Moving to a new house is well known as being one of the most stressful situations you will ever have to face. It can be made even more stressful if you choose to move home close to Christmas, especially if you have children. There are many things you can do to speed up the process and get your house ready for the festive period.
Below are a few more tips to help you get ready for Christmas:
Planning is Essential!
Planning is a brilliant way to help relieve some of the stress of moving home at Christmas. There are many things you can do to help speed up the process of unpacking. For example, it would be a good idea to pack all of the items you need in your lounge (or may need over the Christmas period) together. By packaging them together and labeling the box, you will save time on trying to find the items you need when the boxes arrive at your new home. Labeling the boxes will enable you to direct the removal men to where you want each box putting. This will save you time and stop you searching the whole house for an item that has been placed in an unmarked box.
Another good idea would be to box all of the Christmas decorations together. This way, as soon as you move in, either yourself or a family member will be able to put the Christmas decorations and Christmas tree up. This will automatically make you feel in the Christmas spirit.
Ask Your Friends to Help
Moving home in December can mean that you are unable to get your home how you would like it before Christmas Day arrives. This does not have to be the case. Why not think about inviting some of your close friends around to help you unpack some of the boxes? You could design a floor plan of your new home showing exactly where you want your furniture to be placed when you move in. Most friends are more than happy to help with the unpacking as long as they are given food and drink while they are doing it. As they say, more hands make light work.
If your house needs decorating before you begin unpacking your boxes, then your friends might even be willing to help with this. Having a painting party is a great way to decorate your home in half the time it would take you to do it on your own. Lots of friends would be happy to help instead of buying a Christmas present, so you could give them this option.
Pre-Order Your Christmas Food
For most people moving in December, going shopping is one of the last things on the agenda. Shopping can add even more stress to an already stressful situation. It might be a good idea to think about pre-ordering your Christmas food online. By having it delivered directly to your door on a day of your choice, you are saving yourself the time it would take you to get to and walk around a supermarket. This will give you even more time to get your home ready for Christmas.
Don’t Forget the Presents!
It might also be a good idea to pre-order any Christmas presents online and have them delivered to your new address after you’ve moved in. Not only will this stop any children spotting a Christmas gift in with the packed boxes, but it will also ensure that the presents don’t get damaged in transit. If you are not keen on this idea, then why not buy and wrap your Christmas presents before you move and store them at a friend’s house? By wrapping them before you move, you are saving time in your new home which could be spent getting your home Christmas ready.
Moving in December can be very stressful, particularly if you’ve invited friends or family round for Christmas Day or if you have children. But, there are many things you can do to help ease some of the stress and get your home into a position where you are able to enjoy the Christmas period. Just remember, your friends and family won’t expect you to have unpacked all of your boxes – they have come to spend time with you. Instead of worrying about what your house looks like, try and focus on unpacking the boxes that you may need and remember that next year will be less stressful!