The stress, the inconvenience, the heavy lifting, and the extensive amount of packing often pull focus during a move. Because of this, it’s easy to lose sight of the upsides of moving, but there are so many great reasons why moving is actually an exciting and positive event in your life. Here are five to get you started:
1. Moving forces you to sort and declutter the items you have been meaning to purge.
Maybe it’s clothes that you have been saving just in case you lose weight, or the baby clothes you have been holding onto, or the kitchenware that you have in the attic for the one occasion where you need to serve fondue. Moving will help you realize how seldomly you use certain items and recognize it is time to let them go, and this can be so freeing. By getting rid of belongings you no longer need or use, you are creating more space and getting rid of unnecessary weight in your life and in your new home.
2. A fresh start.
One bonus of moving is that you can leave behind the people you’ve come to dread running into on a regular basis. This could be a terrible landlord, a nosey neighbor, your child’s bully, or a former partner you always seem to see at the most inconvenient moments—whoever it may be, this is your chance to get away from your old routines and finally be free of them.
3. It is an excellent time to redecorate.
Your new home is basically a blank canvas, so take advantage of this opportunity to update and upgrade your furnishings to reflect your new aesthetic. It could be a bold new paint choice, buying a new couch, updating the pictures in the hallway or maybe giving your master bedroom a completely new look. Maybe your home is currently country-themed and has been for as long as you can remember, and you’re ready for a change—this is your chance!
4. It’s the perfect time to meet new people and expand your social circle.
As we get older it becomes harder to meet new people because we are so set in our routines and our busy way of life, but moving gives us a chance to break out of old habits, create new routines, and develop and expand our current social circles. Maybe you’ll meet a new couple to go out to dinner with, or make a new friend to shop with, or find a new family to have a BBQ with – whoever it may be, look at it as a new opportunity.
5. And as we all know, moving is the best time to practice being patient and mindful.
This may not be something to look forward to, but it is an opportunity to grow and learn about yourself. There are lots of challenges and setbacks that can occur during a move, and accepting this and recognizing it as an opportunity to practice being patient can make the process a lot less painful. Moving can also help us get used to not being in control – giving up some of the control during a move and recognizing that you don’t have to be in charge of and responsible for everything can actually help you to relax quite a bit. Remember to look at moving as an opportunity not a burden.