I write this from my *unpacked and arranged* sofa, in my *new* living room, on the laptop whos chord I *finally found* this morning. As I’ve said to many people, we are now in the ‘install’ process, we didn’t pack in one day, we are not going to unpack in 1 day.
Achievements thus far;
Slept in our new house – Last things packed were mattress so they were first out and in my ‘first day’ box I had fresh sheets for all the beds. If I got nothing else done on day one we could still sleep here. Fortunately, we got a lot more done on day 1.
The onsite container that we filled with all the stuff we were actually using, and, all the stuff we forgot we had in random hidden spots is EMPTY and we find ourselves in a 70% bigger space with 30% of our stuff so it is still on the sparse side. I called for the removal of the container a full week earlier than I had to.
Laundry – it was actually the very first thing because 2 weeks of camping results in some fun laundry. I had a box labeled “wash first” and it nearly walked itself to the machine. I’m super happy with the washer and dryer. My brain was out of power so I just asked the appliance guy and took his recommendation. He is a cool dude and local and knew what I wanted and I will forever recommend Doug’s TV for your appliance needs.
Achieved internet! This is a saga, I think I’ve documented elsewhere but we found out that this section of the neighborhood does not have real internet. We found a solution that is ok for now and that was hooked up yesterday by 2pm. The kids nearly died from lack of netflix and I entertained them with the TV antenna and ‘watching what is on’. Thanks to Zoe, my social girl, we met the neighbor mid July and found out that the real internet was supposed to be here but got stalled by the people we purchased land from. A few phone calls to dig deeper and the hopeful result is that we will be back on high speed by Christmas. (fingers crossed).
Installing our water softener. Here in the midwest, we have a LOT of iron in our water. I got a tip from a neighbor NOT to shower until grout was sealed so I did that yesterday but I’m not even risking it based on the look of the kid bath (that is an easier to clean insert) where if I didn’t know better, I would be accusing them of dying their hair red and not cleaning the tub. We choked at the quote from the ‘water specialist’ did some research, got a unit from a local store and the plumber comes at noon.
A trip to Ace to replace all the little bits that got lost. Lets just say it’s a good thing we are not using the top bunk because I’m short 8 fasteners. I also have 3 fairly pressing projects; Swing set, more shelves in the closets, and, a counter area we didn’t want pay an extra 3k for so we will install it soon.
Retrieve and unpack things in offsite storage, and, 3 different friends houses. I’m looking at getting a trailer for the next week and doing daily runs to get a manageable amount each day to filter into the house.
Curtains! We have a ton of windows and a ton of sun. When we sold our house we had to leave all the window treatments. When you buy a new house it does not come with anything so we need to get on that shortly. As soon as I find my sewing machine….
Finish the house…. *ahem* it isn’t quite done yet… So the builders still have a little list and we also have a year warranty so if anything needs fixing I know who to call. I left it alone the first 2 days but I think I’ll be calling today to follow up.
Thank Yous; we absolutely could not have done this with as much sanity intact without Vacation Mom who held onto our freezer, Lars’ epic condiment collection, plants, and our electronics and who also expedited packing and cleaning with me over the past YEAR. KLiz who as a couple watched the kids, gave us a place on our homeless days, and helped with the lifting and moving so much I think the neighbors wonder who actually lives here. Moral support also appreciated from all the friends and family who texted and called and if I missed a call, I’m probably still moving or I lost my phone. I’m sure I’m forgetting people because my brain is still on the tapped side but I hope by next Wednesday I’ll have all the stuff here and working through the unpacking and new projects.
Ps- internet is annoying for pictures, I’ll do the upload thing soon