Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Lost in Space

Did you think I might have dropped off the face of the earth? The truth is so much more mundane, I am just up to my neck in boxes, and the tedious task of unloading those boxes and trying to find the right place for each of the myriad objects is frustrating and totally not worth sharing with you.

It was only a year ago I did this same move, on a smaller scale, the move from Kuwait to Doha. Only one year ago this month. This move is more complicated, with another whole household coming in, and now all our Doha goods have arrived, and I get to put everything away.

I decided to do things differently, and it worked for me. Normally, I am methodical. I choose a box, empty the box, put everything away, break down the box and move to the next box.

This time, I opened the box, and if I just wasn’t ready to deal with that box, I moved on to the next box. I would put away what could be more easily put away. Occasionally, I have had to run to the local Target store and buy some more put-it-together storage organization pieces, and that slows me down a little, but helps me store things for effectively and efficiently – I like to know where things are. If you have to go looking for things, and you can’t find them, then they are useless, no?

And, last and most freeing of all, now that I am working upstairs – when I finished with a box, I just tossed it over the landing, down into the entryway! LLLOOOLLLL! You cannot imagine the joy it gave me! Just toss, and it’s gone, and it makes a satisfying racket when it hits the floor, or the other boxes!

I also had a collection of boxes in what was called ‘the butler’s pantry’ in the house brochure. It is a room between the guest suite, laundry and garage, where there are two wine refrigerators – one for white and one for red – and more glass fronted cupboards, where AdventureMan stored all our wine and beer glasses. He also keeps beer in the white wine refrigerator, as we don’t drink that much wine.

Yesterday morning, once I had finished the last box, I broke down all the boxes at once. When you do it all at once, it takes like less than one minute per box. I had all the boxes broken down and into the garage in about 40 minutes. Wooo HOOO on me!

I still have chaos in two rooms, the room we call the Grandchildren’s Room, next to ours, upstairs. I have piles of things I haven’t used for years, but I keep hanging on to because I might want to use them sometime. Hmmmm. Actually, I love this room. It has the best light of all the rooms in the house, with a Southern window and a Western window. Lots of light.

And then, there is my quilt room. Quilters collect fabric, and being mildly obsessive compulsive, I like to have my fabric in order, by color, by type (floral? checked? baby quilt? Batik? Christmas?) and sometimes by nationality (African? French? Dutch?) or project (blocks from Germany? blocks from Doha?). Quilters often also have a lot of equipment, including more than one sewing machine and cutting tools, patterns, books, embellishments, etc. It is a real mess to put away:

You can see the chair in this room – to the right of that chair are two large bookcases, and in the lower part near the chair is also my “office.” That chair is where I do my morning Bible readings and where I write many of these posts, while AdventureMan is still snoozing. When I am working, AdventureMan comes in and sits in that chair to talk to me. There is an identical one in his office, where I sit when I am talking with him, and where I sit when we are watching the upstairs TV. AdventureMan jokes that we are wearing a hole in the carpet as we go back and forth to each other’s offices. 🙂

My kitchen has a couple clear counters, now, although there are still things I am trying to find places for. There are two ‘areas of sanity’ – the living room and the family room. I don’t have a lot up on the walls yet, but a few little things. Putting things up is fun for me, so I save that to encourage myself to get everything away – once I have everything put away, I can have a little fun. 🙂

As you can see, I still have work to do, but I wanted to take a minute to bring you up to date. 🙂

June 24, 2010 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Family Issues, Florida, Living Conditions, Moving, Pensacola, Work Related Issues


  1. Pitching the boxes down the stairs–such a satifying way to get that “Another one bites the dust” rush! You go, Girl!

    Comment by momcat | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. LLLOOOLLL, you know me so well! 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. Intlexpatr ;

    I guess we were maintaining radio silence ,giving you time to finish sorting out the boxes and contents . I was about to give up on you after watching the photos until the last two which showed that the place is looking better and better .
    i bet by now you don’t remember the emotional time when you got them boxes packed , you just say good riddance to another empty box ,one at a time .

    Comment by daggero | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. I was just thinking about you yesterday. Then I went back to your blog, saw all the boxes and said to my self, “I know what she’s still doing! She’ll be back soon!”

    Glad to see you’re making steady progress. The benefit of this move is you have as much time as you need to take and AM isn’t at work so he’s there to help out (or do some of the things you might ordinarily be doing while you unpack).

    I’m sure the rest of the house will look as lovely as the last photos in no time at all. Don’t let the summer slip away –

    Comment by BitJockey | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. Daggero – GOOD RIDDANCE! Thanks for your understanding; honestly, I would rather be doing just about anything else – kissing my happy little grandbaby, tending my vegetables, quilting, reading a good book – anything. Anything. Sometimes I almost give up in frustration, but if I don’t do it now, those piles will sit there forever.

    I got the quilting room done today! Hooray! One room to go!

    Hey, Bit Jockey! I have a surprise for you. . . AdventureMan is in your AOR, LOL!

    Thank you for your encouraging words, and for your faith that I would be back. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. gorgeous – the house looks gorgeous! Unpacking is *such* a process.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. Oh Little Diamond, I feel like I will never get it done. I still haven’t finished the last room. And there are still little piles of things everywhere, move related, little things I need to do. I am feeling discouraged and tired . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 25, 2010 | Reply

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