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House Movers - How To Motivate Everyone On Moving Day

Published on Friday, 21 March 2014

House Movers - How To Motivate Everyone On Moving Day With the exception of young families, most homes will have a series of inhabitants capable of lifting items out on moving day.While moving furniture often requires two or more people, there remain plenty of other items, and boxes, that are light enough to be moved by the average individual.For the purposes of this article, let's suppose that the average family has a minimum of three people capable of assisting on moving day. While some families may indeed be blessed with further assistance, a lack of preparation in covering the overall task specifically can nonetheless be stressful. In other words, it's important to pre-assign tasks and break up the day through honouring specific times in accordance with heavy lifting and indeed routine breaks.  1 – Let each person take care of their own space firstWith the exception of young and incapable children, simply ask that everyone in the house manages the packing and moving of gear out of their own bedroom. While heavier items will require the person to call for asssistance, they can nonetheless pack around 90% of their room into a bag, or two or three etc. The individual should aim to pack in advance too, gathering as many things as they can ahead of time.The beauty of this is it helps encourage individuals across further tasks. Occupants will derive confidence from successfully transforming their living space and realising that packing a lot of posessions into a bag or two isn't difficult. 2 – Delegate across tasksIt pays to assign specific tasks to individuals in advance. Be diplomatic and fun about how you do this however. Especially when it comes to lifting, no two people should have to lift everything. Identify each of the heavier items that require shifting in advance before playing fun games like paper, scissors, rock to see who has to do what. Make it fun and give each participant ample warning – the worst thing to do is ask an already busy mover to help out lifting something spontaneously on moving day – they will be reluctant if they're already occupied with something else.  3 – Don't mention teamworkWhile some people think being super friendly, inclusive and verbally motivational is encouraging, it actually isn't. Those who have happily agreed to help out will grow tired of someone's overly deliberate attitude in inspiring everyone. The reason for this is that people will see it as undermining their individual spirit in completing the task at hand. Put simply, people will interpret it as a slight against their capacity to work hard. Even those known to be lazy have it in themselves to apply themselves after preparing adequtely, so don't negate this through being a wannabe cheerleader. Simply do what you have to do and focus. If you do have to say occasional things, don't say things like “we are a team here” or “it's all about teamwork”. These are exactly the types of words that will encourage people to abandon their responsibilities.  4 – Don't do all the heavy lifting at onceSome people like to get all the heavy lifting out of the way early. This approach only serves to tire those who've agreed to help out however. It also feeds the wrong mentality in that the rest of the day will suddenly appear as an enormous chore. Instead, move an average of one heavy item per hour and be sure again that no two people perform all the lifting. If there does happen to be one particular person who had no luck in the paper, scissors, rock examinations, spare their agony by alternating – be considerate enough to alternate between lifters in this case.   5 – Honour break timesDon't have sporadic breaks. Instead, set aside three specific break times throughout the day. While this is a more regimented approach, it will encourage house movers to work towards targets and therefore feel more accomplished as the day progresses. The three breaks should consist of a half hour morning tea rest, followed by a 60 minute lunch break, before concluding with a half hour afternoon tea sitting.
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