Moving house can be bittersweet. Especially for those who have that sentimental streak. You love the new house, it’s a dream come true, but your children grew up here, and when it comes down to leaving you have to pry your fingers off the doorway.
So why not take the doorway with you?
There are many creative ways to take a reminder of your old home into your new life.
Many families will have singled out a door frame to measure their children against as they grew from ankle biters to adolescents. It’s usually riddled with uneven lines and questionable measurements.
The new house owners are expecting clean walls with their fresh start. So, you could paint over it. A coat of paint in the right colour will add value and appeal to a house on the market. Or, you could ask the carpenter – who is there to repair the kitchen bench ahead of the sale anyway – to remove it and replace it with a new one.
You can leave your old home with a unique memento. Replace a door jam in your new home or display your new linear artwork where you please.
Remember to give yourself a proper send-off, reflect on the good times and celebrate the future. Set out a guest book and ask your friends to share a memory from your home. Think of the cardboard boxes littering the living room as drink holders, hold off moving the BBQ, hand out paper plates, charge the speakers and celebrate the beginning of a new chapter.
Just be sure to save a bottle of champagne to christen the new house. A hello is as important as a goodbye.