Posts tagged ‘moving’

November 2, 2012

My Blog has moved…come along!

by heatherkp

I’ll be deleting this blog in about a week please head over to my new site HERE to be sure you stay up to date on the latest Design+Organize+Create tips and inspiration?  You will also find all the same content over there.  Thanks for all of your support and I hope you will continue to follow along.

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July 30, 2012

Moving Monday::Kitchen Basics

by heatherkp

We’ve finally landed in our new home.  It’s been a LONG haul and a very much anticipated transition with bumps and curves along the way that no one could have anticipated.  We’ve been “in” the house for just a week now and we are quickly coming to love it.

We feel very lucky to have found it, it’s pretty much exactly what we were looking for in a fantastic location.  After living in a house in MD that was big but still didn’t fit our needs and then not having any space of our own we feel like we’ve found just the right size which includes a new studio space for me to create art and textiles and a workshop for my husband’s tools and business.

Now to share with you some of what we’ve been doing in the house and some tips on organizing your way through unpacking.  Start with the basics!  Last week I mentioned some supplies to have on hand to make the transition easier but the next step should be to get your Bedroom(s), Bathroom and Kitchen set up.  These are the first areas I unpacked since I wanted to be able to really start using the space.  I got the clothes in the closets (removing all the wardrobe boxes from the picture), next came unpacking luggage into our dressers and linens and toiletries into the linen closet and bathroom.  With these practical things out of the way we could find clothes to dress and go about our normal routine.  May seem obvious but man did it feel great to put clothes into drawers and closets after living out of luggage for quite some time!  But I’ll share closet organization in another post…

Next I focused on the kitchen.  I had 20 boxes of kitchen, dining room and bar supplies!  We have a small house built shortly after WWII and the kitchen is a galley type with no pantry.  I have 1 curio and 1 china cabinet to fit all our non-essential dining items and I was quite concerned that I wouldn’t be able to fit it all in the cabinets!

Somehow I managed, with room to spare (not much).  I started by really thinking about how I would use each zone of the kitchen and since it’s not eat in I wanted the dishes and silverware to be easy to access from the dining room (which adjoins the kitchen).  I determined which items I wanted in each cabinet and drawer (roughly) and then started the process of unpacking and putting things away.  As I came across the inevitable items I’d forgotten about and didn’t yet have space for I set them aside on the dining room table.  I also mentally reserved space in certain spaces for these and other larger items as I worked through each box and cabinet.  Since I don’t have much counter space our microwave, toaster and mixer are the three items I knew I would have to keep out.  The rest of the small appliances went into the cabinets.

I had certain organizing pieces/tools I used that are flexible and can be made to fit various configurations, like baskets,  that hang from the shelves (below) and risers (above), these can be great help if you have tall cabinets and in some situations they can almost double your useable space.  I find that containing smaller items (like lids, spices, utensils etc) in baskets or bins makes the space easier to keep tidy and it makes it easier to grab what you need and return the rest without disrupting everything around.

Finally there were the cleaning supplies under the sink.  I wish I could tell you the name of this contraption that I used, I’ve had it for ages and the great thing is that the “shelves” snap in place and can be configured around pipes and other obstacles.  I’ve used it in the last 2 houses and it’s a great organizing tool (I’ll see if I can find it and post a link soon).

Overall I had to be flexible and re-think how I organized quite a few things since I use to have a pantry and a lot fewer drawers.  These cabinets are also much deeper than I was use to, which makes for extra storage but I will have to move things to get to the less used items.  That’s okay with me.  Each person has to customize their space to their needs and that’s the fun of organizing for me, finding a fit for each person’s specific needs and desires.

PS…I have no garbage disposal in this kitchen and that white bin on the top left is my compost bucket:) fits perfectly!

July 23, 2012

Moving Monday::Final Destination

by heatherkp

It’s fitting that our final moving day will commence today on a Monday since I began this moving Monday series over 8 months ago!!  We are exhausted, jet-lagged and feeling our age but we are very excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We are doing a semi-local move so that has factored into the logistics of how things are being done.  We’ve had our stuff in storage as I’ve mentioned and we are hauling it about 80 miles to our house.  We have been lucky to have the use of a nice size truck and trailer which we have used to haul 2 loads so far and today we bring the final 2 loads!

I LOVE the process of nesting and I’m in full swing mode now.  Here are a few tips that I’ve found useful so far.  Keep in mind that this move has been DIY all the way (with the help of friends and family) so some of these logistics will not be necessary for you if you have hired a moving company but it’s good to keep in mind either way.

  •  started to unpack some boxes to get them out of the way before big furniture is brought in
  •  focus on soft goods that go into closets such as hanging clothes (eliminating the big wardrobe boxes), linens as well as dishes and kitchen items which can go directly into the cabinets.
  • measure rooms to determine the fit of furniture before bringing big items in
  • have staple items like soap, disposable plates/cups, paper towels and a first aid kit on hand
  • locate sheets, towels and bathroom toiletries to quickly set up the bathroom and bedrooms for more comfort
  • know where your furniture is going (roughly) before moving it in and leave boxes and other items stacked out of the way for clear passage
  • keep walkways and paths clear of debris, boxes etc.
  • “Stage” boxes in the front entry if it’s not reasonable to place them directly into the corresponding rooms. Have a secondary team inside to relocate items to the correct rooms.
  • enjoy the process!!

My inventory sheet has been super helpful and so far we haven’t located one “mystery” box!

Next week-Unpacking and settling in.

July 21, 2012

Silent Saturday::The Move Begins

by heatherkp

July 2, 2012

Moving Monday::Living like a Gypsy

by heatherkp

I haven’t said a whole lot about our move for several months now because we have been in a holding pattern.  We have been living like Gypsies honestly, going from place to place…and were settled into a lovely furnished home downtown Charleston for May and June.  We found it too difficult to search the real estate market and make the necessary new connections in a new city living an hour away so being in a temporary furnished place for a short period really allowed us to make the  get to know the city and get down to business.  The time there came to an end yesterday and I will always have fond memories since it’s time spent really getting to know the city on foot and in person.

Onward we move though and we packed it all up over the last few days for our final temporary stay before we settle into the new place we found.  After looking for several months and at over 30 places (the rental market right now is extremely competitive!) we are VERY excited about this home, it has everything we are looking for and it’s in a fantastic location.  We are renting and we found a real estate agent who was super helpful but we also put the word out to anyone and everyone we know and scoured the papers and craigslist.  In the end, we found something through word of mouth. I’m now in the process of setting up all the utilities, TV, internet etc.  Next we will line up a truck for moving day and try to enlist whatever help we can get…it feels like we are down to the final stretch!

I have to admit that we have been lugging around so much (i.e. too much) stuff over the past 8 months living in various locations and taking trips back and forth to here and there…I have had my moments where I just wanted to toss it all out for a more simple life but I didn’t because as organized as I am, I love my stuff!  I will say that after moving so much around for so long, I have learned to edit more quickly and more often.  I have many hobbies that require stuff like knitting, sewing, cooking, gardening, reading and more so I doubt I will ever be living a super minimalist lifestyle.  If you have ever lived somewhere temporarily with the majority of  your stuff in storage you probably know the feeling and just know, you are not alone and you will have certainly learned some valuable things about yourself before it’s all over.  I have learned to keep things sorted and separated by category (in bags, boxes and bins), to stick to some kind of regular routine and pattern, edit often and a bit more ruthlessly than I use to, get good rest (because all this moving is exhausting) and probably most importantly I have learned to be flexible and make due with what I have where I am.  I also make a lot of lists and check and double check where I’ve put things, especially if its a very important item.  We have traveled with a portable file box and our fireproof safe box for certain important things and this gives me peace of mind, it’s really a scaled down version of my normal system.

Have you ever lived like a gypsy?  If so did you love it and what did you learn?

All this moving

May 7, 2012

Moving Monday::Stuff Left Behind, A Wedding, A Puppy & A Shower…

by heatherkp

Yesterday we returned from a whirlwind 11 day trip back up to our former hometown to visit family and friends.  The trip included a wedding, a bridal shower (for my future SIL), trips to museums in DC, several parties (one on our behalf~Thanks!), family time, meeting my new family puppy (Katinka who we fell in LOVE with), my best friends 40th birthday (I’m not too far behind!), two client appointments and packing up our remaining “stuff”.  We “moved” 5 1/2 months ago now and have had this trip planned since.  I was asked to photograph a cousin’s wedding last week, which was really perfect timing for us to make this return trip.

Congratulations Matt and Chenoa!

Congratulations Matt and Chenoa!

My future SIL being playful!

My Puppy Sister, Katinka (A Coton de Tulear)

When we left MD last November we had to leave behind quite a few things at the last minute.  It wasn’t that we didn’t plan well, it wasn’t that we ran out of time but we didn’t have the space we anticipated in the truck we rented so we had to improvise.  Thanks to family and a couple friends we stowed away some treasures in MD during this time.  We had to leave behind a beloved model ship and dollhouse my grandfather built, our big TV, my Herman Miller Aeron chair, the rocking chair my brother and I were rocked in, many-many plants and quite a few garden tools.  We had to rent another U haul trailer to bring it all back but we did it!  It feels so great to know that we are here with all our stuff.  It also felt great to decide to leave a few items behind.  After living with everything in storage for so long I am so much more detached from our things.

The next exciting phase of our move will take us from our family’s place in Pawleys Island to downtown Charleston.  Later this week we will make that transition, one that will give us the much needed perfect space and timing to really know the place we are going to be living before we make big commitments.  It’s been challenging living like a gypsy but in the end I think this will help us have better area knowledge so we make a wise decision about where we will live next.  In the past we have made decisions about where we were going to live after only brief visits and in a few of those cases we felt stuck with something less than fantastic but that’s not gonna happen this time.  It may be another couple months before we finally have a home we can call our own but it’s going to be worth it in the end and I’ve learned a lot about flexibility and a certain sense of freedom that comes from living in limbo!

December 5, 2011

Moving Monday::New Routines

by heatherkp

We’ve been here for about 3 weeks now and it’s funny how some new routines have already been established and some old one’s have maintained.  One routine I’m having a hard time re-establishing here is blogging so bear with me in my absence please!

We are now officially residents of South Carolina having made multiple trips to the DMV, courthouse and Social Security administration.  You wouldn’t believe all the documentation required to prove you are who you say you are here!   Anyways, that’s behind us and I’m looking to plant my feet as firmly in the sand as I can now.  Hum, sand shifts around a lot and that’s a perfect analogy for how I’m feeling about settling in here.  I’m not quite there yet!

I miss my three times a week yoga class, my monthly meetings for volunteering and organizing, my regular client appointments and visits with friends and my local food/farm sources.  I’m loving my new routine of going to the beach in the morning to watch the sunrise, write in my journal and walk.  I’m not doing this daily but a few times a week so far.  I also love going to watch the sunset on the Waccamaw river.

I’ve scouted out a few sources for locally grown food, one road side stand is just a few minutes from our house.  I’ve already got my local library card and checked out a stack of books.  I’ve made contact with the local NAPO Charleston chapter and plan to attend my first meeting next week.  I’m also currently working on getting involved with the local Master Gardener program.

I think it’s funny how easy it is for some routines to follow you wherever you go and other routines are more difficult to re-establish.  I’m looking forward to both establishing new routines and carrying on with the best of the old ones.

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November 21, 2011

Moving Monday::Landed and Nesting

by heatherkp

So here we are in South Carolina!!  It’s been 2 weeks since I posted last on Moving Monday because last Monday we were right in the midst of the move and well, I just didn’t have the time to write something up before hand!  Things got a little crazy as would be expected the weekend of the move.  Leave it to me to make it even crazier by having a Moving PARTY on 11:11:11 the night before we got and loaded the truck.  We did it though and it was worth it to say goodbye to friends and family who made it over to our box filled home.  And at 11:11 we did make a toast of farewell to our friends and a wish for happy new beginnings.

Saturday started out quite well with the expected friends showing up to help us all through the day.  About mid-day though we began to realize there was a strong possibility not everything would fit on the truck.  My husband had spent some time the previous week taking measurements of boxes and furniture and drawing up a rough schematic but despite all that it seemed clear it wasn’t going to work!  The BIG problem was that the truck was about 1′ shorter than expected.  That might not seem like much but over a 26′ truck length it adds up and most packing boxes are made to fit in certain size trucks a specific way.  If we had that extra space we could have packed the truck a bit more efficiently but trust me, they packed the truck without an inch to spare.  FYI, this truck said it would hold a 5 BR capacity which is nonsense!  Our house was approximately 1600 sq. feet and three BR’s but only one BR worth of BR furniture (office, tools, art studio and other normal household furniture).

In the midst of my almost moving meltdown I had to run out to a eye Dr. apt and thank god for my friends and mom who stayed behind diligently packing and cleaning at the house.

It was actually very good for me to step away for a bit to put things in perspective.  My mom gave me some great advice that day and as simple as it is it’s worth remembering.  Everything takes time!  So I just tried to remember that for the remainder of the time it took to load what we could.  Sunday AM we had planned to leave around 9 but because not everything fit we had to make some last minute trips to drop stuff off to be donated and stored.  We also threw and gave things away that we hadn’t originally planned to but nothing that we can’t live without after all, it’s just stuff!

With the house empty and cleaned we finally hit the road for our 8+ hour drive at 4:30PM.  The drive was slow with my husband driving the big truck and me in my car.  It ended up taking us 11 hours but we made it safely and boy was I happy to see palm tree’s and Spanish moss!  Somehow after only 4 hours of sleep we got up and unloaded the truck into our storage bin with the help of my husband’s parents and one kind neighbor friend.  It took 5 hours to pack with 10 people helping and only 1.5 hours to unpack with 5 people.

What a relief to have it all unloaded and in storage now.  The next phase of our life involves living in a furnished home for about 3 months with a minimum of our belongings.  We can run down to our storage unit and get things as we need them but when we packed we selected the items we would need and had them mostly accessible from the time we arrived.  We are on our own now and are nesting in our new, temporary home.  I’ve spent the last several days cleaning because despite the fact that this is a clean house, I guess I just need to put my own mark on it.  I’m also feeling a little lost since we are not in our final destination so this is my way of making it feel like our home.  We re-arranged furniture and have cleaned, unpacked and even done some cooking here.  As you can see by this post, I’m also starting to get back into the swing of my old routines…integrating the old with the new.

One new routine I’m loving so far is walks on the beach every day!

How do you get settled into a new place?  What is nesting like for you?

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November 11, 2011

Farewell Friday

by heatherkp

I’ve been thinking a lot about all the people, places and unique aspects of my life in Maryland.  This area is dear to me for so many reasons, a little list of what I will miss the most follows.

  • All the amazing and FREE Museums in DC just a short metro ride away.
  • The beautiful autumn colors in the trees along with brisk cool weather alternating with Indian Summer.

  • My parents, best friends and new friends made over the past 6 years.
  • Being a short train ride (or drive) away from NYC and my brother.
  • The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

  • Blue crabs!!!

  • Cultural diversity, I look around at my neighborhood, people in their cars, in the grocery stores etc and love all the differences.
  • Rolling hills leading to the Shenandoah and Appalachian mountains.
  • Fantastic food like my favorite vegetarian Indian restaurant, Madras Palace,( just 5 min’s from my house), Addies, Clydes and Benjarong to name a few.
  • Living History all around.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • The Master Gardener program.  I’ve met and been inspired to learn so much more about gardening from this talented group.
  • Some great Yoga and Nia instructors and fellow class mates!  I’ve grown, stretched and danced my way to better fitness.

Oh, I’m sure there is more but these are some of the things I’ve been really trying to soak in over the past weeks as we prepare to leave.  There is one thing here I will not miss, the increasingly horrible traffic!

I’ll miss you Maryland but I’ll be back!

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November 7, 2011

Moving Monday::1 Week to Go!

by heatherkp

We are really in the final days before moving now!  I can’t believe I began writing about this move 6 weeks ago (or maybe a bit more?).  This has been a really bittersweet time with the prospects of the future ahead and making our dreams come true but also saying goodbye to two members of our family household that we will miss more than we can say.  Both Tai and Leo were our kitties for 17 and 16yrs (respectively) and they were both Maryland kitties with us from the beginning of my husband and I’s relationship.  Maybe it is fitting that we have left them here but they will always be in our hearts and their sweet spirits will live on with us forever.  We are working through some health problems with our youngest kitty, Sachi but she will be coming with us and she is our Savannah kitty so she’s going back to her low country roots.  Thank you  everyone who has offered kind and supportive words of love in this difficult past couple weeks!

We are ready to move forward and we are buckling down to the tasks ahead for the week.  We will pack the remaining items that we will not need in the next few months into boxes and have sorted out those things we will need to come with us in luggage and bins for short term use while we are in our temporary housing for a few months.  Since we will be in this transitional period packing has been that much more challenging, trying to figure out what we will over a 3-4 month period!

This week our agenda includes canceling our utilities, notifying important people and companies of our address change, packing, cleaning and saying goodbyes to friends and family!

It has been a truly spectacular fall here in Maryland and I will miss the rolling hills, fall color and yes I will even miss the snow a little, but it made a sneak appearance for us last weekend as we were packing.  I can say I’m truly getting excited now!  This year began with a focus on finding Clarity and I’ve truly found it by allowing myself to try new things, face my fears and live more boldly.  We created this change in our lives by setting our intentions to live a more fulfilling life and the challenges that have been thrown at us will make us that much stronger! These words by Mary Anne Radmacher sum up how I am living life going forward.

It has been a truly spectacular fall here in Maryland and I will miss the rolling hills, fall color and yes I will even miss the snow a little, but it made a sneak appearance for us last week.

One week from today we will be in South Carolina, just a few minute drive from the beach!  We will be unpacking all our belongings into storage and settling in to a new routine.

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