Our London house isn’t our forever home. Well, it’s not meant to be. We bought it as an investment and were only meant to be staying for 3 years tops. That was 7 years ago, so by my calculation we’ve out stayed our welcome by oohhh 4 years! That’s a lot of years.
It’s not that I don’t like our house, it’s big enough and does its job well. Even our teeny tiny garden is growing on me, finally. But I love space, clean air, and that sense of free-range freedom that a built up city can’t really offer.
So what’s stopping us from moving you might wonder? It’s the nerves, or more specifically Mr Button has the moving jitters. I have them too, a little bit. But whereas I’m more of a go for it and hope for the best type of person, Mr Button likes to have everything perfectly accounted for and managed to an inch of its life. And for him, moving house really is THAT stressful.
I’m trying to bust a few moving myths to show him that actually, moving house doesn’t have to be as complicated and stressful as it seems.
To be fair, we don’t have tons of stuff. I’d say that it’s Little Button who accumulates the most in our house. When we first moved, we thought it would be very clever to shift our own stuff, with a bit of help from family. Fifty million trips backwards and forwards, a few bumps and bruises and a whole load of broken furniture later, and we all agreed that it was actually the stupidest idea ever! What we should have done was to hire a removal company, or space in a big van through a company such as Shiply. And there, problem solved. Moving our stuff would be a doddle. It will be different this time round, obviously.
Have you seen the bad neighbours movies? We have a right giggle watching these, but only because we have the best neighbours ever! It’s a bit of a worry wondering what new neighbours might be like, but the odds of getting neighbours from hell are highly unlikely Mr Button! I say, if you move in with the intent of making friends right from the start, you’re more likely to succeed. Oh, and it helps to check out the neighbourhood on several occasions at random times, throughout the day and night before putting a house offer in. You know… just in case!
Ha! That will never happen. Chances are that our Little Button will play a pivotal role in choosing our new home anyway. We are all fairly similar, and luckily want the same things from a home *coughs… a garden! I know she’s going to love wherever we commit to.
Another big ha! Because little ones are the most adaptable things, given half the chance. When I say I want to move out of the city, I don’t mean to a remote island. But even if I did, I’m sure we would find things to do. Am I right? *Your cue to jump in and help me out. If I’m totally honest, I do wonder how we would manage going from spoilt rotten with things right on our doorstep, to having to drive to the nearest town hub for the activities we take for granted. But that’s the beauty of moving, finding and enjoying new things to do. But, to curb the worry warts, there are plenty of ways to find out the down-low when it comes to activities and days out for children. The internet is full of suggestions, NCT groups and parent’s Facebook groups to keep you in the know. Oh… and those handy little things called blogs are hugely helpful too!
As with everything, there are so many what-ifs in life. But never moving house because of them just isn’t an option for me. I have a list as long as my arm (both actually) with worries and wonders about moving, but I’m far more scared of not giving it a try and seeing where else life may take us.
I would love to know what you think about moving house. Are you a stick in the mud like Mr Button, or are you keen to let life take you where it may like me?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. All views and words are my own.