Well, not exactly. Technically we moved in just under a week before this post is going live, but if you have been following the story this week, this is the final installment. During the week, you have learned about what I loved about our old place (as well as what I didn’t like as much), the house hunting process (uggggh so long), and cleaning out the pantry. The journey only seemed to get less fun, yet still more exciting as we went along. Both of us are used to moving, but it doesn’t get easier. This is my shortest move ever, only about 10 minutes away from our current place. We hired movers because, (a) we’re not muscly enough for my antique furniture, (b) we have lots of stairs in our current place, and (c) we ask enough from our friends as is. Another big reason is time. Moving always takes longer than you expect, and we wanted some help speeding it up.
Even picking movers was hard. When K moved out here, his work moved him with a big cross-country company. I used the same one ($$$$$!) and my stuff arrived mostly perfect. The company uses local affiliated companies, and the ones who packed me in Maryland were super awesome. The ones unpacking me…not so much. But, we wanted to go with the same big company again because we knew what to expect. Well, they decided to not return my phone calls about setting up payment (say what?!), so I decided to look for a different company. We picked one right in Seattle that was cheaper and willing to make the move in about half a day (much shorter than the other company was quoting).
Meanwhile, K and I spent each weekend packing up a room of stuff. Apparently K has accumulated a ton of stuff from his 9 years here. I pared down quite a bit when I moved here, so it was time for him to do a bit, too. We also learned our packing styles. When I moved here, I saw it a bit. Basically, we don’t always agree on how things should go. I dislike packing because I am picturing the unpacking process. K just doesn’t like packing and prefers to do it later than sooner. So, this was loads and boxes of fun. The last room to get packed was the kitchen (duh). I planned our dinners so that we could do some light cooking, have leftovers from the freezer (helping to empty it a bit!), and eat out/have carryout on the crucial nights like the move.
The week of the move, there was still lots to do. Monday was the walk-through. This helped us see the house in its worst light (lots of random junk and dirt from the owners who were mostly moved out, but still had cleaning to do). It had been over a month since we were in the house, so it was great to see it again and still feel good about it. The mess made us itchy to get in there and clean it, but we had to be patient. Tuesday was signing the papers before getting the keys on Thursday. Unfortunately I could not be there for the keys because of work, but I met K at the house once I was done. Thursday also involved some cleaning and moving, which continued Friday. Saturday was the big move day!
I want to include more pictures, but we’re still working on the house. It is a bit sad to realize I can’t cook in my other kitchen again. I got used to seeing the countertops in my picture backgrounds. Now I have to get used to light-colored wood cabinets and a different granite look. We were so happy that the previous owners hired cleaners after they moved out, which made the moving in process so much nicer. These pictures are all from the day we got the keys and were able to move a few things.
Stay tuned for more pictures on Monday! I managed to get some pictures with our stuff saved to WordPress before my laptop died.