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After you have chosen your dream house and you are about to move in how will you prepare?
Last September 8, 2008, we finally moved in to our new abode. From the 20 or square meters flat, my husband and I found ourselves in a more comfortable station. Our lives has been somewhat “bahay bahayan” during the first six months of our marriage. What I did was just to prepare meals, though most of the times, we dined out. Laundry had been serviced by the shop at the commercial area of the MRB (Medium Rise Building) we had stayed at.
A month before our move in day, we started to pack our things, which were mostly wedding gifts, and handed out to my sister and to Beth, who stay at the opposite units, items which we thought were no longer needed. I would like to share some prep ideas to help you in your move in. Here they are:
1. Boxes and Labels. Boxes come handy when sorting your belongings. It is best to assign boxes for the following:
Toiletries and other personal effects
Books and other reading materials
Linen and pillows
Spare. To contain materials which your elders would recommend “to bring in first” to your new home.
When sorting your things, have labels and/or markers available to identify contents. Remember to write your name and address as well, just in case your things get lost along the way. Ensure that the boxes are durable, well sealed and not so heavy to avoid collapse during loading and/or unloading. I also suggest that you number them and have a list handy for inventory purposes.
2. Cleaning Materials. I refer to brooms, floor mops, rugs, cleanser, dish washing liquid, detergent, disinfectant and other similar items.
You may think that you will just buy them when you have already settled in your new abode but I strongly recommend that you have them with you when you move in. Even if your house is a brand new one, you will still have to get rid of the dusts and disinfect your kitchen sink and comfort rooms. Why? Because you would not know who made use of them when your house was still under construction, especially so when you had it ready for occupancy. If you have time, it is best to do the cleaning prior to move in proper so that you will not have any furniture to move around when doing the cleaning thing.
3. Tools and fixtures. Ensure that you have in your box drills, screws, screw drivers, nails (concrete and ordinary), mounting tapes and light bulbs and lamps in your box.
You will agree with me that anything you would want to add to your new home should be something that is permanent or if not permanent, something that does not irritating to the eyes. You would not want burrows in your super clean and newly painted walls just to realize that it is not where you really want to hang those paintings and pictures. I suggest not to decorate immediately and settle for necessities on your first week. This will save you much needed energy and resources. If you do not have decorating plan yet, worry not as you will have more time for it as you get more comfortable with your new living atmosphere.
4. Furnitures. Go for the basics.
I am referring to sala set, dining and bedroom set. As furnitures and fixtures can cost you lots of money these days, you will have to settle for the basics for the meantime. That is, unless you have so much money on hand that you can afford all those nice stuff to grace your new dwelling place. Go for the light ones. If your know stores which can fabricate your designs, commission them to ensure that you will have those that suit your house well.
While antique collections and expensive woods are great, durable but no so expensive ones are now highly recommended. Ours are made of Melina wood. I had them tinted in dark mahogany and flat finished. The designs I chose were simple. I had my sala set cushioned by another contractor. I bought the cushions at Uratex warehouse nearby our area. You can choose from regular or the not so soft ones to super soft and bouncy cushions. They have pillows available too. For my dining table, I had the frame in wood and just topped it with 3/4 inch thick bronze glass. To save a little, I just settled for the ordinary one rather than the heat tempered class.
Do not forget to bring with you the oh so comfortable linens for a super sound sleep after a busy move in day.
5. Curtains or Blinds. Spell out privacy and comfort.
Doing your first day chores should at least be behind the shade of curtains and/or blinds. Since you would opt to open your windows, make sure that you have them installed to prevent so much dust from entering. It will also keep sunlight at a comfortable magnitude to keep you from too much sweating. This will also make your sleep relaxed as you will have your much needed privacy at the end of a long and busy day.
6. Food and Drinks. Faint not with too much chores, it is indeed a day to celebrate!
Remember not to get yourself and your partner stressed with too much household tasks. It is just your first day in your new place and you really have a reason to celebrate. Prepare hearty but not so expensive meals for the day and have some snacks ready in case you stomach calls for it.