The great move… again

Age: 13 ½ months
I like:
Digging, boobs, peanut butter toast, Wotsits, my new house, my dog on a stick

I have some advice for you. Never move house. Of course this isn’t wildly practical advice since we almost all have to move house at some point but my suggestion would be to avoid moving house at all costs, especially if you have a toddler.

Mr O and I have not been great at following this advice. We have been living together for seven years and we have moved house four times. The most recent time was last week. Unfortunately this is one of the miserable side effects of renting in the UK where leases are very rarely longer than a year. We had no intention of moving out of our most recent house and I don’t think our landlord was particularly keen on us moving but his son has gotten divorced and needs somewhere to live. #dontmakeyourproblemsmyproblems


Fortunately the letting agent we rented the old house to had another property available two roads over and we decided it was the simplest, most logical option.

In theory everything should have gone smoothly. However…

The packing was a nightmare because I couldn’t take time off work and Mr O had to wait for Little O’s nursery days or Mrs O Senior to be available.

Although I had the move day off, I needed to keep Little O out of the way so I couldn’t actually help.

All of our upstairs furniture had to be dismantled to get it down the stairs, including #MEGABED, and then reassembled.

The new house had no curtains/blinds when we moved in. (It is normal for the blinds/curtains to remain part of the house in UK rentals).

The new house had apparently been cleaned before we moved in but we are dubious.

The wi-fi did not immediately work as it should have done.

The previous tenants did a 5 month short let and did not stay on top of the maintenance, hence the garden is a tip, the back door doesn’t lock properly and the door on the main storage cupboard is off its hinges, etc, etc.

The bathroom is a bit grotty and no amount of cleaning is going to help with the weird exposed pipes and odd tiling.

Unpacking has been a challenge for similar reasons to packing.


Thank goodness for in-laws and the fact that we could stay with them for three days while we got to basic habitability.


It’s not all bad news though.

The new house is bigger than the old house and we will have a spare bedroom for guests as soon as we buy a mattress for our old bedframe.

Little O is as happy as a clam exploring the new house and we have had no issues with him sleeping beyond the usual or being confused. In fact he seems to love his new bedroom, which was already decorated as a nursery when we moved in.

We are able to separate our dining room as a place for me to work and without disrupting Little O or having a nightmare keeping him out.

There is loads of storage.

We have a full size fridge/freezer for the first time in 7 years.


I think we’re going to be able to make our new house into a home with a little time and a little love. Of course most of it will have to wait as we’re off to South Africa for two weeks on Wednesday. My brother is getting married and the O’s need to be in session… now wish me luck for our 18 hour door to door journey with a one year old in tow…


  1. Valerie

    Oh man, moving is so hard. We are likely going to be doing it next summer (or possibly spring) and that will be with a toddler and a baby. I’m NOT looking forward to it but it will have to happen for various reasons. 😛
    I hope your trip to South Africa goes well! 🙂

    1. I don’t envy you. It’s one of those things you just kind of have to survive through. Every time we move though we have more stuff no matter how disciplined I try to be about not accumulating unnecessary possessions.

  2. Moving is traumatic, no other word does it justice. At least you are able to list the many positives of the new house, so well done for that. Good luck with the trip to SA this week, and enjoy the break if you can.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I’m trying to look on the bright side. It’s definitely good to have more space!

  3. UGH and Congrats. I hope you will be able to stay in this bigger home for years! Any chance you two will buy a home? Is it hard to in the UK?
    I have moved 3 times in the last 5 years. I feel for you!

    1. We’d love to buy but we only have about half a down payment saved. The rents are so high that it’s hard to save and pay rent, especially now that we’re down to practically one income. House prices have sky-rocketed in the last 10 years especially in and around London so it’s really hard. You either have to be making a fortune or inherit.

      1. Oh, I am sorry to hear that. London area has always been expensive. In the states, big cities like NYC and Chicago and LA are outrageous. Commuting is never fun. It is a challenge and I wish you luck!

  4. I hope you enjoy the visit home and that the new house works out great for you guys!

    1. Thank you! We are busy working on making the house more “us”. It needs lots of little bits.

    1. Just one of those things!

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