if i thought that finding a house, securing funding, and buying a house was a lot of tedious never-ending waiting, then moving into a house is a completely different ballgame. we took possession of the house at the beginning of june and finally started sleeping at the house almost 3 weeks later.
right as we were approaching our closing date, we made arrangements with a national moving company to ship our stuff from california to austin. we put a lot of our belongings in storage with some furniture that brandon had inherited from his grandparents. the timing of our move was actually one of the busiest moving times of the year, and california to austin is one of the most popular routes in the country. once the company gave us a date they could pick up our stuff, we had to jump on it and sign all the paperwork quickly, otherwise, we would’ve had to wait until july for our stuff to be picked up. my in-laws were very helpful in arranging to meet with the company for them to survey our storage unit for the estimate and being there on pickup day to sign off on the manifest.
once our items were picked up they were delivered about a week and a half later. the unloading took around 4 hours, and we didn’t honestly have that much stuff. we had no couch, no bed frames. we had a lot of bedroom furniture, multiple nightstands and chests of drawers. we also have multiple end-tables. all of these pieces will be used to furnish our upstairs where we have a loft and 3 guest bedrooms. for the downstairs living room, we purchased a sectional, area rug, and coffee table. in the master bedroom we purchased an entire bedroom set.
as i currently type this, we are partially unpacked, but the majority of our stuff is still in boxes sitting in an upstairs guest bedroom. i try to unpack a little everyday. but it’s hard. our upstairs furniture is not exactly where we want it to be, so i’m hesitant to start unpacking and putting away too much. the upstairs furniture needs to be cleaned and placed where we want it. i’ve been mostly concentrating on unpacking our kitchen supplies. i want to cook at home more. unfortunately, our box labeling was very haphazard. some boxes were clearly labeled “kitchen” while others are not labeled at all so it can be a crapshoot when opening a box. i’m not sure what i’ll find in there.
it’s weird going from a two bed/two bath apartment to a whole house. i’m finding it hard to figure out where to put items. i think about where i had them in our old apartment, a lot of the time things were placed somewhere out of necessity (like when i had a roommate and my stuff had to stay in my room) or lack of space. we do not lack space here in austin, and the whole house is mine to play with and decorate. i simultaneously feel like i have endless space and not enough space.
at the same time i want our house to be tastefully decorated. i read design blogs and i see cute and meticulously decorated homes online. i would like to bring a little bit of that into our new home. i like how our living room is shaping up. i have an idea of a floor lamp i would like, then we have to decorate the mantle above the fireplace. we have a lot of family photos and some pictures we like that would probably go well in here. i don’t consider myself super creative when it comes to home design. i’m not great with out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to choices like colors or textiles or decorative objects. i would love to hire a professional interior designer, but it’s just not in the budget right now.
even though we aren’t all unpacked, the feeling of living in our own home is unbelievable. waking up every morning and knowing that this is my house and i will make it our home is great. whatever i feel about our move to austin dissipates in our house. i know we are a lucky couple to have found such a beautiful house in a good neighborhood and in our price range.