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by Meghann on September 10, 2014

I went for a run this morning.

A short run (only two miles) and a slow run (Maddie and I averaged a whopping 12 min/mile thanks to our run/stop and sniff method), but it was a good run. The last time I ran was the morning of my final ultrasound, so there was a lot of pent up emotion. I needed this run to help with part of my healing process. I’m not looking to train for something big or quickly build up any speed or endurance, I just need to get out there to reestablish some sort of normalcy. Running is part of who I am and if you take that away from me, I’m lost.

It was also my first run in my new neighborhood. While I was up in New Jersey this weekend for work, Derek moved our entire lives with the help of some friends and family (thanks, Mom and Dad!).


Let me tell you, I hated not being there, but it was the only weekend that worked for the move. My mom sent regular updates via texts and phone calls so I could be kept up to date. I couldn’t wait to head home to my new home and start settling in.

Of course, I currently have no idea where anything is.


Boxes. Everywhere. And we didn’t think to label any of them. I spent 15 minutes this morning looking for a bottle of lotion before giving up. I also couldn’t find the strapless bra I wanted to wear. Where the heck did it go? My clothes are strewn everywhere, bathroom stuff is in 5 different boxes, and our kitchen has no food, but I love it. I love our new home.

My mom put a lot of our kitchen stuff away Saturday night. We were bursting at the seams in our last kitchen – the cabinets were overflowing and I kept a lot of stuff in the garage to save space. When I checked the cabinets last night at our new place – half of them were still empty! The amount of cabinet space is crazy. I’m already in heaven.


We also have carpet in our bedroom! I HATED the tile in our last place. HATED, HATED, HATED IT. I think tiling the whole house in a Florida thing – and many apologies in advance to anyone who loves tile throughout the house – but I’m just not a fan. Granted we still have tile in the living room (a project we’re saving for a later date), but I’m thankful we have carpet in the bedroom now. It was almost luxurious to get out of bed last night and step on carpet. My footsies appreciated it so much, I wanted to drop to the floor and give the carpet a big ole hug.

I’m also loving having windows for the first time (our old place only had one tiny window in the kitchen and a sliding glass door), a large garage, and all the extra bedrooms. I finally feel like there’s space to spread out. The house was worth the wait.

We have family in town this weekend and then I work next weekend, so we’re hoping to finally start to piece the new house together in October. Did we pick a busy time to move or what? Sigh. Still worth it. I can live with all the boxes, as long as I get my carpet in the bedroom. 😉

How long after you moved did you have everything unpacked? A week? A month? A year?

1 Bree September 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

With my mom being military, and us moving pretty much all of my life, I’d say I’m a pro mover by now. Give me a weekend and more than likely I’ll have the entire house unpacked. I once moved in on a Friday evening and by Sunday afternoon everything was in it’s place. I just can’t stand not being able to find anything! ha

2 Stacy September 10, 2014 at 8:14 am

We’re moving this winter from our first place (apartment) to our first home as homeowners.

I think we’ll hire movers and try to have things unpacked within a weekend, but I’m sure for the next several we’ll have small projects like hanging up pictures, etc.

We’re building, and we actually paid extra to not have carpet! I don’t like it because my cats shred it.

Enjoy the new place.
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3 MIranda September 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

I’m embarrassed to admit… 3 years…

4 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona September 10, 2014 at 8:43 am

I never realize how much stuff I have til I have to pack and unpack it during a move.

Even if you still have boxes for a couple weeks, at least you’re in your new place.
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5 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 10, 2014 at 8:44 am

ALWAYS label what’s in a box! 😉
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6 Lesley September 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

Good luck with the unpacking. I’m the type where I have to unpack everything that first weekend and breakdown the boxes. I’m still in apartment living so I need all the space available. I’m exhausted by the end of it but I don’t have to trip over anything.
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7 Sabrina September 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

I took the day I moved and the day after off. Everything was unpacked and away by the end. Trig can’t deal with clutter or unfinished projects, so he pushed us hard until it was all done. I was pissed at the time, but so grateful when everything was neat and organized by the end of the second day.

Can’t wait to see pics of this new home!!
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8 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 10, 2014 at 9:35 am

Glad you got out there for a run <3

I have a distinct feeling that it's going to take us a loooong time to actually get everything settled into our new house. I am really looking forward to spreading out though. Our kitchen cabinet space is significantly greater too!
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9 Molly Rose September 10, 2014 at 9:56 am

Even though you prob felt a little bad not being able to help with the move …. kind of the best part to miss out on!! And please there are still projects we want to work on in our condo we’ve lived in for 2 years 🙂
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10 Tricia September 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

I try to unpack everything that is necessary right away but the rest usually takes a week or two. I’m my last place, some things never got unpacked! Eeeekkk!

11 Rachel September 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

Oh boy, when we moved into our house a couple of years ago, we were so intent on getting everything done THAT WEEKEND. Now that we’ve been there almost 2 years, we are still moving things from place to place, and I realize how silly it was for us to worry about getting it done so quickly. Your new home will be a constant work in progress (in the BEST way possible!) so don’t worry about getting it all done now! Congratulations, and OH BOY your feet will LOVE that carpeted bedroom when it gets chilly! 🙂

12 kathy September 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

we live in mexico in teh tropics (which i assume is very similar to florida in temperature) and noone uses rugs here – mainly because that is a great breeding ground for bugs, roaches and mold. tile is MUCH cleaner.

13 Kristen @ Glitter and Dust September 10, 2014 at 10:54 am

I know that feeling of looking at a room full of boxes and not knowing where to begin. I am one of those people who has to unpack at least the basics and necessities before I can move on with my life. My husband and I moved into our place a year and a half ago and still have decor and art that is collecting dust in the closet/storage. It took us about a month to feel “at home.” We had a lot of furniture to buy, which was a process.
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14 goldie September 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

Atta girl. Get stuck in. I kept checking in on the site daily (rather than every few days!) as I was a little worried. Stay busy. You’re an inspiration.muchlove. Xxx
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15 Leah September 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

So happy for you guys!! Good luck with the unpacking.. give it some time and you will get is all done 🙂

16 Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy September 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

Ah, you reminded me about next morning cross country runs tomorrow morning 🙂
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17 Natalie @ Free Range Human September 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

Isn’t it funny how different people are? We’re just about to tear up all the carpet in our house! Congratulations on the new home!
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18 Stephanie September 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Ive been in my new apartment for 2 months and I still have SO many unpacked boxes….and an empty living room….so you’re definitely not the only one. 🙂

Congrats on the new house!

19 jackie September 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Congrats girl! How do you like the route for running in the new neighborhood? Good for you for getting out there! 🙂

20 Vanessa September 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Congrats on the move! So happy for you! Good luck with the unpacking. Last time I moved, I was unpacked in two days… But I’m an extremely uptight packer so am very organised when I pack and label everything AND my boyfriend was out of town on a long-term contract so I didn’t have to negotiate as to where everything went. 😉
Enjoy your new place! xo

21 Rachel September 10, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I thought I would be the only one to take this long, but we still had boxes after three years too!

22 Goldie September 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Ps more pool pictures!!!xx

23 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

My husband and I have been together 7 years and have moved four times! Ugh, I hate moving. Luckily we knew to label our boxes, but we definitely had some that were labeled “stuff & things” or “heavy crap.” We usually try to get the big stuff unpacked in the first week so we can relax.

Good luck getting to that point where you can relax and enjoy your new home!
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24 Katie K. September 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I unpacked my last box (hand-me-down glassware) about 4 years after moving into my studio apartment. The contents of that final box ended up going Good Will a few days later. 😉

25 Leana September 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

My husband and I moved into our new home at the end of June. It was terrible timing because I was right in the middle of peaking for Ironman Boulder. We still have a long ways to go with unpacking boxes (don’t venture into the basement or office!) but it feels like home for sure.

Congratulations on your new home together!! Happy unpacking!
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26 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I think we finally opened the last box about 2 years after moving… so don’t rush! 😉
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27 Mrs. Swan September 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Asthma= no carpet typically. As soon as we got rid of our carpet (who knows how old it was-ick) hubby’s asthma inhaler usage dropped dramatically. Yeah for new homes and getting out of the dirty work. LOL
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28 Emily September 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm

One time we moved when our new son was only 2 weeks old. Normally, I’m a very organized and consciences mover that has lists and plans in advance. Not that move. I was so sleep deprived I was just throwing random crap in boxes and didn’t care where they ended up. It was months before I felt like I actually knew where everything ended up! Now my due date for baby #2 is just a week and a half before our lease is up on our apartment, so I know I’m in for the same experience again, this time with an additional toddler in tow! 🙂

It stinks you couldn’t be there for the big move. But at least you have some good helpers to get you settled in!
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29 Haley @ Running with diapers September 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

We’ve been in our new house for two weeks and I’m just starting to feel like I’ve got things somewhat under control. But our garage paints a different picture. It’s filled with boxes that still need to be unpacked. I think I’m just hoping I never need anything from any of them and we can just donate stuff and keep our house clean of unnecessary junk.
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30 Ashley September 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

That must have been tough to not be there but it looks like an amazing new home!
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31 Jess September 11, 2014 at 5:06 am

From getting to the house and being fully unpacked – 6 hours, and that included taking my dad to the airport. I go until it’s done.

32 Mary September 11, 2014 at 7:00 am

It takes so long to pack everything away, but once it’s in it’s the best feeling! It’s a big thing in the UK to have wooden floorboards in the bedrooms, but I love my carpet too much in the morning to go with the ‘in thing’!
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33 Reenie September 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

Yikes!! I can’t imagine no boxes labeled. 😮 HA!! It usually takes me a week to get everything put away and hung up. I’m not a fan of tile in any part of the room except bath, laundry room, and kitchen.

Can’t wait to see pics of your new home. Congrats again!!

34 Sally Kate September 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

It’s the same things that get us through days where you can’t find lotion in the chaos of moving 🙂

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