Have I mentioned how excited I am to move? Or how excited I am for Bryan to be done with his undergrad? I am so excited about it, in fact, that I haven't been in the mood to do crafts lately because (in my head) "we're going to be getting rid of so much stuff soon anyway" and "we're not even going to be here that much longer." Oh, and I've already called two moving companies. And I guess this is all pretty normal for getting ready to move except... we're moving in a year.
Okay, okay, so maybe I'm jumping the gun just a little. But living in a college town for 6 years will do that to you. Especially when, once upon a time, we thought we'd be moving right about this time... until Bryan decided to switch career paths. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm super glad he did. Optometry will be a way better fit for him and hopefully we'll have a bit more mullah that way, but it meant an extra year of pre-optometry classes on top of his regular class load. And, I am happy to report, he's been doing super well.
Anyway, this is all by way of saying that my desire to move has been ripe for quite some time. I find myself thinking things like, "Should we just get rid of this now?" or "I wonder if we'll move with that?" all the time. Literally, last night as I was laying in bed falling asleep I was thinking to myself, "I wonder if we should sell the bed here and get a new one wherever we move to?" But I'm not the only one who's having these thoughts. After my sister moved a couple of months ago Bryan and I literally spent a whole evening listing off all the things we plan to sell when we move. We have already decided on getting rid of the following and just getting new (read: used Craigslist or thrift store stuff) when we get to wherever we're going:
-table and chairs (We have a folding table and chairs we can use until we get a real one again once we get there.)
-sofa (Don't even get me started on our sofa. I want to reupholster it soooo bad, but it's just not worth it.)
-dresser (well, we won't be selling this so much as giving it back to my brother-in-law's family who has been nice enough to let us borrow it for the past couple years)
-bookshelves (Bryan hasn't completely sold me on this yet)
-our red & white checked armchair
-our TV (maybe)
-our plastic Easter eggs (I don't know why, but I think about this one a lot. Totally random.)
-our coffee table that is currently acting as a TV stand (probably)
-the exersaucer (definitely)
-our canopy that we used to use for Farmer's Market that is still in mint condition (anybody want to buy it?)
-and hopefully a lot of other stuff that I'm just not thinking of right now
Things we are definitely taking with us:
-Olivia's highchair that I reupholstered
-my hope chest that doubles as a bench
-the chalkboard easel
-our bed frame (it's just the frame and it's one of those metal ones that can adjust for basically any size bed and breaks down really small for moving)
-my lovely aqua armchair that I love (Unless taking this chair is the difference between having to upgrade to the next bigger size of a moving truck or whatever, this chair is totally coming with us.)
-the big red star (unless Bryan sneaks it out while I'm not looking... which he would get in big trouble for)
-and basically everything else
If you're still reading this, you have my thanks for humoring me thus far. Also, I'd like to ask...
-What tips do you have for me for moving?
-Which moving companies do you like best and why?
-Are you a fan of moving with everything or selling everything and buying new stuff when you get there and why? Which way do you think is cheapest/most cost effective?
-What are your thoughts on driving a moving truck and towing your car vs. driving your car and moving via some moving company that has you load and unload your own stuff, but they drive it for you? (Because I totally have zero desire to drive a moving truck... especially with a little kid.)
-What specific things/furniture items do you recommend getting rid of and then buying again once you get there?
And, because I know you're all going to ask, we have no idea yet where we'll be moving to. It totally depends on where Bryan gets accepted to go to optometry school. But Bryan takes the OAT (the optometry version of the MCAT) next month. (Go over to his blog and wish him luck!) Then we'll be one step closer to moving on in life! Hooray!