Moving during the “most wonderful time of the year” is anything but wonderful. At a time when people look forward to cozying up at home, the last thing most of us want to do is pack boxes, clean, and wrangle odds and ends.
Include a change of address in your holiday cards
This year, you can kill two birds with one stone with your holiday cards: they can also serve as your change-of-address announcements.
Donate seasonal items
The holiday season is a prime time to spread goodwill to others.
Warm clothes, in particular, are in demand at consignment stores during winter months, and parents welcome toys for their kids. If you’re not sure where to donate your goods, your local Salvation Army is a good place to start.
Ask for a holiday discount
“Book your moving company early and ask for a discount,” says Val Burmester, an agent with Engel & Völkers Seattle. “This time of year is not as busy as others, so the movers might feel more generous and agree to a reduced price for their services.”
Keep gifts to a minimum this year
Secret Santa gift exchanges, Yankee Swap parties, and traditional gift-giving among your friends and relatives are all part of the holiday season. However, the last thing people who are moving need is more stuff.
To keep the mess to a minimum, Pollock recommends asking people to not bring or send presents until you have moved into your new home.
Relocating involves a lot of moving supplies like bubble wrap and boxes, but you don’t have to spend a lot on them.
“To avoid waste and save some money, reuse the boxes and paper from packages you receive during the holidays,” Pollock says.
Ask your friends for their leftover boxes and wrapping paper as well.
You’re bound to have a lot of boxes on your hands, which can make it difficult to find your box of decorations. But make it easy to deck your new halls by packing your ornaments, garlands, and festive adornments last.
Give yourself the gift of a moving company
If you have to move during the holidays but you’d really prefer to reduce the stress of moving, Self recommends gifting yourself (and your family) a professional moving company. It’ll be more expensive than moving boxes yourself, but hiring an extra set of hands will allow you to focus on the parties and festive get-togethers that happen during this time of year.
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