Leaving the Memories Behind
If you’ve ever moved, you know how exciting it can be to get settled into the new space. That said, saying goodbye to your old home – and all the memories attached to it – isn’t easy. Here are a few things you can do to bid your old home a proper farewell:
Snap Some Pics
Before you’ve packed everything up and lined the hallways with boxes, snap some photos of your home the way you’ll remember it; if your house was never spic and span (we can relate), don’t feel the need to make it perfect before documenting it. Photograph it as you’d remember it, and how it was actually lived in.
Throw a Party
Housewarming parties can be fun, but house farewell parties serve a great purpose: helping you bid farewell to a chapter of your life. You might think you can’t throw a party in the midst of packing, but that’s the beauty of a farewell party; boxes and packing supplies are appropriate and even encouraged! Eat pizza on cocktail tables made of stacked boxes and revel in your memories!
Raise a Glass
If anything deserves a toast, it’s the home that provided you and your family shelter for a period of your lives. Before you hand over the keys, raise a glass to the home – and the memories – you made together. And as is the case with any toast, be sure to express how much the home meant to you – and some of the memories you’ll cherish.
Leave Your Mark
Whether it’s carving your name in a backyard tree or leaving a growth chart on the back of the pantry door, leaving a piece of your family in your home can help you feel better about moving on. Other idea include hiding a time capsule in the attic or writing your family name and dates in a hidden location.
Frame a Picture
Bring a picture of your old home to your new one and let it grace your mantle or coffee table. You’ll always have the memories from your old space, so let it have a “seat” at your new table.
Take a Remnant
While we don’t advocate confiscating a lighting fixture or sneaking away a piece of molding, taking a “piece” of your home with you can help you feel like you’re moving on to a new chapter of your life. Cut off the molding that you etched the growth chart to, for instance, and replace it with new wood. This can serve as a treasured piece of the past in your new home.
Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
Your family no doubt shared a good deal of memories in your home. Before you move on to your new space, take an evening to share your favorite memories of the home. Let each family member recount a favorite event or memory, and sift through photos or memorabilia from treasured times.
Kids may have an especially hard time moving on from the home they’ve lived a big chunk of their life in. Literally saying “goodbye” can be a good way for kids to get some sense of closure. Take small kiddos through each room and let them say goodbye to each one. It may seem silly, but it can help kids understand that this chapter of their life is coming to a close.
Have One Last “Play” Date
Before you move, take an hour or so to “play” one last time in the yard of your old home. Whether you’re jumping in leaves or playing Frisbee, it can be nostalgic for your family to have one last play session in the home you love. And with the hectic stress of moving, a little time at play will be more than welcome!