When the stuff inside your house becomes “home”

To a little kid, a move is exciting: it’s an excuse for a newly decorated bedroom, new toys and new neighborhood friends. But to anyone else, a move sometimes signifies leaving more than it presents the opportunity for novelty.But for anyone who spent their childhood (or adulthood, or anything in between) moving, it’s not the house that stores the memories, like many of us think. Quite often, it’s the things inside the house that are filled with meaning and hard to let go of.

What makes a “home”

Instead of the walls of the house, it’s the dresser set that traveled with the family during each move, and stood next to your bed in each new bedroom, and the dining room armoire holding Grandma’s china that really hold the memories. They’re the constants in pictures, in the background of the home videos, and the things that fill memories.

Redecoration can help

On top of the furniture that travels to each house, with each new home, the opportunity to redecorate and buy new things will always exist, a process that adds to the memories. A chest bought in one city might stand next to a sofa bought in another, both undoubtedly with their own stories and memories. While moving can always be an excuse to clean out the house and purge what isn’t absolutely necessary, it’s really an exercise on deciding what’s important and meaningful and what should be taken by a Boston junk removal company. Move after move, the less important belongings will be naturally filtered out, and the important will stay, making an appearance in another room in another house.

Things to leave behind

The things left behind in a move don’t have to be negative losses. Getting rid of superfluous items can be cleansing, and learning to live with less can be freeing. (Practical too, when paying a local mover.) Knick-knacks, trinkets and collectables are easy to dismiss as small and inconsequential, and therefore worthy of keeping, because after all, they don’t take up too much space, do they? But junk adds up, and throwing them in the corner of moving boxes won’t make for an enjoyable unpacking experience. Plus, isn’t there a better purpose for that end kitchen drawer than a junk drawer?

When the walls of a house or a backyard can’t come with you, the meaning of the things that filled those rooms is magnified. Leaving a house, especially one filled with memories, can be hard, but knowing the most memory-filled things are coming with you, it can make the move one step easier. When your stuff becomes your home, even moves will mean your home is always with you.