The month of September of 2015 can easily be described as a month of many firsts for myself. First move, first time living outside of Grand Rapids, and first days at a new school. You get the picture. I have been presented with an entirely new setting which has been incredibly overwhelming with complete excite and obstacles being on my own for the first time. That being said, I have recently acquired an entire array of new skills to develop when it comes to packing up everything and setting it back down in a new city.
This is what I have learned from moving:
Minimize The Things You Actually Need and Want
The things that I had in my living space prior to moving was accumulated all the way from childhood. My room was full of little momentos that I thought I couldn’t live without, which I still adore, but are not necessary to take to the grave. Ultimately, I have learned to purge. This means releasing the things that provide mental clutter into my life and starting things on a clean slate. My room is rather cozy.
Devise A Workspace
I think its very important no matter the size of your living space to have a distinct place that you can work. Whether it is school work, freelance work, or even just a place to write in your journal, a place that you can just work. I know for me, as a student that I cannot study while laying in bed, or on a couch. I need an open desk for me to work at.
Its all very exciting to experience your first move. Its overwhelming joy to start decorating things exactly how you want, bringing boxes up stairs to unpack and celebrate that you are starting a life of independence. That being said, once all is unpacked and you’re settled in a completely unfamiliar territory, you realize “well shit, now what?”. I have found that whether it is in your job or social gatherings, it is important to get out there immediately instead of being cacooned in your new home. I was surprised even visiting a public place and watching other people interract made me feel somewhat less of a monk after the first couple days of moving in.
Start Good Habits
Here you are, in a new place with no rules and complete control of a home. That being said, its up to you to make good habits for yourself starting out in a new space. This means doing your dishes regularly, taking out the trash when its full, and doing laundry instead of letting it pile up on the floor. As boring as it sounds, you still have to be this weird thing called an adult or something.
For those out there with severe anxiety, you are going to be thrown an incredible amount of curveballs when it comes to moving. There will be plenty of times where you want to throw your hands up in the air and yell “uncle”, but its going to be okay. Make todo lists and tackle everything you have to do one day at a time. I was a nervous wreck the first couple of days moving in and taking care of logistics, but once I took care of them, I relaxed and felt fine. I recommend doing the same.
With that, I hope you guys found some solace in moving for the first time. As stressful as it is, don’t rob yourself of all the fun and freedom you have being on your own for the first time. For my readers still in school, have a wonderful start to your school year. Lets make it the best one yet!