Twentysomething Reasons to Move as a Twentysomething

Moving can be a tumultuous process. And no, I am not exaggerating. But it can also be fun and exciting! Maybe it’s the time of year, but a lot of people I know seem to be moving, including me! So with that, here are twentysomething reasons why I think moving as a twentysomethinng (or I suppose, at any time), is beneficial.

  1. A fresh, new start
    • Who doesn’t want that?
  2. Cleaning out your closets
    • Literally and metaphorically. Everyone has some baggage they might want to toss, but let me tell you, I was also able to throw out some hideous old clothing.
  3. Doing something familiar
    • I’ve moved before, it’s nothing new. It’s almost soothing to pack the boxes, unpack the boxes. It’s rhythmic. And at the end of the process, it’s nice to know that I will still have familiar things around me.
  4. Doing something unfamiliar
    • I’ve never lived off-campus. It’s unfamiliar! Uncharted territory. And I’m going to say moving is the definition of uncharted.
  5. Making at least one (or one hundred) adult decisions
    • Wait, you mean wi-fi isn’t free to the world? Whose name is the bill going to be in? These are hard decisions, and ones I’ve never had to make before.
  6. Entering the “real world”
    • And on the note above, those kind of hard decisions really make you feel like you are in the “real world,” whatever the hell that means. I’m not in a campus bubble anymore. I’m in the world around me…and I kind of love it.
  7. Feeling vulnerable
    • Moving can be scary and overwhelming. Raise your hands if you’re with me!
  8. Testing your independence
    • I can run around in my underwear if I wanted, but that also means paying the bills on time, cleaning to avoid bugs, etc.
  9. Shopping!
    • So what if it’s for Lysol wipes or carpet cleaner?! Shopping is shopping, people.
  10. Treat Yo Self
    • After everything (or mostly everything) was unpacked, I kicked back, put my feet up on the couch, and poured myself a healthy glass of red wine with a great book sitting right next to me. It was glorious.
  11. Bonding with new people
    • My neighbors across the hall have a mat outside their door. It says, “Hello, I’m mat.” I decided I like them already. I’m excited to meet them, and I’m potentially debating on whether or not to bring a Jell-O mold.
  12. Living with someone else, or multiple people
    • No matter who you live with, moving is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn more about yourself.
  13. A good use of quarters
    • Before, spare change was a nuisance. Something reserved for piggy banks and cracks in the sofa. But now, lay all the quarters on me, because now I need to pay to do laundry!! Ew. Why does it sound like I’m excited?
  14. A change of scenery
    • Everything is different. I’m in the same town, and yet, everything has changed around me. How do I get to the grocery store from here? Work? Classes? Everything is new.
  15. Celebrating the little things
    • Look at this amazing medicine cabinet in the bathroom!!! (that is not a hypothetical statement)
  16. Celebrating the big things
    • I’m moving to a new place with a great friend, starting with a clean slate for a second year of grad school, and feeling excited. A cause to celebrate!
  17. Having an excuse for the depletion of your bank account
    • My rent is how much?!!
  18. Building your credit
    • It’s never too early! When someone told me that I needed to start building credit so I could eventually buy a house, I nearly had a heart attack. However, paying rent (on time) will help build that credit, and it’s never a bad thing.
  19. Living in the present
    • Moving is here and now. You’re packing the past and unpacking into the present. It gives you the means to focus on what’s in front of you.
  20. Having fun
    • I think I have thrown myself more dance parties this weekend while packing/unpacking than I have throughout the entirety of last year…
  21. Enjoying it
    • And last but certainly not least, enjoy the process. Enjoy everything about moving, starting new, and having the opportunity to try something different.

Any other twentysomething moving tips? Leave them in the comments below!

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