The idea of moving makes many people feel stressed. After all, it is a lot of work to relocate an entire household, adjust to a new place, and get oneself and the family settled in new environs. We often think about and try to address ways to overcome all the factors that will be stressful about moving. But relocation also has its positive aspects and for those moments that you might forget or need a little pick-me-up, here is a list to remind you why moving can be a good thing:
1. Fresh Beginnings
Yes, unfamiliar situations can be overwhelming, but they can also be exciting. A new home, neighborhood, town, and even country can give you a fresh start with little baggage. You can pick the home that suits you and your family’s taste and discover all the newness that comes with being in a place you’ve never lived in before. You know how you start to look at trees, buildings, and sights when you go on vacation, but don’t do much of it in your own neighborhood? Well, in a new home and town you’ll be seeing everything for the first time, noticing all the beauty and interests around and more than likely posting a lot of pictures on social media!
2. New Friends
Being in a place where you know few folks brings with it the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, thus expanding your network and making unexpected kinships. Your neighbors, new co-workers, and kids’ parents are all people you might want to hang out with. You never know what friends new places might have in store for you!
3. Improved Situation
Some people move to seek a better living situation, some move for more space, a new job, better school system, improved household amenities, or to be closer to family. In most of these cases the move will likely improve your living circumstances and will be worth all the work and thought that went into it, which means you’ll soon forget the perils of relocation.
One positive aspects of moving is getting rid of extra items that have been weighing you down. De-cluttering often happens naturally during a move. Some of your extra stuff that has been hidden from sight suddenly appears as you pack and unpack. It’s a great time to decide if it’s time to sell, donate, or throw out extra items. Once you do, you’ll be living in a cleaner, more organized space.
Many folks love decorating but can’t justify doing so when their homes are in good working shape and already look attractive. But if you’ve got the decorating bug, moving will often force you to rethink the layout of your furniture, wall colors, lighting fixtures and much more. This time you have an excuse to head to the local paint store and finding new shades for the walls.
6. Buying New Furniture and Household Items
Another indulgence that is often justified with a move is the purchase of new furniture and household items, especially if one is moving from a small space, like an apartment, to larger space, such as a house. For example, if you’ve been living in New York City and recently relocated to a suburb you likely need a lot of furniture, dishes, beds, and bedding and the like to fill the new digs. Depending on your budget and taste, you can either spend the time after moving buying everything or stretch the process out to find items that you like and can afford over time. Either way, it’s a fun activity! Because, really who doesn’t like shopping?
7. Being a Local Tourist
One of the best things about living in a new town or state is discovering places to visit or hang out in. You can get a guidebook, or do a little Internet research, and see what’s around, then take small trips to explore these new sights. For example, if you’re moving from Manhattan to Connecticut, you may opt to take a day trip to the seaside village of Mystic, where you can walk the historic downtown, eat some seafood, or watch the boats go by. Maybe you’ll find a new restaurant or coffee shop. It’s all a brand new adventure.