Oh, the weather outside is frightful…and you’re moving?! Santa makes dragging thousands of pounds of presents look easy, but we all know moving can be a lot harder than it looks. You may not have access to a magical sleigh, but don’t let that deter you from moving this holiday season.
How to Move During the Holidays
If your family is relocating to a new town or home, you may be overwhelmed with everything moving entails – plus the stress of keeping holiday cheer alive and well.
We’ve gathered the tips you need to make your move more efficient. Get on board for an organized move – with a little tinsel and holly thrown in for good measure.
Organize as Much as Possible Before Your Move
It’s not always fun, buts it necessary to prep as much as possible for moving day – no matter the season.
Sort Through Each Room to See What to Keep
Before you start pulling out the cardboard boxes and packing up the house, take a few days to prepare and organize your home. Go through each room and make a pile of items to keep, toss, or donate.
Donate Items You No Longer Need
Donating useful items like small kitchen appliances, clothing, and furniture to shelters or Goodwill is a great way to cut down on packing. Donations are especially helpful during this time of year and can be included in your year-end giving tax write-offs.
Clean Those Cupboards
You don’t need to bring all the contents of your pantry with you. Donating non-perishable food items can help stock food pantries and make your move lighter.
Label Each Room for Packing
Color coordinate your boxes by room. Choose a color for each room (red for the kitchen, blue for the master bedroom, etc.) and label each outgoing box with that color before it gets moved. Whether you have friends helping you move or have hired movers doing the job for you, this will streamline the process.
Prioritize Boxes for Unpacking with Labels
More stressful than the move itself is the process of unpacking and organizing your new home. By taking just a few extra seconds to add one more label to each box you pack, you can eliminate stress later down the road. Do this by labeling each box with either an A, B, or C. “A” boxes, your top priority, should be opened as soon as you arrive. Any box labeled “B” should be opened soon, while other boxes labeled “C” are low-priority items that do not need to be opened as quickly.
It’s groan-inducing, but the paperwork of moving needs to be done. Make of list of accounts and businesses you need to let know you’re moving, like your internet provider, post office, and electric company.
Tell Your Friends Your Moving
Send out change of address cards to spread good tidings and let your friends and family you’re moving.
Keep Your Kids Occupied
Moving a whole family can be difficult. Try to have a plan for your kids during your move.
How to Keep Young Kids Busy
If your kids are too young to be involved in moving chores, it’s best to keep them occupied while you prep for a move. Hire a sitter or drop younger children off with family or friends while you move boxes in and out of the house. Slightly older children who don’t need extreme supervision can be kept occupied with Christmas movies, coloring, or playing outside in the backyard.
How to Involve Older Children and Teens
Preteens and teens can be involved in moving chores, especially organizing and packing their own rooms. Set out labeled boxes for them to pack their own clothes and knickknacks in and have them pack prior to moving day. Moving can be emotionally stressful for teens. If you’re moving long-distance, do your best to help your teen adjust socially and plan a few family outings with their interests in mind after the move.
Take Time to De-stress and Enjoy the Season
Moving is hard work, especially during the holidays. But, don’t let this new season of life wear you out or damper your holiday cheer.
Don’t Be Afraid of Having Company
Invite your friends and family over for a get-together, even if there are boxes scattered throughout your home. Friends and family are the most important part of any holiday gathering and will help you transition through the emotional side of moving homes.
If You’re Overwhelmed, It’s Okay to Cut Back
It’s easy to feel guilty when you skip out on holiday pastimes, but moving can exhaust you. Don’t feel bad for saying no to a few party invites. Cozy up on the couch with your family and put on your favorite Christmas movie instead.
Moving Long-distance? Get to Know Your New Town
If you’re moving long-distance and haven’t had a chance to make new friends and are away from family, the holidays can feel lonely. Use this chance to form some new traditions.
See what local events are happening. Check out local stores for gifts, listen to public concerts, or get hot cocoa and look at Christmas lights!
Spend a day volunteering at a local food pantry or homeless shelter. By getting involved in your new community, your holiday season will be filled with meaning and connections.
Chris Sperry, the Executive Director of the HOPE Center of Edmond, has seen the positive impact of volunteering.
“I think volunteering, particularly during the holiday season, kindles a sense of happiness.,” he says. “Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and really helps you feel connected to the community. There have been scientific studies that show that people who volunteer are happier than those who don’t, but I think that anyone who volunteers can tell you that they get as much out of it as they put into it. There is a special feeling that comes with knowing you’ve made a difference in the world.”.
If you are moving to the Oklahoma City area, considering volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “One in six Oklahomans has inconsistent access to food,” Executive Director Rodney Bivens says. “A great way for the community to help fight hunger this holiday season is by donating or volunteering. Thanks to our Holiday Match, every $1 donated will provide 10 meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger.”
Use the Holiday Cheer to Warm Your Home
Play your favorite holiday tunes as you organize your new home, watch your favorite holiday films in the evenings as you unwind, bake cookies, and enjoy the familiarity of your favorite holidays combined with your new adventures.
If moving during this holiday season has you overwhelmed, we would love to help you out. From our packing services to our moving team, we want to make your moving experience as easy as possible. We have locations in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, but our services stretch across the nation and the world. If you’d like to make your holiday move more efficient, contact us for a moving quote!