What a week, someone should have told me that going away for a year would mean packing up as if you are moving house! For some reason it did not dawn on me. Thankfully all boxed up and stored away for the year now with the last box packed an hour ago. The flat itself is spotless, it looks like when I first moved in, all clean and sparkly.
The trick is not to spend too much money, I got the boxes free form the local supermarket and all the stuff from the flat it either stored in the loft or with kind friends.