Whenever it’s time to move to a new home, we automatically brace for the worst. We tend to expect nothing but bad news from Day 1:
- increased moving costs,
- lack of sufficient time to prepare well for moving day,
- unexpected problems just waiting to pop their heads out of the water,
- genuine worries about the well-being of the personal items to be transported,
- genuine concerns about the well-being of our children and any pets we may have,
- the condition in which we will find the items after the move,
- the post-move acclimatization period, and whether or not we will need to cope with relocation depression, and generally speaking,
- what our new lives are going to be like.
During transitional periods such as a household move, we concentrate on the negative things so intensely that we often forget about all the good things that come as a result of a residential move. Yes, moving house offers some great opportunities to do things a bit differently and to discover whatever’s been missing in our lives.
To disprove Murphy’s law (Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong), we offer you the top 5 reasons why moving is good for you, really good for you.
Curious to learn the best things about moving house? Here we go.
1. You will get rid of useless stuff
Living under one roof for years is a reason enough to have amassed tons of stuff you won’t ever use again, or maybe stuff you have long forgotten about. Either way, the accumulation of material things that have already ceased to serve you is not ideal when it comes to space optimization. Little by little, your effective living space may have given way to clutter.
One of the good things about moving house is the unique chance to create more space in your new home: inventory your current home, sort out all of your possessions, and then get rid of anything you haven’t used in over a year and do not intend to do so in the near future.
While keeping in mind the maxim that a cluttered home will only lead to a cluttered mind, it’s up to you clear out all that needs to be cleared out. Ok, you know that you’d be better off removing any excess of household items before moving day, but how do you do it?
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2. You will experience a different place
Moving house is all about change – change that can come in many forms and on multiple levels. One of the things that will be different, of course, will be the physical location of your new home – a new address that may be in the same city or a nearby city, a place in a different state within the country, and even a new place in another country. But regardless of whether you’re moving locally, cross country, or internationally, the new address will present to you something you haven’t experienced until that moment in time.
When speaking of positive things about moving house, it’s only fair to mention the excitement of getting to know an unknown place for the first time. The little discoveries you will be making every single day will enhance the overall sensation of living a brand new adventure. Moving to a new city will give that unique new-city thrill that you may have forgotten after having spent years and years in one and the same place.
And isn’t the lost sense of rediscovery something to really look forward to?
3. You will meet and befriend new people
Exploring an unknown place can be really nice but it can rarely match the pure excitement of meeting and interacting with delightful individuals you never knew existed until that very moment. Some of the new people you meet will become your friends in time – the priceless gift nobody can possibly turn down.
Without a doubt, forming new friendships is definitely one of the best things about moving house. The first thing you can do is to try to get your neighbors a bit better – who knows, your next best friend might be hiding among them. Consider joining groups, clubs or organizations which are dedicated to the things you love to do (sports, arts, music, dancing, etc.) because that’s where you will meet some great people who share similar interests to yours.
An added bonus to befriending people right after the move is that the casual and daily interactions with them can help you escape the clutches of a post relocation condition known as relocation depression. Aren’t friends the greatest gift we could ever wish for?
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4. You will have a fresh start
Whatever the reason for your move /Why do people move house?/, the upcoming and possibly anticipated change in your life will give you brand new opportunities to learn from the mistakes you’ve made so far, and to leave any bad memories behind. In other words, one of the greatest things about moving house is the fresh start you’re given – the one and only chance to prove to yourself you can make it work this time around.
It’s important to note that the fresh start in your destination city will indeed offer new adventures for you, but you should definitely be prepared for challenges of a different nature too. Every new beginning is tough and it’s time that you will need the most to actually settle in and feel the strange place like home.
Once you find yourself in your new house or apartment, surrounded by piles of still unopened cardboard boxes, know that the only right direction is forward. Still, don’t forget to keep in touch with your old friends to ease the transition and make the adaptation period as smooth as possible.
5. You will re-evaluate what really matters
All of the great things about moving mentioned above are important, but it’s the unique chance for reflection that could prove to be the most important one. Moving away from your comfort zone, away from family and friends is the ideal time to re-assess the things that really matter in your life.
The physical relocation to another place tens, hundreds, or thousands of miles away will help you look at your life from a different angle. Make a detailed list of all the things you want to change after the move, including all the goals you want to accomplish, and concentrate your time and efforts on making them happen. Take advantage of the altered perspective you get from moving house to fine-tune your life in order to bring more authentic happiness into it.
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