Five awesome things about moving

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Moving house is stressful, even with professional movers to do the hard labour. There’s so much to be done, and packing and unpacking means considering items we might take for granted – hundreds of them.

But in this way moving allows for five awesome life-enhancing actions:

Decluttering

Moving means emptying out. Finding things hidden in cupboards. Clearing basements and sheds. In so doing, we can choose to dispense with unneeded ‘stuff’. This makes space and can leave one feeling liberated and light.

Prioritising

Considering what to keep or not means prioritising. This means thinking about what is most important to us. Should I keep the boxes of old letters, the extra cutlery? Moving can align us with our values.

Giving

Moving is the ideal time to give things away. To friends, to family, to vintage clothing shops, to recycling facilities. Give your things to people who need them or who will delight in them. Donate some kitchenware to your local refugee centre for those who’ve moved from other countries with very little. Donate books to café bookshelves or your doctor’s waiting room. Giving is a positive action with positive consequences for giver and receiver.

Beginning

An ending is always a beginning. A beginning is an opportunity for change. Normal routines and habits are disrupted during a move – use this disruption to your advantage to establish something different.

Creating

A new living space. A new environment. A new garden. New friends. Moving is filled with creative potential. An empty house is like a blank canvas and can be transformed. I love to find the secrets of a new room and work with these – like discovering where the light slants in and hanging a mirror string to catch the beam and toss sun sparkles onto the walls. My favourite part of moving is creating beauty, tranquillity, colour and harmony in a new place.

Merridy Pugh

Merridy Pugh is an editor and writer based in Hobart. She loves books, sun and tropical fish.

One thought on “Five awesome things about moving

  • May 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm
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    I love this article Merridy. Thanks for reminding me of the transformative power of moving and its gift of helping us to shed the old and welcome the new.

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