Finding Peace in the Chaos

Since moving in a couple weeks ago, a lot has happened.  It has been really overwhelming trying to get the house in order.  Between cleaning, getting organized, running errands, and buying furniture, I have been so busy.

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To help keep me centered, I have been exercising as much as I can.  When we first moved in, we didn’t have a gym membership, so I would jog around my neighborhood.  After about a week, I joined a Planet Fitness.  I joined with the black card which is $22 a month.  This gives you access to the massage, tanning, and some other perks.  After the first day, I really didn’t feel like I would use the other benefits of the black card.  I really just use the treadmill and the weights.  So I downgraded my plan and I just have the regular $10 a month plan now.

I also love doing yoga so I joined a yoga studio in my area.  I went to a couple different studios before deciding on one to join.  So now I also try to go to power yoga a couple days a week.

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Even when moving, I find that it is helpful to join exercise studios as soon as possible.  It is great to get to know the lay of the land in your area and meet some people who share the same interests as you.  It is also awesome to get out of the house and work out some extra moving stress.  This also helps me start to feel settled in my new place.

 

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Landscaping in Spring

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Since my husband and I closed on our house in the winter, we unfortunately have no yard.  And when I mean no yard, I mean mounds of dirt and mud.  There is no paved driveway or walk-up to the house.  We have nothing exciting outside our house to look at.  And furthermore, because of the mess outside, booties are my new best friend.  Each time someone comes to the house to deliver things or drop things off, I give them booties to put on their shoes.

The booties are a necessity in a new construction home.  It is awful to have people coming in all of the time and tracking the dirt and mud in.  I feel like Cinderella because there hasn’t been a moment when I haven’t stopped cleaning the floors.

I have been anxiously awaiting my window of getting a puppy, but it looks like I am going to have to wait a bit longer until I am able to have a yard with grass so that I don’t have to consistently clean the floors all day and night.

Thankfully, my mother-in-law recently bought me this amazing cleaner and spray for my floors.  This helps keep me from spending my entire day on my hands and knees cleaning the floors.  The spray helps keep the floors shiny and it helps me only have to go over them once every couple days.  This is a game-changer.  It is such a relief to not have a mess to have to clean up every day.  I highly recommend this product to anyone with hard wood floors-especially dark hard wood floors like I have.

Getting a New License

To get a new license, you need to get to the DMV first thing in the morning.

You will have to bring:

-your birth certificate

-bills and/or bank statements from your new address

-car insurance with new address

-previous state’s license.

-check book

I was able to get everything taken care of in the morning.  Again, don’t forget to bring your check book.  For the new license, I had to pay $35.

To confirm what you need and how much you will need to pay, check your state’s DMV website.

 

Register Your Car in a New State

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First, you need to get your new license at the DMV.  Then, you need to make sure that your car insurance has the correct address on it-you will need this to register your car in a different state.  You will need to bring your title, if you have a loan or a lease, you will need to mail in to get the title from the leinholder.  Finally, bring a check book.  You will need to write a check for your car registration.  For two years, I had to pay about $250.  This will depend on the state you live in.

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Don’t forget that once your car is registered in a new state, you will have about 10 days to get your car inspected in the state.  I called around and got mine inspected for $68 at PepBoys.  They even put my new license plate on my car.pexels-photo-923022.jpeg

So in total, I paid about $318 to register my car in my  new state.

Putting in a Mailbox

One of the big projects that my husband and I have taken on so far is putting in our mailbox.  This is challenging because it is still winter and we have no landscaping yet on our yard.  We bought the post, the mailbox, the concrete, and the numbers.

My husband used his tools to dig a hole, pour the concrete, and put in the post.  We supported it while it was drying with large rocks.  Finally, I put the numbers on the mailbox and he screwed the mailbox in on top of the post.  It sounds like a small project, but it is such a relief to be getting mail again finally and not have to visit the post office and fill out mail holding paperwork.

And the next day, we got our first piece of mail-woo hoo!

Organize Your Moving Information

So the initial move-in process is very overwhelming and there are constantly new pieces of information being thrown at you.  I found it is easiest to buy a few binders, paper protectors, and dividers for organizing all of the information.  These are some of the things I keep in the binder:

-Closing information for our house

-HOA information from our neighborhood

-Tips from the builder

-All of the company/brand information that we have on our house (ex. Marble, cultured marble, garage doors, toilets, etc.)

-Any appliance information and receipts that my husband and I paid for

-Moving company information and checklists of numbers and missing boxes

-Bank information for our mortgage

Changing Your Address

Here is a list of all of the places that you need to change your address:

-Post Office

-Driver’s License (DMV)

-Car Insurance

-Tags and Titles for the car(s)

-Bank accounts

-Credit cards

-Debit cards

-Loans

-Online subscriptions

-Online shipping address for websites like Amazon, etc.

-Magazine subscriptions

-You might even want to send a friendly email or letter to friends and family to let them know about your address change

The Day My Appliances were Installed

IMG_1454My husband and I got a great sale on the appliances during the President’s Day Sale.  We were able to buy the washer, dryer, and refrigerator.  We were so excited about our side by side stainless steel refrigerator.

The day that the company came to install these items, they told us that we were supposed to have a vent and certain cords to attach the washer/dryer.  Thankfully, the workers who came to install it had one in the truck.  I had no idea that we had to buy these items when we bought our new appliances.  So please learn from my mistake, the workers do not have to have carry the cords and vents on their truck-I just happened to luck out.  I gave the guys who came a $20 tip for helping me out.

At the end of the installation, I had to run about a gallon of water from the refrigerator and dump it out.  I also had to dump out the first batch of ice cubes.  Later that day, I realized that one of the refrigerator drawers wasn’t working well.  It was scratching on the side of the refrigerator and difficult to pull out.  I had the workers come back the next day and look at it, but it looks like it is the make of the refrigerator.  So, we are going to grease it a bit with vegetable oil to try to take the squeakiness out.  The rest of the refrigerator and freezer is amazing!  So we are otherwise happy.

Day 3 of Unpacking

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Finally, I am able to sit and play my music on Pandora and get my closet organized.  I used one of the guest room closets for my summer/spring clothes and shoes.  And my master bedroom walk-in for my fall/winter clothes and shoes.  This way, I can trade out closets when the seasons change.  I also have another spare bedroom closet that holds my work-out clothes and shoes.  I also have my ski gear and bathing suits in here.

My husband has a small closet in our master bedroom that he has his work clothes and shoes in.  And then in our upstairs living room, he has his work-out/hang out clothes and shoes.

The extra closets make it easy to get organized.  I was getting so far along with the organization that my husband was even starting to think where he could hang up some of our wall decorations and pictures.  And the laundry was getting down to the last few loads.

After days of working ten hours a day on organizing the the house, I was finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  I was so exhausted and soar, I would only take breaks to do yoga stretches around the house to loosen up my aching muscles.active-athletic-exercise-female-40974.jpeg