Moving can be stressful during any time of the year, but even more so with the added chaos of the holiday season. You’ve got holiday parties, baking, dinners to plan, presents to wrap and lights to hang – but all with the added stress of packing your belongings and making sure your utilities are turned on in time and your decorations go up before Christmas. With our tips, you can get organized to move into your new home and enjoy the best of the holiday season.
1. Combine your new address cards with your holiday cards
Instead of dealing with the stress of placing two orders of cards this season, include your new ‘we’ve moved’ message on your holiday cards, with your new address. This can save you time, money, and the hassle of sending out twice the amount of holiday mail.
2. Pack and label your holiday décor separately
When moving just before or during the holiday season, be sure to pack your holiday decorations and décor separately. Label the boxes clearly and have your movers place them in the living room once you arrive at your new home. This way, you can unpack and hang your holiday décor as soon as you get to your new home!
3. Find out the federal and state holiday schedules
If you’re moving in close to Christmas, check with your electric and gas company to determine which days they’ll be closed over the holiday season. You want to avoid moving into your new home with no lights and no heat during the winter season. Make sure you plan for potential weather delays, too! If you’re moving to a new state, stay tuned to the weather ahead of time.
4. Order a Christmas dinner dish instead of baking
Christmas dinner is exhausting work for hosts. If you’re not hosting this year, opt to pick up a dish or dessert from a local store or bakery instead of baking. Your baking dishes will likely be in one of the dozens of packed boxes and will be difficult to find anyway. If you’re stuck hosting this year, ask your guests to bring certain dishes or sides to alleviate the majority of the cooking from you. Alternatively, you can order much of your holiday dinner from local bakeries, restaurants, and more.
5. Keep your spirits lifted, even when moving to unfamiliar scenery
Moving during the holiday season can drain you and your family of Christmas cheer, but there are several ways you can keep your spirits lifted and happy during the season. Once you’ve moved, make sure to participate in local holiday events. This way, your family can get familiarized with the new surroundings and have fun. For families with kids, plan something special to make sure your kids know that Santa will still be able to find the new house!
While moving around the holidays isn’t the most optimal situation, knowing you’ll be in your new home when the new year begins is a fantastic feeling. With planning and preparation, moving during the holidays won’t be as stressful as it seems! Is a new home on your holiday wish list? Move-Up America is here to help make moving into a brand new home the easiest part of the holidays for your family. Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!