Moving 101: How to Make Moving Easier For Your Kids


“I know well the delectable thrill of moving into a new house somewhere altogether else, in somebody else’s country, where the climate is different, the food is different, the light is different, where the mundane preoccupations of life at home do not seem to apply and it is even fun to go shopping.” –Jan Morris


So you are thrilled about the new place you have found. Almost everything is in proximity to it—the school, the offices and even the major shopping malls. You have made the decision to move months ago and though you know moving can be quite stressful for everyone; the transition would hit the kids the hardest.

Undoubtedly, kids like consistency and thought they are not exactly resistant to a change in scenery, they are much more accustomed to familiarity. This is especially hard for grown up kids who have already established friendships and relationships in your existing neighborhood and unsurprisingly, they would throw tantrums the moment you make an announcement and for a while, may even resent you. This is a typical reaction; however, you may want to find ways to make the move less of a stress and less of a shock to your children. Regardless of whether you are moving into a condo unit east gallery place of a residential one, appease them with the simple ways below.

1.)    Break it to them gently and get them ready


Give your kids at least a month to get used to the prospect of moving by letting them know about the move at least a month in advance. This will give them adequate time to process the information and think about what sort of changes would happen. Additionally, to help make the move easier, give them a tour of their new home and show them the things that they might potentially like such as the playground, the park and some of the things that you think they might love. This will enable them to be a bit more receptive and even excited for the big move.


2.)    Be patient


Even preparing them for the move adequately would not be sufficient to make them fall in love with their new home overnight. You would need to give them ample time to let the reality of the move sink in. Experts believe that children could take at least six months to get used to new routines and surroundings. In this period, be prepared for tantrums and sadness. If they are separated from people who have been with them in your old homes, help them adjust by regularly letting them call those people they left behind.


3.)    Stick to beloved routines


The transition that comes with your new move might affect some of your old routines, but that does not mean that you should forget all of them entirely. Make the move easier by continuing habits such as game nights, family dinners, storytelling sessions, etc. would be reassuring to them that things have stayed the same despite moving away.


4.)    Give them a voice


Your kids are part of the family, and they would like to think that their opinions matter as well. Give them the opportunity to voice out their concerns about the move or their opinions as regards this. Make them feel like they are part of the decision-making process by letting them choose the color of their bedroom, the kind of family pet the family should have, etc.


5.)    Create opportunities for your kids to meet new friends


A definite way to make your kids more open, more receptive or even excited about the move is to create opportunities for them to make friends. Every time you do an ocular visit to oversee the progress made into your new homes, take them to meet some of your neighbors who might have kids in the same age group. Introduce them to each other and allow them to play together. Alternatively, you can also sign them up for recreational activities where they can find kids who share the same interests thereby boosting their confidence and making you worry less.


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A No-Money Weekend: How to Spend Quality Time at Home


Whether you realize or not, we all spend money every single time. How much more during weekends? This is the time where most people get the chance to go to malls and any other places where they can have fun and enjoy the moment. Of course, it is not a bad thing at all. In fact, you need such recreation to make sure you will have a work-life balance. However, do you know that you can also enjoy your weekend at home? Although some of you may find it boring, there are a lot of things you can do at home. You will not just enjoy what you do, but you will also be productive on such matter.

It does not matter if you plan to invest a house and lot in Pampanga, you can still enjoy your weekend at home without spending too much on the money. And to give you some ideas, you might want to refer to these tips below.

Set goals

This is one of the things you need to consider when spending your weekend at home. Of course, you need to know what you want to do for you to be productive as of the moment. If you are a kind of person who just loves to do some DIY then, you can create something that would unleash your creative side. With that, you are not just doing some productive things; you are also saving money.
Setting goals will also help you decide on what you need to do for the weekend without spending too much of your money.

Define no-money

Ok, let’s just admit! Not all of us here understand what “no money” means. Does it literally say that you are not going to spend a single peso? Well, that would be impossible for us to do. The definition of no-money is all up to you. If you think that you can go on a day without spending on a single coin, then this can also apply to you. However, this can also mean that you are not going to spend too much on a particular thing. If you want to buy some chips, you can spend. But not to the extent where you are spending too much without mindful of the things that you have just bought.

Plan ahead

This is one of the things you should also consider if you want to save money. For some, the best time to have a no-money weekend is during the first or fourth week of the month. Perhaps, that is because these weeks is “pay the bills” time. When you have a particular plan in mind, you are going to be obliged to do the things that are expected. Moreover, it will be much easier for you to do a particular that are as planned.

Get creative

Of course this! There’s nothing more precious than spending your time alone and unleashing your creative side. If you are a kind of person who usually wants to watch television all day, then you need to stop. You have to do things that can make your more productive. Perhaps, you can read a book or do something that would not make your bored at home. Again, you are not just enjoying your time at home, but you are also doing things that can make your productive. And of course, you also have to choose things that can entertain you for you not to get bored easily.

Go outside

Just because you spend your weekend at home, that does not mean you cannot go outside. Of course, you can! You can have a walk around your neighborhood. This is also one of the many ways you can know your neighbors more. Especially if you are new to your place, you can stroll around and familiarize where and what place that can best spend your time.

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Housekeeping 101: Five Steps to Eliminate Clutter in Any Room


“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris

As the minimalist lifestyle has been making waves, it is only natural for us to eliminate all the unnecessary clutter we have lying around our houses. Over time, accumulating stuff becomes inevitable and without a doubt, they could be one of the reasons for our stress. Clutter in any part of the home is not only an eyesore, but it would take up valuable space as well—space that you could have used for something else. Apart from the routine cleaning you would do weekly or monthly, do a bit of de-cluttering as well. Give your homes that much needed breather whether you are living in a condominium unit in Sedona Parc or a residential home anywhere else with these easy steps.

1.) Set an overall goal

Know what you want to accomplish by the end of your endeavor. This is the most crucial step as it would assist you in having a vision of what you want to achieve in your mind. Be specific when enumerating what your goals are such as saying: I will declutter and organize the kitchen downstairs so that cooking would be a more eventful affair; I am going to organize my books by title so as to make it easier for me to read books which I have not read. It is imperative that you state your goal and your reason for doing it and similarly, you should write it down to give you a little nudge for whenever you do not feel like doing it. Put it in an easily visible place. Do not forget to take pictures before you start to give you that dramatic effect of a before and after scenario.

2.) Gather your tools

You might be under the mistaken impression that eliminating clutter would not take a lot of tools, but on the contrary, a successful decluttering would involve four kinds of essentials tools which are containers. These containers should be categorized into Trash, Storage, Give Away/Sell or Put Away. Containers can be anything from bins, laundry baskets, excess baskets or trash bags—whatever you have access to.

3.) Pick a room or area

When you are looking to declutter your entire home, it would be better if you focused on one area first before proceeding to the next. In this way, your focus would not be diverted and in the same way, you would actually see some visible progress. If you are up for the task, choose the biggest challenge, but you may need to break it into little chunks as you go. However, if you have never been particularly successful with decluttering, it would be best if you selected a smaller area so that you would not have a much more difficult time. Suppose you are decluttering the kitchen for this week, start with the utensil drawers on Monday, have Tuesday for the cabinets and so on. Keep going until you have successfully completed the project.

4.) Plan a time

Inevitably, you are going to have to find an appropriate time to schedule your decluttering. WE are all busy, but that does not mean you should neglect to do this altogether. If you are setting aside time for cleaning, consider the schedules of those around you as well. Having kids run around when you are cleaning can prove to be a hassle, so schedule it around your tots nap time. If finding time proves to be difficult, find a fifteen-minute block a day to do what you can. Do this little by little until you finally make some progress.

5.) Dump the leftover clutter

Your goal is to eliminate clutter as much as you can so it is only natural that you deal with the pile quickly before it starts accumulating again. Take the trash, bag it all up and get it out. Similarly, take the items you need to give away and deliver them where they need to go. Do not wait as this will only encourage or tempt you to keep them or worse; these items will start to mix which would be a waste of all your sorting work.

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