Countdown: 7 Days Until Moving Day

I have struggled to keep up with my blog this year, between uni, moving house, working overtime and now moving again.  But, things should settle soon, we are moving for the last time for as long as I can put it off, we finally bought our first house.

As you can imagine after all the suffering, stress and running around we are finally moving in next week.  So this week has been a week of acquiring boxes, packing boxes and looking around the house wondering what else I can pack, and make lists about what needs to be taken, what days to pack certain things that need to wait until closer to the day.  Moving can be hard enough, but I also have to work this week, we have a family commitment on the weekend 2hrs away from where we live, and somehow we have to finish the process while maintaining business as usual.  So, as usual, I have had to make myself a plan.

Looking at this logically I have 7 days until moving day.  In that time I have to work, movingspend one day on travel, finish packing, take as many loads of boxes across as I can to the new house to lighten the load on moving day.  I like to be as organised as I can be, so I have made a meal plan for the week, a plan of attack for packing, and a plan for our ongoing “business as usual” week.

Day 1 of 7: (today)
Day off (no work)
Organise phone, internet and foxtel
Pack kitchen supplies that won’t be needed

Day 2 of 7: (Wednesday)
Work 7am – 3:30pm
Final inspection before settlement
Meal plan – Indian chicken curry
Continue packing boxes/go for a walk

Day 3 of 7: (Thursday)
Work 7am – 3:30pm
Settlement (YAY)
Collect keys
Take a load of boxes to new house, unpack them
Pack more boxes
Meal plan – Mexican (burritos)

Day 4 of 7: (Friday)
Work 7am – 3:30pm
Personal training session
Take a load of boxes
Meal plan – leftovers

Day 5 of 7 (Saturday)
Day off (no work)
Take load of boxes on way to family commitment

Day 6 of 7 (Sunday)
Day off (no work)
Take van full of boxes to lighten the load
Unpack as able
Meal plan – leftovers

Day 7 of 7 (Monday)
Day off (no work)
Lunch with friend
Take a load over
Prepare all furniture and boxes – organise them into one place in preparation for moving day on Tuesday
Call energy company and arrange power
Call insurance company and ensure all details are correct for moving day

I think the thing I have struggled with the most throughout this whole experience has been looking around the house for what we have left, knowing that some of it we can’t mov housepack yet because we still need it, and feeling like we haven’t made any progress.  I have been out shopping looking for storage solutions to better organise my new pantry, I will be making posts on our progress as we move in.  I like to have things organised, and I plan to share our ideas and strategies, in organising our kitchen, planning our meals once we get settled since my husband and I are on a diet to help lower cholesterol (something I struggle with in the aim to keep meals interesting).  We have plans for some things we want to fix around the house; we need to get a covering over the back patio, we are getting air conditioning installed, a dishwasher installed, I am super excited to get my sewing room organised, start a veggie patch, attempt a verticle herb garden, and a personal cookbook sorted for my thermomix and Tupperware pressure cooker recipes.

Keep an eye out as I plan to get more organised into next year, I want to post more recipes, meal planning tips, and general household organising as I create my new routine.  My husband is starting a new job after finishing uni, we will both be working shift work, and most probably not be on the same shifts, so I need to have meals planned, be organised enough to stay on top of the laundry, cleaning and keep some time to do some things for myself that I haven’t been able to do for two years since I commenced my post-graduate studies that I just finished this year.  I have a knack for managing to get myself into commitments that leave me stressed, time poor and without time to relax and do things for myself.  My husband and I have decided that next year is going to be our year, to do some things for us, after having a very hard 3 years while we both studied, while we saved to get married, and then saved to buy a house.  I know we all make new years resolutions, but mine are highly achievable and revolve around getting back to things that bring me happiness; reading, working on my blog, sewing, playing the piano keyboard, and I have the garden project to work towards.  We also want to make ourselves a home and spend some quality time together and with our friends and family.  Moving house is a tiny step in the great picture, but it is a process and we want the day to run as smoothly as we can.

Updates to follow.

What has worked for you in the process of moving?  I have labelled my boxes and I’m trying to get everything organised, that’s the best we can do at the moment I think.

About myhousewifelifeblog

I am a nurse by trade, and a traditional "de facto" housewife by nature. Constantly seeking a more organised existence. I like to cook, sew and play my keyboard. I try to keep my house organised but I've not yet mastered this, and I am endeavouring to reach my image of ultimate organisation at home. I'm not sure if it's possible, but I'll give it a go.
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