I like to… MOVE IT! *lemur dance lemur dance*
We successfully moved without hiring a moving company, woohoo! For the cost of a few beers, we saved several hundred bucks and got to hang out with people we like so it was a win-win. Bring on the celebratory drinks with our moving crew!
To help the process seem less overwhelming, we started moving things little by little a couple weeks before our actual moving day. This made things a lot easier the weekend our friends and family came to help. Every time I made a trip to the house for flooring or plumbing or electric work, I packed up a full carload and brought stuff over. We just stored all the stuff we brought early in one of our extra bedrooms so that it would not interfere with the floor install.
Our apartment started looking realllllly weird after a few of my pre-moving-day trips. Mochi was a little confused I’m sure, but enjoying the piles of stuff she could lay in.
“Hey hoomans where u put mah pile??”
Things got more and more barren in there. It was weird.
We didn’t think everything all the way through during some of our pre-moving-day trips. Like the fact that we still needed to be able to fully function in at least one of our dwellings, which forced us to be a little creative with things. Hence the breakfast of champions for example- cereal, eaten at the bar, sitting on a step stool (he let me have the one remaining bar stool, such a gentleman!)
We also discovered that when you move you uncover some interesting things. For example, we knew Mochi liked to sleep behind my clothes in our closet, but we did not expect to find what was literally a nest of black cat fur. Gross Momo!
Speaking of finding surprises in your carpets, we decided that having our carpets at the new house professionally cleaned before moving in would be a good idea. We had an HVAC company come do a carpet cleaning (and an air duct cleaning to clear out all the dust from the floor installation). To give them access to the carpets, we had to move all the stuff from the extra bedroom out onto the finally-finished floors. So when our friends/family helped us move in, we put everything on the wood floors since the carpet cleaning wasn’t until the next day.
And yes, I was completely OCD about protecting our floors and made everyone wait so I could put felt pads on EVERY piece of furniture that didn’t already have them.
For the first week of living in our house, we slept in the living room, proudly cooked breakfast tacos and ramen (the only two things we could find supplies to make), and lived in some pretty serious chaos because all our time had to be put toward more pressing matters (DIY-ing our security system, addressing plumbing problems, etc). We tried to make a little sense of things but they sort of got worse before they could get better.
The entertainment center became our headboard (progress?).
Our guest bathroom and hallway became extra storage space (we are used to being in a one-bathroom apartment so it was fine).
I spent a whole morning organizing and cleaning our kitchen and somehow it looks worse than it did on move-in day.
Our entry way is ok though! Entry table officially in position! Mind-you-not the mountain of stuff that greets you just to the right of the fireplace. Oh and our breakfast-nook-turned-office is functional!
Our dining room has become the official art-storage area (did I mention we have a LOT of art?? This is only a small portion of it).
After the moving chaos, we went back to pick up our kitty from the apartment (we had left her in a bedroom there so she didn’t get underfoot during heavy-furniture-lifting). She is the best little car rider! Just sits in my lap the whole drive. (Sorry for the grainy iPhone pic)
Mochi wasted no time in exploring her new place. She’s actually in 6 of the pics in this post! Bet you can’t spot the little soot sprite in all 6 photos she’s ninja’d herself into. It’s like playing find the cat in our own home sometimes, seriously!