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:
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 It took about three evenings, but bit by bit I managed to go through A LOT of clothes, out of date toiletries, unused kitchen appliances and dusty books.The key is to be BRUTAL!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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Home is where LOVE resides, where MEMORIES are created, FRIENDS are always welcome and Laughter never ends….
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