No matter where or how far you’re going, the process of moving can be stressful any time of year. Moving in the winter can be even more stressful—and moving during the holidays? If you have to do it, you’re going to need some help. Not just strong friends with big trucks, but advice on moving even before you begin.
Here are some tips for moving in winter, as well as for moving during the holiday season.
Expect the unexpected
The only thing you can be sure of when moving during the winter is that there will be some unexpected surprises during the process. Even the most careful planning will not be able to prepare you for everything, so it’s a good idea to be ready to be surprised. That is, be prepared to be unprepared for some things.
Things like weather, automobile problems or scheduling issues are not within your control, and they can pop up at any time without notice. By being flexible in your plans, you can avoid adding stress on top of that caused by unexpected plan changes. Having a plan is great, but be ready to roll with the punches.
Start packing early
Another way to reduce the stress of moving during winter is to start packing well in advance of the date you will be moving. That means sorting what you want to keep and what you can get rid of to help lighten the load on your move. Packing up any items that you don’t use on a regular basis or don’t expect to need before your moving day can go a long way toward making the process as streamlined as possible.
With this early packing, you should also make sure to properly label boxes as you go. If you’re packing something up two to three months before moving, there’s a good chance you may forget what’s inside the box. In order to avoid having to open boxes to check, use a felt pen to give a general (or detailed) description of what’s inside when you finish packing each box.
Consider the weather
Moving in the winter means there’s a good chance it will be cold, raining or even snowing. Make sure to be ready for this by packing in appropriate containers. Flimsy, old boxes might not be the best option if you expect inclement weather. Be sure to get the right packing supplies for your move.
Another thing to consider regarding the weather is carrying those containers. Especially if there may be icy conditions, it’s a good idea to pack light to keep things easier to move. That way, you and anyone helping you move will be able to concentrate more on their footing rather than trying to lift something that might be overly heavy.
When moving during the holidays or anytime during winter, you’ll thank yourself tomorrow if you get the right packaging materials today. For all your moving and packaging material needs, reach out to the team at Lamberson Packaging Solutions today.