A few words about moving into a new place:
- If you need to hang up pictures, posters, curtains, basically anything that you want to be at right angles to walls or gravity, a tape measure and a laser level (Thanks, Mel!) are must-have tools.
- If you need to put down plastic liners in your drawers and cupboards, pull the old ones up beforehand. I had to pull up five layers of that crap here, and and it was repugnant. In the dark ages, the royalty had dining halls where they’d just put down another layer of straw over the discarded scraps until the the whole place had to be shovelled out by the peasantry; I once had to pull six layers of drywall, twenty layers of wallpaper and at least six different kinds of mold off the walls of an old house because nobody had bothered to pull down the old stuff before installing the new stuff. This is how vermin live, not civilized people.
- You may want to replace your shower head, if your shower seems less than enthusiastic; it’s cheaply done, those things clog over time, and a hot shower under good water pressure is also a must-have. Invest in one set of really, really nice towels as a luxury item.
- Generally speaking, you should not move into anywhere carpeted. If you do, you should have the rug professionally steam-cleaned before you bring in any furniture.
- Clean under the fridge, behind the stove and every flat surface, edge and corner before you put furniture in. Crap builds up in the crevices, and that’s how people wind up chronically sick. See above point re: vermin.
- Ikea, among all their wondrous goods, makes “Billy” bookshelves; these are the de-facto International Standard Bookshelf, and if you buy one now you will be able to buy another one exactly like it in six months or five years when you run out of room.
Thank you for your attention.