A Little White Lie

I know that I told you all that I would be back to my regular posting schedule this week, but that was a lie.  I didn’t mean lie to you.  It just happened that I had too much to do. We spent all of last week finishing up painting, cleaning the mounds of dust from when they sanded the floors, and moving everything but the furniture. Then, we ended up having the movers come today to move all of the furniture.  I just didn’t have time to get a style post ready for today.  I will tell you that I am utterly exhausted and there is so much still left to do.  Tonight will be our first official night living in the new house.  After today, we will hopefully have everything that we own over there.  It may still be in boxes and a mess, but I will be so glad to lay my head down over there tonight.  The good news is that we finished all of the renovations and painting that we needed to do before we moved in.  As I have told you before, there are many more projects to do later down the road, but the main things have been finished. I may never paint again, though. I single handedly painted 3 bedrooms, and it was painful.  I had a little help painting the pantry and mudroom, thankfully.  I may never be able to fully use my hands again after all the painting and carrying heavy things.  I can’t even wear any of my rings because my hands are so swollen, and they ache badly.  I can barely make a fist because my fingers are so stiff.  I have said before that I think that I may have developed arthritis in my hands.  It is really bad, and I am not sure they will ever be the same again.  Getting older is not fun! 

I am currently sitting on the stairs as the guys are wrapping and moving all of the furniture. The house is starting to look empty, and I am reflecting on the past few weeks.  This move has been tough.  We have not had to move ourselves since we got married and moved for the very first time almost 19 years ago.  The Navy has always packed and moved us.  You would think that it wouldn’t be tough to move just a couple of miles away, but is sure has been.  Despite all of my purging ahead of time, we still have a lot of stuff.  You don’t really realize how much stuff you have until you have to carry it all yourself.  I still have a long way to go in simplifying our lives.  We really need to get rid of more.  I just have to buckle down and get it done.  It is going to take time, but it will be so worth it in the end.  

My girls are on spring break so I am looking forward to actually sleeping in tomorrow and waking up in our new house.  I won’t feel such a need of urgency now that everything will be there.  I can unpack and put things away as leisurely as I want.  Now, if you know me or have been reading a while, you know that that is probably another lie.  I won’t do it leisurely because I won’t be able to stand it. LOL! However, I won’t feel like I have to kill myself to get it all done, I hope! I have to slow down.  My body is telling me to. I have to start listening, or it is going to force me to when it lays me flat on my back. 

While I may not be back to my regular posting schedule, I am back to posting daily.  I hope to share the renovations with you on Wednesday. You will be amazed to see the kitchen.  It is like a totally different room.  It looks so good.  I also will be sharing with you the trials of trying to to paint an ombre’ wall.  Let’s just say that the end product is nothing like planed.  I look forward to getting back on track! I have missed writing.  Anyway, I will see you all back here tomorrow! 

Anchored,

It’s Moving Time

Well you guys, moving week has arrived.  We are heading into this week full force and ready to move.  We kicked things into high gear on Friday and tried our best to get all of the renovations finished.  We didn’t quite make it, but we are so close. Hopefully, we will finish up all of the painting today and will be ready to move in fully throughout the rest of the week.  Because I have to take time to focus on the move so that we can get it all done, this will be my only blog post this week.  I will be back to my regular blogging schedule next Monday.  My parents are here to help so it will be all hands on deck, and we have to take advantage of the help while we have it. I have to say that we are all starting the week already exhausted, but I hope we can muster up enough energy to tackle this big task ahead of us.  I will admit that I think my husband and I are both a little overwhelmed at the moment and frustrations and tensions are at an all time high.  We probably aren’t the two most pleasant people to be around right now. There is just so much to do.  

After painting non-stop for the past 3 days, my fingers are achy and swollen, and my arms and shoulders are sore.  It is just more proof that I am out of shape and getting older.  Motrin has been my nightly friend along with my heating pad. I know it is only going to get worse as the week goes on and I am carrying heavy things around.  We are really second guessing buying a house with so many steps!  LOL! They certainly make moving much more difficult! In addition to all of my aches and pains, I have to scrub the paint off of my hands and arms every morning when I take a shower. I am totally surprised that I haven’t gotten it in my hair, yet. Oh, and I think I have broken almost every single one of my nails down as low as they can go.  So much for the cute purple polish I put on last week!  That sure didn’t last long. On top of that, I have been wearing the same pair of pants for several days because they are already covered in paint, and I don’t want to ruin any others. Although my clothes may be dirty, I promise you that I have showered every single day! If you see me post on Facebook or Instagram with updates and I am wearing the same thing every day, that is why! I am a hot mess these days! That is for sure! 

On a happy note, we have already met several of our new neighbors and everyone seems to be great so far.  The kids were even out playing with a ton of other kids throughout the day yesterday.  There is a little girl who is a year younger than my youngest that lives across the street and a girl the same age as my oldest that lives next door.  I think we are really going to like living there.  We have barely spoken to any of the neighbors here at the rental in the past 9 months, so this is a nice change.   I love when the kids can get out of the house and off of electronics for a change and interact with other kids their ages.  Hopefully, they will make some new, lifelong friends. 

Well, I have to run and get to work.  I sure will miss writing this week, but I really do have to take the time to get stuff done.  I will be so glad when it is all over and we can breath for a bit.  Only then will the aches and pains subside (I hope) and will be truly be able to rest.  I cannot wait for that day to come.  Soon! It will be soon! I see a very small sliver of light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully that light will be big and bright by the time I see you back here next week.  Wish me luck and send lots of prayers for my sanity! 

Anchored,  

10 Moving Tips and Tricks

If you read my post yesterday, you know that the past few days have been a little busy and stressful.  Because of that, I have not been able to continue my purging to share with you today. Hopefully, next week I will be back on track. Instead, I thought I would give you a few tips and tricks to moving in an organized way.  As a military family, we have moved 6 times in the past 18 years. To some military families that may not seem like a lot, but we got lucky and got to do 3 tours back to back in the same location.  Anyway, the point is that I have had a lot of experience with moving. For all of our moves up to this point, the Navy has paid for a moving company to move us and pack up all of our stuff.  You would think that having someone else do all of the packing and moving would make moving easy.  That is not the case, at least for me.  Yes, it is probably the OCD in me, but I have to do a lot of prep beforehand.  Some of these tricks I learned the hard way and some I got from reading other blogs and some are just me being obsessive. Here are my biggest tips if you are preparing to move. 

  1. Zip Lock Bags (Amazon) are your new best friend when in comes to moving in an organized way.  I feel like I should own stock in Zip Lock. When it is moving time, I bag up EVERYTHING! This includes small toys, kitchen utensils, spices, undergarments (Who wants some strange men touching your underwear and bras?), socks, and anything else you can think of.  Anything that can be bagged up will be.  This just helps keep items together.  Remember my jewelry post and my junk drawer post and how I use the little containers to store stuff?  I just put the whole container into zip lock bags.  That way, all that I have to do is pull it out in the new place and put it away. I even use those huge 2.5 gallon bags (Amazon) to put larger items in like the large divider in my junk drawer. I basically go through the kitchen drawers and dresser drawers and dump everything into a bag and then put it back in the drawer for the movers to pack up.  I do the same in the playroom with toys. Trust me, this will make your life so much easier when you are unpacking and it keeps things from getting lost. 
  2. Take pictures of the backs of your electronics (TV, DVR, speakers, computers, etc) so that you know how to hook them up when you get to the new house. You can even take pictures of serial numbers on all of your electronics so that you have it in case an item gets lost or damaged.
  3. Use colored Duct Tape (Amazon). Designate a separate color for each room. After the room has been boxed up, put a strip of duct tape on all of the boxes in that room in the same color. For example, every box in the master bedroom gets blue tape, and every box in the kitchen gets red tape, and so on. This helps the movers and you easily identify boxes and the location it should go in the new house. I will even use that color duct tape to tape a note to the door of every room to easily identify which room the boxes go in.
  4. Remote controls always get lost in a move.  Before the movers come, I gather all of the remote controls and place them all in a zip lock bag and put them into one designated box.  This becomes my hardware box.  All cords, chargers, and things of that nature go in that box. 
  5. Another thing that goes in that box is all of the hardware from the furniture.  As the movers take a bed apart, I collect all of the screws and pieces needed to put it back together.  I then put them all in a Zip Lock bag and label them.  Again, this makes it so much easier when you are at the new house and are trying to put furniture together.  
  6. Keep the hardware box with you. Do not let it go on the moving truck. This way you will know where it is when you need it. 
  7. Keep out one set of clean sheets for each bed you own and a set of towels for each person in your house.  Put them in a Space Saver vacuum seal storage bag like these (Amazon).  Do not let the movers put this on the truck either.  Keep it with you. There is nothing worse than moving into a new house with boxes everywhere when you are exhausted and want to go to bed and you can’t find the sheets, or you need a shower and cannot find a towel. 
  8. I personally do not let the movers take my photo albums.  My wedding album, my daughters’ scrapbooks, and our Disney photo albums all come with me.  I do not want to take the risk of those precious memories getting lost. 
  9. Post it Notes (Amazon) are also my best friends when it comes to moving.  These come in to play when you get to the new house. When I get to the house before the movers arrive with all of my stuff, I walk through every room in the house deciding where each piece of furniture is going to go. I will then write what the piece of furniture is on the Post It Note and place that note on the wall that I want that piece of furniture put.  For example, both of my girls have a bed, a desk, and a dresser in their rooms.  I will go in their new rooms and place the Post It on the wall where I want the movers to put each of those three pieces. This makes it easier for the movers and it saves our backs from having to move them all to the correct place after the movers leave.  I also do this in the kitchen for myself. Yes, I am obsessive, but it works for me.  I will look at each cabinet and drawer and decide where I want all of my things to go. Then I will put a Post It Note on each of the cabinets and drawers labeling what goes there.  This way, no matter who is unpacking the kitchen (it’s usually me), they know where stuff goes. It makes unpacking go much faster this way.
  10. Remember you don’t have to do everything at once. Take your time and put things where you want them to go to avoid moving stuff around later. I always try to unpack one room at a time. It is easier and makes me feel more accomplished when I can complete a room.

Those are my best tips for having an organized move.  The key is Zip Lock bags, a hardware box, and Post It Notes. I am not looking forward to our move in a few weeks.  The Navy will not be moving us since we are just moving a few streets over in the same area.  That means we have to do it all ourselves.  Thankfully, we will have several weeks to do the move and can do it slowly. My plan is to move room by room. I will keep you posted on how that goes and if I can add any further moving tips. Moving is a daunting task, but if you get yourself organized beforehand, things are much easier. I promise!

Anchored,