Moving is such sweet sorrow (for some of us). My husband and I are in the process of moving to a new home…two miles away. I am thrilled to have more space and my husband is beyond happy to still be living in the same area. High five to that compromise! However, my husband has lived in our current home for 11 years. He bought it as a bachelor, and then he got a sweet puppy and then a sweet wife and now a sweet baby boy! Lots of memories have taken place in this cozy little house of ours, but he is having a hard time saying goodbye, especially when he thinks about moving day!
So, I started researching ways to overcome these feelings, and come to find out, there are many blogs and articles about this exact thing! So, I thought I’d share them with all of you.
Take lots of photos, of course—but you already knew that. How about taking a bunch of shots when the place is a total mess? They’ll likely help you recall the true everyday vibe of the home you’re leaving behind way better than those pristine listing photos do. Such untidy, anti-staging pictures will “provide a more meaningful record of your house and how you used it.”
Another idea: Leave the home in style with a farewell party, no matter how many moving boxes are covering up the floor! “String up some lights, play some music and enjoy the house with the family and friends you’ve shared it with over the years.” And don’t forget to raise a glass to your soon-to-be former abode. You could also leave a little something behind buried in the yard or hidden in the attic. OK, that’s beginning to sound a bit weird! But you could also write a note to the new homeowners and wish them many new memories in the house.
The funny part is that it’s not just people who become attached to their homes. Pets do as well! My husband and I joke that our dog is going to be in the house for a few days and then give us this look as if to say “okay, this is great, but when are we going home?” We will have to ease our pup into the new place, too. We might even need to walk him by the old house every now and then to show him we are still close by!
Needless to say, moving to a new house is an exciting time, but it’s always nice to say a proper goodbye to the house that you called home.