How To Handle The Holidays When You’re In The Middle Of Moving

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The hardest thing about moving is that life doesn’t stop so you can pack and do everything else involved in moving. The same can be said of the holidays, so things can be doubly bad when you have to move during the holidays. Fortunately, there are strategies to make it much easier.

Make a List

Even if you aren’t a list-type person, this might be a good time to start, or at least make an exception. Make a list of everything you need to do. Include packing, address changes, etc. Here is an excellent checklist.

Create a Staging Area

If you have children, the last thing you want to do is have the move interfere with the holidays. Make a moving staging area, preferably away from the main living area. That way, you can have the tree and your normal decor.

Pack Strategically

If you’re moving right before the holidays, ask the movers to load your holiday decorations on the truck last, so you can get right to them. If you are hosting the holidays at your house, make sure you don’t pack the fine china or silverware.

Celebrate at Someone Else’s House

If you normally host, or if it’s your year, ask a relative or friend if they could host instead. It would save you a lot of stress, and you don’t have to worry about accidentally packing the turkey platter.

Why The Holidays Are A Great Time To Move

The holidays do have their advantages when it comes to moving. Left over wrapping paper can make excellent packing material. It’s also not a bad time to send the kids to the grandparents, since they’re out of school. The biggest advantage is that it’s the slowest time of the year for movers, so you can often negotiate a better price.