The holiday season is joyous – and stressful at times. If you are moving during the months of November, December, or January, this can add even more stress. These are some tips that we have learned over the years moving clients during the most wonderful time of the year.
#1. Take a hosting break. If you know that you are going to be moving during these months, and typically host gatherings, plan ahead and ask someone else to carry the torch this year. Sometimes you don’t know exactly when you are moving months in advance and may feel hesitant to ask for help when you aren’t even sure if you will need it. For example, if you usually host Thanksgiving and ask someone else to, but end up not moving until January you may feel guilty. Don’t. Moving is not just one day – it is weeks (even months) of preparation. If you ask someone else to host this year, you can have boxes stacked in the beginning of November and not need to worry about hiding them or moving them out of the way. Trust us, it will ease your stress to take a hosting break so you can focus on your move!
#2. Keep a joyous attitude. Boxes may fill up your living room and you may have your tree packed away – but that is no reason not to celebrate! Consider decorating an outdoor tree that you can easily unstring when it is time to move. Or, invest in a mini tree that you can easily pack up without much planning. If nothing else, put on the tunes and dance around your boxes. You shouldn’t have to miss out on the most wonderful time of the year because you are moving!
#3. Make the most of it. If you have children, don’t let the traditions take a break this year. Play Elf on the Shelf? Have the elf packing boxes (maybe a box of non-perishables that you can donate when you move?), hang the stockings – even if they are hung from 3M hooks on the wall, and if you give presents, stack them all so they resemble a tree if you don’t have one up.
#4. Stay clear. A driveway and walkways that are cleared will allow our crew to get into your house and get you moved quickly and efficiently. Also, remember the destination driveway and walkways will also need to be cleared!
#5. Budget. The most wonderful time of the year can also arguably be the most expensive time. Buying gifts for all of those on your list can add up. Add on top of these expenses moving and you will definitely want to be sure that you budgeted. Our tip? Shop as early as possible, wrap the gifts and put them in a box. That way you aren’t rushing out and spending last minute. Label the box so you know where the gifts are located. If you move before the holiday it will make it easier to locate the gifts. Or – go with something easy to transport, like gift cards.
Don’t let moving put a damper on your holiday season. Have another tip? Be sure to share it with us!