Good morning to all my blog followers! I am very pleased to be here and typing to you having established connection with the outside world again following our house move. The telephone was booted up again on Thursday of last week and the broadband got sorted on Saturday. To be fair, I think the broadband would have been sorted earlier if we had been able to find all of the bits and pieces required for it all to work properly… but they were hiding in various boxes and one item had been left at the old house. Luckily, we still have access to it, so all is well on that score.
One thing that is often suggested when you have completed a big project is to look over your experiences and evaluate how you have done. I hope you will allow me a little self indulgence in doing precisely this for today’s blog. Although I hope never to move house again, I wonder what lessons we can learn from our experiences over the past couple of weeks that we can apply to other areas of our lives.
Do you remember when I posted about being organised in moving and knowing where the kettle was? Ummm, yeah. Bit of a fail there. Although I was organised in packing stuff and had managed to pack 2/3rds of the old house before the moving day, because I left the old house with the animals in the first trip of move day, the placement of the kettle was not within my control. It took 5 hours to track it down! And when we did, it was broken, so I had to go and buy a new one anyway! Most irritating, but not the end of the world.
I also discovered that I cannot do this kind of thing on my own. I like to think that I am some kind of superwoman, but this process made me realise that I am not. Not at all. I have done so much, and I am very proud of what I have achieved, but let’s face it, moving is a hard, hard thing to do. I could not have achieved all I have without some very good, kind and understanding friends, and my very lovely husband who has done his best to help out, even after a long, tedious and difficult day at the office.
I think the main lessons I am going to be taking away from this experience can be summed up in the phrase “Embrace the Chaos”. There is no way you can control all the things that happen when you are moving. Some you need to delegate, some you need to forget about entirely, and sometimes you just need to holler for some help. For a self confessed control freak, this is really, really hard to do – but I think it is the thing I need to remember about moving.
That, and where I put the envelopes. I need to send some letters and I have no clue where the envelopes are!!