We spent this past weekend unpacking more boxes. And unpacking more boxes. And unpacking even more boxes.
I should mention here that we had five different friends help us move out of the old house and into the new one and every single one of those people commented at one point or another that they didn’t understand how we had so much crap. I would like to suggest that the reason for this is because I am married to the King of All Pack Rats. Chris will not let me give away anything. No matter how useless it is or how long it sits in our garage.
Case and Point #1: We have THREE dining room tables. And each of those tables has SIX matching chairs. I mean, seriously. That is eighteen dining room chairs. EIGHTEEN, CHRIS. I am pretty positive that we could get rid of at least one of those sets and we would still be okay.
Case and Point #2: We have THREE living room coffee tables. We only have one living room. And so the other two coffee tables have sat in various garages throughout our entire marriage serving no purpose whatsoever.
Case and Point #3: We have at least SIX complete sets of matching luggage. And each set has a minimum of three pieces, for a grand minimum total of 18 (that must be our magic number) pieces of luggage. Not to mention the 8 or 9 individual duffel bags and miscellaneous carry-on bags we have acquired over the years.
So you see, Chris has a problem. A serious problem. And if I had it my way, I would call Goodwill and have them bring a big ol’ truck to load up all of our useless, duplicate crap. But then Chris might divorce me. So, I choose to stay married and just complain instead. That seems to involve a lot less paperwork.
Anyway, we have finally gotten everything that we will actually be using into our house and we have piled up everything that we will not be using in our garage. So, the house actually looks pretty clean and neat. Though I would caution against opening any closet without the appropriate headgear. This means that Chris let me take pictures of our house to show you guys!
What I love the most about this house is how open it is. I know this kind of floor plan isn’t for everyone and if I didn’t have a small child I probably wouldn’t prefer it either. But with Bean toddling around now and getting into everything, the openness of this house makes my life so much easier. The kitchen, living room, and dining room are all basically one big room, which means I can just block off the one hallway leading to bedrooms and Bean is contained! I can keep an eye on him no matter where I am in the house.
This is the view from the front door. To the left that is a long hallway that has a full guest bath and three bedrooms off of it. The master bed and bath is at the end of that hall. Next to the hall is a wood-burning fireplace and then the sliding glass doors out to the back porch and pool.
I really love this fireplace except that it is natural stone and Bean Man has already tripped over the hearth twice and scraped up his little knees. But aside from that it is really pretty AND I get to keep my mantle decorations from Connecticut that I have for Christmas! So, Bean’s just going to have to keep on tripping. Take one for the team, Big Guy…
This is the view from the hallway into the living room. See how open it is? I love that! It’s so Florida! I can actually keep the TV remote in the kitchen and flip around channels while I’m doing the dishes or cooking something. It’s pretty much the greatest thing ever.
And then this is the view from the sliding glass door into the living room. See those two doorways on the right there? The bedroom on the front of the house is our office and the next bedroom there is Bean Man’s room. Those two rooms are just off of the living room and then the third bedroom (which we are using as a guest bedroom) and the master are further down that hallway I showed you before.
One thing I am having to adjust to is that we are using our formal dining room table as our family kitchen table now since we don’t have a breakfast nook for our dinette. When I see a wet ring under a glass on the table or something, I just try to remind myself that it’s just furniture. But that’s taking some adjusting. I put a tablecloth on it today and that helped a little bit with my nerves. At least now I don’t gasp whenever someone sets a plate down. The table actually sets six and then extends with a leaf out to seat ten, but we have stored the rest of our chairs and are just using four to save a little space. We’ll pull out the others when we need them.
I really love the openness of the kitchen. It has tons of counter space – more than any house I’ve ever lived in – and that has been fantastic! I have noticed though that the more space I have in the kitchen, the bigger the messes I make! This has GREATLY annoyed Chris. But I can’t help it. I just keep reminding him of what a mess Ina Garten makes in HER kitchen on Barefoot Contessa and that perhaps I am simply channeling my inner South Hampton self.
He does not agree.
So, that’s it. That’s the new digs. I’ll post pictures of each bedroom as we get to them. And I’ll show you Bean’s bathroom (it’s the guest bath) that I finished this weekend later this week. It’s pretty darn cute.