Monday, October 08, 2007

The Exact Opposite of Wanting to Shop

...trying to cram more 200+ boxes worth of crap in to our new apartment that has about 1/2 of the storage space of our place in Mexico.

Long time no blog. Sorry about that. When moving, I am not the type of person to do a little each day. I must have it all done NOW. So I've been working like a dog for a week now to unpack and organize the stuff from the 200+ boxes. I think I even got up one day at 5:15 am (if you know me, you know that I never get up that early unless it's to catch a flight). It is far from perfect, but at least there are only a handful of boxes left.

It was great to be reunited with all of our beloved stuff, but wow, what a pain. After waiting almost 3 months for the stuff, you start to wonder how much you really need your stuff after all.

Here's Pedro in his exi-saucer thing (I'm glad we got it before he was too big for it!):

Even though we found a bigger apartment than the one we had when we arrived in Brazil, we are still lacking lacking in the space department. I feel like I'm in college again, hunting for any little unoccupied space that I may be able use.

Poor Pedro's shower was the first causality of the Stuff War:

Then the space under his crib:

And I completely took over his closets, adding some new shelves where we could:

And here is the last of my space that I am keeping available for stashing secret stuff:

We are feeling fairly settled. The apartment is great-the best part is the roof that is a big deck with an awesome view of the lake and the Christ the Redeemer statue (tiny little thing on top of that mountain):

Aapartment was partially furnished and they left their piano!!! I have wanted a real live piano since I was a little girl and have never had one!!!

Now I only have to finish those last few boxes and I can sit down and practice!


Anonymous said...

Way to go! I cannot think of anyone getting excited about a "secret space"! I salute you...6 months after we got our stuff, I still have about 5 unpacked boxes!

Have fun playing the piano!

nikko said...

Your new apartment looks so great. Good for you for getting it all unpacked in a week!

We're in de-junking mood around here, and I know what you mean about not wanting more STUFF.

Good luck!

Janice said...

Congrats! I still have boxes in the basement from our move 4 years ago!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great apartment. I love the deck and the view. I hope you get your boxes unpacked soon. I still have a few to do myself. I am totally burned out on boxes.

utmommy said...

I have to have it done NOW too. I can't live out of boxes while I slowly put things away. I know just how you feel.

We love our new house, but we are totally lacking in the storage area. One of the bedrooms doesn't even have a closet. We've become quite creative.

Glad you are feeling settled.

Unknown said...

I know all about living in a small space with little storage! Pedro has his own shower...did I read that right? Good luck finding space for the rest of your things. :-) I'm always organizing and de-cluttering around here.

Super Happy Girl said...

Piano. Luuucky.
Hey, what kind of secret stuff? :)

Gabriela said...

Maine mom: yep, all the bedrooms have bathrooms-the master has 2!!! Poor maid.

NCS: like candy and stuff that my little ant/children will find in any normal hiding spot.

UTmommy: storage area is SO important I am learning!

Itybtyfrog: I have "box-burn-out" also. It feels like they are multiplying.

Janice: at least you have a basement-I would love somewhere to stick unwanted stuff!

Nikko: My maid has taken home so much of our extra stuff. It's amazing how much stuff one person (or 6 people!) collect in a year.

K-squared's mom: I'm a sure your boxes are hidden away neatly-your house always looks great!

Anonymous said...

Argh. Moving is such a pain. But yay for the piano!

Kristine said...

I have a friend who moves often and she always ends up downsizing both before and after the move. The less you have, the easier it is to unpack.
I know when we moved here 4 years ago, the first 3-5 weeks before our stuff came was HEAVENLY. We had so little and everything had its place.
It's nice to know that you are okay...and mostly settled.
Enjoy your piano!

Deannna - Younique Presenter said...

wow! that is a lot of diapers!! the new place looks nice. moving frequently has definitely kept me from being a pack rat or buying things we dont' really need. I can't wait to buy stuff I don't really need when we plan on living somewhere for more than just a couple of years!

Nettie said...

You are living within view of an historic world wide known monument. That is pretty cool!

Almost being done unpacking is even cooler, though!

Special K ~Toni said...

You definitely are a pro at this! Great views!

Darci said...

Wow you have an awesome view. I remember those apartments so well.

marine's words said...

WOW!!what a view I love it!!I have always wanted to vist Brazial,I know I never will but at least I get to see it through your blog.And how lucky can a girl get to have such a cute driver,I need one of those.Blessing,in the USA,marina