Feeling part of the furniture

Our first home happened to be a house which we own, when we bought it the decor hadn’t changed since the 70s so we spent many nights and weekends stripping the wallpaper, painting and laying floors.  It started out as a set of walls and become a labour of love.  Then just as soon as we’d made it comfortable we found out we’d be moving, so we rented out our first home and experienced our first army quarter.

When selecting your army quarter you have the choice to have an unfurnished, part furnished or fully furnished pad (you pay more for part or fully furnished).

For our first quarter we took quite a lot of furniture because we couldn’t afford to buy (still can’t!) and all our existing furniture needed to stay in our old house for our new tenants.  We took:

  • Sofa
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Bookcases
  • Side tables
  • Beds
  • Dressing table
  • Drawers

All our rooms had built in wardrobes (really great!) and generally there’s lots of storage. Mixed in with all the army issued furniture we have an eclectic selection of other furniture to make things feel more homely.  Most of this comes from charity and antique shops.  For our next move I’ll be updating our curtain set – I’ll be hunting the charity shops over the next few weeks!

Coping with moving house

House moves are widely recognised to be one of the most stressful experiences, up there with relationship breakdowns, divorce and starting a new job.  In our first house move we faced a lot of change.  In the space of six weeks we had sold our car, got married, had a two week honeymoon, moved house from Bath to the Scottish Highlands (12 hour drive!) and bought a new car.  In amongst those six weeks Christmas also happened.  It was all sorts of emotion from huge highs to late nights packing boxes and sorting logistics.

Now we’re on the verge of our next move and I’m determined for it to be less stressful.  This time we don’t have a wedding or a honeymoon (those were the huge highs before!) but we do have a looming deployment which always adds pressure to the time we have together.  So on this thread I’ll be sharing my thoughts on how to make a housemove more manageable.

To start with I’ll be doing a ‘Marie Kondo’ on all our stuff pre-move.  If you don’t know who Marie Kondo is I suggest you give her a follow on Instagram: @MarieKondo and check out her website: http://tidyingup.com/.  I’ll be sharing my updates on Instagram and on here so stay tuned!