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December 6, 2016

5 tips for planning your move around the holidays

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If you plan ahead and stay organized, your winter move can be part of your holiday celebrations.

There is a reason most people call the holidays the most wonderful time of the year. No matter what specific celebration you observe, this is a point in the calendar to spend time with loved ones and commemorate what's really important in life. For most people, these celebrations don't include having to move; who wants that possible stress when there's so much fun to be had?

Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way, and it's easy to plan a successful move without impeding your holiday joy. Here's how:

"Being organized is step one for any move."

1. Get organized. Pronto.
When you're planning any move, you want to be as organized as possible. However, with the holidays looming, being on the ball is especially vital to your ability to successfully execute your relocation. That means having everything in order, including boxes properly packed and labeled, rooms cleaned and sorted, and a driving route planned out ahead of time.

Staying on top of the many elements of your average move will prevent any needless hiccups, and that leaves more time and energy to devote to your holiday celebrations. 

2. Add a little cheer
Even if you planned ahead and remained organized the whole time, moving can still be a stressful experience. That's why you need to try and let a little holiday cheer into the mix to make this whole process more fun and lighthearted. Turn on some of your favorite carols, drink a few mugs of hot coca or maybe toss on a Christmas sweater from the closet; whatever it takes, a little celebration can go a long way. The more you make moving an otherwise enjoyable part of life, the less likely it'll feel like a massive strain or inconvenience.

3. Pack smartly 
As mentioned above, organization is the biggest key to any efficient move. But given that it's the holiday, you may want to do a little extra planning when it comes to packing up the house. For instance, you will certainly need loads of wrapping paper once you get to your new home; as such, it's a good idea to pack those special items individually so they're not with some of the other stuff you might not need right away. Same goes for anything else you might need during the holidays, like decorations and extra storage boxes. 

4. Consider the cold weather
The holidays may mean extra cheer, but all that festive energy comes with ample amounts of snow for much of the country. That's why you need to plan for the weather as you embark on your move. That begins with staying aware of local weather at all times, and planning ahead in case of storms and other inclement conditions. You also need to take steps to prepare your vehicle, including putting on snow tires and making sure you have enough gas at all times. Not having to deal with bad weather is going to be a huge help in maintaining a festive atmosphere.

5. Find your moving elves
When it comes to ensuring a successful holiday, Santa has his merry band of elves. So why shouldn't you have some support when it comes to moving? You can find just that in a professional moving service, which can help you with every step of your journey. Atlas Van Lines has over 68 years of experience doing just that, making moves as pleasurable as a sleigh ride through a winter wonderland.