Packing up and moving on


… 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.

My Aerobed

A toast to meI 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,

Miceal xxx

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.


  1. dee January 27, 2017 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    congratulations on your move! hope you will be very happy

  2. Pam Segers January 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    I hope that you will be very happy in your new home and that your back soon gets better.

  3. Victoria January 28, 2017 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Good luck in your new home, may love and happiness move in with you.

  4. Claire January 28, 2017 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on your new place, am sure u will be very happy there & it will feel like home in no time xx

  5. Eileen almond January 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are happy in your new home x

  6. Carolyn Sollo January 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    You are right Miceal. Moving is one of the most stressful experiences we go through but worth it in the end. I wish you lots of happiness in your new home xx

  7. Jan Gurmin January 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Hope you will be as happy in your new home as you were in your last home good luck. PS have you got a garden in your new home X

  8. Lisa Creighton January 28, 2017 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Good luck in your new home. Xx

  9. Louise Williams January 28, 2017 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hope you settle into your new home. Just reading this is making me feel exhausted! Please put some photos of your new place on your blog once you’ve settled in.

  10. jean walsh January 29, 2017 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    I hope you will be happy in your new abode

  11. Jacqui stephenson January 30, 2017 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you lots of luck in your new home ..

  12. Eileen January 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal good luck in your new home I love reading your blogs keep them coming takecare.

  13. Sue January 31, 2017 at 2:47 am -  Reply

    The new pad looks lovely, congratulations Miceal.
    Good luck and best wishes.

  14. martin forbes January 31, 2017 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    happy new year michael first time writing to you

  15. Jeanetta Lumsden January 31, 2017 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you lots of health,happiness,and love in your new home Miceal Xx

  16. Jean Fawcett February 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Just wanted to say I think you’re a very good presenter, very warm and genuine.

  17. Elizabeth Keenan February 2, 2017 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    Hope you will be happy in your new home.
    Wishing you all the best, health and happiness always.
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

  18. Pauline February 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you lots of happiness in your new home and hope you will soon be feeling better .Look forward to seeing you back. xx

  19. karen larkman February 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Your new home looks amazing – we moved last june and yesterday l am ashamed to say l unpacked our last box- so l hope you have now settled in. May your new home give you many happy times.

  20. Jill February 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Well done Miceal moving is very very stressful indeed! Best wishes in your new place.
    My daughter returned home at Christmas to try and save and get herself established on the property ladder. Not easy for anyone to get started these days.
    A shocking statistic is that her deposit for a new place is in total what I paid for my first home in total.
    Hope the back improves, gentle yoga stretching, and sleep is my recommendation!
    Best Wishes

  21. Maureen February 10, 2017 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Much happiness in your new home Miceal

  22. Sharon Windram February 16, 2017 at 9:09 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on your new move Miceal. They say on average a person moves 8 times in their life. I am still in my 2nd home and have been here for the last 32 years! so i am well behind the ‘average’ Anyway, take care of yourself my lovely and enjoy! Lots of hugs (gentle ones of course) Sharon xx

  23. Geraldine Crowley February 22, 2017 at 1:34 am -  Reply

    I Hope you enjoy your new home Miceal. It is a very stressful time but when you get your bobs and things in place it’s well worth it in the end up. ??

  24. Sarah T February 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are settling into your new home now Miceal. Saw you on Charlie Bears the other night and couldn’t stop laughing!! I managed to get Charlie Bear of the year before she sold out…..! 🙂

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Cast your vote!

Never miss a post!

Sign up to our QGossip feed to get the latest posts in your mailbox.

QVC uses first and third party cookies to enhance your use of this website and provide you with a personalised browsing experience. We do so in accordance with our Privacy Statement and our Cookie Policy. To learn more and change your preferences click here. By actively continuing to use this website, closing this banner or clicking the OK button below, you consent to our use of cookies.

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.