So what is the etiquette when you move home?

Kate Livingstone
Kate Livingstone

I’ve finally discovered the reason why people are so interested in having a nosey inside other people’s houses.

It’s really clear to me now that your home is really a bricks-and-mortar reflection of you, and to really find out about someone, you need to get behind the front door.

It turns out that you can find out even more about someone from their former, empty house.

To explain, I recently helped my daughter move home. I assumed that when I walked into her new, unfurnished home, it would be difficult to discover much about the people who used to live there.

I was mistaken.

You see, in a lot of ways, it wasn’t what was there, it was what wasn’t there.

Curtain poles, blinds, coat hooks, kitchen lights, the standard clothes horse – none!

Obviously this was a bit upsetting for my daughter who had left these things behind.

And those were expensive curtain poles. I remember the day she bought them, and I nearly choked when she revealed the price.

“You’re mad, Emma,” I said.

“You would get the same thing at Dunelm Mill and it would have cost you less!”

It seems to me that there’s no clear etiquette on what to take and what to leave.

My daughter left chocolates at her old place, and a nice note with her new address and number.

I thought this was a bit much.

Why would the new owners need her new address, and hadn’t I in fact bought those Ferrero Rocher chocolates for her at Christmas?

However, I believe there should be a mandatory cleaning of ovens when you leave your home.

My daughter had given me a telling off for using a stack of Brillo Pads to get her old oven gleaming on moving day.

“Mum,” she cried. “Don’t use all that, what if I need those to clean my new oven?”

“Don’t be silly, Emma.” I smiled. “You won’t go in to a dirty oven, for heaven’s sake.”

Well, ten minutes after our first look round the new house, I was sent to Morrisons – for Brillo Pads,