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12/7/14 9:45 A

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Update on our progress:

Only 15 or so boxes left to unpack! (originally 150 boxes)

Curtains in the back were hung a few weeks ago, we ordered curtains for the front window. They arrived last week and TODAY we could hang up those curtains on the front window in the living room! It looks lovely.

Cleaned the curtains in the kitchen.
Last week I unpacked and removed 2 or 3 boxes.
DH hung up a lamp.

Cleaned the light switches in the basement.

Hung up the towel holder, finally!!!! in the bathroom, what a difference it makes.

Entry: DH painted the walls and placed most of the wooden floor. He is working so hard!

And he placed a cover on the empty electricity socket in living room




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11/22/14 1:11 P

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What we got done:

LIVING ROOM:
* hang curtains window in the back
* ordered curtains in the front

KITCHEN:
* clean curtains
* hang lamp

BASEMENT:
* clean door and light switches

ENTRY:
* paint the walls - half way done today
* stairs were painted last week by a professional painter

BEDROOM nr. 2:
* unpack about 35 boxes - unpacked about 5 or 6 boxes I think, putting some of the stuff in boxes we own
* carried several boxes that we own to attick

We also more or less agreed with the mover company that we don't need to hurry up with returning the boxes, we returned about 40 of them a week ago.

In the past week I also managed, while trying to spare my sore feet, to clean the toilet and the floor in the living room, and to tidy and vacuum the bedroom. So some degree of neatness is present! :)

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11/22/14 1:00 P

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Thank you FifiFrizzle! I appreciate the suggestions. That's a good idea about smaller boxes. And about the 15 minutes. Will definitely keep that in mind.
I will look at the list again and post the stuff we got done in the meantime.

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11/22/14 12:07 P

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Good job on listing everything that needs to be tackled!
Wow that is a big task list and you seem decided to push on with the decorating all at once. Is that something you could cut yourselves some slack on given your changed circumstances?

In my experience of moving houses, if I made a list ( I have a house book) I was amazed at how much seemed just to get done without me really consulting the list, so I think you have made a great start.

Thinking of your boxes, the advice with paperwork is to handle it only once. I think this might go for the boxes, too. Can you buy yourself some time by explaining your situation to the movers and asking for an extension before they come to pick up the boxes? That might take some pressure off.
As for DH's back, maybe as you repack the boxes that need to go to the attic (stuff you really need to keep, of course) you could repack the boxes with less stuff in them so they are lighter. Perhaps if you eant big full boxes up there DH could combine the boxes when they are in the attic. Though if the stuff is ever comng down again, which I presume it is, or why would you store it, perhaps more but smaller boxes is a better plan?

Regarding unpacking, how about you start with the boxes of things you are actually going to use, and put them in their place. As you unpack, decide whether you really need and want the item, and if you don't, put it in a bag to discard, or one to gift to Goodwill. Forget about a garage sale, just bless yourself by getting it out of your house. Most of this can be done sitting down.
Flylady says you can do anything for 15 minutes, so do 15 minutes then go spend 15 on the computer, then another 15 on the boxes, and so on.
I agree with the plan to get one room done at at time and the rooms you should tackle are the ones you use most. Get your kitchen, living, bedroom and entrance way into order, then the bathroom, and everything else can surely wait until you are ready to take it on.

I've been neglecting the housework lately to focus on the garden. I hate it when the floors are dirty but not enough to vacuum when I need to get out there and at it! The housework will still be there. And in between proper cleans, I give everything a quick lick, wipe the basin when I use it, similarly, clean the toilet when I am in there anyway, fold a few pieces of laundry when I go into the bedroom for something else. Picking away at things, suddenly they are done.

Hope this helps!

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11/15/14 3:21 P

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Thanks for the support! I appreciate it. I feel less alone because of this thread.

My husband has put a curtain in place in the back of the living room, we then realized we first need to put in the window sill before we can add the other 'half'.
We went to the store and ordered a curtain for the front of the living room yesterday - they will be delivered in 3 -4 weeks. So just before Christmas. emoticon
My husband also fixed the lowest step of the stairs to enable the painter to do his job on monday.
We also went to a store to get carpet tiles for the attick, but sadly they were so expensive that we won't get any, we will instead use an old carpet that we still have.

I like the idea of hiring a teenager... the son of a friend helped us before. But... we had better try to save money for the time being. However if push comes to shove maybe we will ask that friend's son to come help us and carry stuff upstairs for a few hours.

So, thanks to DH a few things got knocked off the list. I set an intention to next week try to do at least one or two boxes per day: that means, emptying the boxes as they need to go back to the mover's company and put the stuff in boxes we got. Once it's in the new box maybe my husband can carry them up the stairs to the attick.


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11/14/14 10:59 P

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Sounds like a mini remodel as well as a move in. Perhaps pay a teenager to help since they are cheap and you have a detailed list of tasks to assign.

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11/13/14 3:22 P

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My goodness - I feel overwhelmed just looking at your list.

But I must say, your list is very organized and I'm sure that means that you'll be able to organize all these tasks and get everything done. emoticon

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11/13/14 11:24 A

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Made a list of stuff that needs to get done (related to the move).
I must say that looking at it I feel my spirit sink; it's so much and so much of it I cannot do now with the pain in my foot. And a lot of chores must be done by my husband, who also has to work every weekday and who has back aches....
I suggested to him today to try to work room by room from now on. So first finish the living room and then the kitchen, and so on.
In the meantime I'm very lucky if I can just keep the living room and the kitchen clean... tried to vacuum today and it went well BUT now my foot hurts a lot more, so I think I did too much.

LIVING ROOM:
* create second window sill
* cover electricity socket in living room
* hang curtains window in the back
* order and hang curtains in the front

KITCHEN:
* clean curtains
* unpack and remove 2 or 3 boxes
* tidy the room
* hang curtain in front of cupboard
* hang lamp

BASEMENT:
* Clean stairs
* clean door and light switches
* vacuum / sweep floor
* mop the floor

BATHROOM:
* Empty cupboard and remove it
* Paint ceiling
* hang different curtain
* replace cupboard

ENTRY:
* paint the walls
* place stair mats
* place wooden floor

HALL upstairs:
* Paint the walls
* Finish carpet
* Wallpaper and paint inside built-in closet

BEDROOM nr. 2:
* unpack about 35 boxes from bedroom nr. 2: pack the stuff that is in the boxes (owned by movers) into other boxes (owned by us)
* or give it a place in the cupboards.
* carry the boxes owned by us to attick
* carry furniture in bedroom nr. 2 to attick.
* paint ceiling in bedroom nr. 2 (two times)
* wallpaper bedroom nr. 2
* paint wallpaper in bedroom nr. 2
* place wooden floor in bedroom nr. 2
* hang lamp and curtain in bedroom nr. 2
* Wallpaper and paint inside built-in closet

BEDROOM NR. 3
* Clear the room of materials and other stuff
* paint ceiling (twice)
* wallpaper
* paint wallpaper
* place carpet
* hang lamp and curtain

ATTICK:
* Place carpet tiles
* Put boxes in place
* Divide the front room using curtains (order or make curtains)
* create a shutter above the stairs
* ? create a door between the two rooms

Next summer or so:
* paint the inside of front and back door and paint outside of front door,.
* Remove tree in front yard
* Plant fruit tree and flowers in back yard

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I think that at the very least while your foot is healing, you need to enlist your husband.

Break down your daily chores, weekly chores, and your list of things to do after moving. Put a star by the most important things to do, then break the chores down by room, in order of how they should be done. Figure out what your husband has to do, figure out what the best things for your limited mobility are, then divide up the rest fairly. Maybe a ratio of 2:1? Split your daily and weekly chores the same way.

In the meantime, put some of those things to do off your master list on your daily "to do" list. It'll get done eventually. :)

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11/13/14 9:37 A

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I am with you about hiding on the computer. I "escape" way to much that way.

I am in the middle of major home improvement (tiling half the house) and am feeling overwhelmed too. small projects sound like a great way to start.

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11/13/14 7:38 A

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Thank you for thinking with me! Yes, these ae good ideas.

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11/13/14 5:30 A

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Hi, I just got back on SP after being away for a year. Moving is an overwhelming experience. You do need to break up moving in, into smaller bits. One thing you can do as you move in is to Sit (since your feet are injured) with a box and sort through its contents and determine what you no longer need. You can ask your husband to move one or two boxes to a location where you can have access to go through them, as well as an empty box to donate, and a trash bag to toss. Or if you want to have a garage sale sometime in the Spring, to mark a Box garage sale and price the items now that you put in it so you are all ready to have one. I hope you can use these few suggestions.

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11/13/14 3:11 A

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I moved one month ago. To be honest I feel quite overwhelmed by all that still needs to be done. We still have two bedrooms that need to be decorated except they're filled with boxes and materials, a basement that needs thorough cleaning and painting, an attick that is now filled with boxes and there is nothing on the concrete floor in the hall and the upstairs hallway. Plus of course some curtains and lamps still need to be hanged.
Our living room and bedroom are more or less okay, we can use them and they're no longer full of boxes. The kitchen is a work in progress.
In the meantime I have asked too much of my feet so one foot hurts a lot and the doctor says that it will take 4 to 6 weeks to heal, using it only in a limited way. It means I have a hard time just doing the regular daily / weekly things, like washing the dishes and tidying the living room and cleaning the bathroom, kitchen and such.
I feel rather alone with all this because my husband works most days and there's no family or friends who can help me. (Some aren't willing, others are willing but not able to help because of health problems they have).

I'm trying to get a perspective on how to move forward. I feel a tendency to get depressed and 'hide' on the PC and just let things be, but I hope to avoid that.
So I thought I'd post about it here. I could try to make a list of the chores here and try to break it up in smaller bits that I CAN do every day. And update it when I did a chore maybe, if I dare.

I would really appreciate some insights, encouragement, tips.



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