7 Feb 2014

Moving House - Planning and Organisation

It's coming up to that time for me...that nightmare time...the one that has been said to be one of the most stressful things you can go through in your life...it's nearly moving day!

I'm moving house in exactly 10 days and am yet to start packing, oops!
Luckily for me I'm only moving from a bedroom in a flat share to a 1 bedroom flat, so really it's not so bad.

At the moment I currently live in a 4 bedroom house share near the Old Kent Road in South London. For those of you that know the London Monopoly, yes, it is the cheapest place on the board.
Luckily for me I have the only en-suite bedroom the house has, on the other hand I am squashed into a rather small room together with my boyfriend!

In a mere 10 days we'll be moving slightly further out of London to Romford, which boarders on Essex (no judgement please!) to a 1 bed flat, with the luxury of our own kitchen and a spacious lounge. So exciting!

I've been planning our move with a variety of lists since we put the holding deposit down.
This is an overview of my lists so far.

To Do List - Before & After Moving

Before includes things like making sure we have enough packing materials, everything has been sorted and something have been thrown away/donate it and book a van rental (thankfully done), the all important packing and the clean before we leave!
The after list includes the initial clean at the new place, checking everything works, setting up utilities etc.

Packing Schedule

I've separated our the rooms into areas and items, specified what I think everything should be packed in (which won't happen) and put a due date for it to be packed by.

Utilities List
As we're in a shared place now we're not responsible for paying any of the utilities ourselves, and so there's no need for us to deal with closing any accounts or taking meter reading when we leave. We will need to get everything set up at the new place though.
I've made a list of each of the utilities and which provider we've decided to use. I've then got a more detailed section on each utility with account numbers, account names, contact numbers etc. and the all important section saying whether we've set them up yet!

Mover Details
I've done a sheet with all the details of our van rental and movers, their contact details, the quote, deposit, which bit is paid and when they're arriving. Handy to have everything in one place on the day!

Addresses to Change

I've made a list of all the places where we'll need to register out address as changed once we move, from the bank to Amazon and other online stores. That was I can easily add somewhere to the list and tick them off once they've been changed.

I've read other people's moving methods on blogs and have seen a wonderful room colour coding system for boxes on A Bowl Full of Lemons, however due to moving from only one room to a one bed flat, I don't think it's really needed yet.

I've made my own sheets for all these, they're nothing fancy, but if you're interested in getting copies to use yourself just let me know!

New Planner

I thought I'd show you all my slightly feeble attempt at my first home made planner!

I decided that as it's a New Year and I'm about to move house I wanted to get everything under control.
I've been inspired by a few other blogs (ABFOL, The Nest Effect, Clean Mama) and their amazing organising, cleaning, finance and home management binders. I sit there drooling at their colourful designs and sticky labels and tabs which unfortunately can't be purchased in England.

I currently have several lists online, word docs, excel files etc. that I use to keep me organised, but I don't like having things in so many different places.
Don't even mention my diary, I'm terrible. I've tried using an online calendar, using paper diaries and now use my iPhone (but not in an organised way).

So now is the time to make the change. I'm going to try and amalgamate everything into one place, diary, to do lists, finance tracking, cleaning rotas, meal planners and for the immediate future my moving lists.

Here is my planner in progress

I went to Paperchase yesterday and got a selection of their organiser inserts (personal size):
2014 diary refill - week on 2 pages
To do list refill
2 zip pockets

I also got a couple of pieces of ribbon (from some gift tags) and threaded them through the holes to hold it all together.

I know it's a slightly strange way to start off, but as I'm not sure if this is the right way to organise my life yet, so I didn't want to splash out on an expensive organiser and it end up not being used.

However, I have got my eye on this little beauty though, and as my birthday is coming up...

And when I finally pluck up the courage to buy it I'll get a few extra filofax inserts too.
I'm mainly thinking a few functions bits and pieces to help me get started, a ruler and business card holders, the finance sheets and some of the maps as a little treat to myself (I really like maps!)

I hope you enjoyed!
If you have any bright ideas to help me along with my planner, please feel free to let me know.

Some changes...

It's been rather some time since I last updated this.

I've decided that I want to change the direction of this blog from just a cooking blog to one that covers many more aspects, including organisation and health too. And by covering these topics, I mean my own battle to be more healthy and to live a healthier life!

Please bare with me whilst I get some posts going!
But getting a few followers and comments would be amazing :)