So… we’re moving. As you know. And we couldn’t be more excited. Literally every day Benjamin and I say to each other, “I’m SO excited for our new X”. Usually in my case it’s our new kitchen (with granite countertops! and double ovens!). Or our new garage (just having one is cause for celebration!). Or Owen’s new bedroom right next door to his bathroom (no more toting a squirmy, towel-clad baby upstairs at bedtime!). For Benjamin it’s his new office in the basement (we’ll finally get to see each other once in awhile!). Or our new deck right off the kitchen (for summery cocktails and a grill, obvi!). Or a master bathroom that we can actually make noise in at night (no more tiptoeing so we don’t wake the baby!). Glorious.
But, as you know, moving takes a bit more than just being excited about it.
So this past weekend we started packing. We made a list of everything we need to pack and plotted it out on a calendar of the “free” time we have between now and Memorial Day weekend (when we’re moving). “Free” time is characterized as a time when both Benjamin and I are home so that we can pack during Owen’s naptimes and after bedtime, and one of us could pack while the other one plays with the little cutie. Hmmm. That doesn’t exactly sound like a fair trade to me. Long story short: we have 3 “free” weekends between now and then. And one of them was last weekend.
Our timeline for packing and prepping for the move is short, even though it’s still a month away. Scary. So last weekend we had moving boxes delivered and started this monumental task of putting our entire lives together into boxes and preparing ourselves to leave this very special place.
Side note: It kills me to PAY for boxes and packing paper. Boxes are EVERYWHERE. And used newspapers and magazines make perfect packing paper. If I didn’t have a full time job and a baby and a husband who travels a lot, I would have happily spent days tracking down other peoples’ moving boxes, and sourcing my packing supplies locally and for free. But you know what? NOT GONNA HAPPEN. I’m learning to adjust my expectations. So we ordered boxes. And paper. And you know what? It was super easy. And saved me a LOT of time.
Benjamin and I rallied during naptimes over the weekend. We skipped showers and workouts and a load of laundry or two, but we successfully packed our dining room (china, servingware, candles, etc.), most of our office, and our entire side porch (kind of like our “garage” even though we live on the 2nd floor) to make room for all the boxes we’re going to pack over the next few weeks.
In cleaning out the side porch we found a box of coins that we had been saving for someday when we had the time to roll it and cash it in for real money. It was mostly pennies, but we figured it was probably worth something, so we took it to one of those Coinstar kiosks. Normally I would prefer to take the time to roll the coins myself so as not to pay the stupid processing fee on those machines, but this was another case of adjusting my expectations, so we decided to just cut our losses and see how much we could get. We used to have this rule that when we wanted to go out for coffees we had to do it with loose change, and not use dollar bills, in an effort to cut back on extraneous coffee spending (ahem, I used to have this rule because Benjamin spent extraneously on coffee). Do we see a theme here? Apparently I am a cheapskate! Anyway, since this was change and we wanted it to be used for something fun since it was kind of “free money”, we decided to get a Starbucks giftcard from the Coinstar thing.
Do you know how much we made from an old box of pennies? $80!!!
So that was our prize for packing this weekend. The first three rooms went very quickly and I feel like we made a ton of progress. And we even had time for a little stroll to get [free] coffee!
Let’s hope the next few weeks go as smoothly, and we’ll be moved in no time. Right? RIGHT?! What’s your best tip for packing/moving? Any lessons learned the hard way moving with a baby?