THE MOVE

June 14, 2012

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was to see the moving van pull up to our apartment building. We had done all of our own packing but it was now up to the three strong, young men who came in the van to do the schlepping to our new place.

The move is over but the downsizing still goes on. In the end I had over estimated the size of our new place and we brought far too much ‘stuff’ with us. Now we are really going to have to pare down to the necessary essentials.

Only a few things got broken but every little bit helped to make decisions about what had to ‘go’.

That first night in our new place had a familiar ring as we searched the channels of our new cable company looking for the Yankee baseball station. We settled in amongst the packed boxes, took a deep breath, filled our wine glasses and watched a couple of innings before collapsing in our new bedroom.

Though we began to unpack the boxes the first day that we arrived in our apartment, that next morning we began in earnest. I didn’t bother to count the boxes nor begin to tie them into bundles until they stacked up so high we could no longer get through the hallway and into the kitchen.

The process went quickly though after we got the hang of it. I really much preferred the unpacking to the drudgery of packing with all the wrapping and securing and labeling that had gone on in the previous weeks. Now it was like opening presents at a birthday party.

One of the first places that I focused on was my study. In the old place I had an entire room to myself. My study had previously been my daughter’s bedroom that I’d converted into my sanctuary. Now in the new apartment I have a seven-foot wall, the area off our new kitchen that would be my designated space. We slipped in my old desk into an area between bookshelves not far from the terrace door. I love my new office space and now all I have to do is find a small but comfortable chair.

That first full day of unpacking gnawed away at any reserved energy we had, but we were elated that the move had finally happened. And then that night we sat back and watched an amazing sunset.

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8 Responses to THE MOVE

  1. eric.parker@gmail.com on June 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Fabulous article Marge
    Especially loved shots of the van and your desk
    And. Of course the beautiful sunset with water towers
    Eric

  2. thelma straw on June 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

    My goodness, I’m exhausted just reading this!!!But so glad for your family you are there with new paint and hundreds of new vistas to explore in the new phase of life!
    The chairs on sale at Staples are great for desk chairs- esp. the ones that roll around.And the price is good. Try them – you’ll like them!! Thelma on the other side of the park in Gotham’s Jungle!!!!!

  3. Sharon on June 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Happy for you that the move is finally done.

  4. Jeri on June 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    You could have gone into business with all those boxes! Wow – what a job. Thanks for sharing in words and photos your experience. I really enjoyed it.

  5. Chloe C on June 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    whew! Looks so nice. I know from a previous move about the purging after moving thing.
    My move is still in limbo, I am in Florida, but will not be staying. There is drama and trauma with others that I cannot write about, so will catch you up when I land.
    It has been very sweet to watch your move, I wish I could have posted about my parallel move.
    Wishing you more sunsets and productive work in your new space. Chloe

  6. SUSAN MCCOCKRAN on June 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I’m so glad that you are now in your new place !! Love the part about,”more like unwrapping
    presents”. I’ve enjoyed your journey !! Thanks for sharing it with us. Susan

  7. Petra on June 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Only too good that you had a sunset to lift up your spirits
    after a hard day of work.
    I did that many many times in my life, 8 or 9, I don´t recall exactly and covering
    really big distances between one city and the other. I was very young but still,
    it was exhausting each time.
    However, when everything is organized and you start a completely new life, it
    is rewarding, really. It is a way to get in touch with very old things you had already
    forgotten, making you travel in time and on the other hand, it is easier to
    make plans for the future regarding space and all, as you are now aware of every little bit
    that surrounds you.
    Best wishes, Margaret. I am sure that you will be very happy in your new home.
    Petra
    (always so sorry for my bad English)

  8. Maila Cadd on June 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Congratulations on the move !! By now you are probably more settled. I loved the pictures and reminder that someone else will have to deal with all my stuff because this is our LAST move. I will think of you often as I pass the desk in my hall because it is just like yours but used to store ribbons and wrapping paper. Sometime email your new address for our RHS records. Cheers to you and your new home and surroundings.
    XOXO Maila

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