We already know that the holidays while fun can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. There are decorations that need to be hung, relatives to host, presents to buy, food to prepare and ultimately expectations to uphold. Add all of that to moving and you just might lose your mind. Never fear, though, there is a subtle art to moving during the holidays. While it is not the ideal time to pack, move and unpack it is doable.
The number one aspect about the art of moving during the holidays is simply to learn to let go. Everything is not going to be perfect when you have to move with the added stress of the holidays. You also have to remember that many people take off extra days during this time and take life a little easier. Things may not progress as quickly as you would like. As soon as you know you will be moving during the holidays make a very important schedule including:
As soon as you get these services out of the way and on your calendar the easier it will be for you and for your sanity. Remember, moving during the holidays is not a time to be a perfectionist. Just rely on your ability to get things done in a timely and orderly fashion.
The second part of the art of moving during the holidays is asking for help. Moving is a major undertaking that cannot be done by one person alone. Get your kids involved and make sure they go through all of their things and make two piles: things they want and things they want to give away. If your children are like most, they probably have many toys they barely played with and even have clothes that they wore only once or twice. Since the holidays are the time of giving, make sure to give away gently-used items to local charities or to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
The final art of moving during the holidays is making life as normal as possible. This website will give you tips about creating a phenomenal holiday season. With your move the holidays will need to be spent somewhere pared down at your old home or not as lavish at your new home. Make the most of the holidays for your family and friends even if it isn’t like a normal year. Have the holiday dinners and parties, decorations, and festivities even if they are a bit reimagined and simple. The goal not only for your family, but for yourself is to make sure you celebrate the holidays while moving and not have to give up the holidays because you have to move. There is a big difference.
The holidays are always a cause for celebration and moving is oftentimes the cause of much dread. The final step to staying sane in the art of moving during the holidays is having a great sense of humor and an open mind about both endeavors. Everything won’t go as planned despite your best laid plans so don’t expect much. Take one step at a time, plan, and have fun.