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Old Oct 16th 2006, 12:25 pm
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Question Removals - what do you wish you had left at home?

Hi there,

We are deciding what to take with us. There seems to be so much, goodness knows how much container space we'll need!

Those of you who have already made the move - what do you regret taking with you?
I've read that the TV may not work, mattresses are £150 to move so you may as well get one once you arrive. Is there anything else which could be a waste of time?

Cheers

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Originally Posted by sparkleauz
Hi there,

We are deciding what to take with us. There seems to be so much, goodness knows how much container space we'll need!

Those of you who have already made the move - what do you regret taking with you?
I've read that the TV may not work, mattresses are £150 to move so you may as well get one once you arrive. Is there anything else which could be a waste of time?

Cheers

Jo

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Old Oct 16th 2006, 12:41 pm
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Default Re: Removals - what do you wish you had left at home?

What a good question! I'll look forward to see what people say - we are trying to bring the bare minimum. I have a load of craft stuff from when I took up Scrapbooking and went really overboard in buying stuff... but I thought I may as well send it over rather than try to sell or whatever.

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All OH's 'stuff' that was in our loft in the UK (for 10 years) which will shortly be transferred to our loft here.....
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Hi Jo,

Who told you that mattresses are £150 to move???

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Ditto + Kids
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LOL i was going to say that
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We shared a container. I wish now we'd bought a whole one and brought everything with us because my hub (disorganised as he was) ended throwing a whole load of stuff away at the tip and that really pissed me off. I hope it went to good homes. I'm sure it did but ...

Bring it over if it's useful. If it isn't, and you don't love it, get rid of it before you come. Better to bring stuff you think may be useful rather than feel hacked off you have to buy exactly the same thing again over here to replace it.
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A friend of mine didn't bring much over - just a few boxes of personal stuff. She gave away all of her pots and pans etc. The week after she'd moved in she decided to make shepherd's pie and boiled the spuds. Guess what! She didn't have a masher!
There's nothing really I wish I'd not brought with us- it's more the things I threw or gave away. Even things like brand new dishcloths - when you first move over money goes through your hands so those dishcloths would have made a difference!
If you are getting a container, I'd say cram it with as much stuff as you can. Work out what you really want to take, get that put in first, then fill up with the rest.
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Default Re: Removals - what do you wish you had left at home?

Originally Posted by Auzziebound
Hi Jo,

Who told you that mattresses are £150 to move???

Jane
Hi Jane,

Have just had a look for the thread that I saw this on. Check it out below:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=400240

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Default Re: Removals - what do you wish you had left at home?

Originally Posted by sparkleauz
Hi there,

We are deciding what to take with us. There seems to be so much, goodness knows how much container space we'll need!

Those of you who have already made the move - what do you regret taking with you?
I've read that the TV may not work, mattresses are £150 to move so you may as well get one once you arrive. Is there anything else which could be a waste of time?

Cheers

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Good thread, shall watch it with interest
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Wish I'd bought more with us, other half forced me to sell lots of things at car boot sales, give things away to friends etc.

We left behind a sofa, dining table and chairs - the people buying the house wanted them - 2.5 years later we still have no dining table and chairs and just the one sofa, because money's too tight to buy new and I begrudge buying second hand!

Didn't bring mattresses, but only because the beds were pretty old.

What I wish we had left behind - my brother-in-law's cd collection from his student days. For some strange reason, my partner thought we should bring this with us as he was certain his brother (who now lives in Adelaide) would want to be reminded of how poor his music tastes once were. The collection is still at our house, because I refuse to use up all my luggage space on flights to Adelaide on dodgy cds.
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Originally Posted by chels
Wish I'd bought more with us, other half forced me to sell lots of things at car boot sales, give things away to friends etc.

We left behind a sofa, dining table and chairs - the people buying the house wanted them - 2.5 years later we still have no dining table and chairs and just the one sofa, because money's too tight to buy new and I begrudge buying second

Aw Chels, that's really rough. I try not to look back on it or I'd be upset about the stuff my hub gave away. Trying to look forward all the time is tough esp when you're reminded of it every day.
Hope you get your sofa and dining set soon.
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I say bring the lot too. Its OK buying new but it takes time and money. Not sure if you have children or not but try shopping for furnishings and the like whilst dragging 2 kids around the shops, nightmare.
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Bring everything except - clutter and junk (and of course the things AQIS won't let you bring)

Do a serious declutter of paperwork stuff, clothes you don't wear, things you really don't use and that have lived in the loft for years.

Originally Posted by sparkleauz
Hi there,

We are deciding what to take with us. There seems to be so much, goodness knows how much container space we'll need!

Those of you who have already made the move - what do you regret taking with you?
I've read that the TV may not work, mattresses are £150 to move so you may as well get one once you arrive. Is there anything else which could be a waste of time?

Cheers

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