Pacific Northwest winters are wet, cold, and somewhat unpredictable. One week, we’re hit with an ice storm that sequesters us in our homes for days, and the next we’re out hiking in crisp, sunny weather. It’s part of why we love calling this magical green place home. It also makes things like moving miserable.

Moving in the winter doesn’t have to be such a drag. If you plan ahead, manage your time well, and make use of resources available to you, moving in the muck and mud of winter can be (almost) a breeze.

1. Start Packing Early

Even if your moving date isn’t until a few weeks in the future, you shouldn’t put off your packing. You never know when inclement weather will hit, and in the PNW, you’ll see more wet days than dry. Set aside an hour or two every day to put things in order and create a schedule so that you are sure to stay on course.

Renting a moving container will allow you to get your packed boxes out of the home so that you don’t have to live amongst cardboard for weeks. In the winter, moving containers offer an additional bonus: you can transfer your items into the moving container whenever the weather is good. The last thing you want is to be faced with a downpour that soaks all of your belongings on moving day.

Simple Box will deliver the rented shipping container to your home so that you can fill it up at your leisure. Once you’re ready to move, we’ll pick it up and bring it to your new home. Because shipping containers are designed to survive some of the world’s worst weather, you can sleep soundly knowing that your treasures are safe. You’ll be able to prolong your packing to work around Mother Nature’s schedule, avoid the cardboard box clutter, and have your belongings ready for immediate pickup with one easy service.

2. Plan Ahead for Rain or Snow

The weather doesn’t care what your move-in day is. Make sure that you have your packing ready and prepared in order to keep the time you spend in cold winter weather to a minimum. Not only will it keep your items safe from the rain, it’ll keep you from getting soaked and catching a cold during this busy time.

One easy way to plan ahead for Rainy or Snowy weather is to rent a Moving Container for a full month, so that you don’t need to worry about getting all of your packing in one day. 

(Pro tip: moving containers will alleviate the stress of having to hire movers, checking off one major item from your holiday moving to-do list.)

3. Keep safe

If you live in a colder area, make sure that you are staying safe on the roads. If you’ve rented your own moving vehicle, you might be driving a large truck for th4. e very first time. This task is difficult enough by itself and nearly impossible on icy roads. If you are driving a Moving Truck rental, you may feel better to have a friend act as a “pilot car” by driving immediately ahead of you or behind you.

Make smart choices on the road. If you’re uncomfortable driving a large vehicle, you can opt for a moving container, and we’ll do the driving for you.

Additionally, rain and snow tend to make things slippery. Create paths for your movers that have enough traction so that they don’t accidentally fall. These pathways will also help protect your new lawn from stomping feet on the wet ground.

4. Donate Unwanted Items

Moving presents the perfect opportunity to pare down your belongings. In the summertime, many people opt to sell their belongings at yard sales. However, the cold winter weather bars many from this option. Instead, you can donate your extra belongings.

Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, and other big charities are great options. We are also part of some excellent charities that accept clothing donations, including Godwill Ministries and Missions Network.

5. Keep Your Belongings Safe with Plastic Covers

When you’re trudging through the rain, things are going to get wet and possibly muddy. You don’t want the mud staining your furniture, and you don’t want your movers to get injured by slipping and falling.

Get plastic wrap to protect the furniture that can’t be boxed. Place plastic on your carpeting in both your old and new home to ensure that it stays clean from muddy feet. You can also provide shoe covers so that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of constantly taking your shoes on and off.

6. Keep up the happy spirit

Moving is difficult enough, and moving in the rain is pretty miserable. Make sure that your helpers know how appreciated they are by providing warm coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, providing hand warmers, and offering warm, tasty snacks. Play some fun holiday music or our “Music to Move To” playlist to help lighten the mood. They’ll appreciate the gesture, and it will help them stay warm, even when they’re soaked through.

Moving during the winter may not be ideal, but it doesn’t have to be awful. You don’t have to do it alone… we’re here to help! Contact Simple Box for a moving package quote, and we’ll help make your move easy.