Moving home can be a daunting task for anyone. The majority of people will only move home a few times in their lives and, weather it is for work, for study, or for the benefit of a growing family, it can either leave one feeling happy and energetic or jilted. One of the main opportunities moving – perhaps to a different city – can present to one is the chance to reinvent oneself. This doesn’t have to be as drastic as a complete overhaul but one can usually kick bad habits better if one has a clear bookend to the old chapter of one’s life. Here are a few ideas of how to live in a new home:
Throw out the TV and start a library
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Ok ok. So a lot of you will be thinking Wooooah! Hold your horses, I haven’t even finished Season 3 of Game of Thrones yet (it’s awesome by the way), but TV is actually pretty similar to junk food. It causes one to put on weight through inactivity, it’s addictive, and it doesn’t nourish you… intellectually. Moving home often means more space is available and, if you have children, then a library – or at least a series of full bookshelves – is a strong way to send them a message that reading is important. Perhaps the TV doesn’t have to be thrown out altogether but making it the centre piece of one’s home life could be worth changing.
Take up new strenuous activities
The fact is, you’re only getting older, and unless you already take good care if your body, you will need to start at some point. Nipping unwanted fat in the bud is a good way to go about one’s general health, and there are many ways to go about this that don’t involve boring gym sessions and intense diets. One of the best ways to keep fit while having fin is to take up dancing. Many women and men take evening salsa dances, and street dance is something that offers a serious work out to all parts of the body. Classes are usually cheaper if booked in groups, and one can find low cost dance shoes at move dancewear.
On arriving in a new house, one can immediately start assigning areas of the house to certain roles, in order to ingrain a new way of living. Certain cupboards in the kitchens can be assigned as health food zones full of health oats, teas, and vegetables. A small room or part of the living room can be made into a small yoga area – complete with décor and incense (if it’s there, you’ll use it). A part of the house can also be assigned to organization – there could be a diary, a notice board and telephone, along with any family photo albums, shared computer, and writing desk.
Broaden your horizons
We are all pigeonholed to some extent. Often our upbringings will mean that we are less involved in certain cultures or activities, or know little about certain types of social groups or peoples. Moving home allows one to get involved in classes they couldn’t have otherwise attended, attend new churches or mosques or synagogues if they are religious, and take up activities that weren’t possible where they used to live. For all one knows, there may be a bowling alley just around the corner from your new home – and you might be really good at bowling!