Friday, May 3, 2013

I Amaze Myself Sometimes

Here's my recent moving stories:
In the span of a year and a half, I have moved 4 times. Yup, that's a couple too many times, for sure.
Move #1: To get me out of my parents' house. I had lived there for far too long in order to pay off some debt. Did that happen? Uh, I plea the fifth.
Move #2: I needed cheaper rent, plus my lease had ended.
Move #3: I was offered a job in Salt Lake City, Utah, meaning my commute was a little over an hour. Gas prices were kickin' my pocket book's butt, so the move was out of necessity to keep me from donating plasma or something totally make-me-pass-out worthy.
Move #4: My roommate and dear friend moved to Germany (pouts) and our lease had ended. I wanted to stay in the area, so I moved just down the road to where a ton of people I know live.
I'm getting really good at packing, moving, and unpacking. Woot!
Move #4 was interesting in that I had to be out of my old apartment by April 30, and the girl that was moving out of my current apartment couldn't get into her new place until May 1. That meant that my stuff and her stuff were in the same place for a day. Talk about massive chaos. It all worked out well, though. Phew!
I took the day off from work on Thursday and dug into the mess of boxes. I would have gone completely bonkers mad if I hadn't have done so. I'm sort of OCD about having my things in order.
This is what my bedroom looked like to begin with:

This is what it looks like now (Zen):

And I did this all in maybe 10 hours and that includes some deep cleaning and putting away my kitchen junk (ok, junk food). Do I win the best unpacker award of the century or what?
And yes, that is a pillow with a picture of Bono on the front. Lance Armstrong graces the other side. (G-rated totally, I promise) My good friend made me it as a birthday present a couple years ago. And yup, I own a banana chair, too. :) I am definitely awesome. You totally want to be my BFF now, don't you?
Well, tell me about your moving stories? How fast have you unpacked? Well, I have to admit I don't have a ton of stuff, and I am just one person. I don't have a husband and three kids' worth of crap to unload. I have it a bit easier than some. 
Writing Jewels


  1. Well, life has been a "moving experience" for you, hasn't it. I am in awe of your capabilities. I should hire you as a consultant the next time I move. Except that move will likely be into Palliative Care, and I won't need to take much with me.

    Now that you're settled, I hope work and writing go very well, indeed.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

  2. I've moved a lot, too. Not nearly as much as you, but we've lived in eight homes in nine years. So... not a lot better. I think once you take into account the fact that I'm constantly packing up four-bedroom-houses, it evens things out ;)

    My best achievement was when we arrived in Orlando. We moved into the house on a Saturday. I was four months pregnant, with a one year old and a three year old, and I had the entire house unpacked by Thursday. That included hanging pics on the walls and putting clothes in closets and everything. Oh, and not working on Sunday. So. Four and a half days it took me to do the whole house.

    This most recent move, I packed up everything (we were living at my parents', so it was considerably less stuff to pack) in less than a week.

  3. I feel so awful for never helping you move. Drat.

  4. I've moved a lot over the years being a military brat. However, I crown you the master of unpacking!

  5. I've moved a lot, too—but I've never been that good at unpacking. Kudos!

    Have a great weekend. ☺

  6. Damn you can sure shake and move haha, I moved a ton too for a good 4 years, but lately haven't so much.

  7. I've only moved four times in the last 15 years. I'm terrified of when we have to move again. We have a whole house full of junk and two kids with their junk. Definitely worth paying someone to do.

  8. Yikes! That is a lot of moves in a year and a half. The room looks really good though. Worth the 10 hours of unpacking/sorting.

    I moved around a lot as a kid, not four times every 18 months, but never stayed in the same spot more than four years, sometimes less. Finally settled. Took a while to get used to it, but now I love it.

  9. It's hard for me to give up some of my stuffs, even I barely use them...

  10. Wow that is a lot of moving! I moved out of my parents house a little over a year ago. It's the first time I've really, really been on my own.

  11. I didn't have a lot of stuff when I personally moved a couple of times. I hate the idea of moving again, because since we moved into a house, all this "stuff" came in from out of nowhere. :)

  12. Growing up I don't think we lived in the same place for more than a year at any one time. I know I wasn't in the same school two years in a row. Then I married a man who seemed to like moving every 6 months. ( I learned to pack really well). Now I'm with someone and we have been in the same place going on 3 years straight. It feels good. But I have learned that less is more - less stuff to pack more time to enjoy new place without unpacking.