Moving across the farmyard, rather than across town or across the country, is both good and bad.
Good: There isn't that one big exhausting moving day.
Bad: There isn't that one big exhausting moving day.
We actually started moving into our new home, which has been under construction for 8½ years, last year (we've been paying as we go and doing a lot of the work ourselves). The washing machine and a couple of new chest freezers went over, we started filling up the big walk-in pantry, we carted over various boxes and plastic tubs of stuff.
We began sleeping in the new house (which Joe says we need to just start calling 'the house') in August, the night before our new fancy air conditioning system broke for the third extremely exasperating time. Cross your fingers it's finally fixed (now that we don't need air conditioning).
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We're still finishing up a few things downstairs—building and painting windowsills, installing trim around interior doors, installing interior doors, building kitchen cabinets—and my studio office, along with our satellite Internet service, is still in The Shack, but we're pretty much living in the new place.
Relocating the propane tank a couple of weeks ago was the real tipping point. The stove went with it—and so did I. I love my new bright and airy kitchen, which still feels roomy despite the 7-foot wide deck oven and 60 quart mixer taking up a large portion of it (they're for the wholesale bread bakery that's been put on indefinite hold).
For well over a year, I've been making numerous trips back and forth each day between the new house and The Shack, fetching stuff from over there that I needed back in The Shack. Now I make several trips back and forth each day toting stuff from The Shack to the new house.
We operating under a kind of 'get it when you need it' plan: the measuring cups, chicken stock strainer, and a chair move one day, more t-shirts, socks, the Sriracha sauce and the battery charger go the next, with almost every item getting immediately put away in its permanent place. We figure if we make a concerted effort to grab something every time we're over near The Shack, someday we'll be completely moved in.
There are definite advantages to being able to take our time moving.
As long as we're not still doing it in another 8½ years.