Preparing for Different Types of Moves: Moving During the Holidays
Moving during the holidays feels more overwhelming than any other time of the year and the dilemma about whether or not to decorate is challenging. Getting the right crew to help you with the actual moving with important; contacting these guys at Easy Moves allow you to move without stress and problems. Keep it simple but make it special with these tips.
• If you have little ones, have them help you mail off a change of address card to Santa so they won’t worry about the sleigh missing its stop at your new home. You can even have your children pack Christmas stockings in their suitcase, so they can unpack and hang them right away in your new home.
• If you have the time, do yourself a favor and go through your holiday decorations before your move.
• Purge dated décor and lights that don’t work and donate any excess decorations, so you have less to move.
• If you like being super-organized, buy seasonal color-coded bins to quickly indicate which holiday decorations are in the bins. Use your label maker to neatly label the outside of the bin.
• When packing decorations, separate them by room or purpose, e.g. tree trimmings or dining room table.
• When you do use them in your new home, take a picture of the room after it has been decorated. Make decorating the following year a snap by storing the photo in the bin.
• Holiday Cards – Have your holiday cards do double duty by serving as a change of address card as well. If you’re confident of your move date, you’ll be extra glad if you order them well in advance of the holidays and prepare them by addressing and adhering postage. Bonus – many websites offer discounts for early orders!
• Be Prepared – You’ll want to keep things simple, but there may be certain things you won’t be able to avoid – like wrapping gifts. Along with your First Night Survival Box, you’ll also want to pack 1-2 holiday boxes. Your wrapping holiday box should contain:
o An extra copy of your holiday gift list
o Wrapping Paper
o Gift Tags – Adhesive would be best to avoid mixing disappearing tags. Save yourself time by purchasing inexpensive adhesive labels in fun shapes online or from your office supply store; many label companies offer free holiday templates. You simply choose the template and ‘sign’ electronically.
In Your New Home
Simple can be Special — If you move right before Christmas, take a break from unpacking and visit a local garden store and select a small, potted outdoor evergreen. Have the kids make home made decorations to create a sweet and simple holiday tree. When the time is right, you can plant it in your yard – it will always be there to remind you of your first holiday season in your new home. Take an annual family picture next to it so you can look back and see how the tree — and your family have grown throughout the years!
Keep the Move Merry – You can’t go wrong if you remember the five ‘M’s’ of moving during the holidays:
• Music – Load up your phone with a holiday playlist or keep a few holiday CDs out for your drive or unpacking time. It’s hard not to be happy with the old favorites playing!
• Mood – Set aside one simple string of lights – place it on a little potted evergreen tree, down a stair rail, above kitchen cabinets, on a front porch or even in a bedroom. The glow of the lights will bring you a little peace for the holidays
• Movies – Everyone needs time to unwind, why not do it with a classic holiday favorite film?
• Menu – Don’t forget to think about food! Take the pressure off by ordering a holiday meal in box from your local grocery store – these meals include the main dish with all the trimmings and all you’ll do is heat and serve.
• Marvel – Amid all of the chaos, don’t forget to take a deep breath and marvel at the wonder of the holiday season.
Alone in a New Home
If you’re moving away and won’t be able to attend your usual holiday celebrations, use social media to find “orphan friends” near you in a similar situation. Invite them over for a low-key celebration. Keep the food and drinks simple and focus on reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones.
Local Holiday Happenings
The holidays are a perfect time to explore your new community. Take a break from the house and visit local holiday displays, attend a play or visit a museum. You’re sure to find lots of ideas online and in your local paper.
Keep Traditions Alive
You may be tempted to let it all slide (and who would blame you?) but try to pick one special tradition and stick with it. Plum pudding, singing carols, picking out a new ornament – you’ll be glad you’ve taken the time to enjoy the season.