Anybody who has had both the pleasure and displeasure of moving home will know the kind of stress I’ve been under for the past few weeks. You see my boyfriend and I have finally moved into our first place together and I have to be honest, I really don’t want to move again. It’s more stressful than you’d ever realise!
We had been looking for a few months and then finally decided to commit once we found a house that we both fell in love with, and now we’re looking forward to making it a home as the stress clouds slowly lift to reveal the sunshine.
My boyfriend dealt with it better than me, us women eh… Ha!
Moving – Things to Remember
This move may have been about as stressful as I can probably handle but it has been good in that I have learnt what to do and what not to do the next time a move comes around (hopefully not soon) which I can now share with you.
Here are some things I learnt:
Furniture is a Nightmare
There’s only one thing that’s worse to move than fragile items such as plates, glasses and vases. Can you guess what I mean? That’s right, the bloody furniture.
I own a high quality leather sofa which I purchased from Halo Living a couple of years back when I was living at home with my parents. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture but a complete and utter nightmare to move as I discovered.
Not only the furniture from Halo but I also had some solid pine sideboards from Hillcrest and, again, a nightmare to move. Couldn’t leave them!
Despite my struggles, or should I say the struggles I watched my boyfriend and father have with them, they did end up arriving at our new home in one piece and without too much damage being done to them or the walls that were ground down as they brushed past numerous times before fitting through our doors.
TIP: Get as much help as you can with furniture and, if possible, break the pieces down as much as you can – every little helps, trust me on that one.
Cleaning with End You
If a move wasn’t hard enough with all of the careful packaging of your belongings, and then moving them, but then there’s preparing the new home for them.
This is something that I seriously underestimated. I thought we’d clean as we moved things into our new place but nope, it doesn’t work that way. The new place was rotten and needed a real deep clean before anything could be put into place and so we had huge stacks of our belongings in the living room for a week or so.
It’s easy for a potential new home to look sparkling to you when you fall for it, but once you’ve descended from cloud nine reality can often be much different as was the case for us. This was more tiring than moving our furniture – crazy!
TIP: Always plan for a deep clean before preparing and moving your belongings and, if possible, get help from friends and family. It’ll be a huge help.
Arguments will Happen
Moving into a new home with a partner should be the most exciting time of your life, right? Wrong. Stress ignites stress and arguments will happen. A lot.
My boyfriend and I probably argued more during our move into our new house than we have during the entirety of our relationship. That’s not an exaggeration either, by the way, we fought like cat and mouse the whole time because we both reacted differently to the stresses of moving as well as how things would be packed, moved and positioned in the new place. He left me in control in the end (hehe).
TIP: Try to stay as calm as you can and discuss certain arrangements before any action is taken. This will save a lot of arguing for you.