Gadgets for moving house

Image; Removal men sitting in the back of their truck making tea on a camping stoveThis is a guest post by Jade Evans. Jade is a freelance writer who has lived in three countries in 5 years, and always feels bad for the man and a van service because she doesn’t currently own an e-reader…she has lots and lots of books.

So you’re moving house. Which means a lot of exhaustion and emotional wear and tear – plus, at some point or another, you’ll probably end up sleeping on your floor. The man and van service may break something, and you’ll probably forget something vital stashed in your landlady’s dusty attic. There will be panic.

But that’s why we are in the modern world! There are tons of gadgets and gizmos out there to help you de-stress, organize, stress, and get distracted. Here are a few of my favorites, and a nifty contribution from right here on Geek-Speak!

Amazon Kindle Fire

I’m sorry, I just have to vote against the monochrome Kindle. The Fire has all the pros of the ipad:

  • wifi
  • e-reader
  • touch screen
  • user-friendly interface
  • dual-core processor
  • free cloud storage
  • and so much more!

…but only costs £130. Unfortunately it isn’t being released on Amazon UK yet. This is when you take a holiday to the US to go shopping for the Christmas season and happen to pick up the new tablet. (Though hopefully you aren’t moving before November 15, as that is when the product ships in the US). And as it always is with technology, there are rumors going around that the second generation Fire will be released first quarter 2012. But enough ranting about possible ship and release dates – long story short, one of your best friends when you’re moving house will be a tablet, in whatever form – iPad, Kindle e-reader, Fire, any of them.

Aeropress Coffee Maker

Yes, this is the gadget that I ripped off found right here on Geek-Speak. Why is a coffee maker a necessary gadget if you’re moving, you ask? Well, if you have to ask you don’t deserve it.

Right – but just think about it. Most of us are extreme procrastinators. Packing? Who need to do that!

…so you’re up until the sun rises the day before the movers come to pack you up and send you off to your new flat (or home, if you’re lucky – back to your parents if you aren’t). Proper caffeination would be totally necessary. Even I, the girl who doesn’t drink coffee – would find coffee a welcome addition to my long night of packing. Plus it just looks neat.

WiFi HotSpot Detector

I don’t know exactly how moving house works in the UK, but one of the biggest pains in the US is that oftentimes it will take some time to transfer all your utilities, including your internet. Which, of course, is one of the most important things ever in the entire world, ohmygoodness. A lot of us wouldn’t know what to do without an internet connection (yes, a lot of us could use are phones to connect). But if you can’t use your phone and are unwilling to pay for internet (and coffee) at at cafe, then this little gadget is for you.

Zero Gravity Hummer Toy Truck

Zero G HummerAdmit it. We’re all kids. You want this toy.

And it will be especially fun after all of your stuff is moved out – nothing to block the free movement of the toy completely across your walls…and apparently it won’t leave marks on the walls – though I’ll believe that when I see it.

Atari Keychains

These aren’t any standard keychains for old school gaming aficionados – no cheap plastic replica here. These are the real thing…miniaturized. And if you hook them up to your TV (which, is of course, one of the last things to go from your apartment), you can play some classic Atari games with that “keychain.”

And if you aren’t aware of the glories of Centipede, Asteroids and Pong, this is a great chance to play for yourself.

Ok – so my of my moving recommendations are a hindrance to your progress rather than a help, but wouldn’t you rather be distracted than perpetually worried about all your stuff? I vote for distraction, and fun. It’s hard enough to move from a familiar place. Make it a little bit easier on yourself.

What gadgets would you recommend to ease the burden of moving house? Is there a serious piece of tech that would make life easier? Or something fun that would serve to distract you for a while? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

The removal van image at the head of this article is by Simon Aughton, and is used under Creative Commons License.

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