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Settling in. . . Slowly

We finally finished our mega road trip to Houston on Saturday afternoon after spending the night in Little Rock, AR.  I have never in my life been happier to get out of the car!  Just about 1400 miles over three days, and I was thrilled that nothing catastrophic happened with the trailer or hitch.

“Welcome to Texas”

It only took about an hour to empty the trailer and car into the apartment, but I’m on the second floor, so it was pretty good exercise.  We just dumped everything in the dining room to be sorted out later.

The giant pile in the dining room

Driving with all of that extra weight felt really weird, and I was more than happy to get rid of the empty trailer Saturday evening, walk to dinner and have a glass of wine, and fall into bed.  (For those of you who are interested, this list worked like a charm.  We were able to shower, have a snack and go to bed without having to dig through all the boxes.  I did, however, forget shower rings, so you should probably add that to your list so you won’t have to jury-rig the curtain with duct tape like we did 🙂  )

It was really nice to have my parents stick around for the whole day Sunday to help me get set up a little bit.  We made a big trip to Target to fill in some of the holes.  One of the biggest jobs I wanted to get done right away was to put Contact paper in in all of the shelves and drawers, and it turns out my mom is a pro!

It felt good to accomplish something and start setting up the kitchen.  Hey, it’s    the little things.

 

 

 

 

We went out to dinner Sunday night at a local chain, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, which is Creole/New Orleans food.  It was delicious, and a great way to spend a relaxed last night with my parents.

The parents at Pappadeaux (nice alliteration)

After I dropped them off at the airport really early this morning, I got to work on putting the kitchen together, and then I ran a bunch of errands.  I’ll show you some of the cool stuff I found for my place in a post soon!

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Moving, organizing

 

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Louisville!

Well, we finally made it to Louisville.

 

I said goodbye to Pittsburgh this morning, and me, my parents, Tilly, and everything I own loaded into my car with a trailer attached set off down the road.

 

Tilly hanging out in the backseat. I”m lucky because she’s really good about riding in the car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A trip that was supposed to take 6.5 hrs took more like 9.5, but nothing catastrophic happened.  What was bad, however, was the weather.  In that span of time, we drove through five (5!) intense thunderstorms, the kind where you have to slow down to like 40 mph and put your flashers on and you can barely see the tail-lights of the car in front of you.

 

However, I did feel sort of accomplished since we drove through so many states (PA, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky).  It made the miles feel like they were going a little faster.

 

 

Something helpful I came across when planning the trip was this list of hotels that let your pet stay with no fee or deposit – there are lots of chains that allow dogs, but only a few that won’t charge you for it.   It feels pretty weird to have a dog in a hotel room; Tilly’s not sure how she feels about it either.  I am pretty excited to go to sleep though, so I’ll say good night.  On to Little Rock tomorrow!!

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Moving

 

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My New Life as a Minimalist

Just kidding.  There is something about packing to move that makes me want to call it quits and just start over though.  I’ve know that I am moving since about April, and I’ve tried to go about it in a logical and organized way, but let’s be real.  It’s way more fun to hang out with friends than to price out different moving box options.  Having had bad and disorganized experiences before, I vowed that this time would be different.  With just a little bit of time and planning, I’ve managed to save myself most of the stress, I think (although moving day isn’t here yet, and there are still plenty of things that could go wrong).  All in all, there is still just a lot of stuff!!

The monster pile in the corner of my living room that’s growing slowly as I get more things boxed up.

Anyone who knows me well won’t be surprised by the fact that I’ve been googling some variation of the phrase “how to organize a move” for the last three months or so.  Here are the best tips and ideas I found that might be helpful for anyone else planning to move soon:

  1. Be RUTHLESS!!!  Long before I actually needed to pack things up, I went through my closet, shoe rack and bookshelves, trashing or donating anything I don’t absolutely need, use often, or love. It means there is way less to deal with now, which is certainly a good thing!
  2. Buy boxes in bulk:  I found the best kit for my needs on Overstock.com ; they had a packing kit with 20 boxes, some paper and bubble wrap for $45, which is better than a lot of other places I had looked.  Also, when the kit arrived, it included a permanent marker and a box cutter:  bonus!!
  3. MarthaStewart.com  shows you how to cut handles in plain cardboard boxes that don’t have any.  An inverted triangle is supposed to be the best because it won’t compromise the integrity of the box too much, and makes it way easier to pick up.
  4. The final tip that sounds like a great idea to me is the idea of a Pack Last, Open First Box.  This is all the stuff you’ll need for your first 24 hours in the new place.  Obviously, I’m not there yet so I can’t tell you how convenient it is, but having it planned out in advance makes me feel like I’ll be less lost in a sea of boxes when I arrive.  Also, I love a good list, and so I used the handy tool at PrintableChecklist.org  to come up with a checklist for said box.  There is something so satisfying about taking a big black marker to an actual paper list.  After reading a few variations online, I compiled the items I liked best into the one that works for me.  If you want to use my checklist, here it is:  Pack Last Open First Checklist.

Hopefully some of that will be helpful for someone else, too.  Is there anything else you can think of that I forgot to mention?

Moving day is only three days away, so it’s time for me to get back to work!

-Kathleen

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Moving

 

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