A new year and a new home to make our own. For those of you that follow me over on Instagram this move has been brewing for a number of months (and you’re probably quite sick of hearing me talk about it) and for those of you that don’t – well, we’ve moved.
The idea to move started mid last year. We loved where we were but we thought it might be nice to have more of a garden for the kids so we decided to start looking – just see what was in the market and if there was something we loved perhaps we would move – otherwise we were fairly content to stay. And then the house next door went on the market and sold within a week and we received news that is would be demolished and rebuilt. Thankfully this co-incided with the end of our lease and so it seems the gods of fortune had decided for us – we were to move, there was no maybe about it. But where to? If you live in Singapore for any length of time, a stint in an historic Black and White home is tempting and so that is where we started and ended our search.
Last week we flew back from our Christmas holiday to collect the keys to the new abode and the next day the move started. The first few days were a blur of boxes, electricians, plumbers, delivery men, the discovery of an ant infestation in the kitchen, a termite mound in the garden and a whole lot of scrubbing with bleach. But we are now one week in and I am sure over time this will become a wonderful family home.
So, here is the first of what will likely be many posts on the new home. As you will see the house is currently in a somewhat minimalistic state – more like an avant garde art gallery (with art just plonked on the floor) than a home. Join me over the coming months as I plan, purchase and re-arrange what we have to make this into a family home. I’ll share with you my mood boards and inspirations and let you know where I source my items from.
For now, I am sharing with you a simple glimpse of how it is today. As you can see there is a lot to do. Where to begin….?
And while we are on the topic, here are my top tips for moving home:
- Before your removals company arrive to deliver your boxes, roll up your sleeves, put on some rubber gloves and clean the bathrooms and kitchen top to toe
- When the boxes arrive, unpack them – all of them. Leave no box unpacked. When you run out of furniture to put your items on or in, start piling everything on the floor. Piles on the floor will be dealt with much sooner than a sneaky box left unpacked – which can easily be ignored for months
- If you have kids, get their rooms looking cosy and liveable first – the rest will follow
- Drink coffee, don’t worry about how many treats you eat, sip wine and munch on some crisps
- Meet a friend for dinner so that you feel just the tiniest bit normal for a couple of hours before you return home to stare at piles of stuff again
- Go to the flower market so that even if most of your home is looking rubbish, you have some pretty bunches dotted around to make everything feel good
- While the kids aren’t looking, get rid of the plastic tat that they refuse to let go of (and months later when they ask where their half broken butterfly clip has gone just mumble ‘oh it must be here somewhere…’ and then drift out of sight).
(These last four points may just be specific to me…not sure).
Happy new year.