Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Operation Unpack (part 3)

And the unpacking is finished! Everything (that's not still in trunks/boxes, that is) is unpacked and has a place. Of the 16 pieces of luggage we brought with us, I think 9-10 are still packed. Most of them have been unpacked and repacked some, but we still have about 60% of our belongings in trunks or boxes. I can't wait to have my own place and be able to unpack completely!

I don't have any "before" pictures of our bedrooms. Let's just say that while the living room, dining room, and kitchen were clean, the mess got relegated to our bedroom. Plus, all this was in our bedroom instead of on the enclosed balcony:

Ugh. I hate that you can see all our junk right there. But alas, it's the only space available to put our boxes and trunks and suitcases. So we'll take it.

Needless to say, our bedroom looks much better without all that stuff in it!

Our bed with the quilt from Joyce on it.

The wardrobe.

Full length mirror and strange chest-of-drawers/wardrobe thingy.

I love Lane's room. It's so bright and kid-ish.

Lots of room to play, a bed for us to snuggle/nurse/read on, and...

A chest of drawers! Honestly, I'm so excited about this. You've got to understand that on this side of the world most people just have wardrobes and place their clothes in stacks inside, so to have a real chest of drawers for all of Lane's little clothes is fantastic!

All of her little trinkets and "fragile" books.

These bins are great! We can keep Lane's toys separate from this family's, and we can also get them all up off the floor. Love it.

And last but not least, the inside of the wardrobe. We keep all of Lane's cloth diapers and medicines in here.

So there you have it! The grand apartment tour! I'll spare you the bathrooms, as they're not that exciting. You've already seen that we have a (mini)tub, so that's the most exciting thing in there. I should have gotten before, during, and after pictures when our water heater got replaced, but I didn't, so let's just say that we used to have a gas water heater that was apparently older than dirt and now we have a nice, shiny, and new electric water heater. We don't get that much hot water from the electric heater (we need to wait about 30-45 minutes between showers), but we'd rather have that than what we had before, which was no hot water out of any of our sinks, and semi-hot water out of the bathtub if you found the correct "spot." So we'll deal with a limited supply of hot water gladly!

All in all, we're very happy with this new apartment. It's a bit further away from, oh, everything and everyone we know in the city, but it's temporary and it's very kind of this family to let us crash in their place for 4-5 months. We can handle it. We've dealt with much worse in our lives, that's for sure!


  1. Seems like a nice apartment with the windows and hardwood floors :-) Glad it's more suitable for you and your family than the last apartment.

  2. It really looks great Michelle! I love your attitude about everything, so positive. You know what's the most important and it shows in your ability to treasure all the little stuff, I love it! Oh! And I can imagine how exciting a chest of drawers would be! Baby clothes stacked- EEKS. It would look like a pile if I had to do that lol


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