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How to Organize a Holiday Move


The holidays are supposed to be the time to relax and enjoy yourself with your family and friends. But between the decorating and last minute shopping, the cooking and the baking, a lot of the time they end being pretty hectic. If you have a large family or a lot of kids, you are in for an even more chaotic season. Most people choose therefore not to move during the holidays. But sometimes, you don’t really have a choice. If that is the case, don’t despair! There are ways to organize a holiday move and still enjoy some holiday cheer.

Be prepared and plan ahead

The key to any good and stress-free move is organization. This is particularly true when your move coincides with an otherwise stressful and busy period in your life. And it does not get much busier than the holidays. So while planning ahead is always important for moving house, it is absolutely vital to a holiday move.

Calendar, laptop and stationary on a desk.
Staying organized is the key to a successful holiday move.

Remember that moving is a complex process. There are a lot of things to consider. For example, what kind of help will you need and can you afford it? If you have the budget for it, you should definitely consider hiring a full-service moving company. This will save you a lot of time and make the ordeal less stressful which will, in turn, help you keep your holiday cheer even while moving. Also, that will give you more time to deal with other important tasks regarding your relocation. This is just one more reason to opt for their help. So hire reliable movers in Brooklyn and lessen your own burden!

Have a reliable vehicle for a safe transportation

And if you are not sure full-service movers are the best choice for you, there are always other options. You may, for example, want to check out a moving truck Brooklyn service instead. It is important to load your items into a moving truck which is licensed, insured and has passed all the necessary checks. That will give you a peace of mind as you are waiting to unpack the boxes.

Either way, you should make these decisions well in advance. Not only will this drastically lower your stress levels, but it may be the only way to actually get the help that you need. Don’t forget that sick leaves are more common in the winter and holidays are a time of vacations. Your first-choice movers may be understaffed and unable to take you on if you don’t book them in time. So consider all your options and make the important decisions early on in the process to ensure a smooth holiday move.

Get an early start

You can’t really get started too early when it comes to moving preparations. The sooner you start, the fewer things get left for the last minute. And if your moving day is around Christmas, this can make a huge difference. After all, you really do not want to get stuck boxing up your artwork or dismantling furniture when the carolers come around. So get as much as you can be done early on. And by the time the holidays really arrive, you will have the time to enjoy them!

Celebrate in moderation

You shouldn’t give up on celebrating the holidays just because you’re moving! But do make sure your celebrations don’t get in the way. It’s a delicate balance.

First of all – try to have everything packed up before Christmas. That way you won’t have to trade off the traditions of gift-giving and family dinners for boxes and tape. And if you don’t want to celebrate surrounded by moving boxes, store your things in the garage. Just remember, it can get quite cold around this time of the year so make sure you know how to store your belongings in the winter time.

Boxes wrapped in brown paper with holly branches attached.
Surround yourself with gift boxes instead of moving boxes.

If you don’t have enough space for all your stuff, holding a garage sale can be a great way to get rid of things you don’t need and earn some extra cash quickly. The weeks leading up to Christmas can be a good time for this (as long as you make sure to keep warm). After all, those toys your kids have grown out of can make a perfect gift to someone else.

Depending on just how close to Christmas your moving day is, you may want to consider eating out for the holidays. You will be able to pack up everything you would’ve used for the meal and it will save you the time you would’ve spent cleaning up.

And if your holiday move has you on the road when Christmas comes around, try to bring the holidays with you. Prepare your favorite holiday meals and pack them for lunch on the go, book accommodation in places that have holiday events or simply create a playlist of holiday songs to sing along to. All these things can help you keep the spirit of Christmas alive even while moving.

Decorate responsibly

Decorations are one of the most iconic parts of the holidays. And you can still have them up during a holiday move – if you do it right. It’s important to keep any decorating in moderation. Remember that everything you put up will need to be packed again soon. Tinsels and lights are the best options here. They are visible, cheerful and have an impact, but they are also easy to put up, take down and pack quickly.

Have your house decorate with Christmas lights for holiday move
Christmas lights are an impactful decoration that’s easy to pack away.

If you’ll be all moved in by Christmas, leave the tree decorating for your new home. It will be a great start to your new life. And take it easy with the unpacking – this is the time to relax and enjoy some free time with your family. Or, if you can’t wait, consider hiring professionals to help you unpack.

Take advantage of the season with your holiday move

Believe it or not, moving during the holiday season can have its perks. Your holiday party can become a 2-in-1: invite your friends and neighbors over to celebrate together and say goodbye all at once. It’ll save you some time and money.

The holidays are also a great time to come together as a community. Use this to introduce yourself to your new neighborhood. Check out any holiday events being held around the city, find some hidden gems in your surroundings or simply stop by a holiday celebration at a new neighbor’s place. With a bit of effort and some good planning, you can have a holiday move that keeps a cheerful holiday smile on your face!

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