Moving house

We moved into our new home almost a month ago. Woohoo!
It's definitely  a crazy time of year to move, a week before Christmas when there seems to be so much to do and school is finishing up for the year. But, I have a confession... I love moving house! I love packing and planning and preparing. I love the anticipation of something new. (You know what I don't love though? The cleaning. Bleugh.)
I was determined to be organised, for this move to go as smoothly as possible. And it did!
So here are my 4  top tips that made moving a million times easier. If you're able, it really does help keep the sanity in check, and the excitement for a new adventure high.

1. Declutter weeks before you have to move.
 This is the main tip that made all the difference! It's true that moving is the perfect time to take stock of your possessions and get rid of the excess and unnecessary. BUT, if you leave the decluttering till packing and moving day, it will never happen! There are too many other things to get done. It will feel so much easier to just shove everything in a box and postpone the decluttering till another time. Which really just makes your unpacking job harder and more time consuming. So if you know a few weeks ahead of time that a house move is on the cards, get started on getting rid of the excess and junk straight away. ESPECIALLY the junk. Expired bathroom products, ancient pantry items, random rubbish and papers, everything. It makes the whole process more manageable and it is such a nice feeling knowing that everything you are taking to the next house is ONLY the useful and loved items. (Which then makes unpacking in your new home a real joy.)

2. Pre pack all the non necessities - early. 
As soon as we'd signed the dotted line and knew we would be moving in a month, I took down all the artwork around the house. Seems a little preemptive, but if you accomplish one task like that a week leading up to moving day, you'll have so much less to do that actual weekend. Get it done early. The second week I packed up most of the clothes, with enough left for a couple of days at a time. (Also, this meant less washing, which is always awesome.) The third week I packed away most of the kitchen items, and stored all the art and craft supplies in boxes, ready to go. The fourth week I washed all the bedlinen and cushion covers, and packed up the rest of the linen closet (minus 3 towels). When moving day came, the few final things left to pack were a breeze!

3. Label each box with list of contents and the room it needs to be taken in the next house.
You know the nightmare of desperately needing a particular item those first few days of being in the new home, but having no idea which box it's stored in? No more! Label each box clearly with the contents, and it also helps those helping you move know which box goes where (without having to keep coming back to you to ask!).

4. Pre pack a box with the first 24 hour necessities. 
I included items like the kids pjs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, spare nappies and wipes, underwear, a roll of toilet paper, an outfit each, deodorant, soap, two towels, some colouring books and pencils, and dry snacks. When all the helpers have gone home and you are left in your house full of boxes, its handy to have one box that has everything you need for those first 24 hours while you find your feet. If you're exhausted and just want to sleep, you can postpone the unpacking till morning. Enjoy the first night in your home without being stressed.

So there you have it. My four swear by tips that make moving a - dare I say it - enjoyable experience! If you're moving sometime soon, good luck!


We've bought a house!

And I think it might just be our forever home!  I had nearly given up hope of finding an old home with character in our area which is mostly new developments or beach shacks. I was sure that to get a place with most of my wish list I would need to build and replicate a lot of the old house charm. But just days after we signed the contract to sell on our current house, this sweet little place came on the market! It felt like it was meant to be.

It's the perfect size for us, is in a great location with a pretty established garden, and has space for an art studio, which is a dream come true! It's not in perfect condition... the bathroom is dated and will need replacing in a few years and the laundry and kitchen would benefit from a few updates... but I love that too! I'm excited to really make it ours. 

I'll do another post with more photos in the coming weeks, if you're interested to see :)

Hope you have the best weekend!


A fresh start

This blog is having a refresh.

I drew my first treehouse on the Paint program of an old Microsoft computer when I was 12 years old. It wasn't much to look at, but that tree fuelled my daydreams and drawings for the next 13 years. I would spend hours lying in bed with tree houses and pirate ships and troll tunnels taped up on my wall, dreaming of stories and imagining myself exploring their hidden rooms and climbing those rickety ladders. I loved getting lost in the mazes of my imagination.

The name, A Rainy Day House, comes from my love of being home on cold, wet days, when the inklings of boredom start to creep in. Boredom is when the imagination thrives.  As a mother, I want to share with my children what I know, in a way that's exciting for them. I hope they capture the joy of a novel, a pencil, a story. I hope they dream. I hope they'll always be comfortable in talking to their mum and dad. I hope they have great memories of dinner around the well-loved old dining table.

I'm also an advocate for living simpler - to have a home that's thoughtful, uncluttered, and a sensible size for us. To buy responsibly, and preferably pre-loved. To create less waste and use less plastic. To eat food that is healthy and fresh. To not get caught up in being "busy" and miss the opportunities and moments that make life so good.

I'm trying to make good memories with my family. I'm trying to share the joy of imagination. And I'm trying to make a home that is beautifully simple and - most importantly - that is happy and safe.

It's a journey which I've been travelling for a few years, but the documentation of it begins now. I'm not in any way an expert, but maybe if you hope to achieve these things too, we could share this road together. 



Little Joan's birth story

Our sweet baby girl is here! She arrived 3 months ago, and when she decided to come, she came fast! I still haven't wrapped my head around it. It was so unexpected and so different from my other two labours. 

October 5th was my due date, but I was pretty confident she wouldn't come till the 7th because 1. Both Nancy and George were two days overdue and 2. The 7th was my birthday. It seemed inevitable to me that she would make her entrance on the same day I did and that my birthday would forever more be forgotten.
Sure enough, my due day came and went, and Friday morning, the 7th of October, I woke up to Nancy and George bringing me a milkshake in bed and some steady, uncomfortable contractions...


An interview with Nancy Mae


Me: Hi Nancy 

Nancy: Hi Mum 

Me: Can I ask you some questions? 

Nancy: *nods*