Handling Holiday Moves: Confronting Challenges, Embracing Change

Hello my friend. During the Christmas holidays my favorite thing is getting Christmas cards. Sometimes I get cards from people I haven’t heard from in a really long time. So that’s like a Christmas present as well. Just the other day I heard from friends of mine, who are a military family. My friend, Kelley, dropped a note, saying that it was the first year that they did not have to pick up and move during the Christmas season. The family was elated. I know I have a special place for the military and military families, seeing that I am a veteran and come from a military family. There is a special place in my heart for my extended brothers and sisters. So I thought I would pay tribute by sharing some ideas for moving during the holidays. This post is going to be for everyone, who unfortunately has the daunting task of packing up and moving during Christmas.

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It’s true that sometimes, the biggest and most impactful situations of life come at the most inopportune times. This month, for example, many couples will realize they’re having a child, only to understand this means they need to rethink their financial situation with much more delicacy than they were otherwise. Or your Company is transferring you and the Family during Christmas Holiday or lastly you are Member of the the Armed Forces and you are transferring yourself and the family during the most important holiday Christmas.  These examples, and many others, demonstrates that with the right motivation, miracles can take place. That being said, it doesn’t make the challenge any less stressful.   These example, and many others, demonstrates that with the right motivation, miracles can take place. That being said, it doesn’t make the challenge any less imposing. You may feel the same if you’ve had an offer on a house, or have found your dream house under your budget, and wish to move ASAP.  But now everything is functionally on hold for the Christmas and festive period, how can you schedule such a quick and focused move? When do you wait? What tasks should you prioritize? Can you enjoy a comfortable holiday with all of this “up in the air” consideration to worry about?

Plan and Schedule Early

It’s important to take a breath first and foremost. From there, you might consider the following advice:

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Even if you plan to move first thing in the new year, it’s good to make sure those schedules are in place. Using a reliable service like Allied Van Lines will ensure that the exact time you need your belongings collected they will be, and then you can begin your long travel to the new destination. With the planning softened for a future date, you don’t have to worry during your festivities either.

I used them for my cross country move (s),  Arizona to Pennsylvania. I also used them going out Pennsylvania to Arizona. They were very helpful, understanding and timely.

Festive Packing & Labeling

This is a time we would be preparing gifts, wrapping gifts and storing gifts. If you think about it, it’s almost the same as when you’re packing to move. A lot of clutter, confusion, and chaos.
One of the real benefits of the festive period is that boxes and packaging are flying all over the place anyway. That means if you need to slowly pack up your belongings, especially your non-essentials, you’re not particularly causing more mess in the household. A label maker can be a wise investment, as can reserving space in a spare room or storage unit. I splurged on my label maker  (the NIINBOT label Maker and Printer) many people purchasing this Label Maker I decided I needed it as well.  Now ask me where it is after this last move, and I am a hard pressed to give you an answer. I have no idea. I am still, believe it or not, unpacking. I’m not proud of it but nonetheless, I am as guilty as the rest.  Back to the boxes, this way, you can, piece by piece, put away your home while you celebrate, and have a good time doing so.

Update Addresses For Your Christmas Cards

It’s important to be very clear where you’re heading to, or if you’re staying at home. This way, your family knows where to send their gifts and cards. Or, perhaps you might even request sending them to a PO Box you set up near the new house, so when you arrive at your new location you can grab them then instead of bringing so many boxes with you. Little details like this really can save you a great deal of stress and planning. This is advice from a “seasoned mover and nomad”.

Faux Trees Are The Rage Today

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Real Christmas trees are nice and all, and can be a beautiful addition to any living room. That being said, do you really need to spend two hours vacuuming pine needles, which tend to remain no matter how hard we try anyway, when you’re trying to clean up for the new homeowners? No one will blame you if you lessen the decorations this year, and opt for an easily-packable faux tree too. It essentially comes down to you and your family’s needs. If you have a busy schedule throughout the holiday season, you may not be willing to care for a tree. If you can’t get enough of that evergreen scent, then a real tree might be your best bet. No matter which type of tree you get, these evergreen scentsicles at Walmart have been a Christmas staple in my home for years. 

Christmas Celebrations

Where we live or what type of a home we have really is insignificant when it comes to Christmas. it is being with Family and preparing for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. This we can celebrate anywhere. I would be remiss if I did not share the meaning of Christmas. One of my favorite Blogger, Yvonne @ Stonegable Blog has written the true meaning of Christmas quite eloquently, take a short trip over to Stonegable and visit.  On that note I would like to wish You and Yours a Very Merry Christmas 🎄

I want to take this time to also say how much I appreciate your ongoing support and readership – you’re not just a reader, but a valued friend on my blogging journey! Your input means the world to me, so don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below the post. Thank you for being a part of The City Cottage Family.

Merry Christmas from TheCity Cottage


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