Cold weather makes everything harder. It makes your joints hurt, it makes your muscles tense, and it makes your face feel like you’ve been backhanded by a disgruntled snowman. Nobody enjoys spending a lot of time outdoors when the temperatures dip below zero, and that goes double when the reason you’re outdoors is because you’re moving.
Sometimes you have to move during winter, though, and that’s just the way it is. You can reduce your potential suffering by following these tips for moving during chilly weather we’ve put together below. Good luck and stay warm out there.
Clear any snow from walkways ahead of time
Once you’re at your new place, you don’t want to have to ruin existing momentum by stopping everything to shovel the driveway, walkways, and front steps. Clear off and de-ice pathways that are going to be used regularly during the moving process to keep everyone safe and moving as quickly as possible.
Start work earlier in the morning
In the wintertime, temperatures tend to peak in the late morning time when the sun is at its highest in the sky. Take advantage of this by starting the actual move as early as possible so you can get as much daylight - and sun - as possible to help keep the temperatures up.
Use hand warmers for all extremities
Hand warmers are cheap, helpful, and useful. Put them in your gloves and boots to keep your extremities safe from potential frostbite. Just because they’re called hand warmers doesn’t mean they’re only for hands.
Wear more thin layers instead of big bulky clothing
Big bulky jackets can easily get in the way during a move. There are two reasons this tip is useful: bulky jackets might get in the way and make it harder to hold onto or move specific items, and dressing in layers will allow you to add or remove clothing items as the temperature drops or you get warm from the physical activity.
Stay aware of the weather forecast
If you’re properly prepared, you can move while it’s cold or even while it’s snowing. What you can’t do, however, is move house in the middle of a blizzard. Keep an eye on the forecast leading up to the moment of moving itself and prepare yourself to be flexible in case the weather doesn’t agree with your plans.
Add extra packing materials in boxes with fragile items
When the temperature is especially low, it makes fragile items like keepsakes, plates, and glasses more brittle and susceptible to breakage. Stay ahead of this danger by adding additional packaging in and around all fragile items so they stay cushioned from the cold.
Have warm beverages on hand for everyone involved
Most major coffee shops sell warm coffee in to-go cardboard containers with enough warm coffee or tea to go around. This is an easy way to make sure everyone is feeling comfortable, taking breaks as needed, and treating themselves to make the process of moving a little less miserable.
Hey, there’s no harm in hiring a little help. That way you can stay inside organizing and unpacking while they do the chilly work you paid them for. Everybody wins!
No matter what temperature it is when you move, more often than not you’ll end up with a lot of things that need somewhere to go. If that somewhere isn’t in your new home, it can always be at one of the useful and versatile storage units offered by the team at Storage Direct.