House move countdown – 3 weeks to go

20141117_213547With 3 weeks to go, packing commences. I can’t bear to start much before then or we’d spend quite a large proportion of our lives surrounded by boxes.

A month before, I make sure we have all the packaging materials we are going to need and start the early jobs:

  • Ensure the moving dates are booked with all the interested parties – including the removals and cleaning companies.
  • Identify what food we have in the freezer that will need eating before we move and which recipes I need to come up with to use up what we have.
  • Notify the phone and broadband provider of the moving date.
  • Put any final things on ebay that need selling.

Three weeks before I focus on starting to pack, and try to get some big jobs out of the way – this time we have dismantled the shed and other garden furniture.

My house move plan is a well-worn routine that we use each time we move, and it has been adapted from FLYLady’s Moving Tips. I particularly love the idea of starting with packing the things you don’t use very often and numbering the boxes. This means that at the other end you can start by unpacking the boxes with the highest numbers first. It’s so logical, but it does rely on the moving men following the instructions to stack the boxes in the new house with the numbers showing. This time, I shall be super strict about that rule!

 

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