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6 Tips for a Successful Winter Move

6 Tips for a Successful Winter Move

Moving at any time of the year can be a stressful experience, but it’s also exciting. You’re starting a new chapter of your life in a new location, so you’re chock-full of nervous anticipation during the entire process. This means that sometimes mistakes might be made, and winter weather only adds to the considerations. If you’re going to move in winter, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your move is successful and that you make it with all of your belongings intact.

1. Dress in Layers

Moving involves a lot of physical activity, so despite the cooler temperatures outside you’re going to work up a sweat. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to changing conditions. You can remove your coat and sweater when you’re hot or working inside, but put them back on when you sit down and begin to cool off. 

2. Start Early in the Day

Winter is known for its short days, so you’ll want to get started early to make the most of the available daylight. It’s much easier to see boxes when you aren’t sharing a flashlight with other people, not to mention safer. Ice on a sidewalk can lead to slippery conditions, and no one wants to try to carry a box full of pots and pans over a slick surface. Starting early also means you’ll be more comfortable, as temperatures will be higher when the sun is up. 

6 Tips for a Successful Winter Move Shovelling Image3. Clear the Walkways of Snow

At both your old house and the new one, you’ll want to make sure the walkways are free of snow and ice. This will make moving from the car to the house and back much easier. If you can’t get to your new home in time to do that, consider hiring someone to scrape it before you arrive so you can begin unpacking immediately, and without putting yourself at risk of falling on slick concrete.

4. Keep Winter Supplies in Easy Reach

The colder parts of the year demand certain supplies you won’t need the rest of the time, including things like mittens and a windshield scraper. Instead of packing these into a moving box, make sure they’re easy to get to during the moving process. A small basket full of necessary winter supplies in the back seat of your car can make the entire moving process much easier. 

5. Get a Thermos

Your hands will get cold going in and out of your new home, especially if the heating hasn’t been turned on yet. Get a thermos full of a hot drink like coffee or hot cocoa to help you stay warm even during the coldest parts of the day. It’s also great for wrapping your hands around to keep your fingers thawed out. 

6. Watch the Weather

Driving a vehicle in the snow and ice is hazardous during normal situations, but when it’s fully packed with boxes and you are unable to see out the rear window, it becomes much more dangerous. By watching the weather, you’ll know if winter storms are coming your way that you need to know about. If the weather is forecasted to be very bad, it’s okay to reschedule the move until conditions clear up. Better safe than sorry. 

While most people prefer to move during warmer weather, a winter move is perfectly acceptable. Just make sure you take safety into consideration and prepare for the rapidly changing conditions that winter can bring.

If you’re looking for some home organization ideas, be sure to check out our post on easy home organization in the Kitchen and Master Bedroom!


Photo credits: Edmontonshovelling

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