Preparing your home for a teacher exchange probably doesn’t need to be as enormous an undertaking as we’re making it, but we are taking the opportunity to really cull through our belongings and clean out every drawer, cupboard, closet, and corner. We have likened it to preparing your house for sale: staging it for viewings. We’ve been living in a tip for a few weeks now, and will for a few weeks more, I’m sure. Tackle a little bit each day and balance that work with the regular obligations and responsibilities of life and you’ve got a pretty full agenda.
We have also started packing the suitcases: summer shorts and shirts, and other bits and bobs we think we’ll need/want. Lots oof exchangees have advised not to over pack, just take some clothes, everything else you can get if you need it. Placing the things we think we’ll need by the suitcases helps us visualize how much stuff we may actually take. Seeing it there day after day we sometimes ask ourselves… do we REALLY need to bring that with us?
My wife loves baking and talked about packing her measuring cups and spoons, Australia being more Metric-ified than Canada overall. Decided against it – seemed like a good opportunity to learn conversions and become more comfortable with the Metric equivalents of those Imperial measures that have been harder to shake.