New Year, New House: 7 Tips For Settling In

Wanting a fresh start in the new year? Moving house is tough, but these tips for settling in should help you get back on your feet!

The end of a year always gets you thinking about the new one that’s approaching: what will your resolutions be, what will you do different, will it be ‘your year’?

Christmas is already nearly here, with only 11 days to go (where’s the time gone?!) But there’s nothing like getting yourself ready to take the next twelve months by storm. So much so, that some of us will already have plans in motion.

Most people plan on putting their home on the market in January. Some might have put theirs on the market in October hoping it would sell before Christmas. We bought ours over Christmas and the house had been on the market since June!

Moving at this time of year can feel quite chaotic. But there is something magical about moving when the new year begins, and the ‘New year, new start’ idea definitely comes into it.

It’s easy to say you won’t get too stressed with the process, but you will. It’s all part of moving house. You should not only brush up on some top tips to consider when moving house, but you’re going to want to work on your settling in plans too. To make sure that your move is a success, and that you don’t stress out too much, it’s the getting settled part that you need to nail. So if you are moving ahead of the new year, or over the next few weeks, here’s some tips for settling in to your new home. 


Do Your Cleaning First

The first thing you need to do, before anything else, is clean. So you’ve packed up everything you own and you’re ready to move it over to the new place. But don’t – not just yet. You need to ensure that everything is clean before you do. Cleaning will be difficult if you’re trying to clean around boxes and furniture. Do a full clean, and then move everything over. 


Decorate Ahead If You Can

Another trick to make yourself feel as settled as possible, is to decorate before you move in. Of course, this isn’t always going to be an option if there’s chains of people relying on you to move out so they can move in. But, if you do have a bit of a crossover between places, then it’s going to work in your favour. 


Have One Room Ready To Relax In

If you can’t quite manage to decorate before you do move in, or you have a lot more work to do than just a fresh lick of paint, you’re going to want to try this instead. You need one room that is ready and done, so that you have a space you can chill out in. The rest of the house could be a complete mess and need a lot doing to it, but if you have that one room you’re going to feel more settled.


Create Organised Chaos

It’s definitely a given that your house is going to be piled high with boxes for awhile. And it’s going to look a mess – there’s no way around that. But you can make things easier. By packing up your old house strategically, you’ll know where everything is, and you’ll be able to access what you need, when you need it. LABEL EVERYTHING. Label what is in each box, and pack up by room so you know what box belongs where. 


Unpack The Essentials Early

Or, don’t even pack the essentials in the first place. Maybe put them in a suitcase or bag that you can carry on you. This means it’s the first bag to arrive at the new place, and easy to find. It should include spare clothes, mugs and teabags, even clean bedding so you can make your bed and have somewhere to sleep that night. Put a handy takeout menu in there too so you can order in instead of cooking (we ordered curry our first night and ate it on the floor, but it was THE BEST idea). 


Stock Up On Supplies

A huge part of the settling in process is keeping some kind of normality, even though your life won’t be feeling all that normal right now. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that you have all of the supplies you need, from make-ahead meals to drinks and snacks. You might not unpack your baking trays or casserole dishes for a few days so quick and easy microwaveable food is your best best. 

I actually did a food shop and ordered it to be delivered the day we moved in. This meant we didn’t have to stop what we were doing to spend two hours at the supermarket and an hour unpacking it all. It got delivered which saved me so much valuable box-unpacking time.


Finish Off The Basics First

You should also work hard to get some of the basics in place to begin with. From securing your home to getting your utilities switched on and even hooking up your WiFi, these are the obvious but essential things that will make you feel settled. When they’re in place, you’ll start to feel like your new home is quickly coming together.

We obviously renovated our house, but we had WiFi even when the place was a building site. It meant the days we were there stripping wallpaper or knocking walls down were so much easier.


6 Moving Home Mistakes to Avoid

Moving home can be stressful, to say the least.

It is always surprising how many things you have accumulated over the years. However, we are often guilty of making the house move more stressful than it needs to be. How? Well, read on to discover some of the common moving home mistakes you need to avoid.


Not measuring furniture in advance

Simply assuming that your furniture is going to fit into your new home is never a good idea. There is nothing worse than arriving at your new property and discovering your sofa won’t fit in the living room. It’s hardly going to look good in the garden, is it? Make sure you measure everything before you move.

We had the benefit of renovating the house whilst still living with our parents, so we bought furniture having already measured the space. We had 6 months between buying the house and moving in. Plenty of time to measure and find lovely pieces.


Not packing a survival kit for moving day

When you arrive at your new house, are you really going to want to unpack each and every box straight away? It is likely that you’ve already had a tiring day. This is why it is important to pack a survival kit, ensuring that all of the items you need will be immediately available to you once you arrive at your new pad.

Include a kettle, tea bags, mugs, milk, spoons, some snacks, maybe a couple of ready meals you can stick in the fridge to have for your dinner. People always forget this one: bedding. DON’T pack it in a box, you need it the first night. Also include spare underwear and a toothbrush/toothpaste.


Failing to check insurance

When it comes to house removals, it is vital to check your insurance, as well as the removal company’s insurance. Unfortunately, breakages can easily happen during a move. If there is no insurance in place, you won’t be able to get these items replaced or refunded. All of the most credible companies will have a sufficient insurance policy, so make sure you check this out.


Trying to do everything yourself

While you may not want to spend money on moving your furniture from A to B, it’s often a necessity. Trying to handle everything yourself can be a bigger task than you realise. This is especially the case if you have heavy and awkward items that need moving. It’s even more so if you have a lot of cherished items, as well as those that need special handling during the removal process, such as musical instruments.

Doing everything yourself can actually cost you a lot more money if you end up damaging your belongings.


You don’t consider pets and children

You need to think about what your children are going to do during removal day. If possible, ask a friend or family member to look after your kids for the day. With regards to pets, make sure they are kept in one room while the removal firm is there. You can ensure this is the last room to be emptied and packaged up.


You haven’t had a clear out

Moving home represents the perfect chance to have a clear out. The last thing you want to do is simply move clutter from one place to another. Throw things out weeks before you move, making packing a bit easier.


So there you have it; some of the most common moving home mistakes people make. If you can avoid the errors that have been mentioned above, you can go a long way to ensuring your move is as stress-free as possible.


We’ve Moved In!

The day has finally come, and we’ve moved in to our new house.

I’m sharing some pictures with you, even though it’s still very messy, and we still have a LOT of sorting out to do because WE’VE MOVED IN. I can’t believe how instantly at home me and Jay felt: I thought it would be weird, and wouldn’t feel like our house, but we settled in so quickly.

I suppose that’s because we’ve been doing work on it for six months. Being here every day for that amount of time has obviously got us used to the place.

Our first night here was on Saturday. I don’t think either of us slept particularly well on a new mattress, and in a new place. The water tank makes an unusual ticking noise (and it’s in our bedroom) and the road is quite noisy in the mornings. I’ve always lived in a cul-de-sac, so I’m not used to the sound of cars whizzing by in the morning.

We have scrubbed the whole place, I’ve been hoovering every day, and we always have a number of visitors every afternoon. They’re all excited to see it after all the work and money we’ve put in.

So, onto the pictures!

This is right by the front door. As you come in, the stairs are in front of you, and the sideboard is to the right.

living room with sofa and lighting

This is the lounge. The front door is behind the sofa, as is the sideboard above.

You go through the lounge into the kitchen diner. The whole of downstairs is open plan, with only an archway separating the dining room and living room.

moved in to our house

As you might have guessed, by the green carpet, we haven’t touched the two big bedrooms upstairs. And the bed/bedding is going ASAP too.

The small bedroom is being turned into my office. It currently has the same floor as the kitchen, but no wallpaper/paint.


It still needs a lot of work. The next job is to dig a trench for drainage that means we can put a washing machine in the garage. We’d also like to tackle the outside of the house before we start on the bedrooms.

At the moment we can only get one car on the drive because of the plants. It would be good to flatten the whole thing, and then get two cars on. At least we’re moved in though!

5 Amazing Moving House Tips for Everyone

Moving into a new home is a big deal: you have to collect everything you own, and move it, so I’ve come up with some moving house tips.

Whether you move 2 miles or 302 miles, you still have to pack your belongings up, get it in the car/van, and then unpack it at the other end. It can cause a lot of upheaval, and can take weeks to get everything organised and as you want it.

I’m moving house this weekend, because all the flooring is in! and wanted to share some moving house tips for other first-time movers.

You’ve got 30 boxes ready? Buy 30 more

You’ll be AMAZED how many boxes you need. If you don’t want your belongings to get squashed, or subsequently pack a box that no-one can pick up, you’ll need a lot more boxes than you could imagine.

Some heavier items, such as books, should take up half a box. Consider packing the other half with a throw, or clothes. The box is then full, but with a combination of light and heavy things.

I tend to use plastic storage boxes more than cardboard ones.

Clean your new house thoroughly

You might thinking that packing and moving everything over is more of a priority. But there’s nothing worse than coming to unpack, and you’re slowed down because you haven’t cleaned inside the kitchen cupboards. Or you come to put clothes in the wardrobe, and find some dead moths. Clean all the cupboards and storage spaces out before you move everything. It means you can bang things straight in there without worrying about how dirty it is.

Keep back an ‘Urgent’ box

You should have one box that contains things you’ll need straightaway/that first night. Think about tea bags, milk, pyjamas, a couple of mugs, a kettle, maybe some champers to celebrate. Think about products too: toothpaste and a toothbrush, makeup remover, deodorant for the next morning. There’s nothing worse than sifting through box after box just to find some shampoo for the shower you’re desperate to have. This will just make more mess.

moving house tips

Open the front door, and then make your bed

This is a tip that I will definitely be doing. You’ve been unpacking for four hours, you’ve had your final cup of tea, and now you’re heading to bed. But wait. Where’s your duvet and pillows? And where is your duvet cover? You now spend the next hour working through the boxes you haven’t unpacked, just so you can make your bed up. NOPE. Keep a spare duvet cover and pillowcases in your ‘Urgent’ box, and make them up as soon as you get in. This means, when you’ve unpacked, you can collapse in a heap and go straight to sleep.

Label your boxes by room or object

When you first load the van, put boxes in first and furniture in last. When you arrive at your destination, the furniture comes out first and is all built. Then the boxes are taken out. If you’ve labelled them, put each box in the room it’s labelled with. This means you can unpack logically, one room at a time, and takes much less time.

House moving tips - label your boxes

There are probably loads more moving house tips that I haven’t thought of (or can’t fit into one post without boring you all) but I’d say these are the most important.

Have you got any moving house tips you can add to my list? I’d love to hear them!