Let me first say that when those polls rate house-moving up there with divorce and other tragedy, they are not wrong. When you Google Image search ‘moving house’, you get a lot of happy, smiling faces. That’s nonsense. My experience was a lot more like this:
My internet guy went to the wrong house, then when he didn’t find me there, gave up and cancelled the job. I haven’t been able to get a new appointment till today. But it’s OK, they are compensating me! £5. I can’t wait to spend it!
Other fun stuff happened: I opened the refrigerator, and the door fell off in my hand. I went to Ikea on a Sunday (this branch, as well) and it was hell on earth. I went to tidy up the bathroom and found that some random househunter before me had been there first, used the ‘facilities’, and not bothered to flush.
And the other thing – it just doesn’t feel like home. It feels like my stuff in a pile in someone else’s living room, and that makes me sad.
I read that Beyonce and Jay-Z are moving to London, but not even that knowledge was enough to cheer me up, ‘cos I’m fairly sure they’re not moving in near me.
So I think what I’m basically saying is, tell me it’s normal to feel this way, and tell me your moving nightmares so I feel better about mine.