It has been a 2 month process. Since we were downsizing to an apartment early preparation was essential. We sold a lot of stuff, mostly things we weren't using...too much storage can be a bad thing! Some things went to make way for new furniture, letting us update our look since we've haphazardly build up our decor collection in the last 3 and a half years.
The funny thing is that the biggest change has occurred to what was my favorite room in our old house, the living room. Off went our giant (super comfy) sectional to a new home and in came a smaller Ikea sofa. I've had so many great naps on the old sofa but sadly its a little too big for apartment living.
Now I have some new favorite spots:
1.) My bedroom. Its been made a bit lighter, dare I say girlier, with the DIY dreamcatcher we made from a hoola hoop and with no more hideous blue carpet all our furniture looks so much better. Some new brighter bedding, which we can now do because we don't have blue carpet, is all this room really needs for now (are you getting the impression that I hate blue carpet yet!).
2.) Our balcony. Its so nice to have a clean outdoor space to sit with no bugs biting me. I'm going to add a big fronded plant for a tropical feel, as if the weather isn't enough, and a footstool of some sort.
We already were in love with the place so Friday night we all slept on our camping air mattress. The next day was an early start but I discovered I'm a pretty good van driver. From around 7.30am until 1pm we filled the truck and emptied it multiple times. This wouldn't have been so bad except we now live on the third floor, my shoulders and back still hurt from hauling heavy stuff up 3 flights of stairs. I wouldn't recommend it in over 90 degree heat but I'm sure we'll appreciate living on the top floor when it comes to not having noise though! Then because we wanted everything done that day we had lunch and spent the next 4 hours cleaning the old house.....boy was it grubby after weeks of everything sitting in boxes...and of course cleaning all those places you normally never reach. We must have done a good job though because we got a check for our full deposit back the next day, yay.
Once all of that was done I started to relax. Monday morning coffee on the balcony was a lovely start to the day and being dropped across the street from my work by the shuttle was really nice too....no being sweaty just getting to work/being late because of parking!
Boomer is still adjusting...lots of crying when we leave (it breaks my heart to listen to his little whimpers over skype) but he is slowly realizing this is home. Its taking him less time to settle each time we leave and last night he stole some kitchen paper and ripped it up all over the carpet so he is getting back his normal cheeky self. He is making some friends in the little dog park that is right outside our door...including a baby version of Kitty (what we called our neighborhood's stray cat) and embarrassingly trying to beat up a puppy (can't stand them for some reason but kittens are cool).
We still have so many boxes to unpack and lots of decor to buy but already I can tell that this was the change that we both needed if we were going to stay in Columbia for another while.