We’re going on day six of the moving process, and today we’ll finally be done bringing the rest of our belongings up to the rental cabin. I think we’re both feeling a little displaced right now. It seems like we’re camping or on a vacation up at the cabin. Everything’s dirty and in boxes or suitcases. Back at our farmhouse, everything there is also dirty and in boxes, but it doesn’t feel like home anymore. We feel like strangers there, too. I know it’s just a matter of time before we feel at “home” again. Throughout this whole process, I’ve realized there are a few lessons I’ve learned from moving.
The first one is that regardless of your house size (whether it’s 900 square feet or 9000 square feet), you WILL fill it up with STUFF. As Andy and I keep loading and unloading the truck and trailer, we’re amazed at how much we own. And that’s after we’re leaving most of our furniture behind. Even though we’re getting rid of some things, we’re also keeping most of our stuff. In the rental cabin, there’s one small bedroom that’s quickly becoming the storage room for all our boxes and totes. The rest of the main floor and loft will be for “living.” If you’ve ever seen the Friends episode when Monica has that closet full of STUFF, that’s how this little room is going to look!
Another lesson I’ve learned is that you’re going to run out of boxes, even if you’ve got a ton of them. When that happens, you can improvise with baskets, trash bags, and any kind of container. Once everything is moved, the next challenge is trying to find where something is. If I would have been better prepared for this move, I would have made a little “Welcome Wagon” type of kit like my Mom gave us when we moved to our farmhouse. It contained trash bags, a roll of toilet paper, paper towels, and other necessities. That would have been really good to have this time around as well.
Finally, I’ve realized that plants IMMEDIATELY make a space feel more homey. The rental cabin is filled with stacks of boxes, totes, and baskets everywhere. But in the middle of all that chaos stands our fiddle leaf fig tree, and it instantly brightens up the space. It’s cheery, welcoming, and it makes me smile every time I look at it. It’s also nice to have something we recognize as “ours” in this space that doesn’t feel like “ours” yet.
I’ll post some pictures next week as we make some progress.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!