No matter how many times you do it and no matter how well you think your system might work, it never goes off as planned. It’s always trying, tedious and tiring. It can be frustrating, agonizing and soul crushing. But when it’s all said and done, it might be one of the most satisfying feelings you will ever have in your life.
I’m talking .. of course .. about moving.
As I mentioned before, Sharon and I decided ( at the ripe old age of 40 ) it was time scale back and live a simpler life. We hardly used our home – and when it came down to actual time spent there – it was Boobaloo who wound up spending most of the time using it.
So we found a townhome and decided to try and move most of our earthly possessions there in one day. The move itself wasn’t the hard part. The movers did a great job and didn’t damage anything over the seven hours of moving us from one home to another. The hard part was unloading, unpacking and putting away everything. I still think Sharon is working on the kitchen even as I write this.
As you all know, the challenge in moving isn’t actually packing up. It’s emptying boxes and putting things on shelves, in closets and where it’s supposed to be as quickly as possible. That maybe an on-going experience for some people but I like to get it done as soon as possible. Adding to that – we had the painters in the house, the cable TV installation guy and the steady parade of new neighbors. Suffice it to say, it was a challenging weekend.
We finally finished up the upstairs portion of the house yesterday afternoon .. and the living room is getting there … and I afraid to even go down to the basement to see what needs to be put away. I don’t think I even mentioned the steady piles of boxes that we have unpacked that are now lying in my garage.
OK, enough with the complaining. Despite all the drama, there is still something special about moving into a new home. Whether it’s your first, or in my case my 5th, there’s an excitement and optimism when you put up stakes in your new place. You dream about what this place will become and you look foward to the memories that you will make. Most of all, you create a space that is uniquely yours.
Well, it’s time to go back to work .. and then get home and get back to unpacking. I figure we’ll have this done by week’s end although Kelly tells me when it comes to home improvement, you are never really done.