5 Tips for Making Holiday Moving Merry
Between gift shopping, spending time with family and friends and decorating, the holidays can be busy (and often stressful) enough without adding a move on top of it. But if your upcoming relocation just so happens to coincide with the holiday season, have no fear — these tips for moving during the holidays will keep your move filled with cheer.
- Start downsizing early. As early as two months out, begin with items you rarely use, such as china, seasonal decorations and clothing, suitcases and extra linens. Plan to use the garage or a spare bedroom to stage those items into piles for distribution such as family, donate and sell. If you’ve already started holiday shopping, keep these items (along with all your gift-wrapping essentials) separate. Keep a detailed log of your donations for tax purposes.,
Cheerful tip: Make your move extra merry by playing holiday music while you downsize.
- Minimize holiday decorating. Keep this year’s decorations simple. Instead of putting all your ornaments on the tree, buy a smaller tree and use only half your ornaments and a couple strings of lights. Display poinsettias on your front doorstep instead of going all out with lights. Decorate your mantle, rather than the whole house. Set aside what you plan to use in a separate storage bin.
- Spread the word. Beyond changing your address, let friends and family know you’re moving and, if you want, let close relatives know how you want them to handle shipping any gifts so things don’t get lost in the mail during the busy holiday-shipping season.
Pro tip: Make this year’s holiday card double as a moving announcement.
- Make a reservation. If your move is right before the holidays, planning an all-out feast for the whole family may not be realistic (at least not for your sanity). Instead of having to stress over unpacking your china, cookware and serving ware, make reservations somewhere new or ask if family and friends wouldn’t mind hosting this year.
- Consider a move manager and concierge. A move manager can significantly reduce the stress of moving while still leaving some room in your budget for holiday shopping. If complete packing and unpacking services doesn’t fit in your budget right now, inquire about partial packing and unpacking services to help free up some time. This way, you can leave the last-minute items (like the kitchen, bathrooms and closets) to the pros. A move concierge can also help with things like transferring home services, holiday shopping and other to-dos that can help free you and your family up to enjoy your new home and the holiday season.