No one particularly likes moving. Packing up everything you own and moving it into another home can be daunting and exhausting. Instead of looking at your impending move as a gigantic chore, consider it an opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and re-energize your life. This is your chance to start new, shed old items and problems and become the person you want to be.
Commit to a Clutter-Free Home
Take a realistic approach to this step, and try to become organized without being obsessively orderly. According to the Happiness Project, this can be a difficult balance to strike, but it can be done. Once moved in, put a stop to junk mail by filing a temporary change of address with the U.S. Post Office, rather than a permanent change of address. Because numerous marketing companies don’t use any address validation solutions, exorbitant amounts of unsolicited mail is sent to the wrong recipients. Less junk mail in your new home is a good first step to becoming clutter-free and organized.
Get by on Much Less
Moving is a chance to evaluate what items you own are necessary and which ones you can live without. Look at every item you don’t use on a regular basis with a critical eye. It can be difficult to get rid of items, and you may try to make excuses as to why you need to keep something. Take a step back, think about it honestly, and make the decision to get rid of anything unnecessary—it will make your move much easier.
Get a Different Perspective
Look at it this way: This your chance to be who you want to be. Give yourself permission to be happy and positive about your new life. Your attitude makes all the difference in the world.
Make Over Your Wardrobe
Real estate agent Sandra Hughes recommends you find a local charity to donate your unwanted clothing and household goods to or sell these items in a garage sale. Then treat yourself to a new wardrobe after your move—you’ll get a new look to match your new perspective. You’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into your move; reward yourself!
Throw a Packing Party
Invite your best friends and family members over to help pack up your home. Provide snacks, drinks and pizza and get to work think of it as a little party that helps you get out with the old and in with the new. This can be both an exciting and nostalgic time, if you focus on happy memories and the new ones you’ll make in your new home.
Whether you are starting over in a new city and state, or you’re simply moving to another part of town, take this opportunity by the reigns. Own it, take control of your attitude and approach your move as a fresh start and new chapter in the storybook of your life. With this attitude, when you look around at all the unpacked boxes in your new home, you won’t feel overwhelmed or filled with panic—you’ll be excited and ready to dive head first into your new life.
Jessica is a broker and freelance writer for several real estate and finance blogs.