5 Ways to Scratch the Moving Itch

5 Ways to Scratch the Moving Itch

Jason Loper
Aug 24, 2010

For the first ten years that I lived on my own, I would pack up my apartment at the end of each lease and move to a new one. It was a lot of work but I always enjoyed it. It was a chance to get a change of scenery and also a way to keep myself from collecting a lot of stuff. Now that I'm a homeowner, I've had to find other ways to scratch my moving itch.

  • If you can't move, redecorate. If you're allowed to paint, consider giving a room a color makeover. If you're not allowed to paint, try out a new window treatment or a new rug. Sometimes a little change in decoration can make a home feel brand new.

  • One of the advantages of moving is that it forces you to get yourself organized — either while packing or after the move. Pretending you're going to move may help you reorganize your home. Take a day to reorganize your space. Clean out your closets and organize your junk drawer to help renew your old space.

  • One of the joys of moving is arranging your furniture for the first time. Rearrange your furniture to make your old home feel new to you. If you have a flexible floorplan, consider switching rooms completely.

  • When I move into a new home I like to give it a big clean. Give your space a top to bottom cleaning to help it feel fresh, even if especially if you've lived in it for years.

  • Take the funds you save from moving and invest in a new piece of furniture. Replacing a tired old sofa with a new one may not make your whole house feel brand new, but it will give your living room a little face lift.

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