If I were to make a ten item list of things I strongly dislike, moving would be at number four, directly after having teeth taken out and closely followed by talking to my phone carrier helpdesk.
I’m not sure whether it is the empty feeling of leaving your nest behind, the fear of breaking something along the way or the pain in carrying heavy boxes that’s off-putting, but something about moving makes me shiver.
Me and my wife recently packed up 120 sqm worth of stuff (we lived in a 72 sqm apartment) in cardboard boxes and moved them temporarily to my parents storage house. It took about a week with one day of actual moving.
What it comes down to is this. In this day and age all media such as books, CDs, DVDs and magazines should all be accessible digitally. Close to 95 percent of all our 500 CDs, 400 DVDs and 1000 books went straight into storage and from now on were going Spotify, Netflix and iPad. It is a relief.
Our new apartment is 43 sqm, which means that we had to sell off and choose only the things we really need. Strive to simplify and only acquire objects that you know you will cherish and value for a long time. That way it seems less of burden to lug them around. Moving is an excellent opportunity to get rid of all the stuff that you never used and get off on a fresh start. Create three categories – keep, sell and throw or give away. It’s as simple as that.
Moving is a part of human existence and it always signals the start of something new. Seize the opportunity, simplify and turn the page.