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A little over a month ago I wrote that I was looking to move house. At the time, I was deep in the vagaries of the rental market, racing to try and get to decent properties before they were snatched out from underneath me.
I’m happy to say that P and I were, in the end, successful. Our new house is a 2 bedroom end terrace, recently refurbished to a high standard. As a result, we are officially saying goodbye to Oxford after a good decade of working and studying here.
It’s a bittersweet moment, of course. Oxford has been an important place in my life journey: I got my first proper career orientated job here, I made close friendships, I lived in one place for six years–the longest I’ve ever stayed put anywhere.
But it was time for a change and a fresh start, and I am delighted with where we’ve ended up. I’m looking forward to living in the same city as my BFF and going on adventures with them. I’m also looking forward to gaining an extra bedroom AND shaving £244 off my monthly rent and council tax bill.
Clean slates are important. There’s a lot of evidence that moving house is a great time to implement new healthy routines, because the environment is so different that old routines won’t be triggered.
It’s a chance to take stock of what you own and discard things that no longer fit with you are, or who you want to be.
It’s also a chance to design your new spaces thoughtfully and with intention.
We move house this week, and I’m sure it will take us a few days to sort ourselves out and get the internet back up and running. But once I do, I look forward to sharing this new chapter with you!