10 tips to ease the stress when moving house


I moved in with my boyfriend this week. Taking the step to move in with a boy (man, sorry Matt) is stressful enough, so I decided to make the process of packing up my worldly belongings and moving them elsewhere as stress free as possible.

I have 10 top tips which are probably just common sense, but when the overwhelming sensation of “OH MY GOD I AM MOVING IN LESS THAN A WEEK” takes over, they might come in handy:

So accurate!

Declutter. About a week before the moving date, I spent a while looking round my flat thinking, I really do not have much stuff and made a mental list of everything I wanted to take. When I got about 3 minutes in, I quickly began putting clothes in to charity shop and wardrobe piles. It took about three evenings, but bit by bit I managed to go through A LOT of clothes, out of date toiletries, unused kitchen appliances and dusty books.The key is to be BRUTAL! Instead of rushing and panicking it was actually quite therapeutic and fulfilling only keeping things I actually use, want & might need some day e.g. the pirate costume that I wore for Halloween two years ago.

Inaccurate

Inaccurate

Begin packing process prior to moving date. Once I got rid of unwanted bits and bobs, packing was not actually too bad. I mean it wasn’t quite how Sex and the City portrayed it – there was no Champagne or costume changes. By packing bit by bit and room by room I managed to have a final clear out and knew exactly what I was taking with me. Tip within a tip: make sure you know what your next home contains, prior to moving in. You do not want to double up on things, but also do not want to throw away something only to realise your new flat does not have a clothes horse.

Ugly, but efficient!

Ugly, but efficient!

Get some boxes. It is all very well and good sorting through belongings, however if you do not have any boxes to put them in, your efforts are no use to anyone. I managed to take a few from work and asked around the local supermarkets. Nothing like a cardboard box to help moving more simple. They are a great shape to pack a car and you can write the contents on the box.

Accurate pleading face...

Accurate pleading face…

Rope in as many loved ones as possible. I do not know how my flat mate and I would have moved out of our flat without our dads and my boyfriend. The number of combined tip runs was quite impressive. My mum then saved the day when she arrived at our new flat with a lamb casserole and helped us unpack. Within 24 hours we had cleared one flat and made our new home look and feel like home – it was a huge team effort and would have taken 10 times as long if we tried to do it by ourselves.

Lifesaver!

Lifesaver!

Gumtree. Here is a tip about the tip, you will not be allowed to enter the tip and dump belongings if you are using a van. It is stupid. Sophs lovely dad, Ian and Matt were sat outside of the tip in Ian’s van with our two sofas wondering what to do. Matt quickly put an advert on Gumtree offering two free sofas with delivery a time limit of 30 minutes. Within 5 minutes he received 3 requests and they went to offload our sofas onto the next lovely owner. We probably should have done this sooner and could have made quite a bit of money if we would have been more organised, but it was a lifesaver.

So chic!

So chic!

Buy ‘boxes’ pre moving in. This is a different kind of box. There is nothing better than unpacking toiletries in to little baskets and clothes in to even bigger baskets. This is something that can be done after moving in, but if you are like me and like to unpack as quickly as possible then having gems such as this little cheeky purchase from Asda will make unpacking less of a chore.

Do people still send change of address cards?

Take a moving day. There is a lot of life admin to sort out when moving house most importantly notifying the world that your address has changed -the bank, phone company, the council, insurance company, new look….etc. Meter readings are a nightmare if you aren’t actually in your house. It just gives you some extra time to discover hidden corners and move things around until you find the perfect spot.

My favourite candle!

My favourite candle!

Buy lots of smellies. No matter how much the previous tenants cleaned the house, the building will always carry their smell for a while. I wanted the flat to smell fresh and clean and therefore I bought a serious amount of candles, incense sticks, plug ins, sprays- pretty much every smelly thing that Wilks had to offer. My friend came over for tea yesterday evening and the first thing she said when she walked in was “It smells amazing in here”. JOB DONE!

Sounds about right!

Sounds about right!

Buy bare necessities. Luckily I had my mum on hand to remind me of this one. When you are busy moving everything in the last thing you think about it what you will need once you have actually settled. Top of my list – loo roll, hand towel, hand soap, toothpaste, milk, teabags and of course WINE.

Such a happy little face!

Such a happy little face!

Enjoy moving in. Something Matt had to remind me a couple of times is that not everything has to be in order straight away. If you don’t buy the perfect cushions and blankets within 2 days of moving in, it is not the end of the world. Actually its better to shop around a little and find something perfect!

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Longleat. It’s really not just for kids!!!

 There is nothing like a fun day trip on a sunny weekend, especially if that day trip includes a safari and wild animals!!!

Matt and I invited my brother, Sam, and his girlfriend, Rosie to join us on a trip to Longleat as I had great memories of the place, however I was slightly apprehensive that it was going to be a bit childish (probably because I was around 8 years old the last time I went). Turns out I haven’t really grown up and it is still AMAZING!!!

Do not be fooled by the happy faces - the car was a furnace!

Do not be fooled by the happy faces – the car was a furnace!

We left Bristol at around 12pm (not 10am like we planned) and arrived at Longleat at around 1:30pm, it probably would have been quicker, however the sign posts are slightly confusing and we tried to enter through the caravan park which was a no go.

Just a quick heads up – it is not cheap. £32.95 per adult, but if you order your tickets online more than 24 hours before you go you can get them for £28 (£5 more towards animal food in the park). There are various family tickets and one year pass options see here.

Before you head in to the Safari you get given a CD which is definitely for kids, but is really informative about the animals that you see. The first part of the safari is on foot, which was a huge relief as it was boiling hot and Matts car does not have air conditioning (by the end of the day my make up was pretty much an exact copy of the baboons arse).

Meet my new boyfriend...

Meet my new boyfriend…

We were slightly unfortunate as we paid £6 to feed the Giraffe’s, however when we got to the bridge they were no longer interested in food (these animals are spoilt).

Our leaves were not good enough for the overfed Giraffes.

Our leaves were not good enough for the overfed Giraffes.

Black with white stripes!

Black with white stripes!

After we were reimbursed for the leaves we went on a walk to see the Wallabies, Leemurs and finally came across two turtle’s who were ‘making love’. The noise the male was making was pretty disturbing and Matt has a video, click on the link if you are intrigued (you sicko).

One of those moments when you really should look away, but you cannot bring yourself to do it!

One of those moments when you really should look away, but you cannot bring yourself to do it!

Video 04-07-2015 15 03 18 – This is the video if you really want the full experience!

Anyway back in the car and on to the main Safari we went. I have included a few pictures below of some of the amazing animals that we saw, but I have to say my highlights were most definitely the monkeys and feeding the deer.

Friendly sting ray!

This Ostrich was not intimidated by the car - it was his road and he was not moving!

This Ostrich was not intimidated by the car – it was his road and he was not moving!

Safe to say we did not spend a huge amount of time around these guys!

Safe to say we did not spend a huge amount of time around these guys!

One of the less exotic but equally cute animals in the park!

One of the less exotic but equally cute animals in the park!

Despite the heat, as we drove in to the monkey enclosure, I was definitely pleased that we brought Matt’s car. The monkeys were very active and stole Matts aerial. We made one special monkey friend who I think might have smelt the peanuts that may or may not have been strategically placed by the window.

My favourite animal of the entire day!

My favourite animal of the entire day!

We also made a huge number of friends in the deer enclosure. £1 worth of food went a long way and was so worth it although at one point I thought they were going to jump in to the car.

Selfie with deer #whynot

Selfie with deer #whynot

Their noses are so soft!!

Due to our late arrival we only had one hour in the main park once we left the safari, but I have to say I think we saw all the main attractions. We jumped straight on the boat which was brilliant as we were introduced to the Hippos, Seals and the 52 year old Gorilla who lives on his own island in the middle of the Lake (he was my absolute favourite probably because he reminded me of my dad – sorry dad).

He knows when the boats are coming and comes out of his house to watch everyone go by!

He knows when the boats are coming and comes out of his house to watch everyone go by!

The seals were very cute!

The seals were very cute!

Luckily the seals were still hungry!

…and still hungry!

We had 20 minutes to spare as we jumped off the boat and we went straight to the Penguins…..and straight back out again as the smell of fish was slightly overpowering. We then went to see the sting rays and to finish off we visited the birds. I do not even like birds so god knows why I agreed to buy some nectar – within seconds I had about 4 of them perched on my head and my arm.

The love the nectar!

The love the nectar!

This was on top of my head!

This was on top of my head!

If we had more time I would had loved to have seen some of the shows they put on in the park and taken a look round the beautiful house. Worth mentioning that Centre Parcs Longleat is just around the corner and we all said how great it would be to combine the two places over a weeks holiday.

Lion spotted having a pee!

Lion spotted having a pee!

My favourite thing about Longleat is the space that all of the animals are given and how happy and healthy they all look. If you are at a loss for things to do this summer, I really recommend Longleat as it is something different and a really fun day out!

A very enjoyable day had by all!

A very enjoyable day had by all!

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