Everything but the kitchen sink: time to pack!
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Well I’m sad to say that my prediction from this earlier post has come true, and we’re now packing to move house. Again. Bloody renting! Fortunately, our landlord gave us plenty of notice, and we’ve already managed to secure a new house to rent, with minimal fuss or stress.
In fact, my stress levels had been kept at a relatively low level up until the point where I walked in to our garage and realised just how much STUFF we had managed to accumulate. WHERE DOES IT ALL COME FROM? It’s a freaking mystery. Do retail fairies sneak into the house at night and leave piles of freshly bought things? Does my husband have a secret shopping addiction I’m not aware of? Have the kids been on the iPad with my credit card?!?
Lose the crap
So, my first step in the packing to move house preparation process is to CULL. I’ve been ruthless so far – if we haven’t used it in two years, it’s either going on Gumtree, or it’s being chucked in the council pick-up pile. Mr McD and the kids have been chasing me around the house trying to reclaim ‘treasured’ possessions (that they’d forgotten all about), but I’ve held my line. There is NO POINT dragging useless, unused stuff from house to house, and I refuse to fill our new house with piles of old tatt.
We still have three weeks to go until moving day, but we’ve already started packing some boxes – the ‘good’ crockery and fancy glasses we rarely use have been boxed up, and books and photos are slowly making their way into temporary cardboard homes.
Get it done
I plan to allocate part of each day to packing to move house, so we should be able to knock it all over without too much of a panic. If you don’t have the time, the physical capability, or the inclination (and let’s face it – who does!), Hire a Packer will send a couple of lovely ladies over to do it all for you. They can either just box up certain rooms (i.e. the kitchen), or they can do the whole lot. They can even unpack at the other end! Personally, I don’t mind the unpacking bit. It feels a bit exciting – finding new places for everything, imagining how your new life is going to pan out in your new home…
So that’s where we’re at right now, and why things have been a little quiet on the blog of late. Once we move and settle in I’ll get back into some kind of blogging routine, promise!
What’s your best tip for packing to move house?