself
No matter who has the responsibility for a repair, report it to the relevant maintenance company. You don’t have to tell them every time you replace a light bulb, but you should document anything bigger should.
When You’re Moving Out
There’s a lot to keep track of before you move. But, if you want to get your whole security deposit back, make these measures a priority.
Ask your landlord to walk through the property with you at least a week before your move out date. That way you can take note of any issues that your landlord could deduct from your deposit and compensate for them.
7. Comply with All Move-Out Obligations
Moving out can require as much paperwork as moving in. The process will vary from property to property, but these elements are common:
- Clean the property thoroughly. Check out these 13 cleaning hacks to make every inch of your apartment shine.
- Even if you move out on the last day of your rental agreement, give your landlord official notice at least two weeks beforehand.
If You Don’t Get the Correct Amount Back After You Move
Even after you’ve done everything right, your landlord may deduct funds from your deposit. If you think your landlord charged you unfairly, take the following three steps to handle the situation.
8. Request an Itemized List of the Charges
In most states, if your landlord doesn’t give you a list documenting all charges, it violates your renter’s rights. Request a list of all charges with exact amounts. If possible, ask for photographs of any claimed damages.
9. Put All Your Communication in Writing
In the worst case scenario, you will need to provide evidence that you were overcharged and records of all your communication with your landlord. Email is ideal for this since it maintains a thread you, your landlord, and any legal representation can review.
If you send letters, keep a copy for yourself as well.
Always stay polite and precise when communicating with your landlord. As angry or frustrated as you may feel, civility looks better and will get you farther than rudeness.
10. Make Sure Your Complaints Are Known
In many cases, simply making a fuss can get you a portion of your deposit back. If you were charged unfairly, your landlord probably wants you to keep quiet more than to keep the nominal fee. If the problem does not resolve satisfactorily within a month of your move out, notify the following people:
- Legal representation. Even if you don’t hire a lawyer, CCing a lawyer into an email conversation can encourage your landlord to handle the matter more efficiently.
- The public. If you feel your landlord cheated you, post online reviews about the property company so that no one else has to suffer the same financial hardship.
- Your landlord’s boss. This may be a manager or the owner of the property management firm.
Adopt these practices to give yourself the best possible chance of recovering your fully security deposit.
To celebrate its successful annual campaign for Keaton’s Korral at Give Kids the World, Wheaton World Wide Moving is hosting Hats off to Keaton event to reach the final $22,000 for our annual fundraising goal and raise awareness for the Village. The van line is matching ALL donations made to Keaton’s Korral until January 31.
To participate in the Hats off to Keaton photo contest:
1. Visit Wheaton Facebook page:
2. Click “Hats off to Keaton” and post a pic of yourself in a hat of your choosing.
3. Share and encourage your friends to vote. Be sure to include #HatsOffToKeaton and the link www.gktw.org/keatonskorral to participate in the contest.
4. Enter between January 26-31, 2015
5. Entries receiving the most votes as of January 31 at 11:59 p.m. will win the following prizes:
1st place – $100.00
2nd place – $ 50.00
3rd place – $ 25.00
If wearing a hat isn’t your thing, please support the contestants by voting for your favorite picture.
Wheaton World Wide Moving has been a partner of Give Kids The World since 2000. Through its generous support of Keaton’s Korral, 7,300 families each year have been able to experience the fun of horse and pony rides, as they wear western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. Keaton’s Korral was named for Keaton White, an alumni wish child who spoke at a Wheaton conference shortly before he lost his battle with cancer. His story touched so many of the agents and employees, as he told of his dream to ensure every child got to experience the joy he felt during his time at the Village. “Give Kids The World was one of the happiest times of my life,” White said. “I just want to be sure that someday another little boy or girl and their family are loved just as much as me and my family were loved.”
A year ago, Give Kids The World took on the daunting task of renovating 88 25-year old villas in a two week period, a task that was achieved with the hard work and planning of thousands including a team from Wheaton | Bekins. We are looking back at the successful renovation with the people that helped make it happen from the members of the Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines team.
Planning started back in June 2013 when Michael Bausman of Give Kids The World called Jason Fontaine of Central Moving & Storage for help with the two-week renovation. Jason went to his dad and owner of Central Moving & Storage, Jim Fontaine, about how they could help.
“I told him that the village was going to renovate approximately 100 units over a two week period. He quickly did some math and said we could pull that off in two weeks then I told him that the renovation was going to be two weeks, but we have two days to get all the furniture fixture & equipment (FF&E) items in,” explained Jason Fontaine. “He replied you didn’t tell them we could do it. My answer was if we don’t do it somebody else will. This is something we had to do for the kids and the village.”
The two started brainstorming on how to get the manpower and keep the cost down for the village, so Jason contacted President of Wheaton | Bekins , Dave Witzerman to help recruit agents and corporate staff to help with the renovation.
With plenty of planning over the next seven months, Jason and the team worked with the Wyndham group for now deemed – Extreme Village Makeover, and extreme it was.
“Central Moving & Storage handled over 350,000 lbs. of FF&E / Construction items for this project. We received approximately 300,000 lbs. in our warehouse,” Fontaine said. “There was a total of 38 trailers that were unloaded by CMS and their volunteers in two days. There was an additional four trailers loads of kitchen cabinets and four trailers of construction material that we delivered prior to the install.”
While Central Moving & Storage worked on the staging and operations, a 75-person Wheaton | Bekins team consisting of agents and corporate staff went to Orlando to unload and reassemble the furniture in the final two days of the Extreme Village Makeover Project.
“The biggest thing I would say is it was enthusiastic and chaotic, but it was a very organized chaos. Everyone knew what their job was and there was a lot of activity going on all at one time in one unit.” Carter said. “We were just trying to get all of that work done as quickly as possible so Give Kids The World can get back to their mission of having kids on site and providing that unforgettable experience for that family. Everyone there knew that and were enthusiastically there to support that.”
With the hard and enthusiastic work of all the volunteers and businesses, the project was successfully completed in the short two-week time frame. The new villas were unveiled on ABC’s Good Morning America along with Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
“This project is one of the most aggressive projects that CMS has ever been a part of and could not have done it without the support of all the agents that gave up their time and knowledge to assist us.”
“I was honored,” Fontaine said. “There was still actually work that needed to be finished up, but Philip Torres of GKTW grabbed me and said you need to take a break and get something to eat and listen to the closing speeches. When they called my name I was in total shock. I was just doing what was right for the village.”
The completion of the villas was not only a huge success, but it brought the Wheaton | Bekins team closer together.
“Things like this bring all of us so much closer as agents and friends. It reminds me of the early days when we all had more time to do things together, which were the best years ever,” said Henry Cadle of Preferred Moving & Storage.
Wheaton| Bekins has been a partner of Give Kids The World since 2000, leading the efforts of Keaton’s Korral, where 7,300 families each year have been able to experience the fun of horse and pony rides, as they wear western hats and get to live out their cowboy dreams. Currently, Wheaton | Bekins is matching all donations to Keaton’s Korral until Jan. 31. To donate, please visit www.gktw.org/keatonskorral.
You can watch the recap of it all here, including the unveiling of the Villas here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE2UEu8LXu4
A very special thank you to all of the agents that had participated in the makeover.
AAA Moving & Storage:
Action Moving & Storage:
American Relocation & Storage Systems:
Bell Moving & Storage:
Boerman Moving & Storage:
Friends of Central Moving & Storage:
Florida Transfer & Storage:
Frank & Sons Moving & Storage:
Gilmore Moving & Storage:
Hart Moving & Storage:
Hazzard Moving & Storage:
Preferred Moving & Storage:
Wheaton | Bekins corporate
And all of the staff at Central Moving & Storage
You know the feeling. You set off on vacation, ready for a few relaxing days away from work and home life. But then you realize you forgot something-and the further you get from home, the more things you realize you forgot. Soon enough, you’re so worried about these forgotten items things that you can’t enjoy your vacation.
You might experience the same worried feelings as you move. Moving is inherently stressful, and you may fret over everything that could go wrong.
Fret no more! We’ve compiled a list of 13 things people often forget to pack, leave behind, and do before moving. Remember these things as moving day approaches to ease your mind.
6 Things People Forget to Pack
You won’t forget to pack the bed or computer, but you might forget to pack one or a few of the following items:
Safe Deposit Box
Leaving your safe deposit box and all its contents behind could cause you heartache and cost you money. And making the trip back to your old home to retrieve the box would cost you even more time.
You love that red silk dress and your favorite cashmere sweater. Don’t forget to collect them from the dry cleaner before moving day. Also remember to pick items up your tailor and shoe-repair shops, if necessary.
Collect all important documents (including personal records and contact info) eight weeks before the move.
Personal records include medical, dental, vaccine, and veterinarian files. You should also obtain your children’s school portfolios.
Important contact info includes business cards, phone books, and friends’ addresses. The Internet makes it easier to find this kind of information, but having hard copies might save you time when you need to contact someone.
Items in Storage
You’ve checked and double checked every closet and cupboard in your house. But what about the shed in your backyard? The crawl space above your garage? Clear out all storage units, sheds, and crawl spaces before moving. And don’t forget to plan for these items on the moving truck.
Do you keep a spare key under that loose fence post in your backyard? Did you hide a gift in a secret cupboard in your closet?
Remember to find and pack these items before you leave.
Curtains and Decor
You’re so used to seeing your curtains, window treatments, and wreaths that you might see them as part of your home. This makes it easy to forget to remove them from walls and pack them.
Even if you plan to buy new curtains and décor for your new home, remove the existing items and donate them.
4 Things People Forget to Leave Behind
Just like you might forget to pack some essential items, you might forget to leave some important things behind.
Collect all house keys for your home’s next owner. If you have multiple keys-such as deadbolt keys, window keys, or shed keys label them so the future owners don’t have to call you with questions.
Garage Door Opener
You’re used to having the garage door opener in your glove compartment, so you might make it all the way to your new house before you notice it. Remember to remove it from your vehicle on moving day.
Did you borrow your neighbor’s blender? Did your friend loan you their favorite movie? Return these items before you move to save yourself from the wrath of your friends (and shipping costs).
You might have terrible memories of your elementary school librarian hounding you about an overdue library book. Save yourself from a similar (and more costly) experience, and return any rental items before hitting the road.
3 Things People Forget to Do Before Moving
Between finding a new home, scheduling movers, and packing your items, you might neglect a few important processes. As you prepare to move, don’t forget to:
Turn Off the Utilities
Don’t forget to turn on the utilities in your new home. Arranging furniture and unpacking boxes in the dark is an adventure you don’t need to experience.
Notify Schools and Caregivers
If you have children, talk to administrators at their current and future schools to notify them of the switch. Inform administrators at the new school about any special needs your child has.
Remember to tell nannies, pet sitters, tutors, and housekeepers about your move at least one month in advance.
Paying for a gym membership is expensive enough. Don’t double-pay for memberships in your both your old and new cities.
Some clubs require you to notify them of your intent to cancel at least 30 days in advance, so double check your clubs’ policies.
Avoid costly mishaps by keeping these tips in mind. Visit our other blogs for more tips on making a smooth move.
Moving can be difficult. It’s not just the organization, planning, or physical traveling. Often, you leave behind a familiar location in favor of a new, unknown living situation. Adjusting to a new house in a new place often proves stressful or even scary as well.
Below, we’ve listed five ways you can make your house, townhome, or apartment feel safe and homey.
1. Be Active
You may feel tempted to isolate yourself after a move. After all, you have things to unpack and a job to get to. But resist the urge.
Staying active-physically, socially, and communally-triggers important mental processes that create the sense of home. Cover the following bases:
Exercise. Take time to exercise between unpacking, work, and your family responsibilities. You don’t have to do a full workout-even a walk around the block after dinner each evening will help. Physical activity produces endorphins that will help keep you happy and healthy.
Join local communities. Whether it’s church, the PTA, or a work book club, social communities help forge connections and create positive associations with your surroundings.
Shop locally. Chat with staff and fellow shoppers. Getting to know locals can help you feel like you belong.
Don’t let yourself fall into a rut-actively participate in your new neighborhood so you can feel like part of it.
2. Cultivate Living Things
You may find yourself grieving after you leave a cherished home. Some people even experience depression after a move. One of the best ways to combat these negative feelings is to invest your time in cultivating living things. Try these methods:
Grow a garden. Even if you live in an apartment without land, placing some herbs in your kitchen window can help you feel purpose and belonging.
Spend time with children. Engaging with your own children can help you feel connected and gauge their feelings about the move. If you don’t have children, volunteering at a library, hospital, or daycare can help you feel part of a community.
Take care of your pets. Spend constructive time with your pets playing, training, or just cuddling. The unconditional affection of a pet can help you assimilate to unfamiliar surroundings.
If none of these options work for you, look into local soup kitchens, animal shelters, and other charitable organizations where you can help out to help yourself feel more at ease.
No matter your design aesthetic, there’s no denying the power of the right colors. Deliberately choosing a color scheme that promotes calm, happiness, and comfort can transform your new accommodations into a place you call your own. Consider the following color options:
Earth Tones: Earth tones like rich reds, varying browns, and darker golds create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.
This happens because these colors are easy on your eyes and stimulate feelings of stability, reassurance, and ease.
Pastels: Light colors, ocean tones, and pastels like robin egg blue and pale pink build a feeling of tranquility. Blues, in particular, produce feelings of peacefulness, calm, and cleanliness.
Warm Colors: Like earth tones, warm colors encourage comfort. Brighter colors like orange, yellow, and red invigorate the mind and can increase your family’s energy levels, which makes them ideal for gathering areas.
Use color to engineer an environment where you can happily spend time.
There’s nothing like familiar accouterments to push things into falling into place. Even before you settle in entirely, you can make your control your circumstances in the following ways:
Celebrate holidays with long-standing traditions (and maybe some new ones too)
Cook your family’s favorite meals; they’ll fill your new house with the smells you love
Light scented candles to mimic an aroma you’re used to
Play your favorite music
Don’t fight the setup of your new home to try and get it to look or feel exactly like your new one. Instead, balance the change with familiar accents to help you adjust.
Think about what makes you feel at home so you can deliberately create the circumstances you’ll feel most comfortable in.
This tip may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to take your belongings out of their boxes and begin to set up your home.
You may feel tempted to live out of storage while you adjust, especially if your current living arrangement is temporary, but this actually keeps you from adjusting.
Decorating and arranging your furniture creates a feeling of control in your new surroundings. It also helps you get to know the house. It’s much easier to feel at home once you know the doors each key opens, where to find each tripping hazard, and how each cupboard and closet opens.
If you find yourself struggling to adjust to your situation after you move in, reach out. Your friends, family, and neighbors can offer support and advice specific to your circumstances.
Use these tips to help you and your family make your new house a home.
Moving takes a toll on you and your kids. One of the hardest parts of moving for children is the first day of school. They have to make new friends, get to know their new teacher, and find their way around the buildings. Whether your kids are in high school or in elementary school, the transition can cause anxiety. Last year we wrote a blog about moving with kids that offered suggestions from recently moved families and what they did to create a smooth transition.
This blog goes further in-depth on how to help kids transition, specifically on their first day of school. Here are a few ways you can help your children beat the first-day jitters.
Practice the Route to School
To give your child an idea of what to expect on the first day of school, walk them through their morning routine. Go to the bus stop, then drive them to the school. Point out basic geographic locations on the way to prepare them if they ever get lost. Point out colorful billboards, shopping centers, or parks that they may remember later.
Talk with the new school to see if you and your child can come for a school tour. Most schools encourage tours to ensure new students have a smooth transition. As you walk through the school, locate homerooms, gyms, and the cafeteria. For high school students, you may want to find their locker and walk through their class schedule.
Occasionally schools assign new students a “buddy” for their first few weeks. Ask your child’s school administrators if they have a similar program. Having a buddy may help your child feel less anxiety if they know a classmate is there to help them.
Establish a Calm Morning Routine
Kids need plenty of sleep and food to deal with the stress and emotions accompanied with moving. Set early bedtimes and make breakfast in the morning to make sure they have the nutrition they need to handle the rigor of the day.
The more relaxing you can make the morning, the more your kids will feel prepared and confident about the day. Organize clothes and lunches the night before to avoid rushing in the morning. You should also wake everyone early enough so they have plenty of time to get ready. This time allows them to calmly prepare for the day and leave the house on time.
And remember to go to bed early yourself. This will help you be happier and more alert.
Make Friends with Other Families
Throughout the move, your kids will watch you as a model on how to socialize. Join a community center for a stress-free way to meet families. Or find a family in your neighborhood who has kids the same age as your own and invite them over for dinner or dessert. A dinner event will allow your kids to make friends in the comfort of your home and give them a familiar face in their new classroom.
You may also find activities for children in the community, such as summer camps or story time at a library. Look for outgoing, friendly children that will help your child adjust. You can also talk with a teacher or another parent to help bridge the gap for your child. As you socialize, don’t expect your child to talk very much. Most children assume their parents will take the lead during the socializing process.
Keep Contact with Old Friends
Help your child stay connected with old friends by throwing a going-away party. Have friends write their addresses and phone numbers down. This will give your child a way to stay connected once you move. You can also have their friends stay over for a weekend to keep your child’s spirits up after the move.
Consider visiting your old community if your child seems lonely. Remind your child that even though they moved, they don’t have to break ties with their old life.
Don’t be surprised if you initially see a change in your child’s grades. The change may result from different curriculum requirements, teaching styles, or the emotional impact from moving. Instead of reprimanding your child for lower grades, consider a more helpful approach. Talk with them and ask what you can do to support them. Taking time to help with homework can make a big difference on their stress and anxiety levels.
Make Your Home Their Refuge
Your kids need a place to go that doesn’t intensify anxiety levels. If they come home to stressed-out parents, they won’t feel comfortable in their own home. Instead, make your home a place where they can laugh and play. Laughing helps children relax and relieve stress from an unfamiliar school environment.
Play games with your kids and help them have fun at home. This interaction will give them something to look forward to if they have a rough day at school.
Use these tips to help your child transition to a new school and help your family grow closer together during this experience.