“Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays” the famous Christmas carol says, but what happens when you are in the middle of a move? Moving and the holidays are two incredibly stressful events on their own; throw in living in New York City and, well, you may have the perfect storm of anxiety. Much like the wonder of the holidays, there is hope in making the move easier, and, with a little planning and preparation, it can all turn out to be merry.


Here are some tips to help make your move a success and keep your holiday spirit intact:

Make a list and check it twice – Go room by room; don’t forget the attic, basement, and any storage units you may have, and sell or donate anything you don’t want to move. Then call moving companies for estimates, ask about any supplies they offer, and find out their options for storing your household goods. Don’t forget to put aside any of the decorations that you need which add meaning to your holidays so that, wherever you end up, whether it is a hotel room or your new empty place, you can put them up to add cheer.

Don’t be a Grinch – Moving and holidays cause angst and drama, but this could be the year you throw caution to the wind and change how you do things. It’s the perfect time to start new traditions like having someone else host or going out for dinner. Cut back on your holiday commitments, buy cookies for the office swap, or don’t send cards; wait until you’re settled, and then send New Year wishes with your change of address. Find ways to lighten your load, and you may find that you carry these ideas into the future.

Moving during the holidays may not be at the top of everyone’s bucket list, but make the best of it. Moving can be the start of a new adventure that may open new opportunities you never saw coming, so enjoy the process, be grateful for small things, play as much holiday music as you can stand, and, if you are in the New York City area, call Moves LLC at 212-695-0200. It may be the first time you moved during the holidays, but it’s not theirs.