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Here’s everything the movies taught us about moving house

Here’s everything the movies taught us about moving house

Most things in life get easier the more you do them. Moving house is not one of those things.

Maybe it’s because we’re a little bit older every time we move; maybe it’s because we always have more stuff. From packing up boxes, booking a removalist, to switching utilities – it’s a struggle whichever way you cut it.

The good news is that thanks to Hollywood, there’s a whole stack of wisdom we can lean on for comfort in times of domestic upheaval. So if you’re moving house soon, chuck these flicks on, sit back, and take some notes.   

The movie: Cheaper by the Dozen

The lesson: It could always be worse

If you think your move is difficult, imagine a move with 12 kids. That’s the gauntlet that Steve Martin’s character, Tom Baker, attempts to run in Cheaper by the Dozen. Watch this, take a deep breath, and remember: it could always be worse. And no matter how many kids you have: just make sure you’ve taken the appropriate steps to get your new connection ready – else you’ll never hear the end of it.

The movie: Up

The lesson: Moving house can be fun

In Up, elderly widower Carl Fredericksen ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies the thing to South America, a place he’d long wanted to visit. While tying balloons to your house isn’t exactly an option, think of it as inspiration. Your move can be as fun as you decide to make it. Whether it’s packing box Tetris, time-trial wardrobe emptying or figuring out the best spot to set up the modem let your inner-child run wild.

The movie: Coming to America

The lesson: A move is about so much more than the move

Crown Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) moves to New York in search of love, sure. But what he’s really doing is heading out into the big wide world in search of meaning. And moving house is as good a time as any to take stock of what you have, where you’re at, and where you want to be. In a more practical sense, it’s also a good time to make sure your electricity, gas and internet providers are giving you everything you need (you could even consider bundling multiple products with one supplier). You know, fresh starts and all of that jazz.

The movie: Home Alone

The lesson: Don’t forget the kids

We’ll admit that Home Alone isn’t really a film about moving house, but the lesson still applies: after you pack up and before you head off, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you packed the kids, too.

The movie: Toy Story

The lesson: Don’t forget the kids’ toys

They might not have a Buzz Lightyear, a Woody, or a Bo-Peep, but you can bet your life on the fact that if any of their precious toys go walkabout during the big move, there’ll be hell to pay. The toy box and all the toys inside it have VIP status for the duration of the move – and don’t you forget it.

The movie: The Lion King

The lesson: Hanuka Matata

We know this one isn’t really about moving either. But ‘Hakuna Matata’ (translated to ‘no worries’ in Swahili), is a motto that can be readily applied to pretty much every aspect of the human experience: especially moving. Thank god for Timon and Pumbaa.

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