We are all moved in to our new place. And by all moved in I mean everything we own is sitting in boxes strewn every which way with a small walking path carved from room to room. But the beds are all reassembled (and the Ikea bed only took 4 tries), so it’s really starting to feel a bit more like home.
There is one thing I was surprised to learn while cleaning out our old apartment, and that is that our entire family owns way too much
shit stuff. I’m not going to point any fingers, mostly because a lot of it was mine, but packing it all and transporting it across town required a much grander effort than we had anticipated. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I am recommitting myself to a more minimal lifestyle. Thankfully my brother, mother, sister in law, mother in law, and father in law all came up to help otherwise I’m pretty sure Rob and I would still be loading that uhaul.
The kids, try as they might, were a bit of a hindrance to the packing process. They were excited to help, but when helping turned in to reading every book they were supposed to pack and marching up and down the hallways whilst waving the bicycle flag they were supposed to put in the donation pile, we decided it was best to send them off to friends/babysitters for the day. Thank the high heavens for our babysitter, because things moved ever so quickly when I didn’t have to stop what I was doing every 30 seconds to serve someone a snack.
Our new place has what seems to be a pretty common floor plan in row houses. Most of the places our realtor showed us had some variation of this floor plan. (I threw this together in SmartDraw real quick just to give you an idea, aside from the overall footprint of the house, the dimensions aren’t precise at all.) Also James does have a closet, I just forgot to draw it in. It goes in the square over the staircase.
We are trying to come up with a plan for the order in which we want/need to do things. The place was covered in carpet, and my first goal before we moved anything in was to rip the carpet up. James has a lot of allergies and I was worried the carpet, which was pretty well maintained, but looked like it made it’s debut a decade or two ago, might trigger them. I snapped a couple before shots. I don’t have a super wide lens, so you can’t see that much of the room but can get a bit of an idea. These are standing in the doorway.
Rob and me’s room. Rob and I’s room. Rob and my’s room…. grammar friends I need you.
The girls’ room:
The upstairs bathroom. The picture looks a little blah, but this room is actually fine for now. James picked a chemistry shower curtain for it, I’ll have to snap an after picture later.
Downstairs bathroom. This one needs a bit of work. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the sink goes over the toilet which makes it hard to sit down. And also it’s a little greener than I would like…
The kitchen. The refrigerator is just out of the picture to the right. Even though we don’t have a ton of cabinet space we are going to put in a dishwasher. Otherwise we’ll likely leave the kitchen like this for awhile.
This is standing in the dining room facing the living room
I forgot to take a before shot of the basement and Rob has already started in on it with the sledgehammer, but here’s one he took while we were under contract. It’s standing next to the bar (the green bit in the lower left) and facing toward the main part of the basement. I’m not sold on keeping the bar, but the kids really want to sit there and drink soda. So I figure once we get everything else in order we can grab some root beers and think the bar over again.
I haven’t taken any after shots yet, but the carpet is all up (mostly thanks to my brother and sister in law). Now that the carpet is out of the way, we need to sand and refinish the floors. A previous owner was a huge paneling lover, so most of the house looks like this:
We’d like to pull down the paneling and paint, but I think those are all projects for later this summer when the kids are visiting my parents again.
So there we are!! Home, sweet home.