There are many reasons why people move to a new home. Perhaps they want to live closer to family or a work opportunity is taking them to a different city. Maybe they simply want to taste a new culture, an exciting place and lifestyle to experience. Whichever the case, some moves land unavoidably around the holiday season, throwing a whole new wrench into the process. Will travel costs and effort be extra this time of year? Will local moving companies be available?
In addition to practical concerns like travel and labor, it is only natural to feel out of place. The holidays are a time for tradition, family, and memories, and moving right before Christmas can be difficult. To help anyone moving during the holiday season, we have compiled a list of ways you can make it more efficient and comfortable:
1. Make Arrangements Now
First, be sure to contact the moving company well in advance. If you need help transporting or carrying boxes and furniture, the last thing you need is complications with finding a mover. The same goes for hotel reservations; if you need a place to stay, make reservations with time to spare. The holiday season is notoriously busy for everyone. Don’t let the crowds overbook the hotel you need.
2. Unpack Slowly
There is no need to rush the unpacking process. Take out what you know you’ll use; the rest can wait until after Christmas. Stressing out over clutter and miscellaneous belongings is never fun, and the holidays definitely don’t need it. Take your time, enjoy your new home, and appreciate the season stress-free.
3. Phone Home
You’re finally moved in and the holidays are in full swing. Chances are you’re missing the family and friends with whom you’ve spent Christmas in the past. Now is the perfect time to give them a call and reminisce. If you have kids, set up a video chat so they can hang out with their friends as well. We live in a connected world. There’s no reason a new town needs to separate old friends.
4. Start New Traditions
While phoning home can help you remember the good old times, there’s no reason new holiday traditions can’t spring up and make your new home just as memorable. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Get to know the area. This is a big one. A new city is full of excitement and new experiences that you won’t know until you step out the door. Browse social media to see what local restaurants, shows, or coffee shops people are talking about, and then go visit. Most cities have community events and performances during the holiday season, so this is the perfect time for you to get out and enjoy the town.
Host a party. Once you’re moved in, consider inviting neighbors and coworkers to a housewarming/holiday party. Planning for guests will give you something to think about, and the party itself is a great way to feel comfortable around fresh faces.
If you have children, have a family movie night. Turn on It’s a Wonderful Life, break out the eggnog, and spend some quality family time.
All of the above have one thing in common: relaxing. You’re moving during the holiday season, and the best way to ease the process is relaxation. Whether you’re doing a figure-eight at the community ice rink or watching Home Alone with the kids, the holiday season should be about tradition, family, food, and as little stress as possible.
On The Go is a full service moving company that is dedicated to moving you stress-free. Our highly trained team of professionals will work with you to pack and transport your belongings with care. Offering service in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and the surrounding area, we are the best option for a safe and efficient move, especially during the busy holiday season.
Additionally, we provide storage space for anything you need set aside for a few days or even a few years. Your belongings will be protected with reliable security technology and stored in a way that doesn’t harm a single item. For a free estimate or consultation on our storage or moving services, call 425.947.5713 and get started!