Portrait of a Young Girl Wrapped in Christmas Lights

How to Decorate for the Holidays Before and After Moving

Portrait of a Young Girl Wrapped in Christmas LightsYes, it’s true that putting up decorations right before packing up and moving creates more work. If you’re still trying to sell your old house, this too is a reason to keep the walls bare. And, after you’ve just moved into a new home, taking time out of unpacking to decorate for Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind. However, aren’t the holidays all about taking time to slow down and enjoy the little things like cold weather, good food, and time with friends and family?

This doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing situation. Here’s a list of subtle, low-effort decorations that will put you in the holiday spirit without breaking your back once you have to take them down, pack them up, and put them back up in a new home.

1. A Wreath for the Door

A simple wreath featuring faux evergreen, cedar, or even magnolia, olive tree, or berry arrangements is ridiculously easy to install and remove. You can hang it using command strips or a special wreath hanger that clips to the top of your door. When it comes time to move, just take it down, pad it carefully, and pack it away with your other decorations.

2. Projector Lights

These mini projectors that cast LED lights all over your house were designed to save time and labor, and they can create an incredible variety of effects to your personal tastes, from twinkling stars, to gently falling snow, to twirling snowflakes. Best of all, if you’re worried about what potential sellers will think of your decorating tastes, you can simply switch it off. All you need to do to install a projector is stick it in your front lawn and connect it to a power source. Packing it up and taking it to your new home is as easy as packing up any small household electronics.

3. Alternatives to a Christmas Tree

Putting up and taking down a Christmas Tree can be too labor-intensive even for people who plan on staying put in their houses. Instead, try any one of these Christmas tree alternatives. Some of them can be made with objects already in your home that you’re planning to take with you to the new house, like your books. Some can be made and decorated by your kids, like a chalkboard tree.

4. Wrapping Paper

You can easily pull off these leftover wrapping paper DIYs with the remnants of last Christmas. Line your shelves with white and red, or fill your empty photo frames with squares of paper bearing Santa and holiday tidings. When it’s time to pack, all you have to do is take it down and recycle it, and you can easily do it over again in your new home.

Need more ideas about how to organize your move without missing out on the holidays? We’ve moved thousands of families at all times of the year, so just ask!