~Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Movers and Shakers

I feel like I did back in college when I was in the middle of a semester, and I had the constant stress of the final looming over me. It would be a constant nagging in the back of my mind. Only this time, my final is my upcoming move.

I've learned over the last six months that I can get by with very little. Staying at Abraham's made me realize I only needed a handful of dresses and a few really good pairs of shoes. My everyday makeup and hair straightener. That's all I really had with me.

I've come back to my 816 square foot apartment and began packing it up. Half will go to Abraham's. The other half will go to storage at my mom's house or to a yard sale. Do I really need these DVDs I haven't watched in the last six months? The books that sat on shelves as decoration? Throw pillows! Four afghans, one for each season.

At the same time I had missed my things. Things that I picked out that would make up my home. A white porcelain peach. A photograph of a girl in a field throwing her umbrella. The candlesticks in my bathroom. I'd climb into Abraham's bed at night and say, "I miss looking at my stuff."

I've slowly been making Abraham's bedroom ours. He loves the new furniture. With it came a summer quilt from Pottery Barn. Lamps from TJMaxx. Burlap curtains from a textile store downtown.

The roommate had told us that she was moving out the day I was moving in, which turned out to be both a good and bad thing. Bad: my portion of the mortgage would be higher. Good: I could immediately take over her bedroom as storage.

She told her boyfriend of her plan to move in with him, and they got into the only fight I've ever witnessed. He said it was too soon. His house wasn't big enough. I know she's looking for a house to buy, with him to follow her, but I don't know when that will be. It could be as early as June, causing me to live without some of my things for even longer and having to rent a second moving truck within a couple of months.

This uncertainty extends beyond my move. I don't think I will feel settled until I'm fully moved in, whenever that will be. To combat it, I've hired people where I thoght it would make my life easier. I'm packing my apartment, but I have people to move it. I hired cleaners to do the final clean for me. That part of being in your thirties is awesome, being able to throw money at some of your problems.

Three more weeks.


Lpeg said...

I refuse to move without hiring movers. It's the best money I've ever spent. And the cleaning lady - I've got to try that for next time!

I'd love to see some pictures of the new spaces!

Anonymous said...

ISH! There's nothing like a big project with multiple things out of your control. I'm glad you've got the resources to get some help with it though!

Danielle said...

It's those little decorative touches that make it a home. St least in my opinion. Sure you can live anywhere, but it won't always feel like home.

Hiring movers was the best thing I ever did and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Worth it $$ wise.

heisschic said...

my fiance was moving out of his brother's place on the same day the brother's girlfriend (her son, three cats, and dog) was/were moving in.

be careful. i'll just say it was a clusterf*** and leave it at that.

it may be fortuitous to only do a partial move that day.
it may also be fortuitous to have bottles of alcoholic refreshment on hand.

((i agree on the pics! a before/after of the space could be fun.))

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

Yeah, I've thrown money at movers and a cleaning crew as well. And in my last move from my rental house to my current home I threw in a small leather love seat to boot. How's that for tipping?!

Best of luck with everything. I'm very excited for you.

Readyandfading said...

Movers are a must. Non-negotiable. Not breaking my back is worth a little extra money. As for the stress, all transitions feel like this. I am feeling this way about moving down south. With new phases in life comes change and change is super scary sometimes, even when the move is in a very positive direction. So happy for you and add those little touches back into the common space if they make you feel good.

Bathwater said...

I'm just refusing to move anymore. That solves one problem but creates the problem of throwing money at things in the house to update them.

Arwen said...

I'm so glad you've got so little time left...amazing how that time has flown!

Angela said...

I wish I could throw money at my problems. :(

Good luck with the move. I'd forgotten this was the month for it.

Mannie said...

I'm moving out of my place soon, the only people I'm hiring are to shift the fridge freezer and the washing machine. I'm a bit worried about the carpets though, my ex had a tendency to drop lots of food onto them, and I'm renting.

I'm also buying a whole lot of plants to replenish the garden (I hate gardening) since most of the original plants are either dead or have been pulled up years ago.

Anonymous said...

Movers are a necessity! Like food really.

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