Tips for Moving During the Holiday Season

Can anybody think of a worse time to move than during the holidays? As you are breaking apart cheap moving boxes and pulling out your underwear and coffee mugs, other people are unloading their family ornaments and holiday decorations. Not only are you stuck still trying to manage your holiday tasks and all of the other obligations that come with the end-of-year celebrations, you are trying to manage your move as well. The thought makes me want to break out in hives.

Thankfully, if you plan ahead and organize your move, hopefully it will just wind up being a minor distraction and not something that gets you addicted to Uncle Paul’s Special Eggnog:

Plan Ahead

As always, find and book your moving company as soon in advance as possible. Movers are busy during the holidays too, so don’t be last minute. Don’t be surprised if the bill seems a bit steeper than it should be. It costs more to move during the holidays, and that just plain old makes sense. If possible, completely avoid trying to move on Thanksgiving day, Black Friday, and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The roads are jampacked with people on these days.

Develop a Budget

Not only are you buying Christmas gifts this year, you are also funding your move. If that isn’t a factor to suck the joy out of giving then I don’t know what is. Set yourself a budget and stick to it, both for Christmas presents and for the move. Everyone you know should be sympathetic to the fact that you are moving, and a small, thoughtful gift should more than suffice for most people. Even your family should be prepared in advance that this Christmas might not be as “full” as ones in the past, but that doesn’t change what Christmas is all about. There are plenty of ways to save on a move, too. Start searching for cheap moving boxes as soon as you can. (Hint: the cheapest of all cheap moving boxes are the ones you find behind department or liquor stores).

Pack and Unpack

While you are packing up your belongings, consider the time of year you are in. Not only are you moving to a new home, you are entering into a season where you are probably going to be receiving some gifts. This is the perfect time to go through your belongings and purge. Sell what you can at a garage sale (thereby making a little extra), and donate the rest. When you get to your new home, set up the decorations as soon as possible so you don’t find yourself feeling depressed during the holiday season.