all the boxes, all the stuff

22 Sep

I keep swearing we don’t have THAT much stuff.  But I’m really good at lying to myself and others.  But really, I don’t think we have THAT much stuff.

I’m just tired of dealing with it all.

We live in one of those 1960’s homes with the three levels – the main on one side, then five stairs up and five stairs down.  I’ve gotten the main level under control, so the place isn’t a totally embarrassment if someone stops by.  It also gives me one area of calm to look at in the midst of all the chaos of unpacking.

Downstairs?  Well, the family room down there is awful.  I tried working on it Friday, but then let the children use it again, so it’s awful again.  My bedroom is stacks of stuff that need new homes.  The older girl’s room is chaotic, as the movers put stuff in boxes and marked it “toys” when it wasn’t really toys, put boxes that didn’t belong in there into the room, and then there’s the fact that a teenage girl is living in there anyway.  And the boys room…I had to walk away.  Who let these feral creatures unpack without supervision anyway?

I’m trying to figure out how we fit this all into the smaller Dublin house.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like if we kept everything we had before moving to Ireland.

It will get better.  It’s not really that bad right now.  We don’t have that much stuff.  I don’t need to take a Molotov cocktail to the boys room.

I’m just sick of unpacking.

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4 Responses to “all the boxes, all the stuff”

  1. Renee Anne September 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Honey, I hear you loud and clear! We moved last summer from Wisconsin to California and although I got rid of a lot of stuff, we still have a lot of stuff…and then we had to buy furniture to hold the stuff and it’s just nuts. We’ve been in our house since the end of February and I only have one stack of boxes left (and to be fair, I know what’s in them but I just don’t know where to put them or if we’re even going to keep some of it).

    Unfortunately, it still looks like a hurricane went through the house and I’m still organizing and going through things and so on and so forth.

    I’m not sure it ever ends. But, we went from a HUGE house in Wisconsin to one that is significantly smaller.

  2. sadaft September 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Unpacking is the worst!!! When we moved from NJ to Bermuda, we had to wait for our container to ship overseas for about a month.. and then it took months to unpack everything and get organized… and THEN… over the course of a year, we got broken into three times, and decided to move to another house!! More packing!!! At any rate, all you can do is tackle one box at a time. Might as well just accept and take your time. I’m still rearranging and fussing and upgrading things to this day..

  3. Jackie groden September 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Ever hear that comic piece by George Carlin called stuff? He goes on and on about buying/aquiring stuff and then buying a bigger house so u can fill it with more stuff? Exactly how I feel at times! Good luck to you… You have done do much since your return from Ireland!

  4. Jessica September 24, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    The unpackers weren’t so nice to you, either. Well, unpacked but left stuff on every free surface. Just adds to the stress of “how much stuff do we really have and why?”
    The George Carlin piece, Stuff, is really funny.

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