Moving can be difficult and stressful even in the best possible circumstances. Trying to plan and execute a move during a time as busy as the Christmas season can add additional layers of difficulty and stress.
We’ve been in the moving business for years now. And we’ve seen a thing or two, as well as gathering tips and suggestions to help you during your move, no matter the time of year. If you and your family are preparing for moving and Christmas simultaneously, we’ve got some tips for you.
Tips for Packing and Preparing for a Christmas Move
Moving around Christmas time at first glance might seem very wild and intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to make this type of move fun and memorable for everything while still maintaining a good schedule and getting things done. From gift packing ideas to ways to keep the magic of this time of year alive, we’ve got some suggestions for you:
Choose a Good Date
Picking a good date for your move is very important. You might not have all the flexibility you want with this move, but you can still not choose to move on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The week leading up to New Year’s Day is generally a slow and steady one. It’s the perfect time to execute the move. And if you’ve played your cards right, you’ll have already celebrated Christmas with family and friends before moving.
Maintain Holiday Spirit
There are all kinds of things you can do to keep Christmas alive. Consider keeping the decorations and Christmas tree up until the last possible moment. Put your packed boxes that are ready to go in the garage or some other place out of the way. This will help keep the atmosphere feeling comfortable and familiar.
Prepare for Weather
There’s likely going to be snow and ice during your Christmas move, especially if you live or are moving somewhere where that kind of weather is common. Weather is impossible to control, but you can control how prepared you are for it. Keep plenty of coats, hats, gloves, and scarves readily on-hand during your move. The potential of snow and playing in it can also be fun and exciting for kids and a good way to motivate them and keep them entertained and happy.
Keep Familiar Items Around
If possible, keep familiar items out as long as possible as you pack. Or let your kids pack up their most precious possessions. This will involve them in the packing process and give them something to do. When you arrive at your new location, let your kids unpack the things they packed. The comfort of familiar, favorite toys and clothes will help them adjust to the move.
When Should You Buy Gifts If Moving During Christmas?
Wondering how to pack a gift during a Christmas move? There are all sorts of ways you can handle this situation, but we recommend wrapping your gifts up and having them hidden away somewhere where the kids won’t see them. If you’re going to be moving on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you can surprise them with presents to open at the beginning or end of the move.
Christmas Cards and Your New Address
Be sure to get your family and friends your new address when you send out your yearly Christmas cards. It can be understandably easy to forget to tell people what your new address is amongst the hustle and bustle of such a move, but remembering to do so can save you a lot of time and stress later.
Find a Reliable Moving Company
Finding the right moving company for your move during Christmas is very important. You’ll want to find movers who know how to move during this time of year, who have an excellent reputation, and who can help you with every aspect of the move.
Holiday Moving with Colonial Van Lines
Trust Colonial Van Lines to help you with your Christmas time move or any other move during the year. We have decades of moving experience under our belts, and we’re ready and able to help you execute your move. Contact us today to learn more about our moving and packing services.