If you’re looking forward to (or dreading) an upcoming move, you may have put it off until after the holidays. But now that you’ve thrown out your 2016 calendar and put the Christmas lights back in the attic, let’s face it: it’s time to move. But moving in the new year doesn’t have to be the same humdrum chore that it is in summer. Starting a new year is a chance to start over fresh. So if you’re beginning 2017 with a new address, this is the perfect opportunity for new you.
Deck your (New) Halls
Now that you’ve moved into your new place, it’s time to put your own unique stamp on it. But first, you’ll want to think about why you moved. If you’ve recently moved in with a significant other, use the new house or apartment as a chance to find “your” decorating style. Find a way to blend what you two like and compromise on what you don’t like.
If you’re moving after a breakup, use this as a chance to turn a new leaf and focus on you. After all, you don’t have to put up with those band posters or ugly lampshades that your ex loved. Personalize your new space with whatever makes you feel at home.
Did a new job bring you to an unfamiliar city? Include some pieces that pay homage to your home town while also honoring your new city. (Maps make great artwork!) Maybe you’re fresh out of college and finally have your dream job. Decorating with things related to your career just might give you the boost of confidence you need to dominate the courtroom, boardroom, or operating room.
A (New) Place for Everything
Since you have to pick up everything you own and put it into a box anyway, use the move as a chance to declutter your house and organize everything in your new place. Come on…you know you’ve been dying to KonMari your house. Well, now is the perfect time! The house is already upside-down and, let’s face it, once you find a place for everything, you’re not going to revisit it anytime soon. If you don’t have time to declutter while packing, do it while unpacking.
And if your New Year’s resolution is to get out of debt or be more charitable, use this time to sell or donate your old stuff and put the money toward something useful. AmVets, Dress for Success, and the Salvation Army are all worthy causes that give back to the community.
You may not have been on speaking terms with your neighbors before, but moving is a great excuse to get to know your neighbors. Even if you decide not to invite them over for a barbecue, it’s still nice to have someone in town that can show you around or recommend a mechanic. Sites like NextDoor can give you a pressure-free way to meet your neighbors without having to knock on every door.
Of course, even the most vibrant city won’t feel like home without local friends. If you’re moving to a new city in 2017, become a member of a club or church to find a new circle of friends. And don’t forget to reach out to your new coworkers and join the job culture (after all, isn’t that why you moved?).
New Lease on Life
Don’t just change your address…change your life! Moving in the new year can help to set a defined “before” and “after” to your New Year’s resolutions. Set aside a room in the new house for workout equipment or an office (so you can finally start that novel you’ve been thinking about). Find a cool park or walking trail in your neighborhood and actually use it. Set (and stick to) a regular cleaning schedule to keep your new house looking fabulous all year. It takes 28 days of regular repetition to turn an action into a habit, so make a commitment to your new lifestyle for all of January.
There are plenty of great reasons to move in the winter, but starting the new year fresh might be the best one. If you’re moving in the new year, resolve to call Cento Family moving first for your free quote.