We’ve finally moved in!

Photograph of our new bedroom.  A kingsize bed sits beneath two paintings.
At last! Our bedroom is now habitable. New duvet cover from Ikea, in case you were wondering. Artwork by Sarah Carrington.

Tonight will be our first night in the new house. Since Tuesday evening we’ve been sleeping next door in our holiday cottage, while during the day we’ve been setting up the house. We felt that it was much kinder on ourselves and on the cats.

This evening, having unpacked a bit more, dealt with a mountain of boxes, and having hung a few paintings — including the two that you can see above our bed, which are by top Scottish artist, and good friend of Jane, Sarah Carrington — we went over to the cottage, collected my bag, the cats, and the digital TV receiver. What more do you need in life?!

Thanks to everyone who has sent messages of best wishes for our moving in. Well, we’re feeling them now. Now that we have moved in! Finally.

Doing things in the right order

A built-in wardrobe filled with boxes and packaging.
A wardrobe built-in to the eaves in the room that is now my study, packed full with boxes, cartons and packaging.

If there is one thing that I enjoy doing, and that I think I’m good at doing, then it’s organising. I love thinking through problems and trying to find the easiest, most efficient solution. What needs doing? What needs doing first? What tasks are dependent on x, y or z. It’s a skill that I clearly inherited from my Dad, whose day job was involved in various aspects of capital and systems planning within a large printed-circuit-board manufacturing company in Selkirk.

Setting up a new house is a strange, but enjoyable task — most of the time, when you’re not trying to break your toes kicking boxes in frustration! It became clear almost as soon as the removals men arrived that the only way to fit the bookcases into my study would be to sit them in front of the built-in wardrobe cupboards.

It didn’t take too long after that to realise that this significant, but now redundant, space could be used to house the empty cartons, boxes and polystyrene packaging used for protecting the TV, monitors, PC, microwave oven, etc. while moving. (I’m a believer in keeping the original packaging where at all possible.) I was quite pleased with that revelation.

So at the moment I’m trying to find as many empty boxes as I can to pack into that cupboard before I roll a stone in front of it (played today by a six shelf bookcase from Argos) and then unpack my books.

I’m not looking forward to carrying 15 boxes of books up three flights of stairs, however.