Moving is exciting, but it can also be stressful. In fact, a survey of 2,000 people found that moving is the most stressful life event – even more so than divorce or a breakup. And for good reason – even if you don’t identify as a homebody, having a place to relax at the end of the day is important to mental and emotional health. When you combine moving with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you have an extra stressful event on your hands. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to manage moving stress in December. We’ll also offer a few tips to make moving easier during the holiday season. Let’s dive in. 5 Tips to Manage Moving Stress in December You want to get settled in your new home before the holidays roll around. With a little luck, these five tips will help you do just that: Give yourself plenty of time to plan If you can, get a head start on the moving process. We recommend planning for your move at least six weeks ahead of time. Here are a few things to check off your list in the weeks leading up to your move: Book your movers Pack non-essential items Arranging to have utilities shut off Creating a moving contingency plan Budgeting your move To help you stay organized, we put together this moving checklist full of things to do before the big day. Downsize To make your move as easy as possible, focus on downsizing in the weeks leading up to your move. In addition to making your move more stressful, clutter will also make your move more expensive. Go through your house room by room, and get rid of anything you don’t need, won’t use, or have duplicates of. Focus on the following areas, specifically: DVDs, CDs, videos, and tapes Closets and dressers Shoes Kitchen drawers (get rid of duplicate kitchen appliances and gadgets, and any pots and pans you no longer use) Kids clothing, toys, and accessories The garage or shed As you declutter your home, make two piles: things to donate or give away and things to throw away. Once you’ve done that, consider holding a yard sale to make some money off your unneeded items or donating them to a local charity. Once you’re done, you’ll have a pared-down household that’s ready to move to your new location. Keep essentials accessible Moving during the winter adds a few layers to the moving process. You may be dealing with cold weather, for example, snow and sleet. To make the process easier and decrease stress, keep the following essentials close at hand. A change of clothes A warm coat or additional layer A toiletry bag with a toothbrush, cosmetics, medicines you take, and any additional personal care items you use daily A few snacks and a bottle of water Anything your kids or pets may need to be comfortable on moving day Since you’re moving during the holidays, you may also want to keep some festive items, like Christmas decorations or gifts, easily accessible. This saves you from having to rummage through unpacked boxes once you arrive at your new home. Prepare your new home Make your move as festive and friendly as possible by preparing your new home before you move in. Arrange to have your utilities switched on at least a day before you arrive, so your home is warm and equipped with running water. You may also want to hire a professional cleaning company to clean the new home, so it’s spotless when you arrive. If you have friends in your new neighborhood, you may ask them to add a few lights or decorations to your new home to get into the holiday spirit. Let the small things go Moving during the holiday season can be difficult. If you’re facing a winter move, keep this in mind: this is all temporary. Even if you don’t unpack as soon as you’d like, or you have no idea where granny’s cookware ended up in all the boxes, what’s important now is that you’re together with your family in your beautiful new space. This is a great time to create a few new holiday traditions and celebrate what you have with the people you love. Consider ordering takeout instead of cooking a fancy meal or enjoying a walk around your new neighborhood to take in the holiday cheer. Gallo is Here for Your Holiday Move Don’t navigate your December move all alone. Gallo Moving and Storage is here to help you with every stage of the move, from packing to transport and more. The local moving company your friends and neighbors know and trust, we deliver personalized, friendly, compassionate moving services you can count on. Just call us Santa’s little helpers. Ready to learn more about our team or get your moving quote? Contact us now.