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Moving with Fortum, Part 1: The planning

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by Emma Elwin on 30 September, 2016

In three weeks we will be leaving our apartment in the best neighborhood in Stockholm (Södermalm) for a little house outside the city. We are so exited! In the past I have always romanticized moving houses, for that I blame all those Hollywood rom-coms where a very in love couple dances around with boxes, eat pizza and barely break a sweat.

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But moving has been a pain for me in the past. Last time I had the flu and thought I was going to faint every time I picked up a box. I packed like a crazy person in my fever haze. The time before that I could not fit my furniture through the hallway. With my previous moving experiences, I did not plan anything beforehand, which resulted in an attic filled with junk and scratched hallway walls. Moving is in my experience everything but romantic. It’s a stressful, dusty and exhausting business. It’s filled with moments of asking yourself ”how much stuff does one person need?!” and ”why didn’t I mark the boxes better??” You open up the truck and find yourself with a jackstraws game situation, and when your finally finish unpacking and find a bunch of old batteries and broken light bulbs you wonder why you didn’t recycled those BEFORE the move.

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So, if moving on your own is a tricky business, moving with a three month old baby calls for some serious planning. Every minute you can save is precious. That’s why I was thrilled when Fortum asked me if I wanted to try their new moving guide and get some tips on how to make the move as easy as possible. This is the first of three post on how to make the move as smooth as possible. Already Fortum’s checklist has proven to be of great use. I am proud to say that I already checked off getting a new home insurance, applying for Dylan’s pre-school, change address and order a new electricity contract.

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Left on my to-do list this week is to book a cleaning company for the apartment, to figure out how many moving boxes we need (suggestions are more than welcome) and see if we can rent or buy used boxes anywhere. I am also planning for how to pack up the different rooms in the easiest way. So to summarize: This time I won’t find myself looking trough 50 boxes until I find my tooth brush, I am going to plan everything that can be planned in the slightest detail, the checklist will be my Bibel and I will pray that Dylan grows 170 cm over night so he can help carry his new but old solid wood (very heavy but pretty) bed.

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Read the entire how to move checklist here.

Read more about Fortums green electricity here.

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