I had several comments last week wishing me well on the big unloading day and I'd like to thank you all for that. So far, it has been great.
Well, just as expected, this was the scene out front Thursday morning.
After a hot morning and afternoon, they left around 3:30 after unloading everything and putting the furniture back together. My husband sat the whole time in the garage, checking off the numbers of the items on the inventory and telling the guys where to put the items. I stayed in the house and when they brought the things in, I told them where it really went! I'm sorry, but my husband is pretty clueless about where things go! Anyway, we all had a good time, but it was hot, hot, hot. I did some unpacking during the process--emptying 6 boxes so they could take the empties away. Once they left, I realized that our house was full of "aloha." (See how all the boxes have Aloha on them?)
I'm not going to give the whole, boring lowdown of unpacking, but decided that my axioms will cover things nicely--I'm not claiming that these are all original, but after 13 military moves in 22 years, I feel a bit qualified to offer these up.
1. It doesn't matter what is marked on the box, or where it is placed. It is a solid fact that the first boxes opened will contain the most useless, un-necessary junk that you own. It is never some glasses, or a trash can that you first come across, instead it is a box full of the junk that you didn't even use at the last house and you thought you donated before moving.
2. Let's say that you have "missed" or cannot find something. Something essential that you really need. Like the dryer vent tube. (An item that I think logically should have been placed inside the dryer for transport--a fact that my husband disagreed with) You open and search as much as possible but in desperation you go an buy a new one. It is a solid fact that the very next box that you open will contain the missing item.
3. It is a solid fact that you will always unpack the items first, rather than the container. For instance, I had this mess all over the kitchen counter for hours while I looked for the crock that they go in.
4. It is a solid fact that the item that gets broken in the move, or that you break while unwrapping is not the crappy, cheap version of the item, but always the nice version. I have maybe three nice wineglasses that I bought or received as gifts, and about 20 that were some souvenir from a military ball, and it was the nice one that broke. That is why I have 3. It used to be 8, but I've made lots of moves. This is also true with damages. Years ago, we moved from Arizona to Georgia and the truck encountered a tropical storm. Did the rain leak onto the 28 book boxes full of my husband's work papers that I've been wanting him to get rid of for years? (He never looks at them, just collects more) or even something that could be washed and dried and rescued? No, it leaked on our newest furniture...
5. It is a solid fact that the boxes of items that belong somewhere specific will be piled in such a way that you cannot get access to that specific place. For example, books and the bookcase or china and the china cabinet.
And finally, but usually occurring in every move:
6. If you really cannot find an item and think it was lost or stolen, it is a solid fact that said item will be located in a box of Christmas decorations. For instance I had most of the house unpacked and while working in my quilt room (I left this for last to give me motivation to get the whole house done) I realized that I was missing a piece of furniture! It was a cabinet that I used with my desk (in our last house, the house was equipped with two "tech centers" which were desk areas made with a countertop.) It was nowhere. I searched, my husband searched and I was ticked. We haven't had anything stolen before and we couldn't figure out how they could abscond with a piece of furniture! I had three more boxes (in the whole house!) left to open and so I decided to tackle this one.
The box is labeled X-mas Deco. It is also labeled with the name "Mann" which isn't our name, but since the rest of our Christmas decorations were there, I decided to open the box to see what was inside. (All the others are in tubs--and I couldn't remember what would be wrapped in a box.) I slit open the box and this is what I saw.
Anyway, as of Sunday, all the boxes are empty and some order has been achieved. Not much, but some. It was a very hot, sweaty, tiring, sore 4 days, but it is so nice to finally be getting settled!