Didn't know where to put this, so shoved it here :D
Massive bit of advice for people - if you are struggling to get rid of your household things in the run up when you leave the UK and want them gone at the last minute, pop them on Gumtree. Just put the washer, dryer and fridge/freezer on Gumtree, within 5 mins had had 2 phone calls, and a guy at the door wanting to take them, as well as *anything* else we had in the house - including stuff I was just going to put in the skip as it is so so manky and horrid.
So if you need to get rid of things in a hurry towards the end, Gumtree for the win!
Hurrah, another couple of hundred in our pockets, and the thought of entering Oz with a load of dirty pants now, as my washing machine will be gone in the AM (and I had to bargain for that, as I still need to wash loads of clothes and my teddy bear, or they won't let us in the country for having nasty biological weapons of mass destruction in the case of Ivan the bear....)