What a Weekend!

Last time I wrote was Friday–so many things are different since then! First of all, I did push to get all that IKEA furniture built so we didn’t have to move in “around” it… and I think I made the RIGHT move there. After Saturday our floors were covered–and I mean covered with boxes.

End of Day 1 (Friday):

End of Day 1: Living Room
End of Day 1: Guest Room/Office
End of Day 1: Bedroom (aka "Completed ENGAN")
End of Day 1: Bedroom (aka "Completed TRONDHEIM")

End of Day 2 (Saturday):

End of Day 2: Living Room
End of Day 2: Guest Room/Office
End of Day 2: Bedroom
End of Day 2: Dining Room
End of Day 2: Kitchen
End of Day 2: Dining Room (2)

Yes, I guess you could say Saturday got a lot accomplished. It’s so cliche, but moving really does make a person realize how much stuff they actually have.

I’m currently writing this at The Well because we haven’t gotten our internet service transferred to the new house yet… reminds me of the good old days when I first moved here and Lisa and I didn’t have any service up in the loft.



What a weekend.

We have over 90% of our earthly belongings in the new house. By the end of the week the apartment should be empty and clean, with the keys turned in and change-of-address filed with the USPS. I haven’t really been sad about the whole thing, but writing those words really did kind of feel shocking. I did have my moment of bittersweet-ness when we “undecorated” the kitchen, leaving it looking so bare and nondescript.

Depending on this evening, you may get a post with pictures but you may not. We’ll see. Should have internet in the new house on Wednesday and the blogging schedule will return to normal! That is, if “normal” ever existed… I am slowly but surely going to get this blog-work balance figured out. I need to get into my old habit of writing posts at night (for publication the next day) instead of trying to cram a quick post in during my lunch break.


Okay, okay. You can hardly call it an “IKEA run” when the whole reason you drive 7 hours to Dallas is for your cousin’s wedding and just happen to make IKEA fit into your busy weekend schedule. Anyway, we bought a few necessary things for the new house.

First, we got two kitchen carts (BYGEL) to go on either side of the stove as a makeshift counter. This was really easy to put together! I was skeptical of this item when I saw it online–it looks pretty flimsy in the picture but I was impressed with its sturdiness when we went to check it out in person. The shelves are made of enamel metal, not plastic (I was worried that plastic would be affected by the heat from the oven). The wheels seem a bit superfluous because even “wheeling” the finished product into the kitchen from the dining room was a bit awkward. If I’d designed it I would have put the wheels on the same side as the handle, more like a dolly. Luckily, we aren’t going to be wheeling ours around so we’re good. Also, I’m looking forward to having drawers!

Second, we got a 6-drawer dresser (TRONDHEIM) since our current 4-and-a-half drawer dresser is completely packed to capacity. Our current apartment has two walk in closets (his and hers) which means the majority of our clothing items are hanging up. The new place just has a teeny tiny closet in the bedroom (and I want to avoid hanging clothes in the guest room if possible). Therefore, more clothes storage is in order. This way we’ll each get 3 drawers for underwear, pajamas, pants, and other things a person would normally store in drawers (I don’t know what that’d be–I stick with the 3 things I listed). We have not yet begun to put this together but let me tell you… the boxes were SO HEAVY!

Lastly, due to the aforementioned downsizing of our hanging storage, the decision was made to come up with a hanging storage solution. I’m not boho enough to just get a garment rack and stick it in my bedroom for all to see (although I do think it would be cool, knowing me it’d get messy and look like a disaster) so we went with the concealed option: a wardrobe. We had the opportunity to get a great deal on a small PAX system, which is much more versatile, but the extremely light blonde wood was a sticking point with me. So, instead we got ENGAN because we liked the walnut effect and the mirror in the door. Last night we put it together (minus the doors) and it was tedious, sort of easy and sort of hard. Can’t really explain. Oh, and that particle board is HEAVY. When we stood it upright, the legs weren’t really straight and it wobbled to one side. SUPER demoralizing. But I shoved it against the wall which kind of helped stabilize it. Tonight we add the doors and call it a wrap.

By the way, in order to fit the long, flat boxes in the car, we had to fold down the right back seat and the front passenger seat. For the remainder of the weekend and for the whole 7-hour trip home, one of us had to ride in the back seat, behind the driver, like a little kid! This was actually pretty funny.

Once we’re done assembling, there will be pictures, I promise :) Tonight, we’re getting a fridge in the new house! The ball is starting to roll. Moving day is Saturday, I think! Anyone want to help?