Hold On, We're Going Home

I confess that it'll likely be quiet here over the next couple of weeks as I finish The Great Stuff Purge of 2014, move whatever remains from a two-bedroom apartment into a "bright, sunny, and extra-large" studio, toss more things, and buy more things to make whatever still remains fit into an appropriate cabinet or drawer. This kind of thing completely consumes me, and though it's probably annoying to anyone who tries to get me to make a plan from now until September 10, I love it.

Moving is cleansing. Donating items to friends and charity is cleansing. Buying new furniture and bath towels is cleansing. Jumping up out of bed in the middle of the night to move the end table to the other side of the couch or write down another item for my IKEA list (Confession: I only have like three things from IKEA. Am I a bad millennial?) is cleansing. What, no? Just me? Okay.

But its also very time- and attention-consuming for me. When my home isn't orderly I find it really hard to focus on much else until everything has found its right place. And though I'm never really "done" — I rearrange furniture for fun and on total whim — there's a degree of finality that I'm looking for, and I'm not exaggerating when I say I won't rest until I find it. Not until every box is packed, moved, and unpacked will I feel like I can put any significant amount of attention elsewhere.
My living room, currently. Confession: I'm an "organized mess" kind of packer. No other messes are permissible.
And I come here to say these things as if I've even been a consistent presence here at all lately. I know I haven't. But I know you'll stick with me while all the chaos sorts out. And I know you understand because you get that I'm so obnoxiously Type A that I won't post a post just to post, and that I'd rather post something I'd really like you guys to read. Right? Right. Current post excluded, sorta.

And besides, it's summer, and as we get down to the bitter end (Confession: As far as I'm concerned, Labor Day Weekend is the definitive end of summer and start of fall) we're all trying to enjoy our last moments in the sun, on the water, at the beach, doing all those things we can only do in summer. Blogging isn't one of those things, but at least we're doing things to blog about. And by we, I mean the rest of you who aren't packing and moving and unpacking.

Confession: I {hopefully!} get the keys this weekend and mentally have 90% of my things arranged and stored where they will go. I have to-scale sketches of a home I don't live in yet. I know this sounds crazy, but trust me — if I hadn't been able to plan like this, I would have certainly gone mad.

I really can't wait to share some before/after shots with you guys. As long as you're not expecting anything extravagant of course. Remember, it's just a rental. It's just a studio. I'm just a broke joke lowly little writer at a mom-and-pop publisher. Don't get excited. I'm trading hard-wood floors for carpeting, ACK. But all the same, it's just right and it's just mine. I can't wait to call it my new home.

Confession: I still love this song, and I always get really lame and smiley when it happens to come up on my running playlist as I round the corner to run the last half-mile straightaway to my apartment. It's like Spotify knows. #fullofcheese.

Vodka and Soda
{ Linking up with Kathy }

Comments

  1. i havent heard that song, but i dont judge as i listed to t swizzle's new song about 70 times last night and i am zero exaggerating.
    i am so excited for your moving and packing and cant wait to see photos, so hurry up time! haha. i would be dreaming about where things will go, i'm not as planny plannerson as you that i could do to scale drawings but i have most of my life mapped in my head, so..
    i have zero things from ikea. zero. i want like 20 things, but the nearest ikea is so far and KC wont take me for 'just a look' because he knows I will want all the things and send us broke. He says 'we can go, as long as you dont want to go to Europe' and I just sit there and pout like the child I am.

    ReplyDelete
  2. good luck with the move. the way i see it, moving is a perfect time to finally release all of the things that have been cluttering up your space. when we moved, we purged a whole wack of stuff.

    thanks for linking up!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

    ReplyDelete
  3. From another Type-A who just finished unpacking, YOU GO GIRL! I need to purse so bad! Just from unpacking I separated a huge box of stuff to donate. I purged as I was packing too, but apparently not well enough. Sooo much stuffs!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Moving is one of my favorite things. Maybe that should be one of my confessions? I think it's the purge, and obviously the new space. I'm with you on the labor day line with dinner and fall.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Im so excited for your move and cant wait to see the place. Knowing you and your impeccable organization skills Im sure you'll fit all your stuff in quite well! I cant wait for the pics!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Good luck with packing, moving and everything!! So exciting :) And can't wait for the reveal and it will be wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm never going to get tired of hearing that song! Good luck with the move ;) BTW, I nominated you for the Liebster Award http://coraltintedperceptions.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-liebster-award-aka-confessions.html

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love moving too! I like the clean slate and being able to redecorate a new place. I've always wanted to live in a studio! I'm pretty jealous, and I can't wait to see the before and after photos!

    Kevin is like you -- he can't focus on anything unless the house is clean. Me, on the other hand, can go a week or so with clutter everywhere before I freak out. I guess it's good I never lived in a studio apartment because my laundry would probably take over the place and I wouldn't have many hiding places for my mess!

    I have been giving away some clothes and stuff for a few weeks, and I feel great. I want to live a minimalist closet: http://www.houseforfive.com/2013/08/purging-closet-30-piece-wardrobe-free.html

    ReplyDelete
  10. You sound like you are on top of the moving game! I hope you get the keys soon!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love getting rid of stuff too! It's so freeing!!!!
    I will sacrifice sleep in order to get things cleaned organized and put away.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I can't wait to see the before/after photos! Yayyy I'm excited for you! And I know what you mean about the multiple shopping lists, but that's one of the best parts- starting off with fresh stuff! Good Luck!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love moving too (Except packing kitchen stuff). Totally an opportunity to toss, donate and otherwise get rid of anything that is just clutter.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I so feel you on jumping up in the middle of the night to rearrange something or write something down on a list, I have done that so many times. Moving is so chaotic and stressful. I just moved into a smaller home and we have been purging like there is no tomorrow. We still have a long way to go and I am so ready to be done and over with it ha ha. Good luck with the move! So exciting :D

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love everything about this (and you, duh). I had to laugh at myself for getting rid of truckloads of crap but then buying more...but like you said, the stuff I bought is to better make use of the space and stuff I still have so it was an organizational win-win. Also I've been meaning to tell you, I told Ben I was trying to limit the stuff we keep to things that are functional, beautiful, or that we love. He told me that was a good system and I was like yeah, someone (that would be you) told me they use it and he was like oh that makes sense, I knew you weren't smart enough to come up with that. So Ben apparently thinks you're smart and I'm dumb. Ass. :X

    ReplyDelete
  16. Ohh I love a good before and after - I'm such a snoop when it comes to homes, I love seeing how different people chose to set up their own space! I'm such an over-thinker when it comes to changing things around in my house. I have had a paint ready to go for my room since May and have yet to do anything about it because the task seems so daunting. Lend me some of your "madness"?

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh geez, I need a little of your type A. Do you feel like your laundry needs a place, too? Because I totally just finished folding and hanging clothes that I washed a week ago. Oops! Good luk with your move! :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

I'd love to hear from you. Please make sure your settings let me reply to your comment by email.