Moving into this house has been a slow process. Slower than usual, but it is progressing and, over the weekend, it felt like a cork finally popped off of the bottle, and pressure was released. Our floors were finished and we could finally start moving into the entire house. On top of that, I had some amazing pieces of furniture that I purchased from Ekster and Lucketts to get in place. My problem is that I want to do it all right away, so I get a little overwhelmed by where to start. I reeled myself in and focused on the things I’d been missing most during our month of transition – having my clothes put away and sleeping in my own bed. So, I started there.
All four of us moved the furniture in and put the wardrobe together (which can be a little dicey because it’s a breakdown wardrobe.) Jeff and I assembled our bedframe and wrestled the mattress into place.
Just seeing the shelves in the wardrobe made me happy. I can unpack my suitcase! It’s a small joy, but joy just the same.
I unpacked my wardrobe and closet boxes and got everything organized in the closet and wardrobe. It was sort of funny, even after unpacking one box, I felt like I couldn’t possibly have more clothes and there were still four more boxes to unpack! One thing about traveling and living with just a fraction of your clothes is that you learn you don’t really need anywhere near as much as you think.
I’ll live with the clothes for a while, but I will likely do another big wardrobe purge. A little note about the closet. We actually have three – two large and one small. I’m using this large closet and Jeff is using the small one for his hanging clothes. We’re going to add shelving to the second large closet for Jeff’s folded clothes and my shoes. I’m not a “shoe person”, but I still have more than what will fit along the shoe rack at the bottom of the closet.
The closet doors have been reinstalled and now I need to paint the trim and doors.
Sleeping in our own bed was amazing, too. We’ve been sleeping in the guest room since moving in because my side of our Sleep Number bed had a leak in it and it wouldn’t inflate. That was repaired just before we had to empty the rooms for the hardwood floor installation. Anyway, it was heavenly.
While I was most excited about getting my clothes out of a suitcase and sleeping in our own bed, Jeff was excited about getting the family room back. It’s a very inviting, warm room and we missed it while the floors were being installed. There are lots of finishing details to do, but the big pieces are in place and we already used it for a family movie night.
I am starting to play a bit with accessories, which really brings the room to life and is one of my favorite parts of setting up a space.
On Monday, which is Jeff’s day off, Jeff wanted to get out to enjoy the fall leaves and crisp weather, so we went to Pen Mar Park, which looks out over the Cumberland Valley. At first, I thought he was crazy for even suggesting that because there is no way my foot is ready to hike, yet, but we were able to drive right to the lookout.
It’s hard for me to say yes to a morning out when I have so much work to do, but the work can wait. It’ll still be there when we get back home.
We stopped by a farm stand and bought some local apples, too.
Monday afternoon, our family of four moved all of the huge pieces into my studio. Things were a little tense at times because all of the pieces were solid, heavy, and big, but we worked well together, used dollies and sliders, and got it done. I spent most of the day yesterday putting things away in my studio, but there is still so much to do.
Getting things put away, organized, and unpacked is one step closer to making this new house really feel like our home.
Slowly but surely.