Moving during the holidays doesn’t have to be hectic and stressful, and we will show you how. Relocating to a new home means you will start a new chapter in your life, and this should be exciting. However, it doesn’t always come easy, you have so many things to do, and it seems like there is never enough time. Especially when the holiday season is just around the corner.
We understand that it may seem overwhelming. But if you follow our tips for stress-free moving, we guarantee you, you will stay prepared and still have time to organize your holiday festivities.
Rule number one of moving during the holidays – book your date on time!
Winter months are generally among the busiest months since there are a lot of things to do like buying presents and attending dinners and different gatherings. So how will you be able to pack and prepare for your upcoming move if you don’t have the time for it all? The answer is choosing a moving date well in advance and checking with your moving company if they are available on the specific date. Bear in mind that if you choose a date that is an actual holiday like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year you will most likely pay a bit higher price. Contact us here to get more information on our holiday schedule.
In case you will DIY your move and you won’t need the services of a moving company make sure you pick a date when traffic jams are less likely to occur.
Have a packing plan prepared
If you can start packing three to four weeks prior to your moving day. This way you will be able to do it at your own pace. Every start is rough but start light by putting in boxes items that will not serve you during the winter months. Pack summer clothes, and small appliances, and pack all your holiday decor so you know where it is if you decide to spark up your new home with some Christmas spirit.
When you move during the holiday season you need to be aware that you might skip the holiday spirit this year. No matter how good your plan is it can still be disrupted. But don’t let that demotivate you, you can always create your holiday spirit by baking cookies and playing some holiday music.
We are saying this since by packing almost all of your belongings on time you will be able to experience a stress-free relocation. Keep in mind that sometimes less is more.
Make sure you check the weather forecast
Don’t be lazy and check the upcoming weather forecast. Moving during the snow breeze is not fun at all. Snow may occur during November and December so make sure you are well prepared. Even if your dates say sun, don’t relax too much, winter weather can be very unexpected. The best thing you can do is to check the forecast 7 days in advance.
If it’s going to snow, prepare proper winter supplies like winter clothes, chains for your car, snow shovels, salt, and waterproof plastic bins. Always dress in layers to ensure you are not getting wet! And last but not least, make sure your new home is already warmed up in advance.
Use the moving supplies you already have
One more great thing about moving in the winter is that most likely you already accumulated a lot of cardboard boxes, bags, and useful bins that you can reuse for your upcoming move. Also, when you were ordering the gifts for this holiday season most of them came boxed up, set aside all those boxes and use them for packing.
Don’t forget to ask your family and friends to do the same for you. The holiday season is very costly in all aspects so why not save up some money on the little things you can such as packing supplies? Of course, you will still need to invest some money in specialized wardrobe boxes, tapes, and vacuum bags. Also, think about this as a sustainable way of relocation, you didn’t buy new boxes, you reused yours.
Contain your holiday spirit this year
We get that you like to organize parties and gatherings during the holiday season, but this year you will need to say no to all that. It is not smart to make an even bigger mess in your home while in the middle of the moving process. This year ask some of your friends and family to step in instead of you and give you the much-needed break. Go small this year, you will have plenty of time to organize festivities. Your body and mind will need rest, and we all know that relocation stress can be hard to conquer.
Stay hydrated and serve some warm drinks
When you are moving you must stay hydrated, no matter which season it is. Yes, it is less likely you will suffer dehydration during colder months since you will sweat less, but still keep plenty of water around you and your movers. Also, winter is harsh and it will require frequent breaks so that people can warm up and regain the feeling in their feet and hands. To help them out make sure you have some warm drinks ready and waiting. We suggest making some tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. It will warm them up and lift their spirit, which will make the moving process a little less hard.
It’s Time To Get Going
Moving is always hard. It can be spring, autumn, winter, or summer, and you will still feel sad and overwhelmed, and that is quite normal. However, while you are emotionally disrupted it can be hard to plan something and follow it accordingly, especially if you are moving during the holidays. You’ll want to spend as much time as you can with your loved ones instead of packing. This is why a lot of people decide to hire professional help.
If you already know that you’ll need to move sometime during the holiday season, now is the best time to contact iMOVE NYC and see how we can help you out.