… No, not moving on from QVC (well, not unless you know something I don’t!), I mean moving from my little flat I got a couple of years ago.
It was my first ever home I had bought and it meant so much to me. Like most people my age, living in London meant it had taken me a very long time and a lot of hard work to save up the money for the deposit to buy, but I did – eventually – and I felt so much pride in the achievement.
Now though, it’s time to move on. Living in central London is great because of the access you have to so many of the things I love: art, music, great food etc, but there is a price to pay. Noise, traffic, pollution, environmental stresses, all take a toll after a while, so I decided it was time to move a little further out of the centre.
With the decision made and a new place found, it was time for the big move to happen. I was supposed to pack up and move on New Years weekend, but then mum’s flights back to Ireland were cancelled and she ended up staying with me longer, and so the move got delayed. There was no way I was going to start packing up boxes while she was still there. The flat was so small I was concerned she may trip over one.
You see, in 2015 she went through a phase of tripping and falling a lot which resulted in multiple broken ribs, a broken wrist, and two gashed eyes – requiring 15 stitches in one eye and 11 stitches in the other! So there was no way I was taking the risk. Besides, mum is so tiny (and getting smaller as she gets older), that there was a danger she could have been accidentally picked up and packed away in a box, never to be seen again.
So the big day came, everything was packed, and the removal guys arrived.
Now, I was brought up to have a ‘let’s get the job done’ attitude, unfortunately it seems everyone is not the same! So my removal guys were moving at a glacial pace – I only hired them because I have been suffering with some back issues recently, but they took… forever.
Knowing I have problems with my back, because I told them that’s why I had hired them, they still were happy to let me lift and move boxes, which I did to try and shame them into working a little harder, but they barely even noticed. Ugh, the youth of today! (Oh no, when did I turn into my parents?)
Eventually everything was packed up and ready to go. When we got to the new place it was the same snails pace as before and I had to just take a deep breath and accept it. After many hours, everything was in. There were boxes stacked everywhere. I was exhausted. You see, it wasn’t just the moving day alone, as I had been working the days leading up to the move I had been coming home and packing up late into the night so this moment. By the time the the movers finished, it was the culmination of a week-long packing and moving marathon.
The first thing I did was set up my Aerobed, as I didn’t have a bed at this point, I had treated myself to a new one and it wouldn’t be arriving for a while.
Well, as it was an Aerobed, it took less than three minutes to inflate.
I love it because it is really comfortable and didn’t cause me any issues with my back, as I had incorrectly assumed an inflatable bed would. I had used it all through Xmas when mum was visiting, and here it was again saving the day. I put some Kelly Hoppen sheets on it, got out of my dusty ‘moving clothes’ and put on some pjs, cracked open a bottle of the fizzy stuff and toasted myself for all my hard work and the move.
Moving is hard, whether it is moving to a new home, a new job, a new relationship or just ‘moving on’ from a period in your life.
Whatever the move is though, it takes a while to pack up the old stuff (emotional baggage, memories, bed linens…) and move it so that you can start afresh. The process can be tiring but really worth it. My move only happened a couple of weeks ago, so I am still settling into mine.
Whatever ‘move’ you are considering, remember, with a little planning and some hard work, you will reap the rewards – I know I am.
Until next time,
P.S. there will be an Aerobed Today’s Special Value coming up in April and I will give you more details about my experience with it in a later blog. In the meantime, if you want to know anything about it, just ask me by commenting below.