I thought it was time for a little update since you haven’t heard much from me since moving day. We’ve been in our house for just over a month now, and well…it feels like much longer!
We were surprised with how quickly we were able to unpack and feel settled. Our last move left us living out of boxes for a loooong time, but this time all of the boxes were unpacked by the end of moving week. I credit our smart packing techniques and the extra time we had to think about where we would want things to go in the new house. Last time we didn’t pack until a few days before the move, and we basically just shoved things in boxes or cars to get it moved over. I was sure something was going to fall through during the escrow process, so I didn’t allow myself to think too much about the house, should all of my hopes be dashed. This time the sale closed several weeks before we moved in, so I knew it was a sure thing and I scoured the old listing photos several times a day, planning where everything would go. That meant when it was time to pack, I put things into boxes labeled with the room I wanted them in (and the very specific contents!) and was pleasantly surprised when I showed up on moving day and the moving crew (aka my husband and brother-in-law) had delivered all the goods to their new homes!
The previous owners left the place in tip-top shape, so other than the usual hanging curtains and pictures on the walls, there really wasn’t much we needed to do. The ONE thing that was really bothering me was all of the brassy/gold hardware, which I am guessing was original to when the house was built in the early 2000’s. I had great confidence that I could paint it all (because replacing it would cost hundreds of dollars), and so that’s what I have spent the past few weeks doing. I am SO pleased with how it turned out, even though it was a semi tedious and long project. Now I turn my full attention to the yard, which feels like a full-time job! Our house sits on a half-acre lot, with loads of beautiful landscaped flower beds. It is awesome but I estimate I have a full 10 days of weeding left ahead of me before I make it all the way around the house. Thankfully I actually enjoy pulling weeds as it gives me time to think, a little therapeutic stress relief, and a reason to get out in the fresh air. Oh, I also painted a mountain mural in the nursery, which was really fun.
I am still trying to figure out my new routine at this house. I never realized how much that could screw things up, but for the first few weeks I kind of just wandered around the house in my free time because I didn’t know what to do. A case of “so much to do, where do I start?” mixed with having zero routine to fall back on. At the old house I had my spot where I would always sit, my table that held my books and journal, and a laundry room and kitchen (my main work spaces) that were right in the middle of the house. Here I often forget I am doing laundry because the washer and dryer are not something I am walking by 10 times a day. But I feel like now that some of the move-in tasks are completed I can focus my energy on re-establishing these routines.
Oh and did I mention that the little man is crawling EVERYWHERE? That makes things difficult too because both our living and family rooms are sunken and so far he only knows how to go UP the stairs, not down. It was great for those few weeks that it contained him, but now I have to make sure I know where he is at all times so that he doesn’t take a big tumble. Also he is eating solids several times a day, which has meant much more laundry as we clean him up…so things like “Tuesday laundry day” are no longer existent. We do laundry all the time. I also think I go shopping more because it is an excuse to get out of the house (I can’t walk to as many places here so I have to make up errands).
I’m excited about this new month and all that it brings—Farmer’s Markets, summer produce, longer days, beach nights and BBQs, family weddings, our first house guests, and being able to turn my attention to non-house related things, like my Poshmark Closet, Fermenting, and some cloth diaper projects!
What’s new in YOUR little corner of the world??
Oh, and in case you were wondering—just as predicted, it did not take me long at all to get used to the new house and be VERY thankful for the opportunity to move. Although we do still drive by the old house when we are in that part of town, just for fun.