These past few days (okay, these past two months) have been absolute chaos. The movers came and unloaded our stuff in only a few hours, which is another perk to losing all of your stuff. Then Nick and I got right to work on unpacking and starting to make this place really feel like a home.
Last week I wrote about how I learned to love PCSing. And now that we are unpacking, I have even more reasons to love PCSing. The craziness of unpacking and setting up a new house is always hard to go through, but so much fun in its own way. Nick and I spent three whole days unpacking, setting up our furniture, getting rid of things that were weighing us down, and deciding where things should go — and we’re still not done.
Over the weekend as most of the chaos was happening, I couldn’t help but take a step back and think about how many ridiculous things that happen when you unpack your house and create a new one. When you are used to doing this over and over again, it becomes second nature, something you just do. It’s a crazy, chaotic, messy experience, but it’s also pretty great. I love it all.
If you’re about to move or are currently moving, I hope you can relate so that I know it’s not just me:
1. You find your blender in a box marked “bedroom.”
2. You start telling your husband how good he is at organizing, and wouldn’t he like to organize the pantry? He does such a better job!
3. You find things that you thought you lost. I have a fancy razor that I thought I left in Vermont. I kept putting off getting a new one, because why buy a new razor when you can use your husband’s? I’m so glad I didn’t get a new one, because it ended up being in the first box I unpacked. I love when the movers find things for me. If you are ever about to move and you think you lost something — wait to replace it until you unpack.
4. You believe it’s divine intervention when you unpack your wine glasses in the first kitchen box.
5. You spend two days organizing your kitchen, but have no energy to cook. So, you order pizza.
6. Then you eat that pizza on the floor because there is no space on the table for eating. It’s covered in wine glasses, picture frames, and kitchen gadgets that don’t have homes yet. Just call it a picnic and everything’s fine.
7. You start calculating how many more times you will have to move before your husband can retire.
8. You get rid of so. much. stuff.
9. You have zero guilt about getting rid of that stuff. I believe that unpacking is is the perfect and easiest time to declutter. It’s easier to put things you don’t want or need in a donation box than it is to organize them and find them new homes. Especially if it’s stuff you don’t want anyway.
10. Yet, you can’t get rid of all those wine corks. I’m going to make a cool craft with them. I swear. One day.
11. You stop everything you’re doing when you come across boxes of old photos. You spend hours going down memory lane. Then you put the photos in a closet and don’t look at them again until the next time you move.
12. You feel like you deserve a break about once per hour. Give me all of the chocolate.
13. You find things you didn’t even know you owned. You would think that after three moves, I would recognize everything that comes out of the moving boxes. If I didn’t even know I owned it, it’s going straight to goodwill.
14. You are so proud of yourself when you realize how strong you are as you move boxes full of books and dishes.
15. You are very sore the next day, and realize that you’re not as strong as you thought.
16. You are relieved when you realize that the movers used an entire box to pack one lampshade. Super wasteful, but less stuff to put away.
17. When you finish unpacking one box, you feel like a superhero. Breaking it down and dragging it outside is the sweetest victory.
18. You will think that you have the entire kitchen organized. Then you will decide it’s not right at all, and you need to start completely over. So you take out every cup, bowl, and gadget, place them on every surface of your home, and start over. Then you will finally have it exactly the way you want it, and it will feel oh so good.
19. You think that you’re going to power through the unpacking in a few days. Then you will realize what a massive job it is. So, more chocolate. And more pizza.
20. You discover you have more pens than any human will need in a lifetime. This puzzles you as you remember all the times you frantically searched for a pen when someone was talking to you on the phone.
21. You tell yourself that this will be the house where everything is organized. No junk drawers. Then one will spontaneously appear before you even finish unpacking.
22. You realize that it’s going to look worse before it looks better. Accept it and keep going.
23. You procrastinate finishing unpacking by writing this post.
24. You look around and realize that this is your new home. Suddenly, this place that was once just a bunch of walls feels like home.
Our home that we can set up however we want. Our home, where we can hang up our favorite photos and display our favorite books. Our home, where we will have late nights with our family and friends. Our home, where we will spend countless hours cooking our favorite meals together, binge watching Netflix shows, and reading good books on the couch. Our home, where we will drink coffee in the mornings and have lazy days doing nothing. Our home, where we will laugh and cry and celebrate and rest. Our home. So many possibilities.
It’s worth the time and energy and many long days it takes to get it just right. And, sharing that home with Nick makes it even sweeter to me. The more I unpack, the more I realize how important it is to be patient. I would rather take my time to get organized and do it right than spend a few days just opening boxes and throwing things in closets. It’s our home, where we will spend so much of our life together. I want to make it great.
What are some ridiculous things that have happened to you while unpacking?