moving with kids cross country

Los Angeles! What an exciting place to move to with children. Whatever their age, there’s something for every child. If your children are old enough and want to be involved in the move, let them research and explore all the possibilities this city has to offer. This can be done online with the abundance of information available.

Your children might be feeling anxious about the move, reassure them, and keep their current routines in place while you prepare for the move. There are some great books to help children through the transition process.

Whatever interests your children have, or would like to pursue, you’re sure to find them in this dynamic metropolitan city. Los Angeles offers so much to its residents, of all ages. For culture, visit world famous museums, such as The Natural History Museum, The Science Center, and Griffith Park Observatory. Catch a movie in the city famous for movie making. In addition, there are a variety of educational classes and programs in and around the city. When the kids feel like being in nature, right on your doorstep hiking trails, beaches, surround you. In the winter, children can choose between going skiing, surfing, and if desired, both can even be achieved in the same day. With year round sunshine, Los Angeles boasts some of the best playgrounds in the country, providing children of all age’s endless hours of fun!

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How To Move Plants

Moving to a new city, state or country? This could determine if you’re able to move your plants with you.

If you’re moving locally, to a new city, or doing a DIY move across the country, then moving your plants is possible. If however, professional movers will be transporting your belongings long distance, or you’re moving internationally, you will need to find a new home for your plants.

Before you start packing your plants, take the time to understand state and federal regulations. For in state moves, this will not apply. However, for moves out of state, contact the Department of Agriculture to find out regulations for each state. This is especially important if you will be traveling through multiple states. Some of your plants might not be permitted to cross state lines. Fines are given for any plant not permitted. It is advised to leave these plants in their original state.

For plants that are permitted across state lines, you may be required to have them inspected. Allow yourself 3-4 weeks to get your plants ready for the move.

To prepare plants for a move, make sure they’re in pots that cannot get broken. Keep plants trimmed, as it makes moving them easier. Water as normal and be careful not to over water, as weather conditions when you’re on the road could affect and damage the plants. While you’re in transit, make sure plants get enough shade, daily sunlight and water when needed.

Tips For Green Cleaning Your New Home

How to Downsize Before Moving

Moving home, especially long distance is a great opportunity to reduce your belongings. Before you begin packing your boxes and wrapping furniture to be moved, go through each room in your home to see what items you no longer need.

Depending on the quality of your stuff, a lot of it can be recycled. Having a garage sale, or selling your items online is a great way to reduce and recycle your belongings. If you’ll also be donating, there are many charities and donation drop offs. Some organizations can even pick up your belongings.

If your garage, attic, or basement is being used as a “storage” room, go through these areas first. They can later be used as a space to house the items that you no longer need. The process of downsizing and de-cluttering can make you feel much lighter and make your move easier. As you go through your belongings, decide what can be donated, sold at a garage sale or online, given to friends and family, or thrown away. If you’re indecisive about certain items, ask yourself: will it suit your new home? Can it be replaced? How often do you use this item? Is it valuable or hold sentimental value? Does it need repairing? Could someone enjoy it more than I do?

Taking the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of what is no longer needed, will save you time during the packing and unpacking process, and reduce your moving costs.

Planning a Garage Sale

Planning a Garage Sale

As many people begin to live more minimalist lives, clearing out material items from the home, and reducing the amount of things we own, has become the goal. When beginning to prepare for a move, this can be the perfect opportunity to go through all your belongings and only pack what you use, or cherish. One way to lesson your load is to plan a garage sale prior to your move!

Arranging a garage sale does take some planning.

Firstly, choose a date to host the sale. Weekends are typical for garage sales and begin early in the morning, with the “professional” bargain hunters arriving at the beginning of the day, and locals stopping by throughout the day. Advertising your garage sale will need to be done, and is a very important aspect of attracting people to the sale. Before you begin advertising online and putting up signs around the neighborhood, check with your local city to see if a permit is required, or if any specific guidelines must be followed.

While you’re going through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to discard, this is a great time to keep aside all the items you plan to put in the garage sale. Any items that are prohibited, or dangerous cannot be sold at a garage sale. If you plan to price your items prior to the sale, make sure to have some stickers or tags available. Alternatively, you can name your price on the day of the sale.

Reducing your items for a long-distance move