Moving, as people will cheerfully tell you, is only slightly less stressful than divorce or death. I have come out the other side. Here is my survival guide.
1. Do not develop a horrendous chest infection the day before relocating 600 miles. It will make the whole thing rather more challenging.
2. Before arriving at the Van Hire company, do check that your license photocard is in date. Turns out, they expire.
3. Accept from the beginning that you will not leave sufficient time to pack and will, at the final hour, be forced to throw any old crap in boxes at speed.
4. Cleaning your house will take much longer than expected. You will find dirt that you didn't know existed. Use the clothes you just cannot face packing to clean it up.
5. Do not forget that you have to clean the fridge. You will be repulsed by the horrors within.
6. Do not try and reverse a long wheel base van. It's amazing how one relies on the view out of that back window.
7. Enlist the help of family members, but do not inform them of how long their train journey back home will take. There is a chance they will retract the offer of assistance.
8. There is a reason why you are advised to label your boxes.
9. If your bedbase snaps en route, duct tape will prove surprisingly effective at holding it together.
10. When all you own is finally boxed and packed precariously in the back of van, you will have an uncharacteristic moment of melancholy. And then you will be excited about what is next to come.
Goodbye Edinburgh, it's been a blast.