Tips for Moving Over the Holidays

Tara Chila
Written by Tara Chila
Updated August 6, 2015
Christmas presents in front of the tree
If you must move during the holidays, try leaving your living room or family room decorated, so that it still feels like home. (©Thinkstock)

Consider these tips to add some holiday cheer to your move.

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Packing up and moving your home can be stressful any time of the year. But the process is especially overwhelming if you’re planning to relocate in December or January.

Try these tips to rejoice in the holiday spirit while managing to pack your things and move.

Move right after Christmas

The best way to actually enjoy the holidays despite having to move is to make your moving day after Dec. 25. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a very low-key week — most people take off work and many spend the week with family and friends. So why not move the weekend after Christmas and utilize all of the extra help from family and friends who are sure to be around?

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Keeping in the holiday spirit

If you are able to wait until after the holidays to move, then do so. You can make life a lot easier on yourself and your family. A great way to handle the packing process is to decorate for the holidays as you usually do. However, instead of placing your normal, everyday decor in the basement or nearest closet … just pack it up! Aim to pack everything (within reason) but the holiday item so that the only accessories you need to worry about packing after the holidays are the few bins of decorations that you had out.

Prioritizing your packing

Most of the items that you need to move should be packed and ready for your new house, so all that should be left out is your holiday decor (including the Christmas tree).

Next, go to your kitchen and pack everything that you only use on special occasions. (You can borrow items for the holidays from family members and friends.) Then pack up the items in your basement, storage closets and garage — rooms that are not high-traffic areas during the holidays. You can keep the packed boxes in your garage or basement.

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In the hallway, living room and dining room, try to keep the curtains, a few family photos and minimal decorations to give your house the warm holiday feeling your family is used to. Even though you’re moving, you don’t want the holidays to get lost in the shuffle.

Moving mid-holiday

For those families that must move right in the middle of the holidays, try leaving your living room or family room decorated, so that it still feels like home. Wait to pack up that room until the day before you move. That way when you arrive in your new house you can immediately put up your Christmas decorations and tree. Even if your house has boxes and is messy and unorganized, unpack your living room and make it warm, inviting and festive.

The holidays are a time for family and friends — make room for them in your life as you prepare to move. Don’t get so lost in the details of your move that you forget what this festive time is all about!

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Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story originally published Nov. 22, 2014

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