We have officially moved! AGAIN! This time was slightly less painful because we decided that, after three moves last year which we did ourselves, this time we were hiring pros. It was spendy but absolutely worth it. We are so over moving! Hopefully there will be just one more move in our near future, next year or the year after, whenever we are ready to buy our next home. (I know, we said this last time. And the time before that. Hopefully this time it will actually be true!)
The process of moving went surprisingly smoothly and the movers we used were very speedy. Aside from the brief panic I felt when they showed up an hour early (cue mad dash to find and put on pants), they packed and moved everything in record time.
They packed pretty much everything at Castle Greystone, with the exception of a few fragile things that K had packed and taken over to the new place earlier in the week.
I think it would have taken me a week to pack what they did in less than three hours. Granted, there were four of them, but still, I was pleasantly surprised at how little time it took.
The truck was gigundous! Watching them back it into the not-huge parking lot at The Box Top made me very glad that I didn’t have to figure out how to maneuver it.
K did an excellent job with planning for the new place. Thanks to a site called FloorPlanner and his careful measuring, he was able to lay out our furniture in advance so that we could tell the movers exactly where to put things so we had as little moving-around to do after they were gone. The site even had green chairs that look pretty much exactly like our vintage pair!
The space in the new place is pretty similar to that of the old place, so that made things easy. We also streamlined a little bit and decided to store a few more pieces of furniture that aren’t needed in the new space (mega thanks to Susan and her hub for being our storage until we buy our next home!).
Despite the easy arrangement of the furniture, of course, there was the matter of the 50+ boxes of crap we own. MUST GET RID OF MORE STUFF.
UGH. If we had moved all of this ourselves I am not sure I would have been up to facing the unpacking so quickly.
As it was, though, we got all the boxes unpacked (with the exception of those that are pretty much in stay-packed mode right now, such as those holding holiday decorations) by the following day around lunch time.
This photo does not do justice to just how much packing paper this is. I did not even attempt to count it.
Somewhat unpacked! I did not use any sort of organization while unpacking things like books and media. K started out being super careful but I felt that it was taking too long so I just unloaded boxes and threw things up on the shelves in whatever order I found them. We’re in the process of divesting ourselves of a lot of our books and media so I knew we’d be going through it again anyway. Getting rid of all the boxes that were in the middle of everything was a much higher priority for me.
Feeling pretty decent about getting things unpacked so quickly! We also felt great about the fact that some friends were able to pick up the boxes and packing paper for an upcoming move so those were gone on Sunday morning. That freed up a significant amount of space, too!
We’ve made even more progress that I haven’t yet taken photos of. Since we got unpacked on Saturday, we spent the rest of that day organizing things. We have a little less kitchen cupboard space than we did before, so that’s a slight challenge, but we’re making it work. Then on Sunday we started hanging photos and artwork and ran internet cable before having a lovely lunch with Susan and her hub and my folks (and then filling their vehicle with our extra stuff to be stored at their place). All in all, a very successful weekend!