When I said that August was going to be my relaxing month, I completely underestimated the nature of moving house… When I thought I would spend August stretched out on the beach, with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other, I forgot completely about the highs and lows of having a completely new place to furnish and get used to. But it has genuinely been the best few weeks ever and that beach fantasy is slowly coming into view again. There are so many stages and lessons to learn when moving and I thought it would be nice to collect all my thoughts and make a post about it, revealing some of the more tricky aspects, as well as sharing how incredible these last few weeks have been too!
Living in Brighton, the housing situation isn’t exactly easy. Although this isn’t London, you still have to be quick and the majority of the city is overpriced or up a hill (you pick which is worse!!). When it came to looking at flats, me and Billy knew what we wanted (and by this I mean we knew what we were prepared to compromise on if needed be). And I will admit that looking for new places to live is STRESSFUL, like REALLY STRESSFUL, but like everything else, it all works out exactly like it should in the end and we could not be any happier with how it all went.
We found this incredible flat right in the centre of Brighton and it ticked basically all of our boxes and a few weeks ago the day came to pick up our keys and I genuinely don’t think either of us could sleep a wink beforehand. Walking into your new place is the strangest feeling ever and all I seem to remember is us running around opening all the cupboards and turning the taps and lights on and off. It doesn’t hit you until then that this place will be where you call home for the next year or more and the reality of this white walled, wooden floored, completely empty flat began to dawn on us… we needed to fill this entire place. But that is really where our fun began!!!
About 45 trips back and forth to our old places, one large IKEA delivery and many trips to homeware stores all around Brighton have made that once empty flat, our home. But let me tell you a few things about furnishing your first flat…
- IKEA furniture comes in waaaaaaay too much cardboard, it is EVERYWHERE.
- If your relationship can make it through building IKEA cabinets, then it can do anything!!!
- House plants…. EVERYWHERE.
- You won’t get it all done in a week, you will constantly be adding new things and changing things, but that is the fun part!!
- What you think is too much kitchen storage, is actually never enough kitchen storage.
- There is nothing wrong with being 85 years old at heart…. me and Billy have had many conversations surrounding plate shapes, the different materials of coasters and whether or not we needed a mop that squirts water (WE DID… EVERYONE DOES!!!)
I cannot wait to fully share all my favourite things about this flat once we both feel it is well on its way to finished, but for now I have teased you with a few snapshots…