25 July 2011

I'm Ready to Pack It In

So, I've come to several conclusions lately.  Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. I f---in' hate packing.
  2. I have too much crap.
Holy hell, if I pack one more box, wrap one more piece of crystal in paper or nestle one more tchochke into a Styrofoam peanut laden box, I'm gonna lay on the floor and pitch a fit.  My knee is killing me, my back is ready to go out at any second and my right shoulder is on fire. 

So, here is my living room and master bedroom right now.  For an everything-has-its-place kind of gal like me, this is torture.  The chaos and disorder is more than a little overwhelming.

 

Even poor Hartley looks confused and rather put out.  And, I don't blame him.  Here's hoping we make it until Friday.  So, we can turn right around and unpack it all...sigh...

29 comments:

Debbie Cook said...

Unpacking into a nice new place goes faster, because it IS a nice new place! I'm sure you'll do just fine, but here's a wish of good luck just in case you need it.

meredithp said...

I think you are very organized and uncluttered. You'll have this unpacked by Saturday noon!

Can't wait to see pics of the sewing room (and the rest of the house, of course) when you are settled.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Moving is like childbirth - you forget the pain after awhile because you have the prize. Keep chanting...new sewing room! New Sewing Room! New Sewing Room! Hopefully that will help with the pain!

Rachelle said...

I'm beginning to wish I could afford to subscribe to the Sarah Richardson school of moving; when you buy a new house, just buy everything new, and leave all your old crap behind.

Marie-Christine said...

Hang in there, and think of the sewing room, it'll be over soon. But meanwhile don't hesitate to put anything you have the least doubt about in the 'to go' pile. And don't hesitate to pitch along with it anything that doesn't get unpacked in a week. Sounds silly to move it and toss it, but less silly than hanging on to it for another 10 years..

BeccaA said...

There's nothing like moving to make you appreciate the beauty of asceticism--owning nothing but a begging bowl and the clothes on your back would make moving so simple. And there's nothing like a big new empty space to make you appreciate the joys of filling that space. Moving is painful, but you're so organized that I'm sure you'll be showing us pictures of your lovely new sewing space all set up within a few days.

Toby Wollin said...

And then there are those of us who have no problems with the packing - it's the unpacking that is the issue. When we were working on our house a couple of years ago, I told my husband that if he was not going to publish any of his grad school papers, that all of those boxes of books, etc. had...to...go.

julia said...

As was said before - that new sewing room will make all this pain worthwhile!

Good luck!

Vicki said...

Oh, stop complaining!! You are going to the bestest ever house and a sewing room to die for. No sympathy here! Good luck with the move and don't break any of that crystal :)

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

We closed on our first house 2 weeks ago, and I agree, moving is *the worst*. The worst.

NancyDaQ said...

It is a pIta, but you'll like all that stuff much better after it's in the new home. In the meantime, give yourself breaks to just enjoy life.

Carol said...

Oh, boy, do I hear you. I am currently packing to move to the other end of the country - on an island - so everything has to be packed for road and ocean travel. I have lived in my present house for 10 years and I have found things I forgot I owned! I have a three day drive and then an overnight ferry trip to look forward to as well. Hope you're not travelling too far. Good luck with the move!

Andrea said...

I can totally commiserate. The Hubster and I just moved to Germany this past month. After multiple moves of just him and I hauling all our crap up and down stairs, I was really excited to have movers. Until they swept through the house like a plague shoving all my possessions into random boxes. Tres traumatizing! Our air freight arrived yesterday and the only casualty was a chipped salt shaker, but I'm a little worried what I'll find when the rest of our stuff gets here in two months. Yep, two whole months...

So, hurry up and take pictures of your fabulous new sewing room so we can all be jealous. ;)

MushyWear said...

You are almost to the finish line! Hang in there. You'll be basking in sewing heaven before you know it. That's one fine sewing room you've got!

tarabu said...

Packing is hard work and doubles as exercise. So you should be able to justify a dinner (or three) out this week! Also, the sheer joy of seeing your new home take shape as each of your previous memories finds a new place to live will be truly wonderful.

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Hang in there! It's almost over :)

Amy said...

But I'm sure everything is packed so well that unpacking will be a dream! (right?) Hope moving goes well!

ReaderRita said...

What Carolyn (cmarie12) said- *chants*
"New Sewing Room", "New Sewing Room", "New Sewing Room"!!!

And seriously, it will all be over soon.

Here's a moving story for you:
My ex, used to hire movers. Normal enough. The abnormal part showed on moving day, when he would make an elaborate display of sitting outside on a lawn chair with his feet up, nursing a chilled pitcher of Martinis while watching the movers work; staying just shy of overtly making fun of them. He would order them around, and never once lift a finger to do a thing for himself. Not ONE thing.
(I'll bet you can understand why he's an "ex"... I hope the movers spit in his socks...I know I did...)

Maggie said...

I still have a few boxes in the cellar from our last move of 16 years ago. So, I feel your pain!

Claire S. said...

It's almost over, it's almost over, it's almost over - and unpacking is always easier (for me anyway), everything going right into the place it belongs. Packing was the PITA !

Any you have such a nice place to do the unpacking ! Can't wait to see the final sewing room.

Carolyn said...

Oh I feel your pain because I'm allergic to mess myself. But that magnificent sewing room is going to be such a joy, it is a beauty! In fact, your house full stop is gorgeous. Good luck with your move, and I hope it all goes well!

mermaids said...

for the first half of my life, i moved about once a year. at every move, i purged closets. i also lived in very small spaces. i learned to travel light. :) then i settled down.... lived our previous house 8 years. accumulated two children and lots of stuff. have lived in this house 10 years and have acquired a double car garage of stuff from when my inlaws passed away. it is all making hyperventilate.

i have learned we expand to fill our surroundings. i would love to move back into a much smaller house so we would be forced to get rid of stuff. (however, it would still have a huge, killer sewing room)

acquiring all of my inlaws stuff has me on a major purge binge this summer. first, the clutter is making me nuts. more importantly, it made me realize i do not want my children to have to deal with all of my stuff when i am gone. i do not need another crystal vase, tchotke, or ornamental thingamagig. this weekend is my anniversary. i gave the husband strict orders, "NO MORE STUFF." i do not want a gift that comes in a box. we can go somewhere and do something, but no more stuff.

every time i move, i purge before packing. but even after packing, there is second purge. as i pull things out of boxes, if there is no "good" spot for it, it goes back in a box. all those misfit things get sealed up and put in the garage or attic. if after 6 months, i have not missed or needed those things, away they go. you will be amazed at the things you don't really need/want.

Jan said...

Hi, Hope you're move goes well with minimal problems. Good luck in your beautiful new home. Jan

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Oh man. The only thing worse than packing is unpacking (sorry). Good luck!

Teddylyn said...

Happy moving day! I actually prefer unpacking--doesn't have the same deadline issues! Enjoy your beautiful new home ;-)

Cennetta said...

My goodness! I feel your pain. On the bright side, your new home is beautiful.

Jen said...

I'm doing what your're doing now too. We also moved in on July 29. Good Luck with the unpack :)

Fran G said...

Shannon..having just gone through a similar experience, I totally understand. I, too, was a teacher and organizational skills are essential in our field. It will all be very worthwhile, but the process is very telling about what we value. I shipped many tubs of fabric to our new home and was shocked at what I had accumulated! Mostly settled now, but moving is a LOT of work!!! Your new sewing room looks fabulous..keep your eye on the prize at the end!

Fran G

ReaderRita said...

I hope you have retained your sanity- and I hope your new home is positively delightful!