An awful lot of work for a holiday

16 Jul

There’s always stuff to finish up before you go on holiday.  I well remember the late evenings at work in the week before a trip, trying desperately to tick everything off the to do list.  Reports would invariably need to be finished, letters written and sent out and giant dossiers of instructions drawn up telling colleagues what to do when so-and-so called.  You always felt like you’d earned your holiday by the time it arrived.

When we decided to go travelling, we focussed on the travelling itself.  Where will we go?  What will we do?  There’ll be stuff to sort out of course, but it’ll be worth it.  And for the last few months, I’ve gradually been sorting stuff out.  It’s not been too onerous.  Some of it’s even been quite liberating, particularly the weekly charity shop trips.

But now we are in the last few months of preparation, and the stuff to do is mounting up.  The odd trip to the charity shop is no longer enough.  In about two weeks time, a decorator is coming to paint the house from top to bottom, which will hopefully make it an attractive rental proposition.  Speculate to accumulate and all that.  Which means that the time has come to pack up all our belongings.  And despite chucking out what feels like more belongings that one family should decently accumulate in a seven year period, our house is still full.  The walls are covered with pictures, not all of the walls with as many pictures as the wall above, but still, many pictures.  The bookshelves are groaning with books.  The wardrobes and cupboards are crammed full of clothes, sheets and towels.  All of which have to be moved, wrapped, packed or at least stacked into tottering piles in the basement.

And when we come back, pictures will have to be re-hung, books re-shelved, clothes re-crammed into chests of drawers.   In the meantime we’ve got to have hundreds of injections, disconnect and reconnect gas, electricity, phone, Sky, internet, replace a carpet, fix lights.  And other stuff, lots and lots of other stuff to do with being an adult.  We are basically moving house twice in nine months.  In order to have a holiday.

Who’s clever idea was this in the first place?


Don’t worry, I’m aware how lucky I am.  I’m not really looking for sympathy for the fact that I’m about to go travelling for nine months.  I just fancied a moan.  It’s my blog, if I can’t do it here, then where can I?


20 Responses to “An awful lot of work for a holiday”

  1. jfb57 16/07/2010 at 7:23 pm #

    Oh dear! you’ve hit the ‘do I want to really do this’ wall. There one of these walls in every adventure – didn’t you know?! 😉 You just have to take a few bricks out, walk around it a bit, start to climb over it & it will soon be gone!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 9:20 pm #

      Thankyou lovely, needed a pep talk

  2. Becky 16/07/2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Can totally sympathise with packing thing!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 9:20 pm #

      It always takes five times longer than you think.

  3. Young Mummy 16/07/2010 at 8:03 pm #

    It will be so worth it. And I think it’s a great excuse for a clear-out, even if it’s no fun having to do it. The unpacking when you’re home will be fun for everyone as you rediscover all those treasured posessions. Wish I could offer to come and help you, but there are these two small babies that make life so blooming complicated.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 9:21 pm #

      Come over, bring the babies, they can shred newspaper into packing material.

  4. Mummy Mania 16/07/2010 at 8:10 pm #

    It will be worth it! What an adventure – and although there’s lots of hard work (take a pic of the house in various states of diarray and then look at them when you are on a beach somewhere exotic or sipping Italian coffee. And as for coming home – we ahve a saying in this house. It’s great going away, but it’s always lovely coming home. You’ll get real joy hanging up those pictures again – with some new ones alongside, and reminiscing while you replace the books on the shelves (no doubt with a few additionals) – all markers on the adventures of your life. Enjoy.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 9:19 pm #

      Oh I love souvenirs. We’ll have lots of those. We were actually thinking about a Market stall…

  5. Paula 16/07/2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Is there any chance your decorators could come here after they’ve done yours? Or maybe we could move in? After 3 years our house is still undecorated…I think I’d move twice in nine months if I could guarantee to come home to a fresh smelling, clutter free house xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 9:18 pm #

      That’s a very good point. We might actually get rid of the smell of wee. I feel better already x

  6. Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . 17/07/2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Awwww, but it will be so worth it!! Think of all the fab places you are going! x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/07/2010 at 1:30 pm #

      I know, I’m keeping image of Hawaiian beach to the forefront of my mind.

  7. Sharon 18/07/2010 at 11:12 am #

    But just think, all the time you’re away you wonm’t even have to do ANY cleaning or tidying. You’ll be free of all those tedious everyday boring things. And how tidy will your house be when you come back? I bet you’ll enjoy unpacking all your belongings after such a long time, they’ll feel as if they’re new again. Or you’ll hate them so much you’ll end up chucking them out too!!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/07/2010 at 1:31 pm #

      SO looking forward to less cleaning and tidying, although we’ll be renting lots of holiay apartments, so I’m not going to escape housework all together.

  8. Mara Gorman 18/07/2010 at 8:42 pm #

    Laughing here. The day before we left on our 13-month journey with our one-year-old we had closings on two houses (one we sold, one we bought and rented out) and finally got the title in the mail for our car we were selling. I had spent the previous week on the phone getting nasty surprises from insurance agents and trying to figure out how we were going to fit our belongings into the basement of the new house so that our renters had room to use the rest.

    So you don’t need to apologize to me! Complain all you want (and let’s hope that things are slightly less stressful for you since you’re a bit more clued in than I was I think).

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/07/2010 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank God we are not selling a house at the same time! I think I’d have a breakdown.

  9. Trish@ Mum's Gone to 19/07/2010 at 8:41 am #

    I’ve just written about our holiday preparations and the stress of it all – we’re only going away for a fortnight! I would take my hat off to you but it’s in a pile in the spare room at the moment…

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/07/2010 at 1:32 pm #

      LOL, that reminds me, I need to find our hats…

  10. Pants With Names 19/07/2010 at 11:36 am #

    It’s like moving house, really it is. But it will be worth it. I do remember this phase though, really long, bloody hard work. We dispatched the kids off to Grandparents for a bit (after all they weren’t going to see them for such a long time) with the aim of getting loads of packing done. As I remember we went out, drank far too much, came back at 5am having been singing songs by the river and then couldn’t do anything because of the hangover so had to listen to Radio 4 all morning. I don’t really recommend that tactic, but my goodness me it was fun.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/07/2010 at 1:33 pm #

      I might save that tactic for October, when things are getting really desperate. It sounds fab!

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