It’s been said that one of the best times to break old habits and start new ones is when you move to a new home. It certainly makes sense. Your whole life is being shaken up, so it’s a perfect time to start doing things a different way, rather than just settling back into what you always used to do. Our move to Texas has provided us with an opportunity to do just that. We’re letting go of some old habits and starting new, better habits.
One thing that we decided to do was to become a bit more morning oriented. We used to get up at noon and go to bed at 4am. Now we get up at 9am and go to bed at 1am. Not only do we now have more daylight hours to work with, which is good for running errands and doing business, it works better with our circadian rhythms. We never really wanted to have those hours, but life gave us little choice. Now we get to choose, and the new schedule is working out well for us. We’re actually getting more sleep and better quality sleep than before.
Another habit we’ve changed is getting away from the living room when we eat. It was very inconvenient to get to our dining table before, so most meals were eaten on the sofa in front of the TV. Now that we have an actual dining room, the table is set up and we eat there instead of the living room. Only small snacks are allowed in front of the TV. Now we can eat our meals in peace and comfort, and we talk to each other instead of staring blankly at the screen while mindlessly noshing.
The TV is another change that we made. Our former roommate liked to have the TV on all day long, but now, the TV stays off almost all day. It comes on for a few hours in the evening if we want to actually watch something. It’s hasn’t been on for more than 4 hours in a day since we got here. Well, there was one day that we had it on just for music, but now we have radio for that. Generally speaking, we’ve chosen to make a habit of leaving the TV off as much as possible.
Another habit we’ve developed is to rely less on the dishwasher and more on the sink. Everyone is washing up their dishes after meals rather than letting them sit. If anything has to sit because the drainer is full, it gets done as soon as the last batch of dishes is dry. We’ve also eliminated the use of paper plates and are reducing our use of paper towels. Instead, we use real dishes, hand towels and things that can be washed and reused.
We’re also changing the habit of letting the housekeeping go. We were all pretty lazy about that before. Now we are working out a schedule so that everyone does their share and everything gets done. Everything we owned was nicotine stained and needs to be cleaned for our new smoke-free home, so it’s getting us into a good habit of cleaning things up and keeping them clean.
I’m sure that there are more things we’ve been changing, but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I’m actually glad that we’ve made this move. Not just for the opportunities and the larger space, but because it has shaken us out of a lot of our old, bad habits and is encouraging us to make better habits. If you’re planning to move soon, you may want to keep this in mind and change your own habits as well.