Hi everyone! So the “big move” happened last Thursday – already a week ago. Everything was packed and brought downstairs ready to go. We were lucky enough to have a good friend come and help us, which was amazing. We loaded the moving truck the night before as we had to catch an early ferry the next day.
There was a little bit of worry at the ferry terminal when we thought hubby, driving the UHaul, wouldn’t get on the ferry. It was pretty full and he managed get on just in time. I think he was the last one to be loaded. Once we were on, we sat on the top deck in the sun and enjoyed the ride.
And then the fun began
We moved approx. 1,100 sq. ft. of stuff into a 650 sq. ft cottage. Yikes!
Looks a bit overwhelming, yes? Well … it was and I think at one stage, I said things like “I hate this house” and “I’m so tired”. But that first day, we set up the bed, a working kitchen
and the couch
And called it a day. I think there was Vodka involved 🙂
That evening after supper, we sat on the beach and watched the sun go down. That, alone, made it all worth it.
Over the next few days, we slowly organized everything. We said a lot of things like “Where did I put the ______?” and “Do you know where the _______ is?” Eventually the entry way went from chaos to this
Where we can at least find our coats and shoes. It still needs a rug which we’ll buy at the end of the month, and a good clean – maybe tomorrow 🙂
The living room was smaller than I thought. Waaaay smaller. For two days, I stressed over the layout. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to arrange a tiny space like this. It needed to be functional and look good at the same time. We got it right in the end, but not before hubby had to listen to much wailing and gnashing of teeth on my part!
As you can see, I lost my beloved coffee table, but it’s in storage, so not gone completely.
The pantry had to be reorganized. In our old house, there was room in the kitchen cupboards for spices and sauces (vinegars, soy sauce and the like), but not so in this little cottage. I tried to cram it all into the pantry, but it ended up looking like this and I couldn’t find anything without moving something out of the way or having something fall!
I had already taken some of the stuff out before I thought about taking a “before” photo.
So I moved one of the green containers of vinegars, soy sauce, etc., to a shelf in the kitchen
And then corralled the same kinds of things into various baskets which made a huge difference
The dining room table had become a catch-all for all the stuff I didn’t know what to do with – mainly ornaments, but I eventually found the home for them
and managed to take back the dining table to eat at
As you can see from the above pricture, our Ikea hack that had been made into a drinks trolley in our old house
had to be repurposed to hold the coffee maker and kettle as our kitchen is so tiny, that there wasn’t room for these things on the almost non-existent counter space. I know that our landlord (who built the cottage) is not married which might explain the kitchen … :(. We’ll also be investing in a kitchen island for more space when we visit Ikea on the 28th.
The bedroom was the easiest, but I had to adjust to doing my hair and make up in there whereas previously, that all happened in the bathroom.
That gnome in the corner is supposed to be a Christmas ornament, but I love him so much, he stays out all year round! 😀
As you can see, there’s no room for hair and make up in this tiny bathroom.
After that, we took a well deserved break and took our dogs to the beach down the road from us
Today, we finished off by tidying up the patio/deck – placing the little birdbath, angels and frog surrounded by the grasses we bought a couple of months ago
And we moved the sun-loving plants to a sunny spot
Moved some stuff onto a shelving unit
and hung up some other stuff
Then we sat back and admired our handywork!
So far, so good! So much to explore.
Talk to you soon