I had no idea that the year I left for college would be the last time I’d stay put. Sure, I lived in the same house from birth until age 18, but once my 65 friends and I graduated from high school, I’ve managed to move almost EVERY single year since. Here’s a track record:
Upon graduating high school I moved into a college dorm room for 1 school year.
After one year at Sam Houston State University I transferred to The University of Texas in Austin, TX.
From one apartment to the next, but still the same city!
From that apartment to a high rise studio condo but still in the same city!
From Austin, TX to Boerne,TX (where I worked on Young Life staff ).
From apartment to house within the same city.
From Boerne to Blanco, TX after I got married!
From Blanco,TX to Houston,TX when my first born was 1 month old. (we stayed here 2 years)
Several different friends homes, in the meantime my 2nd child was born.
From Houston, TX to North DFW area.
From one home to the next in the DFW area.
At this point it’s safe to say I have experience– you could call me a professional. I’d love to tell you that each time it got easier and easier, but it really didn’t. I am incredibly thankful for each and every person who helped pack boxes, wrap plates, move refrigerators, drive trucks, watch children, carry heavy boxes and bring us food. Really, friends and family are the only way all these moves happened. NO HIRED professionals were used in any of these moves.
That said, this move has been the most difficult one yet. Maybe it’s because I’m in the middle of it, but this last move was brutal. Like many of you, this move was done while 2 small children were running around unpacking boxes faster than I could pack them. But despite the packing (and repacking…) I have found some really great positives to moving.
Moving Makes You Vulnerable
Talking about vulnerability, Brene Brown says this:
“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think.
My typical move when someone is coming over is to frantically clean/stuff, spray some homemade Thieves cleaner over the places they will touch, and pray– if they are really my friends, they won’t judge me, right? And it seems like the less I know them the more I want to impress them…weird, I know.
But when friends come to help you move, you don’t get the luxury of impressing them with your quick clean skills (and why can’t I always clean that fast?)…because all your life/loose papers/junk drawer/panties are laid out for them to see, and pack. It is a scary place to be. It’s a vulnerable place to be.
And yet, despite what they may see or think, I let them in. It is a gift of moving. Because moving puts you in such a desperate spot, that you’d rather be vulnerable than packing alone. It’s a scary place to be, but it’s a good place. It allows the opportunity for true connection.
Moving Gets rid of the Junk
One of the positives of moving for me is that it is a natural, and easy time to get rid of junk I have been holding on to. Of course, I never plan to keep junk…it just sort of accumulates. While I am comfortable, and in the daily rhythm of life in a set home, I don’t really notice it. It’s only once I start digging around in hidden drawers and back closets do I see and remember the junk I’ve been letting live rent free. And it’s there I am faced with a choice: move it or trash it.
As it turns out, it’s easier to trash junk than it is to move it.
The same thing is true in life.
So often I let spiritual junk accumulate in my life, and because I am calm, cool, and comfortable, I don’t even notice how and where it is taking up rooms in my life that belong to Jesus. That’s why I love Psalms 139:23-24, it reads:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
This Psalm is an invitation for God to come in and search out all the junk that has been hidden in your spiritual closet, and trash it. It’s an invitation to open up the doors, and let go of the harmful and unnecessary things in your life. Because, just like in moving, in life it’s easier to trash junk than it is to move it.
Moving Reveals New Things
My husband is the kind of person that will go to a restaurant and get the exact. same. thing. every. single. time. always. He never changes! No menu needed. But I like to change things up–you know, discover new foods, or a new flavor. And what better time to do that than when you are moving?!
All your dishes are packed, and the cookbooks are boxed, so it’s the perfect time to try something new! Turns out, there are lots of great deals to be found (and you know how I love deals): Kids eat free Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky Wednesdays, Taco Thursdays, and on and on it goes.
But new restaurants and foods are not the only new things moving reveals. Moving also reveals new products, that you may have overlooked before. I recently came across this Hoover CORDLESS Vacuum, and it’s a dream come true.
With two children 3 and under + one 70 lb. dog + selling a home = disaster! I’m vacuuming all the time and Cordless is a DREAM, because I can literally follow them all around the house with this thing! No cord means no plugging and unplugging, no winding and rewinding and most importantly, no tripping, tugging or tangling! The new and brilliant uses are limitless. On the sofa, on the stairs, under the bed, IN THE CAR! Oh and no one will play with the plug in the wall because there isn’t one. It’s absolutely amazing and the perfect thing for a mom of little ones. Hoover offers a full line of 4 cordless cleaners–3 vacuums and a hard floor wet cleaner, all with interchangeable, long lasting, LithiumLife batteries– that provide the versatility to tackle a variety of messes with the perfect attachments.
It’s extremely light weight, and can easily be carried all over the house with confidence! Like immediately after the kids eat and crumbs are EVERYWHERE.
It also has an easily unattached handheld vacuum! I like using this the most on the sofa, in the car, or in hard to reach places. It’s been a gift to have this little gadget while moving. Whether your moving or staying put CORDLESS is totally the way to go.
They say that moving is one of the top 5 most stressful events in a person’s life, and I believe them. But stress doesn’t have to equal a negative. The stress of moving can bring positive stress– growth– to your life, if you will let it.
What are the positives moving brings into your life?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.