December is a busy month for most people. But when you throw moving into a new home into the mix, it can be downright hectic! So what do you do if you find yourself packing boxes during the holiday season? Follow these tips to ensure that your sanity remains intact, and that you can still enjoy yourself during this festive time of year.
Donate unused items
As you’re packing, take note of what items you own that you no longer use and set them aside. There’s no reason to box up and move things you don’t use anymore. Instead, donate them to a local charity. ‘Tis the season of giving, and your donations will be appreciated. Be sure to get receipts, as you can write them off on your taxes next year.
Keep an eye on the weather
Depending on where you’re moving to, you may have to deal with inclement weather. Keep an eye on the weather report, and try to schedule your relocation for a day where the conditions aren’t hazardous. Make sure you have warm clothes, including thick gloves and boots. Pack your items in weather-resistant bins if possible, and keep blankets and tarps on hand to cover furniture as you’re taking it inside. Make sure the heat and electricity are on in your new home. Keep hot drinks on hand and take breaks when needed.
Pack holiday décor last
There’s no rule that says you can’t decorate for the holidays if you’re moving. Go ahead and deck those halls. Wait until the day before your big move to pack up the decorations. This helps to smooth the transition, and lets everyone enjoy the holiday amidst the task of moving. Once you arrive at your new home, unpack the holiday decorations first, even if it’s just a few items. It will make your new place feel like home right away, and can help cheer everyone up when they’re tired from moving and unpacking boxes.
Plan ahead for gifts
Unpacking moving boxes does not count as opening presents. Plan ahead and have your gifts wrapped and boxed up. Make sure those boxes are easy to access so you can get them out at the appropriate time. This is especially true if you have small children who still believe in Santa. Think of how excited they’ll be to wake up on Christmas morning in their new house and see that Santa got their new address.
Address security issues
According to the FBI, the weeks surrounding the winter holidays typically have a spike in home burglaries. Keep this in mind as you’re moving into your new home. Have your home security system installed and activated before you move in. As you unpack boxes, break them down and put them in trash bags before disposing of them. Don’t signal to potential thieves that you’re an easy target.
Although moving during the holidays can be stressful, it doesn’t have to result in a ruined celebration. Follow the tips we outlined to ensure that your holiday move is as easy and fun as it can be. Happy Holidays!