We Survived Our Move
I honestly feel like it’s been 19 months since I last posted when in reality it’s been, like, 2 weeks! We’ve moved. We’re settling in. It’s a proverbial roller coaster… but then again, you guys have moved. You know the deal. I have a YouTube video to share in the next day or two with some moving tips, but in general… I think it’s never going to be easy, there are always last minute items that get shoved in a box, and tears will be shed.
Our movers arrived on Tuesday of last week and the first things they brought over were the bedrooms. Thanks to so many of you who agreed that bedrooms first was the way to go! I now totally agree. For the bedrooms and major rooms, I had already measured and had a pretty good sense of where things were going to go. Which is critical when moving. The movers will place rugs and furniture where you want them so… make sure you know where you want them!
After the first day, I was feeling good. Bedrooms were set up… it actually felt like maybe we had purged enough and this moving business was going to be a breeze. Wrong. The next day alllllllll the rest of the stuff arrived and panic set in. Boxes were piling up. Artwork was piling up. It was getting ugly. My mom and dad were here to help. Our nanny helped. Mark helped. One box at a time, we unpacked, found a space (or not) and moved on.
Getting rid of boxes is the first step and it feels so good. There was lots more purging… a few tricky rooms for furniture placement. Rearranging the garage to fit things. Day by day the piles are going down. Also, I don’t know why I feel the urge to mention… but Eleanor and Oliver are reading on their kindles in the second picture- knowing those are books makes the picture so sweet to me.
I’m sitting here one week in and here’s the status. The attic is stuffed with Christmas decorations, and other misc. items like lamps and paintings that don’t have a place in this house (my embroidered art collection), an extra mattress, etc. This is NOT our forever house. We’re renting for the indefinite future so even though I got rid of lots and lots of things, I saved irreplaceable and beloved items with the hope that the next house might have some room for them.
The kids rooms are great and everyone seems very happy. Oliver has a pop-a-shot IN his room, Martha has the daybed I made, and Eleanor is thrilled by her new rug and her blue walls. Arthur and Louisa share a room downstairs next to our bedroom and we wake up to their chatting every day.
The garage still has lots and lots and lots of boxes that I need to make sense of for my workshop. There’s furniture and rugs and lamps that I’m slowing selling on my @shopatcharlotteshouse page on Instagram. We’re getting there.
As for the rest of the house, I go from feeling great about it to realizing the paint color just isn’t my style but the open concept living area is just too big for us to paint. The ceilings are SO low. Growing pains. Adjustment. Figuring it all out. Still sad for the old house. Trying to be positive and grateful for this new house.
Lots of you also follow me on Instagram so you saw a shorter version of this, but I uploaded the full length video to YouTube of my tribute to the old house. For those of you who don’t know, months ago I started sharing a video of the kids getting onto the school bus. It was originally meant as a little tongue in cheek mom celebration, but it slowly became a sweet start to our day… so that’s why the school bus is a bookend for my video.
And as always… you all are amazing. Truly. So much love and support and kinship for me and my family during the last week. THANK YOU!