If there’s one thing I hate more than packing, it’s unpacking. Almost three weeks into the new house, and we’re slowing down on the unpacking. Mostly because the house is functional “enough”, but there are boxes everywhere still and it’s starting to drive me nuts having them around.
All of the kitchen stuff is unpacked and put in the kitchen, but I just shoved stuff in the pantry, so it needs a bit of organizing. I gave in and ordered two Elfa door “systems” for the spices. The pantry was too deep and the spices kept getting lost – and I really missed my spice racks from our old house.
I still hate that the pantry has the open metal shelving – anything small tends to fall through or over. We picked up some shelf liner to help, but I haven’t emptied the pantry to put it in yet. We also made the mistake of putting packing tape on all of our plastic containers, now we’ll be scrubbing them with Goo Gone for the rest of our days
There are more pressing things than the pantry, everything fits, and we can (mostly) find things when we need them.
We still have a lot of stuff just hanging out on kitchen counters though because it doesn’t have a new home yet.
We added honeycomb blinds to the house. I *highly* recommend blinds.com – awesome customer service. I got one blind with a frayed string, called them up the next day and they shipped me a new one, no need to return the old one. They’re also quite easy to install at least with their “interior mount” option – four pilot holes with the drill, screw in four screws into the window frame, and then the blinds just pop into the mounting brackets. Also, relatively inexpensive for the honeycomb cordless that you can also pull down from the top: ~$85 for a 36×60 window.
The only room that I feel is really done is our master bath. Since my office is off the master bedroom and it’s not close to being done (I’ve opened exactly 1 box in it), the master is still questionable as well. We’ve put aside 4 boxes to be donated/sold and continually add to it. I have one box set aside for Daughter Person’s toys that she has grown out of, and our friends with a 1 year old get first rights of refusal on that box.
This weekend, We’re borrowing my uncle’s truck to go pick up our storm door, some more metal shelving from Costco, another trip to IKEA for a bookcase and a grandfather clock from our friends. We’ll also be loading our old freezer on it to go to my uncle’s. We bought a larger one, and they’re taking the older one off our hands – it’s currently in the garage (another “room” we’ve barely touched in the unpacking…). If I can get my car in the garage by winter, I’ll be a happy person.