When we think about moving, we often jump right to the nuts and bolts: how to start downsizing, where to find the right real estate agent, and when to put your house on the market. We don't always pause to consider the overall attitude and energy we bring to our move. In my experience, however, approaching your move with optimism and positivity usually leads to a better experience.
Here are my three tips for bringing a positive outlook to your move:
1. Take it one thing at a time
If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of moving, remember that you don't have to do everything all at once. Step back, take a breath, and focus on one thing at a time, like cleaning out that kitchen cupboard or going through those old clothes.
I often advise my clients to think of downsizing not as a chore but as a treasure hunt. It's a great way to rediscover all the things hidden in your attic and cabinets. Start by downsizing the simplest rooms in your house first. When you finish with one space, be sure to give yourself credit for a job well done! You'll likely feel a well-deserved sense of accomplishment when you step back to admire a clean, organized bedroom, kitchen, or garage.
Rather than view moving and downsizing as one big, daunting task, break it into smaller, more manageable pieces.
2. Focus on quality of life, not quantity of stuff
As a personal moving consultant, I've had the privilege of helping dozens of people make the move to Eagle's Trace, an Erickson Living-managed community in West Houston, Tex.
Recently, I bumped into a client of mine who now lives at the community. When I asked how she was settling in, she told me how happy she was that she made the move despite some initial worries. "When I first met you," she told me, "I was so worried about all my stuff and how much I could bring with me. But now, I'm having so much fun that I couldn't care less about that stuff anymore."
Our "stuff," as my client so perfectly describes it, feels important because it reminds us of the past. Letting go can feel like giving up, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The precious memories associated with that set of wedding china or your great-great-grandfather's clock will travel with you wherever you go, even if you decide to sell or donate them.
In fact, think of downsizing as an opportunity to give the items you love a new life with someone else who will cherish them as much as you did. In this sense, you're giving a wonderful gift to someone you may never have met.
3. It's all about attitude
As with anything in life, if you approach your move with positive vibes and a bright outlook, then you set yourself up for success! While it's true that moving can be hard work, it's important to focus on your end-goal and all the benefits waiting for you at the Erickson Living-managed community of your choice.
Remember, you don't have to go it alone. Your personal moving consultant can help with everything from downsizing to organizing to finding a trusted real estate agent. We're here for you every step of the way.
Rather than view moving as a chore, approach it as an opportunity to enjoy a fresh start and begin a new chapter in your life—a chapter in which you'll meet new people and make wonderful new memories.