The holidays are the last time of the year that most people want to move. Holiday stress is bad enough without adding moving stress to the equation. If you have to move over the holidays, though, there are ways to make the experience less stressful. Moving companies in Connecticut have begun to advise their clients who move at this time of the year to use self-storage as a way to minimize moving stress at this time of the year.
The basic idea behind reducing the stress of a move is to spread the move out over a longer period, if you can. One way to do this is to move anything that you do not need daily access to into storage. These items might include: seasonal clothing and decorations (things you will need in the spring, summer or fall, but not now), books that you do not need to consult regularly, CDs and DVDs that you do not anticipate needing right away, family photos and document archives, extra linens, outdoor furniture and outdoor toys, dishes that you save for special occasions, materials for craft projects and hobbies that you do not have time to work on while you are in the middle of moving, etc. Moving some items into storage has several advantages:
- You can pack things into boxes and move them yourself ahead of moving day. If your new home is available before moving day, you can simply take your boxes there, but if not, you can move the things you won’t need right away into storage.
- Self storage is likely to be more affordable than you may think, especially at facilities such as Riverton Self Storage which offers the first month of self storage free.
- Putting some things into storage gives you more room to work and sort the other, more essential, things that you need to pack.
- If there are fewer things to move on moving day, the pressure that you may be under to finish the move in a certain amount of time will be lessened. Having fewer things to move on moving day can also save you money, if you are paying professional movers by the hour, or if you are taking time off work to move and are hoping to get back to work before the end of the day. If this is the case, you may want to save only the large items, such as furniture, to move on moving day.
- After you move, it is easier to organize closets, cabinets and drawers if you only have your most essential items waiting to be unpacked right away.
- If you like to declutter during a move, but do not have time to sort out what things you want to get rid of and what things you want to save, putting the stuff that needs to be sorted into storage can buy you time. You can do the de-cluttering later, after you’ve finished moving.
There is another reason why moving less used items into self storage can reduce your moving stress–these items are usually relatively quick to pack. Packing books, CDs, photo collections, and family heirlooms, and bundling them away into a storage unit, can give you a feeling of accomplishment that you may not get from trying to sort all the different items in children’s bedrooms or in kitchen cupboards. Once you have accomplished moving seasonal items and collections, though, you can turn to the bigger packing jobs with a more relaxed feeling, knowing that other things are out of the way.
When you do turn to bigger packing jobs, do not feel that everything must be sorted and organized before you can pack it. If you are moving in a hurry, it is not necessary to sort everything. If you skip the sorting, almost any bedroom, for example, can be packed within an hour or two, assuming that you have enough boxes and bags ready. Save the careful packing for fragile items that need it. Everything else can be put into boxes or bags in the order in the same condition in which you found it. You might want to have a trash bag close by to toss things into that you can make a decision about quickly. Everything else can be stowed quickly and sorted on the other end. For example, if a child has left laundry, books, and toys on the floor of a closet, the box you pack can be labeled, “toys, books and clothes from the bottom of X’s closet.”
Another thing to keep in mind, if you are moving during the holidays, is that like moving stress, holiday stress can also be minimized. Maybe this is the year to send gift cards to everyone on your list–or do all of your shopping online and have items delivered directly to the recipients. Or put off the holidays — send your Christmas cards and gifts around the first of the year, call them New Year’s gifts, and add a note explaining that you were busy moving over the holidays. Don’t make this the year that you felt you had to hand knit a scarf for everyone or bake cookies for the office Christmas party. Don’t take on any holiday commitments that are unnecessary.
Keep it simple, and you can still manage to enjoy the holidays in your new home — even if you are surrounded by boxes.