Somehow, our amazing movers beat us to the new house, so when we got there, we quickly unlocked the door and started bringing stuff in.
We moved on a Monday, so most of our neighbors weren’t around during the move, which was good (the huge moving truck took up lots of space on the road and in our neighbors driveway).
My husband ran over to Tim Hortons and bought coffee and doughnuts for the movers because we liked them so much. They were happy. 🙂
Step #11: Unpack as much as possible, right away
Since Elliott was staying at my mom’s house for the day, we tried to get as much unpacked as we possibly could before he came home, so he wouldn’t be so overwhelmed when he walked through the door.
Most of our things were labelled by room, so the movers knew where they went. Everything they were unsure about, they asked us where to put it. My husband pretty much took over this job, while I started unpacking boxes in the kitchen (I figured this was the most important room in the house to get unpacked).
I put everything on the kitchen table, counter top and the floor and tried to plan where I wanted things to go in all of our kitchen cupboards. But first, I had to clean them out with disinfecting wipes. I’m kind of a germaphobe.
Step #12: Give up on the thought of instant perfection
Trying to organize my kitchen as I was unpacking things from boxes was not a smart idea. I began to feel rushed and overwhelmed, as more and more boxes and kitchen “stuff” started to appear before me.
I decided I would organize it all later, and just focus on getting things into cupboards for the time being.
Food went in with dishes, and pots & pans went in with baking supplies. I didn’t care. The boxes were piling up and I was starting to go crazy.
Step #13: Eliminate as much visual clutter as possible
After the kitchen was unpacked, I moved on to the kids’ bedrooms, the master bedroom and bathrooms. Just like with the kitchen, I stuffed things in cupboards, closets and bins, just until they fit – not until they were perfectly organized.
As long as everything was out of boxes, I was happy. I’d work on organizing later.
I didn’t bother bringing my old desk and computer chair (both which were falling apart from so much use!) to the new house because there was no space for an office until the basement was renovated, so all of my office stuff went into the closet in our master bedroom. There’s a lot of it – but it’s just temporary. We’ll survive.
Until then, my office is now the kitchen table. It’s not ideal, but it works.
Step #14: Relax
Thankfully, we unpacked almost everything that first day we moved in. No, it wasn’t organized, and a lot of our belongings were stuffed into spaces it would likely not be living full time, but I was glad to be box-free in our new home after just one day (not including the boxes with my office supplies).
My mom kept Elliott overnight again, so we were able to relax that first night and just stare at our new house (which we did a lot of!).
Our new house. I can’t believe we’re home owners!