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7 Tips for Moving During the Holidays

From holiday parties to family gatherings, there’s a lot going in the holiday season. Moving during the holidays can add a lot more stress into the mix. However, it doesn’t have to. We’ve gathered some tips that will help keep your spirits high despite your move.

1. Book Your Movers Way in Advance

If you are planning to hire movers, book your movers way in advance so you can plan your holiday season in an organized manner. We recommend at least a couple of months in advance. Once you have your move locked in, you can easily plan everything else around the logistics of your move.

2. Donate Items You No Longer Need

A close up of a woman holding a box labeled donate with clothes and toys inside.

Go through all your items and separate things you no longer need. Instead of selling the items, donate them to people in need this holiday season. In the winter, old coats, jackets, and blankets are in high demand for the needy. It’s a great way to purge your closet while giving back.

3. Pack Little by Little

During the holidays, there will be a lot more to think about besides moving. This can include shopping for Christmas or Hannukah and attending holiday festivities. To avoid burnout, pack a little bit at a time.

4. Keep Things Festive

Packing during the holidays may be hectic and you might be tempted to skip them altogether, but that’s the last thing you should do. Allowing yourself to pause and enjoy the season could help relieve the stress of moving. In addition, keeping a level of normalcy will help the whole family adjust better, especially children. 

An African American family smiling in front of a Christmas tree while the dad wears a Santa hat.

Keep things festive while moving by playing holiday music and wearing Santa hats. Be sure to take breaks. Perhaps you could enjoy a break with some holiday-themed desserts. Another way you can enjoy a break is by driving around with the family to view Christmas lights. Give yourself something to look forward to after a day of moving or unpacking. You could order a pizza and plan a night of watching holiday movies with the family.

5. Keep Holiday Decor Accessible

If you are moving in the middle of the holidays, you don’t have to go all out with the decorations. You can just keep one or two boxes of holiday decor accessible. Pack them together with your essentials box.

6. Have Another Family Member Host the Holiday Festivities

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See if your other family members would be willing to host holiday dinners so you don’t have to add more to your plate. If you can, it’s better to give yourself time to settle into your home before inviting others over. If you do end up hosting, keep your gatherings small or make them potluck style. Another option is to hire a caterer. This way you don’t have to worry about preparing meals in addition to moving.

7. Send Holiday Cards From Your New Address

Kill two birds with one stone by sending holiday cards from your new address. You can announce your new address to all your family and friends while spreading holiday cheer. Taking some time to write to loved ones will lift your spirits in the midst of a move.

Use these tips to unpack in your new home so you can settle in quicker.

BONUS TIP: Hire a White Glove Moving Company

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Although moving during the holidays is not ideal, we hope these tips help. The best way to fully enjoy the holidays despite a move is by hiring a white glove moving company. Many of them like, Megan’s Moving, offer full-service moves. We can handle everything from packing up your old home to setting everything up in your new one. That way you can settle in quickly and enjoy a stress-free holiday season. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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