I have had two moves in the last three years. Both involved trying to coordinate two house sales. (That involves crossing your fingers and burning incense to get the timing right. But that is another story…)
Moves Like Jagged
As I am sure all of you know, moving can be a tiring and draining experience. You pack up all of your stuff into boxes and move it across town or across the country and then push those boxes into a new place. Then you unpack the boxes (or let them sit until the next move!) and try to reassemble your living space.
It is very disruptive and stressful for most people. Even when moving under the best of circumstances, the process is inherently one of upheaval. It may mean leaving friends and family behind. Or having to find a new job. There are hours of making arrangements, packing and unpacking, and worst of all you may be forced into the horror of having a garage sale.
After the physical move, there is a period of acclimation. How long does it take you to make this new place your home? Likely the new place does not have the same layout or number of rooms. You can’t arrange your kitchen or store your towels or ceramic frog collection in the same location or manner that you have grown used to.
How can we ease this journey? How do we speed up making the new building “our place”?
You are, after all, being uprooted. You hope that when transplanted, you get enough water and nutrients to be able to successfully put down new roots.
Often the key to success will be what you bring along. If you are moving with someone or a pet, at least there is a friendly face. You perhaps have favorite pieces of furniture and a comforting bed or blankets that will make the journey with you. It is about being about to bring along emotional connections.
Photos and Art
The best of these emotional touchstones are photographs and pieces of art. They are your water and fertilizer for growing and flourishing in the new location.
Photographs usually feature family, friends, favorite places or events. If you have selected your art carefully, you will find that you have an emotional attachment to it. And that each piece of art signifies something to you.
Artwork is one of the emotional bridges that you can use to cross the gap. It is like planting your flag into the soil to claim this territory in the name of YOU.
So, one of the first things you should do when moving is to get your pictures and paintings out of their boxes and get them up on your walls. If you have pottery, statues or figurines, place then on your mantels, shelves or tables. Get down those roots as quickly as possible.
Buy New Art
Jean recently moved into a new place with additional wall space and immediately bought one of my watercolors. This is a great idea to buy some new nice things to make the new place an upgrade. So consider buying some new pieces of art or snap some new photos when you move to put your imprint on the place you now call home.
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