About two weeks ago, we moved out of the house we called ours for just over 8 years into a bigger, lovelier house just a mile and a half away. Even though it’s not “ours”, we love it as if it were. Prior to our move, We I (thanks to my awesome friend Angie for helping on the weekends!) had been packing for what seemed like an eternity, but really was only about three weeks. We had an army of people help us move on our actual moving day (so thankful for family and friends who don’t mind a little exercise!). Two and a half weeks later, our space is livable: we finally have internet as of two nights ago, and there is no longer an obstacle course to walk through to get from room to room.
We still have boxes to unpack and frames to hang, but most of what’s left is decorative and we can tackle it little by little. I’ve learned a few things during this time we’ve been living out of boxes that I wanted to share:
- I may deny it, but I’m definitely a hoarder. I kept every kids’ art project, birthday card, Christmas card, theme park map, and every. single. receipt. to. everything. ever. purchased. I think we threw away about seven large garbage bags full of junk prior to the move, and at least four after! I went through piles of the boys’ artwork and assignments from the last few years and kept just a few special ones. I also prepared piles of clothes and toys for an upcoming garage sale. Now that I had to weed through eight years’ worth of stuff, I’m hoping my hoarder tendencies are kept at bay moving forward.
- When it comes down to it, we only really need the following essentials in our kitchen: plates, glasses, and silverware for four, a mixing bowl, a small saucepan (don’t forget the lid! I packed all the lids, and had to improvise while making rice our last week in our old house, but like a good Cubanita, resolví!), a large pot, one large skillet, a rounded serving spoon, a good cutting knife, my coffeemaker, and a mug for said coffee. Everything else, while great to have, is not necessary for our everyday existence.
- Even after 17 years and four homes together, my husband and I still can’t agree on furniture placement or decorating ideas. He wants the TV in the living room and I want it in the family room. He wants the boys to have a playroom (the converted garage), and I say absolutely not because they now have their own rooms and I’m not going to have three messy rooms! Coming up with ideas that work for all of us takes time and patience, but is necessary so that we are all happy with our new living space.