Family,  Lifestyle

Settling Into Our New House

Gosh, it feels like the last month has absolutely flown by! We’re all absolutely knackered – moving to a new house is so stressful. Fortunately, it looks as if we’re finally getting there.  Most of our items are finally unpacked, except some of the kids things. School is finally sorted and Luke’s just at the start of his second week in his new place. We’ve met our neighbours and a few of the locals and everyone has been really lovely and friendly towards us, which feels amazing. 

Settling into living in a house.

I am totally in love with our new house. We’ve spent some time figuring out how we want it to look and I think we’ve rearranged the furniture and photo frames a million times so far. We’re still in the process of sorting out our junk and decluttering – living in a house already feels so different from living in a flat. Everything seems to have its place and it just looks so much nicer and more inviting. I’d go as far as to say it looks so homely

We’re all loving the garden.

By far one of the best things about moving to our new house has been having a garden. It’s absolutely amazing to just step outside in the mornings with a cup of coffee and soak in the morning sun (or not thanks to all the storms we’ve had lately)! I was a little worried that our neighbours would hate us when my mad kids were running around at 8am playing football before school, but it turns out they’re really relaxed and chilled out on both sides, so that’s great. We’ve already planted a few flowers and picked up some grow bags. Luke’s very excited to see how his french radishes turn out!

Family life seems so much easier. 

Now that everyone has their own little space, family life somehow feels so much easier. The kids aren’t really just trapped in the living room, they’ve got a whole house to explore and the garden too. We also live so close to a really great park that’s perfect for them and also perfect for walking our adopted whippet, Willow. I’ll have to write a little bit about her another time, but you may have seen on my Instagram account that she has a broken leg. It’s a long story and she definitely deserves her own post, so keep an eye out for that one if you want to know more about her story! 

Toddler sitting on the doorstep leading into a garden while reading a book
Oscar loves reading his books on the doorstep of our new house!

Time for normal life to resume! 

Thankfully, now that things are starting to settle down, I can get back to normal life once again! It’s all been so crazy and hectic, so I have really been craving routine. Luke starting his new school was a really good start to this and it’s a lot nicer for me to have a school run that only takes 25 minutes, rather than 40! However, rather depressingly, I’ve not had time to exercise since we’ve moved to our new house, so the school run has also been doubling up as my exercise time! I need to get back into working on my fitness, which is another thing that I hope to incorporate now that life is starting to settle down again.

We have a really fun year planned ahead.

Now that everyone’s settling into life in our new home, it’s definitely time for me to get back on top of my writing and try to put myself back on track to achieve the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the year. I’m feeling really positive about the year ahead and excited that everything is finally starting to come together. We’ve got lots of family plans for the next few months, including a trip to London, a weekend away in Snowdonia, some camping trips and a whole bunch of wedding planning in between. 2020 is going to be a good year – now I just need to get back into my work routine and make the money to fund it all! 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.


  • Sarah Stockley

    Yay! Happy new house. Moving is mega stressful, we hope to try and move at some point in the near future but property prices where we live are ridiculous. Glad you are settling in!

  • Jenny

    A garden is so essential with kids (and a dog!). We got Swing Ball out at the weekend, can’t wait to use it more as the weather gets better,

  • Sarah Bailey

    Aww it sounds like everything is working out so well for you in your new home! There is nothing like having your own garden is there? I remember getting our first garden after living in flats without one and it was so nice to feel like it was our space.

  • Claire

    Congratulations on the house move! It’s a huge change from a flat to a house but you’ll soon wonder how you coped with less space.

    2020 is shaping up well for us and also full on with wedding planning. Good luck with it all x

  • Sim @ Sim's Life

    Awww you enjoy your new garden, especially when the sun is shining! I’m impressed you have unpacked most of your things already, I’m sure even after all this time I have boxes in the loft I never got round to unpacking! 😉 Sim x

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    Congratulations! Having your own home is so nice. I am glad your new neighborhood is a good one with friendly neighbors. It sounds like a really nice place to raise a family.

  • Liam Wilkinson

    its great that you have settled into your new house, it always takes time but can feel a sense of relieve after weeks and months of planning or waiting etc, Cutting travel tie to school is so satisfying when it happens lol

  • Anosa

    If there is one thing I dislike its moving house but I am about to do it this month and got loads of boxes packed. Glad you guys are all settled in now.

  • Rebecca Smith

    So glad you’re all moved in. I know how stressful moving can be as I am currently in the midst of packing up this house ready for our move in ten days! Can’t wait to be on the other side.

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    When we moved houses with our little ones, it was not easy and it took us a few good months to unpack everything and feel like we knew where everything was. Having a good garden space is important for little ones to explore and play in

  • Jenni

    I’m totally with you on the stress of moving. My youngest had lived in 4 different homes by the time he was 4. I’m done with moving for a while, and looking forward to settling in to our own place. So happy to have left renting behind us.

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