We have moved! It was a long, hectic day on Friday. The movers came in the morning and moved all of our stuff from the house and the storage unit. My dad and I were at the old house directing stuff on that end – mostly staying out of the movers’ way and finishing up the projects requested by the buyers. Kevin and his parents were at the new house to be ready for the movers on that end. They spent the time before the movers got there getting the new house ready - assembling a storage unit in the garage, adding liners in the pantry and kitchen cabinets - and then directing where to put stuff once the movers got there.
Our cellphones came in very handy to give status updates to each other – movers are headed your way, etc. We added to the chaos by having a second mover take our weight equipment and having Comcast come to set up our tv/internet/phone on the same day.
It was a long day, especially for the movers. I have a lot of respect for what they do, and am thankful I can pay people to move my stuff for me. We really lucked out on the weather – it rained at the old house that morning, but stopped before the movers arrived, and it was a MONSOON that night at the new house after they’d finished. I hate to think how we would’ve moved in the rain.
We spent that night at our new house, but it wasn’t until Saturday night that I really got a good night’s sleep – too much going through my mind of what all we have to do.
ALL weekend was spent unpacking and today too. We both took today off work to give more time to get unpacked and settled. We have a garage full of empty boxes to show for it, and a very livable downstairs. We started with necessities – bed, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, clothes, and got all of that done – thanks to some help from my in-laws and my sister. We also treated the living room as a priority to give us a comfortable place to sit at the end of a long day of unpacking. We were even able to make progress on the study. The guest bedroom and the garage are a mess, they’ll get there. For now, we'll head back to work and give ourselves a break, and pick up again this weekend.
We have even been able to make a few improvements on the house already: installed two additional ceiling fans (thanks Larry!), installed towel rings in our bathroom and the guest bathroom, and Kevin even drilled a hole through the built-in desk for the phone and computer wires. We found a plug to cover it, on clearance for 34 cents!
I love the new neighborhood, there are trees everywhere and nice paths to walk on, it already feels like home. Smokey is having a harder time adjusting, but he loves his big backyard and will soon consider it home. We’re here and so he’ll adjust.
- Do not pack breakable items the night before, you likely won’t pack them well enough and they will be broken – several boxes of dishes were all broken, thankfully it was the ‘everyday’ dishes, not the china
- Make sure to find out if the dryer connections are being run as gas, electric or both. We thought they were running gas since the stove and water heater are gas, and didn’t know it wasn’t until we tried to connect it and couldn’t. so, we are now the owners of a brand new dryer.
Unpacking takes time, but is much better than the packing and moving part of the process. We'll get everything organized and out of boxes, we've already got a lot of it out, the first night the answer to where almost anything was located was, "in a box".....not a good feeling.