Fresh Woods & Pastures New

As some of you may know, I have just moved house after some time living off the charity of good friends (massive shout out here to Jon and Susie, who are amongst the best people the world has to offer. Thank you for everything.), so I thought I’d take a break from all the unpacking and reorganising of furniture to pop out to the café, borrow some internet from the university, and blog about…moving house.

Via TumblrThis may take some time.

So, you’ve moved house and you’re wondering where to begin. Let this be your guide:

1. Make the bed

It is a well known scientific fact that there are few things in a house more depressing than an unmade bed. Seriously, hardly anyone ever leaves a bed without sheets and duvet for longer than the time it takes to change them. This is because it looks weird and unhomely. So, without doubt, you should make the bed. As soon as you do this, the house will begin to look more like home than it did before and you can start to relax.

2. Sort the kitchen

Kitchens tend to be fairly easy to unpack, but that’s not the reason to do it. The reason is like the bed – the kitchen is the place where the smells of home originate. Whether that’s freshly baked bread or the brewing of coffee or some other simple thing that takes you back to being a child, it’s an important psychological link to calling this space of empty walls and full boxes a home. Also, sleeping and eating are pretty intrinsic to being human. If the bed is ready to go and you can prepare some vital food and caffeine to keep you going, then you’re ready to tackle the real unpacking.

3. Get the media ready

I don’t know about you, but I don’t go through a day without listening to music. I also don’t go through many without watching a few episodes of a TV show or a film or something. This becomes all the more important when in a new house. Listening to music makes unpacking a whole lot more fun and the familiar sounds will help you relax into the place. Music gives a place soul. It makes it a little bit more alive. So get the radio or stereo or ipod dock or whatever it is you use and whack on some tunes, then you can crack on much easier.

4. Art attack

Everyone has some form of art in their house, whether that’s a prized Kandinsky print or a picture of the Master Chief shooting a truckload of aliens in the face (both are important). Get them out and up where you can (repainting permitting). There are two good reasons for this. One, the pictures and keepsakes and knick knacks and so on that we keep in our houses are part of an expression of our personality. They are what makes a house a home. Get them set up early to establish that it’s your place. Two, rooms are a lot more echoey without the acoustic baffle that having stuff on the walls establishes. That weird empty sound you hear as you move stuff around in a new place, that’s because there’s nothing on the wall and all the sound goes flat. You want to stop this as soon as you can.

5. Home is where the naked is

This one might seem a little odd, but you’ve come this far and have I been wrong? Okay, maybe a little, but moving swiftly on… Be naked as soon as you can. I wouldn’t recommend that this is when you’re moving furniture, particularly wardrobes as the doors have a habit of catching objects. But, nudity is, mostly, a private thing that you do behind locked doors. Getting naked means that this is your space, your safety space, where the rest of the world is only allowed in if you invite them. Again, this is psychological warfare on the part of your brain that’s saying “I don’t know this place and I don’t care for it at all, my good sir” (*actual words may differ, unless, like me, your brain is a Dickensian rogue). Anyway, nudity will help. Just remember to put the curtains up first.

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