Moving your belongings from one place to another is more than a matter of logistics. It is time consuming and mentally draining having to make decision after decision on what to take, donate or throw away. However, moving is the perfect opportunity to clear the way for a new beginning that fosters your well-being.
Here are a few inspirational thoughts for staying organized and making your move more serene.
Learn about the connection between your physical space, thoughts and emotions. Consider space, distance and the arranging of objects as a way to enhance your emotions and sense of well-being. If what you plan to take with you does not fit the new space you will be occupying, leave it behind.
If you desire more scientific reasoning, two Yale psychologists experimented to find out if we “feel” things such as clutter or order. After a variety of tests, they learned that on an unconscious level, there is an impact. Joy and personal safety were emotions felt by those who had been primed for an open, ordered environment while those primed for cramped, crowded conditions felt threatened and averse to follow-up situations presented to them after the priming.
Julia Cameron writes in her book The Artist’s Way: “One of the clearest signals that something healthy is afoot is the impulse to weed out, sort through, and discard old clothes, papers, and belongings.” This ‘out with the old and in with the new’ way of looking at things opens us up to the present moment and new possibilities ahead.
Author Gretchen Rubin writes about happiness and habit formation citing clutter as one of the big obstacles many people, including herself, have to battle with on a daily basis. She notes how order increases efficiency and clutter creates frustrations. During your move, consider taking only what you find useful and beautiful – the things that will improve your life.
During an episode of HGTV’s Love or List It show, where home owners need to decide if they should stay or move, a couple asks: “Where can we store all of our stuff?” Facing a limited budget and space during the house renovation, designer Hillary Farr answers: “Sometimes it must come from within.”
A lot of people think the solution to clutter is building more shelves or expanding the space, when in reality the solution may be simpler than that. Don’t let clutter overwhelm your senses, your psyche and life situations including moving.
Making your move a good, healthy experience is something we at Organizing Coach Company can help you create.