With 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!
- Take all the pictures, clocks, photos, wall hangings, children’s art, embroidery, tapestries?!, degree certificates off the walls and stack them up somewhere out-of-the-way.
- Spend a month considering what you really miss, and then only put those ones back up.
- Enjoy your clean, clear walls!
We did this when we first moved in. Usually I’d want to get all this stuff put up as soon as possible to make the place feel homely, but this time I was determined not to make unnecessary holes in the wall that would only need filling later. We waited for about 2 months before we got the hammer and nails out..
Strangely this house is almost exactly the same layout as our last one so, in the meantime, I often found myself looking at blank spaces on the wall expecting to see a clock.
So what did we put back up?
- 3 fabric wall hangings I made to match the cushions I also made – I’ve included a picture of the cushions too, as I’m a bit proud of these matching masterpieces 😀
- 1 large frame of photos from our wedding
- 2 clocks
- 2 small frames of photos from our honeymoon
- A sunset canvas I got in Egypt
- A print of a painting
What hasn’t made the cut?
- 4 or 5 framed course photos of my husband and his class mates
- 3 canvases
- 4 shop bought “scenic” canvases
- A world map
- 2 small clip frames with postcards in
- A print that was hanging in the bathroom
I reckon that is a good start – I haven’t missed any of the bits and bobs that are sat in a pile in my spare room… Now for gumtree…