The Unpacking Continues

I hate living out of boxes.  It makes things feel so transient, chaotic, and cluttered.  When I moved into the old house with Dennis, he had already lived there for about a year and had all the things a home needs.  It was tough for me to get around to unpacking my things, since we didn't really need most of them, and so my crap sat in boxes for the last 11 years.  I acquired new crap and forgot about the old crap.  I don't want that to happen to the new house.  I've been thinking of this move as The Big Purge; a chance to get rid of all the crap I don't need/want/love/use.  So far, we've only brought things that fit in those categories to the new place, and I want to get them out of boxes as quickly as possible.

The first couple of weeks in the new place I did a bang up job of starting the unpacking process (even with a baby).  Every day I made progress, even if it was just one box getting unpacked.  I made sure to set our bed up first thing.  I was determined to have the living room look good for Christmas.  I put as much away in the semi-finished kitchen as possible.  But then I ran out of steam.  Things were comfortable enough even though we still had to dig through boxes every day for clothes, pots and pans, food, and toiletries.

Now I'm getting sick of the boxes and I don't want them to become a permanent part of the landscape.  So I tackled another two boxes yesterday.  The trip I took to the old house was to pick up my sock and underwear dresser and to get a bookshelf for Jack's room.  I was having to dig through a box of unorganized socks and underwear every day.  The box was overflowing, unsightly, and in the way, and I wasn't going to put up with it anymore.

my fancy lingerie box; and stacks of boxes in the hallway

The dresser has similar dimensions as the box, so I though I'd just clean the cobwebs off the dresser and put it right where the box was.  The cats were very interested in helping me clean the dust and cobwebs off the dresser.

I've had this dresser since I was a teenager, and the top is a little worse for wear.  I think I'm going to have to DIY something to it to make it look a little better.  I'm not sure what I want to do yet, though.  I was thinking of painting the top, but I'm just not sure what to paint.  One solid color seems like it would be too heavy, but a pattern or stencil wouldn't cover up the uneven stains.  I have time to figure it out.  Everything is a work in progress around here.

After the dresser was all cleaned up, I moved it into the bedroom where the box had been, but I immediately hated it there.  It stuck out like a sore thumb.  It blocked the doorway and looked chunky and out of place.  And, yes, you can see all the way into the box filled extra bedroom, and yes, that is an overflowing box of clothes to the right of the bedroom door.

I decided the dresser needed to go somewhere else and the only other place in the room was where that overflowing box sat.  So I unpacked that box and moved the dresser into its spot.  What you can't see in any of these pictures, and I can't believe I didn't get a shot of it, is the clothes hamper that sits just to the left of the closet door on the wall the dresser was originally against.  Anyway, once I moved the dresser into its much better spot, the clothes hamper looked really bad against the other wall, so I made room for it next to the dresser.  A new hamper is on my very long list of things for the new house.  Basic white plastic with a Vans sticker on it isn't exactly the refined look I'm going for.  I want less dorm room and more vacation retreat.

This dresser isn't going to live in that spot forever.  I have plans on putting this dresser from Ikea against that wall eventually.  Right now it won't fit because of the co-sleeper attached to my side of the bed.  For now, this works just fine and is way better than that cardboard box.

*I can't believe how green our bedroom walls look in all these pictures.  In real life it's a much darker, grayer green.*


  1. Maybe you could put some nice fabric (with a staple gun) on the top of your dresser.
    I hate moving. It just takes forever until everything is like you want it to be, especially with a baby!

    1. Fabric is a good idea. I hadn't thought of that. For now I may just drape something over the top of it.

  2. One more check on the list! -Aunt Maggie.


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