June 3, 2016

five on friday: moving mayhem

 Today's Friday Five/Five On Friday/Friday Favorites/Alliteration Annihilation is...
Surprise! We're moving! And no, it's not a fun moving post like this or this.
We're moving a mile down the street. Literally a mile. Down the same road.  The same, horribly pot-holey Houston road. 

Now raise your hand if you've ever watched Tiny Houses and had an epiphany like, Oh my gosh! I need a tiny house. Downsize is the right size! I'm here to tell you FALSE. Tiny houses/homes/apartments mean sitting on top of each other all the time. They mean that if you need to do separate work that somebody has to sit on the bed or study on the floor. Or leave and go somewhere else. They mean  that when you have a few months of some serious stomach issues and the bathroom is off the bedroom and you can hear everything that goes on in there that you're surprised when your spouse still wants to go to bed with you. But like not that I would know that particular point or anything...

I say all of this because our new place is 350 more square feet for the same price. High five self! (I never knew I could have such strong feelings for a unit of measurement, but wowza). It's got a separate dining room. The bathroom isn't right off the bedroom. It's got a small study. It's got an entire laundry room*. High fives for everyone! 

*room here means small space just big enough to fit one washer, one dryer, and one person's sucked in tummy to fit in said room.

But with these beautiful, precious, and prized square feet come all the ugly, disgusting, and horrible factors of moving. 

one // boxes 
I've never appreciated the term think outside the box more than when I started trying to fit things in boxes. Boxes are not made to fit things. Boxes are made to fit books, aaaaand that's about it. My fun "W" shaped decor does not fit in them. Our kitchen gadgets do not fit in them. Our linens do not fit in them unless we turn them all sorts of different ways. So ya know what? I'm about to start thinking and packing outside the box. And by packing outside the box I mean just carrying everything in my arms, I guess. 

two // motivation
This time around we have fifteen days to move stuff before we have to be out of our current place. That sounds great until we realize that another day has gone by, and all we've done is talked about packing, not packed, and watched Game Of Thrones. But as the ever-so-wise Scarlett O'Hara said, After all, tomorrow is another day. <<<this way of thinking will only work until June 15 when there is literally only one more tomorrow before we have to be out.  

three // crap
When we did the whole downsizing is the right (wrong) sizing thing last year we purged a lot of crap. A lot. There's also a lot currently living in my parent's garage, but we'll count that as stuff we got rid of. So in the past twelve months of living in a tiny apartment I'm not sure how we accumulated so much crap, but...

...this is the part in the post where I want to say we should never own a house because I know we'll accumulate too too too much stuff, but I refuse to say that because Freddie will come back here years from now and find it. 

...but oops, I did say it. 

four // packing tape
Am I the only one who can never get it to stay on the weird red part that's supposed to hold it from sticking back to the roll? 

five // unpacking
Do I really need to further explain this point? Isn't it just a universal thing that everyone hates unpacking? I'm pretty sure you can't be a human and live on Earth unless you agree that you hate unpacking. Or something. Decorating is one thing and that one thing is fun. Unpacking is another thing and that thing is sucky. 

Happy Friday!
May all your future moves be easy as pie. 
And then may you eat pie to celebrate the easy as pie move. 
Linking up with Karli and Amanda

16 comments:

Hippie in Heels said...

Packing and moving is the WORST. Jeffrey and I are pros. We have moved 5 times in our 6 year marriage. One time, we had a week to get out and Jeffrey was in Kansas for most of it. It was a nightmare. With that said, good luck! You will look back at this and laugh...eventually!

Lauren Honeycutt said...

I have totally made that "just down the street" move before, and it's even more of a pain than a long distance move. But you've got this, girl!

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

UNPACKING. So horrendous. We still have boxes of crap in our garage that I'm just too lazy to even touch at this point. You can do ittttttt.

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

Hooray for getting a bigger place, but boo for having to pack! It's seriously the worst! The good thing is that you're going to be so close to your old apartment, so hopefully that'll help the actual moving stuff from one place to the next. The bad news is that you still have to move! Hopefully you'll get a lot done this weekend!

Amanda | Kids and Cabernet said...

Congrats for the new bigger place! Moving totally sucks, I know - just keep your eye on the prize... More room!! :)

Anne said...

Ohhhhh those 350 square feet will be worth it in the end! May you arrive to the decorating stage quickly and painlessly(ish) :)

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

moving, packing and unpacking are the absolute worst. boxes are the worst. the thing that holds the tape is the worst! i hate those things! KC gets mad at me because i would rather just use the roll, and he's like quit taking it off the thingy! i'm sure the thingy has a name but still. we moved from a 1 bedroom apartment to a 3 bedroom house and we barely filled the house up and now we are bursting at the seams. oops. who has a shopping addiction? not me.
also. i never really cared about separate bathrooms until one of us (not me) got sick and i didn't want to touch that bathroom with a ten foot pole.
happy weekend!

The Siberian American said...

Yay for a bigger place, but I currently feel you on everything you have said about moving. It's truly the worst. Chris and I have been married almost seven years, and in that time we have moved six times, and I'm like WHY CAN'T WE JUST STAY PUT FOR A FEW YEARS! Haha.

Carolyn Mack said...

Eugh, moving is awful! At least you've found somewhere though; we're moving out in two weeks and have nowhere to go :( hello parents...

Laura Darling said...

Moving is the absolute worst. We moved in December and same as you, literally a mile down the road. What drives me nuts is you have to pack the same to move a mile or move across the country! It's all gotta get to the new place! Good luck, I hope it's not too painful! And it'll all be so worth it when you have that extra 350 square feet!!

Russ said...

"There's also a lot currently living in my parent's garage, but we'll count that as stuff we got rid of."

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?!?

P!nky said...

UGGGGGGH, moving is so the worst. We packed up all our stuff and have it at my parent's house and a storage unit while we try to figure out where we want to live in Tennessee. I hate packing. Sending you virtual wine!

Desirae Endres said...

I love reading all your words- they make me so happy! I also hate moving and I've decided after our most recent move (and the fact that we've been married just two years and we've moved FOUR times) I'm done. I'll never move again, no thank you. I'll stay in this townhouse til someone buries me under the floorboards. So yes, I feel for you. And praying that your move actually does feel like pie. If I lived near you, I'd help by bringing pie!

The Lady Okie said...

I have found moving motivation to be a cruel joke. At first I'm like SO MUCH MOTIVATION. It lasts until I get everything out and have a house full of unpacked boxes and then it just laughs at me.

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Girl, I am right there with you. I told Chris that I'm never moving from this house ever. SO HARD.

Kayla MKOY said...

Caleb and I love each other dearly, but when we move...it's not pretty. We're always stressed, and he always gets mad that I can't lift like the Incredible Hulk. Ha! Good luck with this move!!!! It's always nice to get more space! You're totally right, the whole "tiny home" phenomenon sounds great in theory, but I just couldn't do it!

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