Monthly Archives: March 2010

Moving Madnesss: The Unpacking Has Begun

Boxes in my office

Boxes in my office

I met my goal of being out of my old house by the end of February and we are settling into the new house nicely. Even my cats have acclimated to the new place, although they did have to spend a few days living in the bathroom before getting to check out their new home. I waited to let them out until all the move-in hubbub and commotion at the new place—repairs & painting, installation and delivery of a new stove because the existing stove cost more to repair than buying a cheap new stove, and the cable installation (it took two visits by the cable guys)—was over because I was afraid that they would get spooked by all the activity and dart out the door that repair people always seem to leave hanging open. The little fluffy one adapted quickly, but we haven’t seen too much of the big one. He’s back to living under the sofa and only coming out when it’s very quiet in the house.

Boxes in the kitchen

Boxes in the kitchen

Now I have a lot of unpacking and organizing to do. I have well over 100 boxes to deal with.

The new house has a smaller kitchen with significantly less cupboard and counter space for all my cooking gadgets, so I’m busy thinking up creative storage ideas. At first I had the dishes stacked so high in the cupboard that I couldn’t lift them up to get a plate from the bottom layer. So, on Sunday, I went to The Container Store and found some double cabinet shelves to put in the cupboards that make one shelf into three shelves. I’m very pleased with the shelf racks, but still a bit overzealous with how much I crammed into the space and will have to move some of the dishes elsewhere.

Kitchen boxes in the dining room

Kitchen boxes in the dining room

It’s boxes, boxes everywhere as you can see from these photos. With all these boxes, it is probably hard to believe that I did get rid of some stuff before moving, but I did make a few trips to Goodwill and also threw out some useless stuff.

Boxes in the library

Boxes in the library

We were hoping to confine the boxes in the garage to one side only so we could park a car inside, but as you can see in the photo, we ended up about one box over the center line. I am sure that when I get to the garage boxes (stop snickering) I will find much to discard.

Boxes fill the garage

Boxes fill the garage