For many, moving is even more stressful than going through a divorce or having children. So, when you combine the stress of moving with the pressure of the holidays, you have the perfect recipe for a stress-filled disaster. Here are five simple tips to keep your holiday move organized and worry-free so that your stress level can be at a minimum.
1.) Map out your entire month so that you set aside the time you need (and want).
If you are moving during the holidays, you will likely have to divide your month into two blocks: the time you need to pack and get all the logistics sorted out and the time you want to celebrate various festivities. Set aside time for both so that you can balance your move and personal life – a mapped-out calendar will provide you with a track to run on.
2.) Be prepared to celebrate the holidays differently.
Whether you decide to celebrate at a restaurant or move the celebration to another home, consider setting up your celebration this year elsewhere so that you do not have the stress of company on your plate as well. Remember, the holidays don’t always have to be so traditional. You can even choose to celebrate a different day if that is easier for you.
3.) To prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed, set up a packing plan.
Focus on one area at a time, mapping out a plan for your entire home into 20-minute increments throughout the day. For example, in your bedroom, you may do the closet first, the dresser next, and then your nightstands – 20 minutes each several times a day until the room is complete. Believe it or not, 20 minutes throughout the day of undisturbed, focused packing will provide you with far better results than spending the day trying to get everything done.
4.) Use this time to declutter and clear out.
Moving during the holidays provides you with an opportunity like no other: you can clean up and clear out like never before. So, as you pack, sort through your items, determining what you need, what you can donate, and what you should discard. Moving into your new home without all that clutter will give you a fresh start that you and your family will appreciate.