Moving can be stressful. Moving right after Christmas – even more so. Of course, it has its perks too. Starting a new year in a home might be the fresh start your family needs. Even so, it takes careful planning and a little elbow grease to make sure your family is able to enjoy the holiday AND be prepared to move right after. With that in mind, our residential moving pros have a few moving tips to help you navigate Christmas and a move simultaneously.
Carve out time to pack
For most of us, December is filled with concerts, parties, work engagements, and other seasonal must-dos. If that’s you and you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to pack your home up in between all the things, you’ll need to be intentional and protect the time you have – even if it’s only 30 minutes a day. Of course, you’ll need to consider how much time you’ll need to pack every room and then schedule your hours based on that. It certainly helps if you have “all hands on deck” helping in this endeavor. Alternatively, you could hire professional packers to handle it for you.
Donate to those in need
If we’ve said it once, we’ve probably said it 100 times but why bother moving items you don’t need or want any longer into your new home? Why not donate those items to individuals or groups that could make better use of them? Some organizations will even come to your home to pick up donated items!
Keep at least one room festive
In all the hullabaloo of moving, don’t forget to enjoy the season. We recommend keeping at least one room decked out with all the yuletide trimmings. Set up your tree, hang your stockings, light a fire – create that comforting place for your family to gather together.
Pack your decorations last
This tip goes hand in hand with the previous and is all about keeping the holiday fun and joyous for your family. Whether you scaled back on holiday decorating or went full National Lampoon’s Christmas, plan on packing up your decorations last. That could mean December 26th or the morning of the move – whatever suits you and your family.
Label moving boxes
In order to be as efficient as possible, we recommend labeling moving boxes. That way your volunteers or professional movers can deposit each box into the right room and you won’t have to worry about sorting through stacks of boxes spread throughout the house.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast
Here in Alabama, you never quite know what to expect when it comes to weather. Right now, for instance, we’re preparing for an extremely cold week leading up to Christmas. But who knows, right after, we could see soaring temperatures. In order to be as prepared as possible, keep your eye on the weather and make sure you have the gear you need to stay warm, dry, cool, or… well you get the point.
Make sure you have some downtime before returning to work and school
Let’s face it, if you’re moving right after Christmas, it’s going to be crazy and chaotic. To offset the stress and busyness of the holidays and moving, be sure to schedule as much downtime as possible before you have to head back to the office and the kids to school.
Why not hire professional movers this holiday season?
We hope you found these moving tips helpful and we have one more to offer before we say goodbye – why not make things a bit easier by hiring professional movers to help you?! At Changing Spaces Moving, Inc., we offer the best moving services in the Greater Birmingham and Huntsville metros and would love the opportunity to help you move right after Christmas (or whenever you need us). If you’re searching for a local moving company that you can depend on to be careful with your belongings and to ease some of the stress that comes along with moving into a new home (or business), we are the ideal solution. Contact us today with any questions or simply request a free moving estimate and we’ll get back to you promptly!