Trading in gift boxes for U-Haul boxes this holiday season? While it’s no one’s Christmas wish to move while the fluffy white stuff is flying outside, there are ways to make moving around the holidays a little less chaotic and a lot more cheerful. Here are a few of our favorite tips to put the happy “Ho! Ho! Ho!” back into a hectic moving season:
Opt for the real stuff.
While a massive, faux fir tree adorned with hundreds of highly-breakable ornaments might work most years, the year you move around Christmas isn’t one of them. So, instead of setting up your faux wreaths, garlands, and trees (only to re-organize, re-box, and re-label them again before the move), opt for real greens to deck your halls with.
Keep your ornaments and decorations simple and natural (think candy canes and popcorn garlands hand-strung by the kids) so those can be tossed with the tree before the move, too. You’ll save loads of time by not having to unpack and re-pack holiday decor on your way out the door!
Tone down the tinsel.
Even if you’d love to lace your entire roofline in thousands of icicle lights, make this your year to practice a little restraint. Take the time you’d spend detangling strands of lights and use it to make your home cozy and festive in other, simpler ways.
Try a simmering spice pot on the stove (think: orange juice, cinnamon sticks, and cloves) to create a welcoming, seasonal scent, or let your little ones decorate with hand-cut paper snowflakes. Keeping things simple and streamlined with your holiday decor will help make move-out day more manageable.
Coordinate your Christmas gifts.
Rather than buying stacks of oversized toys for your little ones in the midst of a major move (leaving you with dozens more boxes to relocate), coordinate your Christmas gifts around the move.
Give your kids the gift of a great space in their new home — a playroom complete with a tea party table (that you’ll pick out the pretty dishes for together), or that special, space-themed bedroom they’ve been begging for! Not only will your kids love being part of the process, but they’ll love teaming up to personalize their space and make your new home really feel like home.