At Olympia Moving & Storage, we’re thinking about moving every day, but there’s one time of year when moving is on every Bostonian’s mind.
The universities are prepping for back to school, the roads are clogged with Uhauls, and abandoned mattresses are populating the sidewalk. It can only mean one thing: September 1st, also known as Boston Move-In Day or Allston Christmas, is coming.
Even if you don’t have to move, there’s a lot to dread around September 1st in Boston. 79% of leases have availability dates at the beginning of September, so thousands of Boston residents are moving on the same day. Moving is hard enough, but when you add bumper to bumper traffic, fighting for elevator use, double-parked moving trucks, and abandoned belongings littering the sidewalk into the mix, it’s a whole new level of challenging.
Despite the difficulties, Boston Moving Day has become a bit of a city-wide tradition. The day is affectionately nicknamed “Allston Christmas” due to the copious number of free household items left on the sidewalk.
This short video by The Boston Globe gives you a good idea of the chaos to expect:
This funny video by a Bostonian demonstrates just how many moving trucks you’ll find on the road:
Clearly so many people moving at once in one city is comedy and dramatic gold. That’s why some Boston residents started a Kickstarter to make a webseries about the event.
The anticipation for September 1st is already beginning on Twitter:
Hide the kids. Get off the roads. Stay off Storrow. Or just get outta town. #AllstonChristmas is coming.
— Dan Berlin (@banderlin) August 20, 2013
Does it mean I’m really a grown up if I’m not planning on pilfering the heaps of #allstonchristmas this year? @universalhub
— Colleen Glenney (@colleenglenney) August 20, 2013
Beware the free curbside furniture. Bedbug extermination cuts into precious drinking money. #allstonchristmas
— Sarah (@raptor_math) August 19, 2013
Allston Christmas is starting, everyone grab your ugliest furniture and start putting it in inconvenient places pic.twitter.com/Xbm5hzhAPj
— Lauren Kolodkin (@laurenkolodkin) August 18, 2013
Allston Christmas is the perfect time for Boston to do what they do best: get through hardship with comradery and humor. Who can forget these classic Allston Christmas 2012 memories forever immortalized on Twitter:
Don’t forget to put out some pizza and PBR for Allston Santa tonight, kids!
— Bostonography (@bostonography) August 31, 2012
Did anybody see a moving truck in #Allston today? pic.twitter.com/19cbFIyu
— BostonAttitude (@BostonAttitude) August 31, 2012
Just went for a walk around Allston, fought off 6 Comcast guys and laughed at everyone miserably moving in. #AllstonChristmas #notmoving
— Dan Walker (@PlastikAvenger) September 1, 2012
Frightened to leave my apt. in Brighton lest I get hit on head by falling furniture. #AllstonChristmas
— Suzanne Morse (@sznnmorse) September 1, 2012
If your #AllstonChristmas gift comes with an orange sticker on it, then it’s probably best to send it back. http://t.co/G37oxPdt
— BostonTweet (@BostonTweet) September 1, 2012
As the proverb says: May the road rise to meet you and the bed bugs be left behind for some other poor sap to deal with. #AllstonChristmas
— Margaret H. Willison (@MrsFridayNext) September 1, 2012
Even city calls it #AllstonChristmas! MT @NotifyBoston: extra crews out for #hubmovein and #AllstonChristmas. Report issues 617-635-4500
— susantran (@susantran) September 1, 2012
On my way to the airport, before 8 am I saw 12 moving vans. Have fun celebrating #AllstonChristmas, this Jewish girl is headed out of town
— robinec (@robinec) September 1, 2012
Allston sunrise, twin donuts, u-hauls; may the move-in games begin. #allstonchristmas #bostonmovein @universalhub pic.twitter.com/xpdjeNJp
— Greg Hum (@thehum) September 1, 2012
Oh boy! RT @coco_jd: Someone just set off a ton of fireworks and yelled “Woo! #AllstonChristmas!” Gonna be a looooong weekend.
— Alicia C. Staley (@stales) September 1, 2012
It really is Allston Christmas http://t.co/myqfpCMX
— Adam Gaffin (@universalhub) August 31, 2012
In case you had any other doubts that September 1st is the most disorderly day on the Boston calendar, these photos will probably confirm it for you:
Of course, Olympia will be in the thick of it, ensuring that our clients’ moves will be executed as smoothly as possible. If you didn’t book Olympia for your September 1st move, be sure to check out our September 1st moving tips to help you along.
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