As great as it is to finally put those real estate loans to good use and move into our dream home, or to leave a place that’s become emotionally draining to us, the act of moving itself can often be stressful.
Instead of letting yourself get weighed down by the little irritations and worries that can accompany a move, however, why not focus on the different ways that a move can be turned into a positive experience?
Here’s a short primer on how to do just that.
Use the move as an excuse to de-clutter
After a while, physical clutter can lead to mental clutter — a sense of constantly being distracted and anxious. A chaotic home environment saps mental energy and clarity, and can easily leave us feeling scattered and disorganized as a result.
There’s absolutely no reason why we should bring our old clutter to our new home. Instead, treat the move as an opportunity to cut free all the things we no longer want or need.
Identify belongings which you don’t use and don’t find emotionally uplifting, and give them away or take them to the nearest dump.
You could use your move as a trigger for exploring minimalist living.
Use the move as a way of implementing new habits
There’s a reason why so many people form New Years’ resolutions at the end of each year; it’s because it’s a naturally powerful time, when we seem to be at the end of something old and at the beginning of something new.
These kind of times are great emotional triggers for changing something in our lives that we’ve been meaning to address for a while.
When it comes down to it, moving homes is no different. We’re leaving something old and embracing something new.
Take advantage of this powerful time to set some “new home resolutions” and finally get started implementing those positive habits you’ve been meaning to introduce to your life for a while.
Reduce stress by preparing for your move well in advance
Gear up to your move well in advance by organising your various belongings (and disposing of the clutter) when there’s still plenty of time to spare. This allows you to handle things in a cool, collected way, instead of having to panic and try and do a million things an hour as would be the case if you left it all to the last moment.
By getting your belongings organised well before the move, you also make it much easier to arrange and pack things when the time comes.
Have a quick-start solution for when you arrive at your new home
Fully unpacking and organising your belongings once you’ve arrived at your new home can take a while. To keep the experience light and easy, mark a box or two with the words “immediate need” and then fill them with the items you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home.
This can include things like your laptop, work clothes, and toothbrush.
With this simple trick, you’ll have the space you need to unpack everything at a cool, collected pace. Without it, your first night in your new home may involve frantically digging through a dozen boxes to find where you left your pillow.
This is a collaborated post.