To those who know me personally, they know that I want to get things done as planned. I don’t like having plan B which sometimes is not good because it frustrates me when plan A doesn’t work. Four days from today marks our 3rd week since we moved to our new house. Hence, according to my planner, by now, decorating and organizing should be all done. Surprise, surprise it didn’t happen. I have to admit that I underestimated the time of the hardwood floor installation which took our 1st full week. When we bought the house, it came with carpet- old and musty so we decided to replace it with hardwood floor. In effect as expected of course, it turned out to be perfect. The master bedroom, three bedrooms, receiving area, dining room, living room, and hallway are now covered with beautiful hardwood floor. At the same time, the entryway; kitchen; and three bathrooms have tiles.
In addition, the furniture delivery has taken too long. My husband and I have decided to do our furniture shopping online and assemble one piece at a time to save money. If there’s really one thing that’s upsetting about the long wait is the couch delivery. We are still waiting! Since we came from a small apartment, the furniture that we had are no longer suited in our new house. And therefore, most of them are either sold or donated. Good thing, we kept the sofa bed so at least we have something to sit on in the meantime.
To sum it up, here are the seven things I learned about moving to a new house:
- Be realistic and flexible when planning about decorating and organizing. I learned that the most efficient way of doing this is to attack one room at a time. I know this is easier said than done. Like I mentioned, I like to get things done as planned. Having said that I have the tendency of jumping from one room to another with the anticipation to complete the job ASAP. I have to change my mindset to embrace the one-room-at-a-time strategy.
- Shopping furniture online requires hard work and patience. Although it’s inexpensive to do shopping furniture online, it’s tedious work to assemble each piece. Not to mention, having to clean and get rid of the big and sturdy boxes. But if you’re like me who enjoys doing it -it actually pays off.
- The things we used to have from our small apartment are no longer suited in our new house. This is a good way to make extra cash. We sold some items and donated others that we no longer need. And I found furniture pieces that I can repurpose for our back porch. My DIY genes are kicking in! 🙂
- Our cleaning method has changed. Having hardwood and tiles floor, we now need to change our cleaning method and materials. The vacuum cleaner and pro heat advanced brush cleaning system are out while Swiffer and Bona hardwood floor cleaner are in.
- Quarterly HOA Fees. In our community, the HOA fees cover the pool, tennis court, and playground amenities which my husband and I don’t necessarily use and even when we have the boys join us (hopefully, soon!). I’m pretty sure that the pool usage will most like happen less than ten times a year and the other amenities are most likely zero times. But nevertheless, we love the house so much that we are just okay with it.
- Household expenses are now different. Having four bedrooms and three bathrooms means higher utility bills. Home insurance and home security are now part of our household expenses as well as property taxes. Lawn care is a must! Coming from an apartment complex where everything is taken care of, we are not quite ready to take lawn care as part of our household expenses. But it’s a must!
- Trash and recycling pickup weekly schedule seemed not enough. We used to have trash pickup five days a week and with garbage bins available in the premises anytime, our trash didn’t have to wait. I must say this is where I struggle because I’m a clean freak. And oh, the smell! Can anyone relate to this? Since I don’t like having trash sitting in the garage for a week, I need to have the trash sealed tight. This is to completely make sure that the smell is under control and non-inviting to roaches and other insects.
While I’m writing this, it reminds me that many of us have already moved a few times if not many. Moving is inevitable- whether it’s work related or starting a new phase of life. There will always be list of things that we somehow learned in the process.
What have you learned about moving to a new house? Any tips? I’d love to hear from you.