Upheaval is imminent and as we pack boxes, navigate the chaos and attempt to maintain some semblance of rhythm, I'm reminded of the similarities between moving house and having a baby.
Yesterday Daniel was going through the film he took when I was in labour with Percy. There was a clip of me sitting on the bed, staring at the wall, looking mildly unimpressed. I was annoyed, agitated and impatient. I recall so vividly the moment - knowing that all the days of early labour; my waters breaking, hospital monitoring and hospital transfers were really just the beginning. My baby was close but the true, hard work of labour hadn't even started. It was a mentally and emotionally challenging pace to be in, to say the least.
Right now is similar - the brand new house is so close but the hard work of moving must come first. No lavender spa baths just yet!
I've been nesting though, thinking ahead and considering where things will go and how we'll live within four new walls. I popped into my friend Vanessa's house yesterday and collected one of her Deluxe Abalone Sets, perfect for letting go of the old and bringing in the new. Serendipitously, she plucked a card from her collection to place in the set and it so aptly says: embrace the new.
"The Deluxe Abalone Set is about bidding farewell and saying hello. It's about creating space to invite something better in. Elements to help you both clear and embrace."
It seems only right to follow on from my singing-to-the-universe-in-the-backyard-at-dusk with a little energetic cleansing. We get the keys late next week and first on the agenda is an official invitation for all the good. And then? I think I'm going to tackle the kitchen first - move everything over in washing baskets in the car (I keep a pretty minimal assortment of kitchenware) and set it up, pantry and all. It'll be good to know that I can make a cup of tea without rifling through boxes when it comes time for that lavender bath.
Any tips that make for a smooth move? Please, tell me all of them!