The holidays are usually very busy. Moving is incredibly stressful. Combining these two things isn’t the best idea, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. If you find yourself in this less than ideal situation, you might feel exhausted just thinking about moving during the holidays. To enjoy the most wonderful time of the year in the midst of all the tension and anxiety that comes with moving, follow these 6 tips for moving during the holidays.
6 Tips for Moving During the Holidays
1. Pack As Soon as Possible
As soon as you know you’re moving, start packing up all non-essential items. Think things you won’t need until after the move, like out of season clothing and kitchenware you won’t use for a while. If you have the time, pack slowly to avoid burnout; take care of little bits and pieces every day. Choose one area of your home to store the packed boxes, ideally somewhere you can close the door. Less visual clutter means less stress added to your already full plate of holiday/moving chaos.
Regardless of how much time you have to pack, make plan to ensure you’ll be packed up by moving day. Scheduling what you’ll pack each day allows you save the mental space and time for purchasing holiday gifts or planning Christmas dinner for your immediate family in your new home.
2. Do Not Host Gatherings
As tempting as it may be, decline hosting your family gathering this year. Sure, you might have a week between moving day and Christmas, but you’ll spend that time unpacking and settling in. Don’t create more stress for yourself by trying to put everything where it needs to be and have the house ready for guests and make snacks, dinner, and dessert for more than your immediate family. If you traditionally host a holiday gathering, ask another family member if they can handle the responsibility this year. Take a step back and celebrate the holidays with family and friends in someone else’s home.
3. Decorate Minimally
While you may be tempted to pack every last thing away as soon as possible, give your family a little holiday cheer with some decorations. Decorate minimally in ways that don’t involve a lot of extra effort to set up or pack away. Hang your wreath on your front door and leave a small decoration on your dining table. Play Christmas music while you pack, and you can even set up your Christmas tree! But don’t decorate with ornaments until you take it down and set it up in your new home.
4. Be Prepared for Inclement Weather
The weather on moving day is entirely out of your control. And unless you’re moving within the southern half of the country, you’ll need to prepare for the possibility of snow or icy conditions. Set aside your shovels and rock salt as well as hats, gloves, scarves, coats, and boots for the family. Closer to your moving date, if the forecasted weather is mild, you can quickly pack up your winter supplies. But if it looks like the skies are going to take a nasty turn, you’ll be prepared to handle it.
5. Send Holiday Cards
After you make it through all the stress of moving, you’ll end up with the biggest advantage of moving during the holidays: change your address by sending out holiday cards. It’s something you were already planning to do AND it updates all of your family and friends with your new address.
6. Hire Movers
After you’ve done all the hard work preparing for your move during the holidays, the #1 way to make moving day easy and stress free is to hire a moving company. We at Moving U & Junk U believe we’re the best moving company for you. We are licensed and insured, and you can find and read our many five star reviews on Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Our movers are professionally trained to safely move your belongings from point A to point B. Whether you’re looking for assistance with moving, packing, junk removal, or a little of each, you can sit back, relax, and trust us to take care of all the heavy lifting for you.
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