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New To Boston? Don’t Miss These Holiday Events

If you’ve recently moved to Boston this past Fall or summer, then you’re in for a real treat. This city is full of culture and pride and one of the best seasons to experience this is during the holidays. As a local Boston moving company, our team grew up in and around the area so we’re here to give you and your family a list of the best Boston holiday events.

Boston’s Best Holiday Events

  • North End Holiday Stroll. Grab your significant other, your friends or your family members and head into Boston’s Little Italy for shopping, a bite to eat, and warm beverages. All the local restaurants will be open as well as the local shops and boutiques. Friday, December 1st at 6 PM
  • Holiday Jazz Cruise. On December 2nd, head to Boston harbor for a 1.5 holiday cruise on the Northern Lights vessel. Take friends and family on a journey to see holiday lights from a different perspective.
  • South End Holiday Market. For 14 years now Boston’s South End has hosted one of the largest holiday markets in the greater Boston area. Get hand made and hand crafted gifts as well as sample local food and beverages. Saturday, November 25th at 11 AM at 41 Berkley Street.
  • Breakfast with Santa. On Sunday, December 10th from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Royal Sonesta, bring your kids to go see Santa! Enjoy a wonderful buffet spread and a reading of the Night Before Christmas.
  • Ice Sculptures. On New Year’s Eve, head down to Faneuil Hall Marketplace to check out the intricately carved ice sculptures on display. Browse the area’s shops and dine at one of the many dozens of restaurants in Faneuil Hall.

From all of us here at Mastodon Moving, we wish you a happy holiday season. Don’t forget that these events book up quickly, so we suggest getting tickets (if applicable) now rather than later! We hope you enjoy your new home in the Boston area.

Tips for Moving Out After College

So, you’ve lived at college for the last 4 years and now it’s time to move home. Most people love their parents, but, unless you get along with them impeccably, the thought of moving home might be incredibly off-putting. After all, you did just come off 4 years of freedom. If you’re the fortunate sort who lands a great job after college and has the financial stability to move out, you might need a few pointers on just how to do that. For all of you fresh graduates looking to strike out on their own for the first time, let’s go over some tips to make this ride as smooth as possible.

Save, Save, Save

Even if your job pays very well, living on your own comes with many financial surprises and responsibilities. Prior to moving out, and even after you’re on your own, it’s important to pool your finances to prepare for anything that might crop up in the first few months. Once you’ve been on your own for a bit, you’ll have a much stronger sense of what you can and cannot do with your money. Please try to refrain from eating out for every lunch and dinner you consume.

Understand Balance

As much as you want for everything in your life to pan out, you must understand that certain things take time. If you choose to move to the city, chances are you’re going to meet several people your age who appear to have it all. They have the seemingly perfect job, a large income, a beautiful apartment, and they were able to accomplish all of that within the same amount of time you have also had on this earth. These instances will happen more times than you’re going to like, but life is not a competition unless you treat it like one. Keep in mind that you were able to move out on your own, which is already a huge feat in today’s postgraduate landscape. Work hard, stay kind, and understand that you’re going to have to pay your dues while you’re still young. A good life takes time, it’s not something that happens overnight.

Try Not to Move Back Home

You love your parents and they are great, not to mention they buy plenty of delicious snacks every week. However, know that moving out after college is a rare feat these days. If you can move out right after college, chances are you can make it on your own for the foreseeable future. The idea of moving back home can be enticing simply for the fact that you’ll be saving yourself an incredible amount of money. But, you didn’t move out to roll in money. Besides, if you can move out after college it’s likely you’re not struggling terribly. Embrace your freedom and strive to be financially independent, while kindly ignoring your parents’ pleas for you to return home for x, y, and z reasons.

While these may not be moving tips in the typical sense, moving out after college is a big deal. Aside from having to get your things from point A to point B, truly living on your own for the first time is a defining moment. The next few months will be filled with lessons both big and small, so try your best to take everything in stride. Some days things will seem utterly terrible and others will be beautiful, but such is life. Enjoy life on your own, with all the pros and cons that come with it.

Pointers for a Long Distance Move

Long distance moves are kind of a big deal. You might be moving for work, love, family, a mix of all three, or simply just to get far away from where you are now. Regardless of your reason(s), you’re going to have to find a way to get some, or most, of your things to your new place in a timely fashion. Words to the wise, though, long distance moves flow best when planned ahead. So, with that kernel of wisdom, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to prepare for your long-distance move and remain cheerful throughout the process.

1.) Determine Your Budget

Moving is not cheap, even if you opt to go without hiring a moving company. Remember, long distance moves will always be costlier and more time consuming than a move within your own state. Be realistic about your finances and maybe even round up on certain expenses to give yourself some wiggle room, and a happier wallet if money is left over in the budget.

2.) Downsize

If moving a bunch of your items just isn’t in your budget, your best option is to downsize. This can be a difficult step, especially because if you’re moving far away you’re probably going to want the things surrounding you to remind you of home. However, once you look past the sentimental value it’s easy to determine which items should be kept and which ones should not. If you plan your move thoroughly, you might even have enough time to hold a garage sale for all of the belongings you’d like to get rid of. Nothing like a bit of extra money in your pocket before a move!

3.) Label Boxes

When packing up items for a move, it’s easy to think you’ll have a good idea of which box you put each item into. You notice the color of one box, a company logo on the other, or perhaps a nick in the cardboard you thought you’d remember, but then you arrive at your new home and realize you have not one clue where anything is. All because you didn’t label your boxes. So, when packing, label everything precisely. You’ll only have yourself to thank when it’s time to set everything out again.

4.) Move in the Off Season

This tip very much plays into the “plan ahead” notion. If you find that you just can’t, or don’t, want to part ways with many of your belongings and need to hire a moving company, try doing so in the off season. Moving companies are typically quite busy in the summer months, so if you have time to plan your move then make it for the fall, winter, or early spring. This is a sure way to save yourself some money in the moving process.

Long distance moves aren’t easy, but they don’t have to be horribly daunting either. The best advice we can offer is to simply plan ahead. If you give yourself enough time to get everything sorted, you’ll be sitting pretty by the time move in day rolls around. Utilize our tips if you need some help, and happy moving!