How to manage moving during the holiday season
Moving is usually an unpleasant and stressful experience to go through. The process of moving can especially be challenging during the holiday season. Unfortunately, there are instances where moving during the holiday season is simply unavoidable. Once you are certain about moving during this particularly busy period, then there are a few particulars that you need to learn about. Here is a guide on how to manage moving during the holiday season.
Settle on a date for moving
To start with, it is very important for you to carefully pick the actual day of the move. The holiday season covers a large period of time starting from the last Friday in November (Black Friday), up until New Year’s Eve. As such, it is essential that your moving dates do not coincide with peak days. Peak days are largely characterised by huge amounts of road traffic. This could potentially make moving during a peak day a nightmare. Undertake the task of picking a date for moving with strategic consideration. It is advisable to pick dates where most people are bound to be indoors and the roads have less traffic. Moreover, if you are engaging the services of a moving company then time is of paramount importance. It is important to keep in mind that most companies take industrial breaks and are not be available during the holiday season.
Make the most of your family’s days off
One of the positives of moving during the holiday season is that most of your family are likely to be having days off. Packing, organising and moving your stuff is probably the last thing you want to be doing on your days off. However, having some time off will enable you to carefully and thoroughly coordinate all the activities you have to undertake during your moving process. As such, make the most of your time off, roll up your sleeves and jump-start your move. Start by sorting through your stuff and organising your belongings as you prepare your things for moving.
If you are moving to a destination that is relatively in close proximity to your current location, then you can consider undertaking the move in stages. This will entail undertaking several trips back and forth as you ferry some of your belongings to your new home. It is easy to make some back and forth trips so that there isn’t too much to do on the actual day moving.
Clear the clutter
Managing your moving process will also include decluttering. One of the most effective ways to declutter and get rid of items that you no longer have a use for is to donate them. After all, giving and sharing are the essence of the holiday season. There are several charity organisations that you can get in touch with and donate your items to.
In the event that you are getting new furniture for your new home then you can contemplate selling your old items. After all, transporting large items constitutes the bulk of your moving expenses. With this in mind, it might be more practical to acquire new furniture at your destination. This is particularly true if your new home is a considerable distance from your current home.
Careful and strategic planning will help you better manage your move during the holiday season. Moreover, when you plan ahead and make the most of every opportunity this special time of the year brings, then your move will be easier and more enjoyable.