Last night marked the first evening of the Great Moving Long Weekend.
(six people (including the amazing Diana), three entire houses, one weekend. Cleaning. Packing. Sorting. INSANITY. Nice of us all to choose the same few days to all move house!)
Spomes and I had chugged up to IKEA in the morning to pick up our two giant DVD shelves and coffee tables and had invited the lovely Amy over that evening for a mini-construction party.
While they were both at work, I'd spent the afternoon at the shops on a frantic buying spree at Kmart and Woolworths grabbing cleaning products, tea towels, mops, buckets, even a shower curtain. All those bits and pieces that one usually forgets that they need to buy for a new house until they go to use them and realise that they don't exist. I even had to get a kettle because I'd be mortified to discover in the middle of the moving craziness that i could make a round of tea for everyone.
The house is Inspection Clean but i still need to go over it again because it's been sitting unloved for over a week and i discovered yesterday that the inside of all the kitchen cupboards are sticky, there is a layer of dust settled over everything and everything seems stuff and musty.
Mr S and I have been a little clever and have started each taking a car load of things to the house before or after work each day for the last week, so all the smaller boxes and bags full of junk are neatly lined up in each room of the new place, waiting to be placed into their new home when the big stuff comes on Saturday.
Oh IKEA, i love your instructions.
The mini-contraction party was fun. I made a few pizzas and the three of us sat around on a sheet on the floor and ate off paper plates in the empty house. Once we were stuffed full, we started constructing the shelves, tables, spice racks and entertainment unit. Most things went according to plan. There were a few minor injuries like Amy using her fist to bash bits of wood in, only to accidentally hit a screw that was sticking out, a few bruised feet from having things dropped on them and some minor scratches and paper cuts from the ridiculous amount of packing that IKEA wraps their products in. Everything turned out more or less like it should of. I did hammer in a shelf back wards and Spomes nailed carefully nailed a hole through the back of his cabinet, but we now have half a house assembled! It was exhausting, but we were kind of excited so after Amy left we unpacked the boxes containing our beloved DVD's and lined them up on our new shelves. (Alphabetically of course. Two movie nuts here!)
What we probably would of ended up with if we have gone any further into the night.
Today is more cleaning, sorting and unpacking of the rest of our stuff and then tomorrow is day one of the BIG MOVE.
Wish us luck! Photos to come!