The brain can only hold so much conscious information at any point in time. Around the holidays, that hard drive space is dedicated to the long lists of family and friends (with their many likes and dislikes) and to analyzing scheduling conflicts so that you don’t promise your mother you would be over at the time that you guaranteed your significant other’s niece you would be hand delivering her presents. Life, especially at this time of the year, is hectic. Throw a move on top of everything, and you have a recipe for misremembered activities and nonexistent gifts. It can feel like, at a moments notice, Christmas will fall into disarray with the lights and garland leaving you behind to face the new year having forgotten to call your grandmother or get a gift for your dad. The key is to stay cool and collected, because science has shown that you should act how you want to feel. This also helps those around you stay calm, because they see you handling everything like Santa himself. Go into this holiday move with confidence and the Mobile Attic, and keep these tips in mind.
- Don’t lose track of the bills! Moving seems to create this odd bubble in time. All the stress, planning and organizing exists in this bubble, as does every moment you spent packing and loading up the container. Outside of this bubble, presumably, is the real life with costs and stresses all its own. Isolated inside your moving moment, you may tend to forget about all the normal stuff like your credit card bills that may not seem all that pressing, but they still exist. This is, in a way, a call for mindfulness. To step outside of the bubble and realize that there are things that need to be accomplished, though they may not be as pressing as the holiday and the upcoming move.
- Tell your family and friends! It may be a no brainer, but make sure everyone close to you knows the address that you are moving to. Imagine the new residents, in their festive sweat paints and green and red t-shirts, checking the mail to find some really bizarre Christmas card from your sister, who you totally get, but everyone else happens to find insane. You may even want to consider throwing a small holiday bash (with sugar cookies and Christmas music, of course) so that everyone can get familiar with where you live. It will also brighten your spirits and make the new place feel like home.
- Check out your new community! One of my favorite traditions growing up was getting into the back of my dad’s pickup truck and riding around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. There was a certain pride that came with decorating your house, knowing that inspired motorists and pedestrians will gaze in wonder at your hard work and outstanding electric bill. You can use this as an opportunity to explore the new neighborhood, without arousing suspicion (plus, you can get a look at the competition for next year!)
- Leave a little something for the new home owners! Nothing drastic or irresponsible (like leaving the storage container in their driveway), but maybe a small gift and some candy to help them with the holiday spirit. These people are in the same situation you are and are, most likely, experiencing similar stresses. A minor gift could go a long way in creating that kindred spirit we all want to feel around the holidays. Have some compassion and understanding for your fellow man and help them to establish their home.
As always, the Mobile Attic is here to maintain a level head through the holiday season, offering convenient storage during, quite possibly, one of the most important moments of your life. From the drivers to the office staff and the rest of the Mobile Attic family, we want to wish you a big Happy Holiday’s!