1,000 Mile Journey Continues…

Since leaving IL it has been a “battle” finding somewhere to land.  So, hopefully the third time is the charm and we can actually start enjoying our time here in New York.

With this last move here are a couple of things that we learned.

  • In apartment living, newer is NOT better. Especially if it’s a corporate owned complex
    • The problem is that corners are cut with the construction of the building.  We can hear EVERYTHING that goes on upstairs.  I should NOT be able to hear the lyrics to this person’s music.
  • Having our own space is VERY important
    • In our new place I get an office and you have no idea how excited I am about this.
  • We should have just held out and waited to move into a house the last time

It’s time to start packing again.  Thank goodness Staples is having an organization sale and banker’s boxes are on sale.  The movers loved all of the boxes being the same size so glad that we can accommodate them again.   The goal this time is when I pull away from this place it will be the last time I ever have to look at it again.

I have my lists ready and already started cleaning.  So it’s going to be a busy week but the weather is going to keep us home as it’s going to be crappy again!!!!

Have a great week everybody!!!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – Week 1 Recap

Hi everybody,

It has been quite the week.  First Week of Work, First time driving to New Jersey by myself.  First time to Cooperstown.  So many first and boy do we have the pictures to prove it.    And the best part was that we unloaded the truck and NOTHING was damaged.  I kind of rock at packing a truck.  If anybody reading this lives in New York and needs help loading a truck.  I am for hire.  🙂

I am a little overwhelmed with the things that have to be done when you move to a new state.  Lesson learned that every state is different so do your research!

I am meeting a ton of new people and the job is awesome.  It’s pretty much exactly what I want to be doing with my career.  Doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited about the opportunity so that’s over half the battle.

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I am overwhelmed with the excitement that I live among mountains and get to look at them every day when I go to work.  I also love that it’s fall, it’s my favorite season and there are a gazillion trees around here so can’t wait to see peak season.

I will keep you updated with organizing tips as we are getting settled along with other lessons learned in this journey.

Sorry this post was a little scatterbrained.  A lot on my mind and a lot that I want to get done before the work week starts again!!

Talk to you all soon!!!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – It’s truck day

I can’t believe it’s here.  So much has happened and I am preparing myself for complete exhaustion, let’s just hope the coffee maker doesn’t get broken in the move!

We are about 80% packed.  I still have to do the kitchen, but with as much as I have moved packing a kitchen is easy peezy.   Plus we are not leaving until tomorrow morning  so that makes packing up the truck less daunting.

Here is how we are doing with our AGENDA

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – CHECK
  • Schedule moving truck – CHECK
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies – IN PROCESS
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk. – Shockingly enough Office Max saved the day with their brand banker’s boxes and coupons!!!  Saved a Ton of $$$
  • Start Packing – IN PROCESS
  • Keep Packing – KEEP GOING
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Take a break and spend some time with family and the Milwaukee Brewers – CHECK, Thank you to my sister for the awesome party it was so wonderful to see everybody!!!!
  • Pin some “How to pack a moving truck pins” on Pinterest – CHECK
  • On the way to get the truck make a couple of administrative stops
    • Bank
    • Post office
    • Get some more totes and a lock for the truck
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Late morning Tuesday – We’re off!!!!

I was really sad yesterday when I had to leave my baby boy with his Grandparents.  I am eternally grateful to them for taking care of him and keeping him out of our way.  But I am still a little sad and I suck at goodbyes so needless today I teared up a bit (I am not too writing this).

Ok so just read our lease, I cannot wait until we can buy a house and we don’t have so many rules and regulations.  Ugh.

Time to get this day started.     Happy Monday Everybody!!!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey: We get the truck in a week

So…Much…Purging.  It’s crazy to think about how much stuff we have accumulated over the course of 15 months, how much stuff we moved the last time and now much stuff I REFUSE to move again.  Needless to say, black garbage bags are my friend the last couple of days, that and my shredder.  I have also come to terms that I am a bit of a notebook hoarder!!  It’s sad, but it’s true.  It goes along with the name of the blog after all, but I really need to stop moving so many notebooks, just so then I can go and buy more.  Is there a meeting for Paper Hoarder’s Anonymous ??

Ok so here is where we stand on the AGENDA

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – CHECK
  • Schedule moving truck – CHECK
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies – IN PROCESS
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk. – Shockingly enough Office Max saved the day with their brand banker’s boxes and coupons!!!  Saved a Ton of $$$
  • Start Packing – IN PROCESS
  • Keep Packing – KEEP GOING
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Take a break and spend some time with family and the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Next afternoon – we are off.

I have a couple more projects I want to get through the next couple of days.  Such as “Operation, get the paper onto my computer, it’s lighter” and “Operation, I’m not a traditional crafter so I don’t need all of these supplies”.  The latter is underway and some great ladies I hooked up with may be buying most of my stuff.  I would rather get it to somebody cheap and know they are going to use it than throw it out so I don’t have to move it.  Scrapbooking and Card-making is an expensive hobby, so if I can help somebody else out it’s totally worth it.

Today I sold my Sizzix, remember I was going to make it big with my jersey cards.  Yeah that didn’t work by the way.  But the lady that bought it off me, for a great deal, is using it at her crop events in McHenry IL, where they supply all of the equipment and all of the proceeds from the event go to Relay for Life.  It’s awesome and I am so happy that I could contribute!!

Okay going to go and throw out some more crap before we have to go and get the kid.   Also hoping to get some new wedding invitation designs up early this week on my Etsy shop (CLICK HERE) Have a great Sunday everybody.

-Stef

1,000 mile journey: 2 weeks to go

Big milestone today, WE HAVE SOMEWHERE TO LIVE!! You have no idea how short my nails are. I figured we would get it, but it’s the unknown that is so crazy. So now it’s time to make lists. Who am I kidding I actually did this over the weekend. Lists for everything we have to schedule, to get hooked up, and to turn off. I feel like I have done this enough that it should be easier. Don’t worry for everybody moving I will share my lists and post them so you can use them as reference.

So now because we have an apartment We got the truck scheduled and got some boxes so now we can start. :). Two weeks is going to go by fast so it’s going to be really important to stay organized!!!
So excited about our journey!!!!

Until later
-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – Our days are numbered…FINALLY

Well, here we go.  After a couple of months of plotting and planning and a hundred of resumes later, we are finally making the big move to New York.  No we are not moving to the city, that’s just crazy.  But, believe me we will be visiting there often.

So the point of this series is to chronicle our move.  Partially so that I remember everything that happened while we were moving for scrapbook purposes.  Also, to show that as long as you are organized it doesn’t matter how far you are moving or the fact that you have to do it in about two weeks.  🙂

The Agenda:

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – well…waiting until after the holiday weekend to see if we got an apartment.  FINGERS CROSSED!
  • Schedule moving truck – will do once we know for sure we have a destination, but quotes have been done.
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk.
  • Start Packing
  • Keep Packing
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Next afternoon – we are off.

So then while doing all of this stuff, don’t worry I will keep you updated on the progress.  There are all of the other things that I want to try to get done before we leave so then I don’t have to worry about it when we get out there and I have to start work.

Things like

  • Find a Daycare for kid
  • Pediatrician
  • Vet
  • Car insurance
  • How to get our leased car registered
  • Sell my car before we leave

I already have a written list for this, I will keep you updated on this one too.

I am always up for a good challenge.  Hoping that this will translate into some weight-loss too.  🙂  I like to forget to eat when I am in a zone.

If there are any readers out there that have any tips for long distance moves PLEASE COMMENT!!!!!   I will take all of the advice I can get!

Will send an update soon!!!!!

-Stef

Moving Update

I am feeling very behind on my blog and have lots to talk about so watch for a bunch of posts coming up!!!

We have been in our apartment now just over a week and we are still unpacking.  At least now I have a desk set up, although it has nothing in it, a step in the right direction.

We are very lucky to be loving the new apartment because we have to plan go go places. Thank goodness there is a CVS literally in our back yard for things that we need in a pinch

MONEY SAVING TIP – Get the CVS Card, it’s free and they have awesome deals on stuff.  This week I got 2 boxes of Cheerios, a staple in a toddlers life for $5.

For those that have IKEA  bookshelves…We managed to lose the pegs to one of our bookshelves.  I actually found replacements on amazon.com for $2.45 shipped!!!!!  I will be able to empty at least 2 more boxes once I get those.

We are still working on getting everything switched so that we can become actual Illinois residents, but that tends to be a little bit difficult when I am working every day.  Hopefully I can find a DMV or something that’s close to work.  That’s what Google maps is for.  That has been a life saver for me so far!!!!!

More to come from our adventure here in Illinois, it’s been interesting so far, but I’m sure it will get more and more interesting as the summer goes on.  Not loving road construction season though.

Be back soon!!!

-Stef

The Joys of moving!!

So sorry that I haven’t written in a while but lots of life changes going on in our household and it’s putting my organization skills to the test.  

With all of these changes, new job, new state, and new home, I’m keeping my boys though, it comes to light the name of my blog.  With my love of office supplies it comes as no shock that I am going to a company that got it start as a wholesale distributor of just that office supplies.  I am so excited for the change and the new adventure it is going to take me and my family on.   

I have moved 9 times since leaving my parents house in 2002.  I know it’s crazy its kind of a nomadic kind of life but it worked for me at that time.  Now after being in our current home for the last two and a half years and a job change it’s time to move on and do it up big and move to another state.  While we are currently in Wisconsin and we are moving to Illinois there is still an excessive amount of things to do to.  Here are some of the things I have found.

  • Renters insurance – probably not a bad idea to have in any state but we have to show proof before we get our keys
  • Car insurance – have to show proof before you can register your car
  • Think about your deadline – starting a new job?  Give yourself enough time to get unpacked and relax a bit before you jump in.  I am giving myself 4 days (yup probably not enough)
  • Find a mover or people that will help you – There are so many movers out there just get quotes for the best rate!!  The internet is your friend here

Because this is my 10th move, hmm maybe a lucky number, 10 years at a company, 10th move, here are some tips and tricks for packing that make things a lot easier on yourself.

  • Bankers boxes – Can be found at any office supply store, target.  Found that the Office Max boxes are really good and less expensive.  They are the perfect size and have carrying handles.  Also if you join MaxPerks you get additional coupons and %’s off to cut the cost.  
  • News Print – You can get news print at the office supply store as well but it is a little pricey.  Visit your local UPS store and they have that and brown paper cheap and in smaller quantities so you can get exactly the amount you need
  • Bubble wrap – packing paper will work for your dishes but sometimes bubble wrap is a necessary evil.  don’t buy the huge rolls because you won’t use it all and then that’s another things to move.
  • Packaging tape – don’t go with the cheap stuff, aka the dollar store stuff.  It doesn’t work as well, Target’s brand is really good and just as good as the name brand
  • Black Garbage bags – don’t buy the store brand, stick with Hefty or Glad.  It will save you a lot of headache!!!

I will update with pictures once we have them on our move and let you know what worked and didn’t work with the movers.   

Thanks for following along on our Journey!!!

-Stefanie