Lessons learned from moving house
October 13, 2013 by The Victorian Librarian
A fairytale cottage (home-designing.com)
It’s been four weeks (tomorrow) since First Sibling and I moved out of our flat, and I moved into my tiny one-bedroom flat. I can’t believe so much time has passed already, and that there are still so many boxes to be unpacked. Fortunately that particular problem should be remedied with the buying of new furniture this week.
So, given I’m working on writing my evaluative statement for my CILIP Chartership portfolio, I’ll flex my reflective writings skills with a look back on the move in the form of some suggestions for the next time.
Next time, hire professional moving people to lift everything down and up stairs. We’re too old, and I’m too wee, to be able to do it all ourselves. On the plus side, we did get it all done, so well done us!
Finish packing the boxes at least two days before your actual moving day. This will allow your muscles to recover and your whimpering to stop.
Keep a ready supply of food and coca-cola to hand. Make sure you know where the nearest cafes to old and new residences are in advance, to ensure an equally ready supply of caffeine.
To avoid inadvertently stealing sibling’s saucepans and crockery, mark your respective names on individual boxes so that they end up in the right house.
If you emptied the fridge at the last minute, make sure you know where you put the bag of fridge food and drinks in the new flat. Make sure it doesn’t end up in a random box at the bottom of a pile of boxes. (note: fortunately said bag wasn’t in any box, but that was the fear).
Don’t start a course in the same week that you move house.
Resist the temptation to buy plants or pets until after you have properly arranged the flat and got all the furniture where it needs to be.
No matter how tired you are after moving, always get beds and settees built immediately. Somewhere comfortable to sleep and to sit will make the whole process of unpacking considerably more bearable. Similarly, have books and a radio to hand for easy unpacking. Such diversions will stop the moving process from sending you properly crackers.
Get back to normal living as soon as possible. This includes a normal blogging routine, for those of you feeling bereft in this time of my silence :)
Another fairytale cottage (my real dream) – from home-designing.com
Any other suggestions and advice will be most gratefully received, as I’m still in the middle of organising Victorian Librarian Towers to be as perfect a bolthole as I can manage.