Monday, 10 July 2017

Moving Into A New Flat


One of the biggest challenges for me this Summer has been moving into a new flat and living in it solo! It was pretty daunting, as a sociable person I find it quite difficult to have days on end without talking to people and although I know that my friends and family are only a phone call away, technology will never make up for face to face communication! Although I had a couple of days to unpack, I had a lot to do when I moved in and to be honest, I only really feel like in the last couple of days I have been truly settled and comfortable in my new home. If you are moving recently, or are looking for some home tips then hopefully you'll find this post helpful!

Unpacking is never going to be fun and easy, especially as every new flat I move in to I seem to collect more and more random junk. Those are the worst boxes to unpack. The random ones. Nobody really knows what's in them but it's all the things you are convinced you will need at some point so haven't thrown away.

I like to start with clothes. If I get my wardrobe unpacked I feel pretty on top of things, even if the other things come slowly after. After I've put away all my clothes it has to be the kitchen! Making sure all the cupboards are organised the way I like and knowing where all my pots and pans are is at the top of my list when I move! I would also suggest ordering your first big food shop online instead of trying to carry everything. You forget how many things you just always seem to have in your cupboard, spices and herbs can end up being quite heavy if you buy a lot and with home delivery it means you don't even have to leave the house!

As I moved into the flat by myself I desperately wanted to find a few things to help me brighten the place up and keep it feeling exciting and fresh. I loveeee buying fresh flowers to do this, it definitely makes the flat feel brighter and more cheery! It's also a perfect housewarming present to yourself as especially on a student budget it's not something I can indulge in that often. Although, I am super impressed with Aldi flowers, I bought some 8 days ago for a couple of pounds and some stems are still going strong! A lovely lady that I met in Anstruther the other day told me to sprinkle a little sugar in the water each time I changed it and I definitely think it has helped.

When you have a new flat you want to show it off, so I loved inviting all my friends round in the first few weeks of living here. Cooking dinner for my friends was such a nice way for me to feel like a host in the flat and really made me feel more comfortable, especially living alone. I wasn't even completely unpacked when I had them over, but filling the first week or so with happy memories is a great way of helping the settling in process. They are going to understand if you still have a few of those "random things" boxes lying around.

Cosy nights in are also really important, you want to feel safe and comfortable in your new place which for me can sometimes take a while, especially if I am alone at night. Candles, blankets and chocolate/snacks are absolute essentials for this, and trashy tv like Love Island can't really go wrong either. I have always loved baths, but pampering myself with bubble baths and facemasks is the perfect reward for tidying or unpacking.

Above all though, I have definitely been much more active in cleaning and keeping everything tidy! Soooo unlike me normally. But I am so proud of how nice it looks so I am trying hard to keep it that way!

My flatmate will be back for university in September but for now it is just me, so if you have any posts or tips for living alone then please leave them in the comments! I am getting much more used to it but it is definitely nice to have people round! I am working almost full time so I am pretty busy in the daytime, but the nights definitely drag if it's just me sitting at my laptop all night. Hope you are all having a great day!
XOXO

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  1. When I got back home after studying abroad I thought it was so hard to live alone after being used to live with 8 people ! I do think that cooking really help to feel at home ! And invite people to come over !
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    1. Yeah it definitely feels weird, I was in a flat with four other lovely people in Germany and I was so lucky! Glad you liked the post, thanks for reading :) x

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  2. I recently moved back home after university and honestly it feels quite crowded! I'd quite like my own space, but right now I'm just making the most of having family so close. Great tips x
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    1. Yeah both have their advantages, I normally stay at home in the Summer but I think this year was the right time to have my own space! Thanks for reading :) xx

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  3. I go to uni at St Andrews and have to essentially move in and out of my flat every year so I totally feel you. It's always crazy to see how much STUFF I end with. Like hairdryers and two empty binders that come from god knows where?! Glad to your you're all settled!

    xx Pia
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    1. It's the random stuff that takes the longest haha! x

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  4. Unpacking and packaging in general is always the worst. Hope you're loving your new flat x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

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    1. Thank you!! It definitely is, I'm way better at unpacking than packing though!! xx

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