Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On #ThomasHouse2014: Moving Day

After my little vlogging extravaganza on Friday, I am back with more on the #ThomasHouse2014. Today we talk moving -the cardboard boxes, the giveaway pile, the ridiculous amount of trash. 
Moving is hard. Not simply because you're relocating to a different place and the new house is going to have a different sort of "natural" for all of your things, but because you own a lot of shit -or at least we do.

We moved only seven pieces of furniture -two Ikea dressers (that have since been redone), one armoire, three heirloom chest of drawers, and one Ikea shelving unit. Otherwise, we were completely furniture free. Notice: no couch, no bed, no chairs, no dinner table. Relatively light stuff.

While the furniture was light, all of our stuff happens to be a story of enormous proportions. Anyone who follows my Instagram knows I have a thing for clothes and shoes -most that I've owned for years- so you can only imagine the task of moving our closet. And the number of fun gadgets we have in our kitchen is equal to the 160 people that attended our wedding.

Holy smokeout, we've got a move ahead of us Batman. 

Needless to say: we learned some things along the way.

If you can't lift it, the tape won't hold it.
Let's talk box. I know, they all look the same and are made of cardboard and held together with tape. But, that's just it: they're held together with tape. So, don't overfill. Otherwise, you're going to end up like me all six times I'd lift a box and WHOOSH all. the. things. would come flooding out the bottom.

Purge before you move. 
Don't move everything, then start to decide what's hot and what's not. I actually purged twice: pre-move and post-move. It helped that I had two friends helping me out with closet emptying and filling to regulate on my wardrobe. Pieces that were outdated or just plain ick, but that I assign emotional value to were easy to part with as they giggled at my sentiment.

Use your clothes as buffers. 
I don't mean for your walls because all this stuff is going to make you insane. But for your fragile stuff. We wrapped plates and bowls in scarves to keep them safe. And my running shorts protected every little glass while in transport. I know, we could have used newspaper but that would have required planning and little to no denial about actually moving.

Don't shy away from the booze.
I'm joking -sort of. My mom and I drank mimosas while we packed and unpacked. My friend and I enjoyed some Chicken Cock (a la southern Fireball) while we wrapped all my chonies around our china set (is this a joke? you ask).

Invite a friend who you're comfortable with moving your underwear drawer. 
Honestly, when my dear friend Ashley offered to help move us, my first worry was my underwear drawer and how embarrassed I was going to feel about it making an appearance during our day. After panicking over the 9 I gave it on my Shame Scale (which concludes at 10) I threw caution to the wind, booze down my gullet, and let the girl move it.

It doesn't all unpack at once. 
Packing it all up is easier than unpacking. Not only are you trying to figure out what box everything ended up in, you're attempting to organize everything in a place you don't yet know. We are still -three weeks later- moving things, trying out different layouts, avoiding one or two of those wretched cardboard boxes.

Mostly, give yourself some grace. Moving is damn stressful and it doesn't look good on anyone, really. So, take your time, have a drink, and then worry about what's in the next box.

36 comments:

  1. I must admit, it sounds like we have pretty similar moving styles! I always end up purging things both before the move, and after- it seems like I'm willing to hold on to things until they make it to the new house/apartment, and then I decide I don't need them. I agree as well on the booze comment- definitely necessary for a big move!

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  2. I just moved too, and while my move was on a much smaller scale (we only moved one couch, one bed, and two dressers) (and all of my clothes) it was still hectic. I could have easily drank a whole bottle of wine after.

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  3. I have a move ahead of me in May and I am dreading it.

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  4. Ugh. I always hate moving. It's when you move that you discover how much stuff you really have. And it's always way more than you assumed you had. LOL. These are all some great tips though! I hope your move is successful.

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  5. Great Tips Friend!! We are still semi-living out of suitcases because unpacking is SO MUCH WORSE ... not to mention all the wedding presents we have yet to take out of boxes that were in storage. Can't wait to see more pics of your place!

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  6. Brooks - The Handey WayMarch 11, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    As much as I hate moving, I love the purging part. I just feel so much more organized once I get rid of the stuff I never use.

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  7. UGH moving is the worst. i hate every second of it! purging is a must before you start packing stuff away. when we moved, we rented one of those giant dumpsters and FILLED THE WHOLE THING with shit that was in our basement. it made packing a lot easier!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  8. yea girl, clothes as bubble wrap, that's my jam! also, i just realized as i read this that i've moved so many times over the past 9 years, that my clothes are literally down to the bare minimum. the constant purging will do that. and drinks are necessary, which is why i will never move while pregnant. BOOZE.

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  9. Wow! I can't believe you moved so little furniture! I guess that means you get to go shopping for furniture!!! :-)

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  10. A little alcohol always helps make the process a little easier!

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  11. Love following along about the move! We are in the process of purchasing a home and it's been a freaking mess! All my stuff currently resides in boxes and I am stressing about unpacking in the midst of renovations, new hardwood floors, kitchen remodel etc

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  12. I actually tend to purge after I move. I open up the boxes and decide where things go. If I don't need it, I toss it. It may not be as efficient but it's much less stressful for me. And I'm terrible at packing so I kind of throw things in the boxes.

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  13. We moved to Santiago Chile two years ago, did a good clean out before flying some personal stuff our home in South Africa. One small airfreight container. Couldn't fill the apartment there, needed basic stuff such as appliances, a bed, lounge furniture some loose carpets. Shipping back totalled 141 boxes ! Now have virtually a doubled amount of furniture and household goods. Taken me three weeks to unpack and find space again to fit it all in. Hopefully we will be able to furnish a holiday cottage in the near future and not have to buy a thing !
    Here's wishing you and Jason a wonderful life in your new home ! Congratulations on achieving such an important milestone in your marriage. Enjoy your new home Kind and Best Wishes Val Fourways Johannesburg South Africa

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  14. haha!! It is a ton of work! Right now we're in the pre-move purging stage because I don't want to move anything that I don't absolutely have to.

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  15. Annnnd this post is now bookmarked. Because starting tomorrow, I'm going through the same thing. Booze is definitely a favorite of mine when it comes to the stress of moving (more so the packing/unpacking). Great tips girl!

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  16. Moving is the best and the worst. I do love purging everything, but dear goodness is unpacking horrible.

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  17. IM STILL UNPACKING after buying our house in July 2013. No shame! We are tackling the house room by room and making it our own. Keep going! Don't forget pictures!!

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  18. I can't tell you how much I wanted to get rid of… Not only before but then after too! And, honestly, now three weeks after moving in there's still so much I just don't want to even look at anymore! :)


    Mimosas on ice in an orange Home Depot bucket was our survival kit while we painted and remodeled!

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  19. Isn't it crazy how much stuff you don't realize that you have? The more we moved the more it seemed like we had! And as we neared the end I just wanted to cry at all the little odds and ends. Literally JUST emptied our last cardboard box LAST NIGHT. Holy heavens not again ANY time soon. :) Hope you're getting settled in boo!

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  20. YOU HAVE A MOVE? Officially, I am out of the loop.

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  21. It starts so fun, so upbeat about the organizing… Then it quickly drops into the hell-hole of cardboard and knick knacks! I unpacked our very last box last night and you would have thought I won an Oscar! :)

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  22. Oh that semi-living. Randomly in the middle of the move I decided that I wanted to wear a specific shirt to a night out… I was UPSIDE down tearing through boxes like a crazy woman because I COULDN'T possibly wear anything else. Poor Jason just stood by and watched me in my madness.

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  23. Isn't the purging part so freaking freeing? Seriously I would go to bed at night with a smitten little smile on my face knowing that I'd managed to kick another box full of stuff out of our new place… Because I refused to have a bunch of random crap filling our place!

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  24. Thank you! I was up for the "fun" of it when I was confused about it being fun… Then I realized that I was just really sore, tired of carrying things, and ready to throw away every bit of our crap. Honestly, throwing everything in a dumpster would have felt so relieving until I had no clothes left!


    P.S. I celebrated the successful emptying and cleaning of our old place with a vodka & soda which OF COURSE made me think of you!

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  25. Always easier. Especially if it's mixed with some sweet fruit juice!

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  26. It did call for furniture! We actually got to have it all delivered which was amazing because they just appeared in our new place! ;) And, the fun part: I was gone grabbing lunch while it arrived so in my head it magically appeared!

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  27. Clothes as bubble wrap should be our trademarked moving process! We shall be the richest movers in all of the land. Maybe if we kept moving I'd purge more and more, but honestly, I have such a weird emotional attachment to certain clothes. (And I'm not talking about my wedding dress kind of emotional) Also, NEVER MOVE PREGNANT. Or sick. Or well, never moving again.

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  28. It's SUCH a mess. We're still trying to unmess it all! I've really been trying to do it room by room or task by task to help make the process a little easier on myself… The list feels like it's dwindling a little bit and I'm working my damnedest to look at what's done instead of undone… Oh my soul.

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  29. The after actually turned out to be where I got rid of more stuff… Which definitely made me feel really counter-productive because HOW MUCH OF THIS DID WE NOT ACTUALLY HAVE TO CARRY. :)

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  30. Oh Val I hope you get to enjoy a holiday cottage so sincerely! I can only imagine how beautiful such a place would be for you to visit. :) Thank you for the wishes and sweetness! <3

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  31. That is the way to do it. THAT IS THE WAY. We moved so much stuff that we didn't end up keeping and I can't tell you how many times I said "WHY ARE WE SO INEFFICIENT!?!"

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  32. So, how's it going? And, tell me mimosas are involved? Puh-lease!

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  33. The best and the worst. That's the BEST way to put it… I loved the feeling of deep cleaning and going through every last thing, but there was a point in the process that I couldn't stand the mess anymore!

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  34. I swear that some of the stuff repacks itself when I'm not looking. Finally I told Jason we just ABSOLUTELY need to get all the cardboard out of here so we can see how much stuff needs to find places and that helped us feel motivated to actually put things away… But this girl isn't moving ANY time soon!

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  35. At the end of each packing session, break down those cardboard boxes and toss them in the recycle IMMEDIATELY. It's the ONLY way you'll know what's done! I had actually repacked things by accident!! It was a nightmare!!!

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