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post #241 of 313
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Originally Posted by mama2babybeans View Post
Just checking in for a minute.
We have another showing tomorrow morning so today I'm trying to clean up, dust, declutter, etc.
I'm so tired.. the first trimester is just knocking me on my butt and I can't keep doing this! I hope our home sells soon
Anyway- I could use good thoughts!

Good luck to those of you getting ready to move!
I'm with you on that end! I'm 26 weeks along, so moving around with out boxes is getting a lot more difficult. Good luck on your showing!
post #242 of 313
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Originally Posted by mamaveggie View Post
I'm with you on that end! I'm 26 weeks along, so moving around with out boxes is getting a lot more difficult. Good luck on your showing!
Thanks for the good luck wishes I hope it doesn't take too much longer because this is just so exhausting. I'm going to have to stay up late tonight after the kids are in bed just to finish because it's so HARD when they keep pulling things out! :
The poor little things are probably not quite sure what's going on, though, since we've never moved before. I tried to explain it to them, but I don't think they really 'get it.'
And good luck to you! I think 26 weeks would be rough, too, because then the belly is getting in the way, too
post #243 of 313
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Originally Posted by firefaery View Post
It's moving day!!!!!
Woo-hoo!! :

Let us know how it goes!
post #244 of 313
How is everyone's week going? We go and look at the fixer upper for the second time with a friend of dh's who is an inspector on Thursday and on Saturday an inspector is coming through here. I have packed up so many boxes in the last 2 days that I am sore in the morning. I am hoping that everything goes smoothly and we get that house so I can have a destination in mind while I am packing instead of just freaking out.
mama2babybeans- how did the showing go? Have you heard anything yet?
post #245 of 313
I am settled. I am so unbelievably happy I don't know what to do with myself. This is the first "home" I've ever been in. I have had many houses-but never a home. I want to stay here forever. I love everything about this house-even things I shouldn't love! I am doing appreciations everyday when I wake up. I fell totally blessed.

We aren't totally out of hte last place yet...we have until the end of the month and I'm a bit cranky because I jsut feel like it should be done. But it doesn't get me down-it will be done. I am lucky that we have the rest of the week to do it all.

My birthday is on Friday and I can honestly say that this is going tgo be the best ever. I moved this same time last year and was 38 weeks pregnant. I was miserable. This year everything is different. It feels so good to be settled!
post #246 of 313
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I am settled. I am so unbelievably happy I don't know what to do with myself. This is the first "home" I've ever been in. I have had many houses-but never a home. I want to stay here forever. I love everything about this house-even things I shouldn't love! I am doing appreciations everyday when I wake up. I fell totally blessed.

We aren't totally out of hte last place yet...we have until the end of the month and I'm a bit cranky because I jsut feel like it should be done. But it doesn't get me down-it will be done. I am lucky that we have the rest of the week to do it all.

My birthday is on Friday and I can honestly say that this is going tgo be the best ever. I moved this same time last year and was 38 weeks pregnant. I was miserable. This year everything is different. It feels so good to be settled!
Glad to hear it!

We get our keys tomorrow - a couple of days earlier than we anticipated, so this is good! It'll give us a chance to head over tomorrow evening and figure out where we're going to put everything. I may also start painting, if I'm able to find a few spare minutes to head over to the hardware store to get some paint/supplies.
post #247 of 313
It's supposed to POUR tomorrow, when we planned to move! : We are moving our stuff to a mini-storage. I'm not sure where we are staying, but we can stay with either sets of parents so we aren't totally homeless.

I went to visit my bachelor friend today, he has a fridge, a couch, a small table and a TV. Man, right now I wish my life was THAT simple!
post #248 of 313
We are moving from WA to OK at the end of the month, can I join you all We are only bringing the stuff we absolutely need to, clothes and the kids toys (no furniture or big stuff) and we will be staying with my sister until we find a place. I am very excited about starting over w/ zero clutter
post #249 of 313
Zero clutter is what we have over here now. Of course that is just because everything is over at my sisters house being stored. Have you started getting rid of things already?
post #250 of 313
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Zero clutter is what we have over here now. Of course that is just because everything is over at my sisters house being stored. Have you started getting rid of things already?
I have been getting rid of things slowly. Right now I have one of the rooms set aside for the stuff we are getting rid of, I get a box or two in there everyday and we are planning on a yard sale in two weeks.
post #251 of 313
Hi! We are moving at the end of the month. I'm working on decluttering as I pack, so it's a very thorugh process! I do not want to put anything in a box that I am not SURE I want.

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Originally Posted by faerierose View Post
I am very excited about starting over w/ zero clutter
Me too. I don't have the same situation as you, but I am trying to be very choosy in what we bring into our new home.

Here are the "before" pictures of our current home. I can't wait to get out!!
post #252 of 313
We are moving too, though not til the middle of Sept. This will be my second move while really really pregnant (I am due 9/24). I am starting now with the decluttering and packing what I can...should be interesting!
post #253 of 313
My garage is packed to the brim with stuff for our moving sale. I can't wait to deposit the bundle of cash I hope to make into the bank!
post #254 of 313
Bump!

Just wanted to post that we have T-minus one month until moving day

Things to do:

Tell orthodontist and get xrays and records
Research new orthodontist
book car shipping date and put down deposit
continue to purge the things we dont need to move with us
give out new address to friends and family
set up job interviews for our pre-moving trip
revel in the last calm days before the storm, yikes!
post #255 of 313
Newcommer to this thread

We are moving from our cluttered 2300 sq foot house with a 3 car garage and waaaay too much attic... cross country... to a 1000 sq foot townhome (in our dream location).... on as small a budget as we can. :

2 weeks to go! August 3rd is when our first tenants move in to our house.

Our goal is to use the smallest uhaul truck. 1 King (family) bed, 1 couch, clothes, a minimal kitchen, video games (I have a rediculious collection that I can't part with just yet), the toys that the kids actually like, a few keepsakes, that is all. 1) none of our stuff is worth anything, 2) replacing the necessities would be cheaper than hiring movers or renting a bigger truck or doing PODs. 3) we have always wanted an ikea house anyway.

Fortunatly we started seriously and effectively decluttering about 8 weeks ago (we hired a pro organizer before we knew about the move). The most important thing that happened with the organizer is DW and I started to feel the "purge euphoria" and we have been hooked ever since.

We made a joint decision that since the goal was to get rid of all this stuff (in just a few weeks), we would not charge for anything because we would get all caught up in how much things are worth and all that, so we have been giving all of our stuff away. We are pretty active in local message boards and DW has hosted playgroup with "bring a truck and take some free stuff." We have had at least 3 people over each night all this week to pick up loads of stuff.

this is a crazy whirlwind but when we pull through it, we will be living on the west coast and I will be working at headquarters for the giant awesome company that I work for.
post #256 of 313
Had the garage sale and only made about $80. Oh, well. I sold some stuff at a resale shop for $20 and I am posting on Craigslist to get rid of what I can before the week ends. We start moving this Friday!! I can't wait!!
post #257 of 313
Well, we're finally in our place! The first few nights after I got to Denmark, we were staying at DH's parents' place, since we didn't have a bed. His parents were away at the summerhouse anyway, so I didn't mind that much, but I told him in no uncertain terms that we would NOT be staying there when they return. I need to feel like I'm living here, even if sleeping on the floor, instead of as a visitor! So we slept on the floor and finally got our bed yesterday.

It's IKEA and we don't want to put it together yet until we put down the new flooring, but we have a mattress on the floor and that's a big improvement over just the floor.

It's taking the expected eternity to unpack and find things. There's still a lot more to go than has been done. Plus we need to paint every room and lay flooring in most, so we've been arguing with DH's parents over unpacking anything at all. They think it's too much work to move things from room to room as we paint/floor. I think it's too much work to live without any of my belongings.

Our next argument (and I just have a feeling it will happen later today) is going to be about gifts. DH's parents keep buying us gifts, and it's very well-intentioned and sweet, but I'm getting really, really frustrated about it. We finally have our home and we get to basically start from scratch and buy all new stuff. We've been excited about doing this, and heck, I've been looking forward to being able to do this for years! Then they go and buy flatware, pillows, tupperware, and so forth for us. It's very nice of them, but it's not the stuff that we want. We want to pick out our own damn stuff. So now I have to appear ungrateful and ask for receipts, etc. etc.

The first couple of times they bought us stuff, I didn't mind so much, but they just keep doing it! In fact, they bought us some forks and knives which I actually liked a lot and decided to keep. I finally got around to unpacking them and putting them in the kitchen, and they come by with another DIFFERENT set of forks and knives. : Am I so strange for wanting my forks to all match each other? I mean, I'm not in college anymore!

Despite in-law frustrations, I'm very happy to finally BE in our new place. I think I'll still be hanging out here until all my STUFF is here too, and unboxed!
post #258 of 313
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Originally Posted by mamaveggie View Post
mama2babybeans- how did the showing go? Have you heard anything yet?
Sorry it took me so long to respond! Things have been :
Well, the house looked amazing for the showing, so I was really optimistic. And apparently they just loved it, but decided the second bedroom was too small. I guess I can understand that.. because the woman had a teenager and teens do spend a lot of time in their bedrooms!
But I'm disappointed. It's been two months. I want this damn place sold already! We have our new place all lined up, but if our place doesn't sell soon, that opportunity will fall through.
Talk about stress!
Ugh.
I start nursing school this fall, too, and I really want to be settled before that starts. I want to set up my study and set up a corner of our room for the new baby's things.. everything feels like it's in limbo right now and it's just driving me nuts.
post #259 of 313
Alcyone How exciting to be living in another country. How do you like it so far? Culture shock?

RE the In-Laws problem: I totally hear you. Mine buy gifts for our daughter all the time that I just hate. Battery-powered toys, ugly cutesie clothes, plastic junk... I am constantly having to come up with clever ways to get rid of it all. I am the queen of store credit!
Maybe you could get DH to suggest gift certificates so you can have fun shopping. That's what I got mine to tell the IL's for my birthday- that I never get to buy for myself, so rather than getting stuff, I'd have more fun getting GC's so I can go shopping.
post #260 of 313
We've been spending most of our time inside cleaning and painting, so there are fewer opportunities for culture shock, although the light switches flip DOWN to turn on and it kinda weirds me out. The language barrier really annoys me though. I know that nearly everyone speaks English, but I just hate doing it. And my Danish still sucks. So far I've been able to fake it, by taking reasonable guesses at what people are saying and giving short replies (usually "I don't know", or if it's a salesperson, "I'm just looking"). Grocery shopping was interesting too, mostly because I had no idea that DH had such a fondness for things like chopped makerel in tomato sauce.

Yesterday, the ILs came over to help paint, and being around them is just so draining. Their English is only slightly better than my Danish, so anything that should take 30 seconds to communicate actually takes about 5 minutes. Thus I end up not saying a lot of things I ordinarily would, because it's easier that way. e.g. instead of a simple exchange like "If you'd like carpet, there's a great store down the street." "Actually we'd like bamboo flooring." becomes "If you should have... hvad hedder det? curtains? neeeej that's for wall... oh yes carpets.... would you have carpets? there is a... hvad hedder det? store?" and then I just nod and smile, because I'm afraid that saying I don't want carpet will make it an hour-long conversation.

DH told them to take back a lot of the things they'd bought. (As in three boxes full of things.) MIL went through each item one by one and asked, "Really? You don't want this? What about this? Have you got one of these? But I thought this was nice. And this one?" Yes really, I already went through them all and put them in the boxes myself. I already know what's in them, thanks for asking. But anyway, they're gone. Except for an IKEA closet drawer thingy that they'd already unpacked and put together before I'd ever even seen the closet. Guess I'm stuck with that.

In happy news: our previously lavender and Pepto-pink foyer is now primed and ready for a coat of ANYTHING ELSE!
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