Moving anytime of year can be stressful, especially around the holidays. This time of year, people are constantly in a hurry. In a hurry to purchase Christmas gifts, see family members, get to Starbucks before work, and so much more. If we were all honest at this moment, our homes might be a little less than organized with wrapping paper, gift bags, and food sitting around. The very last thing that you may want to throw in to the craziness this time of year is a move. However, there are ways that you can survive a move during the holidays.
1. Get Christmas Shopping Done Early
Try and get your Christmas shopping done way ahead of time if possible. If you have plenty of time to plan ahead for your move, utilize the fall months to get the bulk of the hustle and bustle done before you begin focusing on your move. You can even do most of your shopping online now!
So have your family and friends create a wishlist on Amazon or any other online shopping hub they choose, and make this year’s shopping less hectic. Save the week or two before your big move for packing and organizing your belongings so that everything goes as smoothly as possible on moving day.
2. Grab Free Totes & Boxes During Thanksgiving Weekend
The weekend of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of year for businesses large and small. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday all encourage businesses to order excess of certain goods in hopes of selling them for great bargains during the shopping event.
Try and make a list of two or three stores in your hometown that may have excess boxes or totes laying around from their merchandise shipments over the weekend. Many of these stores may be trying to find a way to get rid of the extra boxes that aren’t typically hanging around their storefronts each week. If these boxes and totes are in good condition, offer to take them off the business owners’ hands and use them during your packing! You get free packing materials, and they get rid of the excess boxes. Win-win!
3. Send Out Christmas Cards With New Address
If you are worried about presents or cards being sent to the wrong address after you move, take the initiative to send out early Christmas cards with the new address on the return label. This way you will already have your Christmas cards taken care of, and people will be alerted of your change of address.
If you plan to have a house warming party, you might consider adding an invite or save the date card with information about your new place and the festivities to follow with your Christmas card. It’s always good to give people an adequate amount of time to plan ahead for any kind of festivities that take place around the holidays.
4. Hire A Local Moving Company
Regardless if you get the free packing materials, early Christmas presents, or Christmas cards sent out, one sure-fire way to make moving during the holidays less stressful is to hire a professional moving company. The details pile up and can be overwhelming with everything else that you have going on this time of year.
Search for a local moving company where you will speak with a real person in your city and state. Not in another state across the country. Get the name of the real person who will be overseeing your move, and learn more about the moving team that will come out on moving day. Rest assured that your belongings will be taken care of in transit as everything is accounted for and managed carefully throughout the move by real moving professionals.
If you have a move coming up this holiday season, stop fretting! It will all be alright. Take advantage of these tips and be proactive instead of reactive, and your chances of actually enjoying this season will increase drastically! If you’re located in the Cleveland, TN or Chattanooga, TN area, give us a call or visit our website to request a free moving quote.