Moving is a pain.

Who loves moving? Raise your hand! Nope, I didn't think so.

Until now, I never really hated moving. Moving cross-country (well, half-cross) is a different animal than what I've done in the past, however. In the past, it's just been me, and my stuff. Being married created a whole host of new issues when it came to this move.

First, we have way, way more stuff now than I did when I was living alone. We don't have too much stuff, because really, we're fairly minimalist people. The real issue that arose is that we have been living in 600 square feet for the past three years, and we had possessions there, at my mother-in-law's, and at my dad's. Basically, our life is in a bit of chaos. We got married almost two years ago, and haven't used nearly any of our wedding gifts (and there are a lot of gifts….), because they're still in boxes at alllll those houses.

Second, for those of you that don't know me personally, my mother-in-law recently bought a new home (she's downsizing), and we are living in her old house for the next six months or so. This should be really helpful for her, because we are helping her get it cleaned out, staged, and ready to sell. This does complicate our move, though, which I've definitely noticed since we moved in on Monday. Most of her stuff is still here, and that means most of our stuff is still in boxes, all over the place. I'm looking forward to helping her clear out her old house, box things to sell, move more things to her new place, and really get organized so she can get her old house on the market when she's ready. It's going to be an ongoing process, but I also think kind of fun for someone like me that likes this sort of thing.

Third, we couldn't afford movers, so we rented a Budget truck and moved ourselves. Thank God for my brother-in-law, because I have a fairly significant muscular injury that prevents me from picking up anything super-heavy (like furniture). He has been really selfless through this whole process, flew out to DC to help us pack, drove back with me, and has been helping us unload and unpack for the last three days. I'm so thankful for him. It was a long process, and even after purging, donating and selling some of our stuff, we still have enough stuff to fill a full-size home.

Purging, selling, and paring down is my favorite part of moving. I don't like stuff. The less stuff I have, the more in control and less chaotic I feel. I feel calmer with less. So I like that, when we go to move, I have the opportunity to go through every box in the basement and/or garage, and pitch, donate or sell anything we haven't used in the last few years.

The actual act of moving, I could do without. I think next time we move, we will splurge and hire professional movers. Hopefully.

It's just been an overwhelming few days, and I appreciate everyone sticking with me while we continue to sort everything out and get organized. Before we start doing any significant reno work on the 'old' house, I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures (I'm bummed I didn't get 'before' shots of the kitchen or basement). I know lots of my readers will likely be buying/selling in the next few years, so I'll also write posts about what I learn about that process and how to stage a house to sell.

Stay tuned!


16 comments:

  1. Hi there! I tried this earlier from my hone and had no luck, hopefully it will work now.:)
    I just wanted to say that you could have taken the words right from my mouth when you wrote about stuff. I am exactly the same!:) The less I own, the more I purge, the better and more in control I feel too! I definitely aspire to minimalism.:)
    Best of luck to you in you present move, I really hope all goes well and maybe you will be able to settle in for awhile!:)

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    1. It's so hard to be minimalist; but it's totally a goal of mine!

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  2. Uurrghh. Moving. I feel your pain. I hope you get settled soon.

    I still have boxes I haven't unpacked from three moves ago.

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  4. Uurrghh. Moving. I feel your pain. I hope you get settled soon.

    I still have boxes I haven't unpacked from three moves ago.

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    1. Yeah I looked through as many of those boxes as I could during this move to try and get rid of them. I'm notorious for being like, "but but but what if I do this super-obscure activity and need that"? Totally a hard habit to break.

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  5. Yes, moving is a complete pain! I've unfortunately had to do it four times in the past 3 years :-(

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    1. That was my life from 18 to 25. And we'll be moving again in about six months. ARGH

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  6. Good luck on your move!! I like the process of getting rid of stuff, but I wouldn't wish the rest of it on anyone else.

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    1. Exactly. I'm hoping next time we can afford professional movers! It'll make everything so much easier!

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  7. I absolutely hate moving. We've been in our house for 3 years, and I'm hoping that we stay for a long time because I just dread the thought of moving. If we have to, I will save until we can get professional movers too.

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    1. I just kept telling myself I was getting a good workout. Lol

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  8. Moving is such a pain! I recently had my first 'being married' move, and wow there was so much stuff. Best wishes!

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    1. So. Much. Stuff. Especially duplicates of our old, crappy stuff, like dinnerware. When we finally get our own, official place, we're going to do a huge purge of our pre-wedding stuff!

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  9. I feel your pain! We just moved from Kentucky to Southern California, 2000 miles. You're right...it's a whole different beast. My husband had to leave to start work, so that left me and three kids to do all of the work. We had lived in our house for 14 years, so yeah...we had too much stuff.

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    1. ACK yes that is much worse than us! My husband had to leave before me for work, too, but no kids here, and we'd only been there three years! Haha!

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