My Top Tips For Moving House

I move house in a few weeks and I have never been so stressed. SO, I decided to write you guys a nice list of the things to do when moving house (particularly as a student.)

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HAVE a moving list. If you live in a shared-house like me, it can often get confusing what stuff is who’s. SO make a list of each room in the house, and all the things in that that are yours to take.  i.e BATHROOM > Fluffy bath mat, toothbrush, toothpaste… You would be surprised the things you forget about.

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MAKE SURE you have a back up plan. Moving dates can change, so don’t leave yourself in the lurch. Make sure you have somewhere you could stay for a few nights.

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DON’T take everything. Over the years, we accumulate junk – and it is junk! You seriously don’t need that head-scratch-thingy you bought from the market. Downsize you’re belongings: it was make for a much lighter move.

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BUY strong boxes. The worst thing is a weak box. You don’t want to be carrying the crockery box out of the car and the bottom breaks. No one wants that.

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PACK smart.  Quite simply – light things in the big boxes, heavy things in the smaller boxes. Otherwise, you’re going to hurt yourself.

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KEEP your phone charged. In the worst situations, you will move into a house with (temporarily) no electricity. So make sure your phone is fully charged and ready for that emergency phone call to the pizza place. And remember to get your WiFi sorted ASAP!

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PACK the essentials last. We’ve all done it – you’re in your new house on the first night, you’re tired and you want to go to bed. But you can’t find your pj’s or your toothbrush anywhere. The best thing to do in order to avoid this is to make a small suitcase with all the things you will definitely need over the next few days: clothes, food, bathroom stuff, etc, and then you won’t be rummaging through boxes all the time.

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DON’T plan to be anywhere. Moving day is stressful, even if it’s straightforward, so the worst thing to do is to have plans for the same day. (In my case, moving day is also the day that Searching For Katherine comes out on Amazon, so I’ve really screwed myself over there!)

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KEEP it clean. This is relevant to anyone – no one wants to move into their brand new house and find it a mess! They want to feel like it’s theirs to live in, and not find evidence of the previous owners.

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RELAX. Moving can be fun if you let it, so just enjoy the excitement and unpack in the morning!

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Novel Update (Searching for Katherine)

As some of you are aware, I am just over half-way through my first full-length novel: Searching for Katherine.

I plan to have it published via Kindle and Kobo by July 1st 2014 (fingers crossed). If you have any other e-reader platforms you think my new book would be good on – let me know!

The book art is in progress, and being created by the talented Deborah Bretherton. I originally had a model, but I decided I would prefer a drawn cover rather than a model, as it allows the reader to let their imagination run away with them, rather than me tell them what the character looks like.

I’m very excited to see what Deborah has come up with, and hopefully it is ready by the end of May, so I can format the cover of the book.

I am also considering having the book printed, as I had a lot of demand for The Snow Killer to be printed, but I couldn’t afford to do so because of the site I was using.

My current word count is 23,000 and I’m aiming for 40,000. However, if the story comes to an end naturally at 35,000 – I won’t force it. A novel ends when it ends, there is no point tagging on 5K just to hit an expected word count.

I am hoping to hit 30,000 by 18 May 2014, to give me time to do some editing.

At the moment, I have a few lovely people reading Part One of Searching for Katherine, just to let me know if they like it. These people are socially different, and they enjoy different books. I am looking forward to their feedback (although I am very nervous!)

I hope you’ll wish me luck with the book, as I have dedicated the best part of four months to writing and editing it, so I hope it’s a lot better than my first book.

Have a good weekend!

BYE!

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