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Don’t hold onto those words – you might miss the chance to apologize.

August 1, 2017

Quick Tips to Help Parents Cope When Moving House With Kids

Moving to another location becomes even more complicated when you have kids. When it was just you, it was easy. You just packed up your belongings and shipped out. Sure, it might be hard knowing you’d never be back, but you could cope. But when kids are involved, they are likely to have some adjustment issues. Kids are more attached to “things” than adults, such as certain aspects of their room they liked, play areas they may be leaving behind, as well as friends and familiarity.

To help kids cope and make things easier, follow these 5 practical tips when making your big move:

  1. Talk to them about the move long before it occurs. Kids take some time to adjust to a new idea. Just grabbing them up and moving without warning will shake a kid’s sense of stability. So telling them far ahead of the moving day is one of the best things you can do. When you do talk to them about it, make it exciting, like a journey, rather than something to fear or dread. Kids are insecure and for many, moving to another place can be unsettling. You can calm some of their fears by making it fun and assuring them that everything will be okay.
  2. Give them a list of fun things to do at their new location. By creating more excitement due to the fun things they will get to do in their new town or location, you will diffuse many of the negative thoughts they might have about the move.
  3. Take books along that are about traveling. One particular book that is very helpful in this situation is Oh, The Places You’ll Go. Used in counselling settings around the world for people who are in a variety of transitional situations in their lives, this book can help kids cope with a move or any time they feel unsure of their future. It turns the experience into a fun adventure, rather than a scary ordeal. Another book that is great for kids in Australia is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In this book, Alex has a long string of events that he is upset about and thinks the world is against him. Over time though, he discovers that some of his ordeal is due to his previous actions, and not to external events that he cannot control. He also finds that no one event is ever as bad as he really feared. He also repeatedly says throughout the book, “I think I’ll move to Australia”. This book might help kids who like a funny repetitive prose with a good lesson, that they’ll get through the moving experience and everything will turn out okay in the end, even in Australia!
  4. Let kids ask questions about the move. The best way to find out what is on someone’s mind is to ask them. And let kids ask questions too regarding the pending move. They may wonder what the new city will be like, what will the schools be like, and what will the kids be like. Every culture, town and neighbourhood is different. Having an open Q/A session lets kids feel free to ask what might be troubling them and helps them feel they are more in control of the situation.
  5. Play games on the way. Find apps on the iOS or Android market that deal with moving or play old-fashioned games while driving such as “I Spy” and others to help them deal with long drives and anxieties about the trip.

There are other things you can do to make things better when moving with kids in Australia. Keep it positive, take the approach that it’s a big opportunity for adventure, enhance it with children’s literature that addresses these issues, and let kids ask questions and have fun. Time to get packing! Let the kids help with this too! Tell them it’s all a part of the big adventure. Oh, the places they’ll go!

By Sheree Jones, who works for the Budget Self Pack Containers team who are Australia’s expert interstate removalists for container removals. The BSPC team is full of parents and they are all happy to help give advice on moving with children or anything to do with your impending move. Connect with BSPC on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or YouTube today.

July 4, 2015

6 Unique Uses For Your Leftover Moving Boxes

Packing your moving boxes yourself is a great way to save money on moving costs. It also gives you the control to make sure all your valuable belongings are safe and secure.

Once everything safely arrives at your new home, the unpacking stage begins. Here’s the question that really matters: what happens with all the leftover moving boxes? It’s easy to just throw these boxes away. But the truth is that you can use these boxes in a variety of creative ways instead of just sending them into the trash bin.

Check out our list of 6 fun ways to reuse your leftover moving boxes and see how you can take the concept of recycling to the next level.

1. Arts, crafts & fun (box fort!)

Sometimes the best way to reuse something like moving boxes is to let your creative flair shine. Try and think of these boxes like craft supplies. They can help you showcase your arts and crafts talents you might not even know you had.

Here’s a great example of how to take your boxes to a new level: build a box fort! Take your leftover boxes and stack them up to create a fun and exciting clubhouse for your children to explore. While this is just a temporary build, it can give you a whole day of fun that you kids will remember for years to come.

2. Create your own impromptu food drive

Once you unpack your belongings, you’ll have a huge store of empty boxes. Why not fill those boxes with something your whole community could value?

Try this idea on for size: take your empty boxes and fill them with donated food. Add a few canned goods from your pantry into a box. Ask your friends, family and community members for a few more canned goods to fill the boxes. Once your boxes are full, take them to your local shelter for donation.

This idea is great for two really solid reasons. First, you’re giving your otherwise wasted moving boxes another great purpose. Second, you’re directly helping your community – and giving people something they will value and appreciate.

3. Using your cardboard to create brilliant art

Speaking of artistic expression, why not use your extra boxes as a paint canvas? It’s easy to disassemble your boxes and form them into a big, blank canvas. From there, let your own imagination inspire you to create something unique, original and beautiful. Who knows you may create a work of art worthy for your new home!

4. Convert cardboard to decorated storage boxes

You use your moving boxes to transport your treasured items to and from your living spaces. But where will you put your treasured items once you settle into your new home?

With only a little bit of work, you can reuse your old boxes as beautifully decorated storage totes. For example, cover your cardboard box with burlap – and maybe some lace or other accent piece. You can transform a plain box into a storage piece that makes your home look even better.

5. DIY cardboard headboard

Five easy steps to your own DIY headboard:

  1. Take several leftover moving boxes and unpack them.
  2. Use duct tape to secure them together in the relative shape of your headboard.
  3. Take some simple cotton stuffing or quilt batting and lay it on your cardboard.
  4. Wrap a fabric of your choice around the cardboard and batting.
  5. Congratulations! You now have a quirky and custom-built headboard!

6. Homemade picture frame

If you have a boring or drab picture frame, why not enhance it with your own dose of custom-made flair? You can easily use an old box to retrofit a picture frame into something that showcases your individual style.

You can paint the cardboard or customise it with duct tape or other options to make it your own. From there, add a picture that also reflects your unique style. Your newly designed frame is sure to be a centrepiece of attention no matter where you display it.

As you can see, something as simple as leftover moving boxes can have a variety of uses for great fun – or even service to your community. You can use these ideas or other similar ones to breathe new life into something that would have otherwise been garbage placed out for weekly connection.

By Clive Smith, the Interstate Removals General Manager of Budget Self Pack Containers, Australia’s expert interstate removalists. Budget Self Pack Containers can help you move almost anywhere in Australia long-distance.

April 25, 2015

Rediscover Your Passion This Easter

When was the last time you took time out for yourself? Well according to a new survey conducted by Officeworks, it wasn’t recently. Through their survey, the giant office supply store discovered that 95 per cent of us are at our happiest when we are participating in an activity that we love, however only 20 per cent are making the time to engage in these pursuits and activities.

RELATED: Why You Need A Passion Project

As the Easter break fast approaches, why not schedule some time to re-discover or discover your passion. Whether your interests be creative, energetic, free, or costly, there is no doubt that your mood and mentality will reap the benefits. Dr Paula Watkins from the Happiness Institute shared her top 5 activities that will certainly keep you busy and entertained over the holidays, and the best part is that all these are kid friendly – so no excuses!

  1. Getting Outdoors

When was the last time you spent some quality time outside? And no, walking to work from the bus stop doesn’t count! This Easter why not get outdoors and enjoy discovering parts of your city or region that you didn’t know before.

It may be a lazy afternoon spent reading a book under a tree, some time in the park with you’re your family, or if you’re looking for something more physical, why not try a long walk or bike ride through local National Parks and reserves? A little Vitamin D never hurt anybody and according to Watkins, increasing the amount of exercise you do “stimulates dopamine and other happy hormones.” Like they say, the best things in life are free!

  1. Art and Design

Remember how much you loved art at school? Well why not pick it up again this Easter break as a hobby and introduce it to the whole family. Painting and drawing is a great way to relax and is extremely therapeutic. “The precision required, paired with quality family time, will leave you feeling connected to your mind, body and soul” says Watkins. Painting and decorating your very own Easter eggs is a great way to celebrate the holiday.

  1. Photography

Photography is an art and can be the perfect way to document special moments as well as gain a new perspective on familiar landscapes. Yet taking photographs doesn’t have to be a solo hobby and can be a fun way to get everyone involved, particularly over Easter when a lot of extended family spends time together.

Get creative with how you take your annual family photo – create a photo booth with props and a theme. Alternatively, for those who are passionate about photography, allow time to produce a photo-shoot with friends and family. As Dr Watkins highlights: “Special moments like these with loved ones will leave you feeling connected and content.”

  1. Music

Sick of hearing the top 40 on repeat every time your turn on the radio? Are you still listening to that same old album you purchased 2 years ago? Those who are passionate about their music know that there are hundreds of artists across all genres that are amazingly talented and produce music that does more to the soul than any medicine could do. According to Watkins, “listening to music stimulates the brain, boosts mood and serves as an emotional and stress release.” All that from just listening to music – we should do it more often!

  1. Scrapbooking

Remember all of those photos you took of your most recent birthday that are hiding in the dark corners of your computer? Why not retrieve them along with all the other photos that hold special meaning and create a scrapbook? Officeworks spokesperson, Watkins highlights the benefits of reminiscing: “It is known to be good for our health. This kind of nostalgia can boost mood and helps to provide a sense of meaning.” Scrapbooking can bring your memories to life and let your favourite moments be more regularly recognised and appreciated.

April 2, 2015

Join An Etsy Craft Party

On June 6, Etsy will host its annual Craft Party, a one-day global celebration of meeting and making. Every year, people from around the world come together on the same day in locally organised Etsy Craft Parties to create art and inspire each other.

This year’s theme is Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs. The parties will aim to breathe life and art back into treasured family photos and potentially memories of strange haircuts and bad outfits.

Craft Parties are being planned all across Australia and the public can register for an event by heading to the following: http://bit.ly/1j0zlJn

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May 31, 2014