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Moving During the Holidays

November 13th, 2012 7:18 pm by

Moving during the holiday season can seem overwhelming.  However, there are some things you can do to make the most of it.  Here are a few tips to help you move during the holiday season.


Organization. Organizing yourself will make everything easier.  Time will elude you during a move.  Therefore, the more organized you are, the better you will be.  It will allow you to focus on getting your tasks done instead of searching for what you need.  Figure out what system works best for you.  If you are a paper person, get a binder, notepad or folder to keep your things.  Take notes and keep track of your tasks in one place.  If electronics is more your thing, coordinate your tasks with your calendar and itemize your things to do.  In any event, keeping all of your things together will make the process easier.

Acceptance.  Accept that you will simply not have the time to dedicate to the holidays like you normally do and it is okay.  Most of your friends and family will understand.  Let everyone know that you are in the midst of a move.  This has become increasingly easier to do with social media.  Post to your friends and family that you are in transition.  This way they will understand what you are going through and can be of help.  

Take advantage.  Take advantage of what the holidays will offer you.  Instead of killing yourself making a holiday meal that Martha Stewart would be envious, consider purchasing a preprepared meal from a grocery store.  This way you can still enjoy the leftovers the next day.  For something different, go out to dinner.  It could be something fun and memorable.  As for holiday cards, consider sending out New Year cards.  This way you can inform all of your friends and family of your new address and contact details.

Traditions and Gifts.  You can still keep some of your traditions during transition.  Just downsize a bit.  Consider smaller decorations or portable ones to help keep that sense of holiday with you and your family.  This is especially important if you have children.  They need to have some semblance of normalcy and offering some traditions will help.  As for gifts, consider downsizing your list and getting gift cards.  The last thing you need as you pack is to feel pressure to shop.  Further, you really don’t want to accidentally pack a gift either.  Gift cards give you so much flexibility.  This will allow you to still give without all of the stress.  The only exception is your children.  You will still have to shop for them but try to keep it small.  You could offer a shopping spree once you move into your new place.  

Communication.  Keeping the lines of communication open is essential.  This will help you get a feel for how your family is coping with the move.  The holiday season is stressful and full of anticipation.  Therefore, change in the midst of this can cause some emotional stress.  Tune into how your child or children are feeling.  Check in with them regularly so that they can gain comfort from you and they will know that you understand.


All the best to you during this holiday season.  Keep in mind that moving during the holidays can go smoothly and it is temporary.  Stay positive and you’ll be able to enjoy the next holiday season in your new place.