The big move

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The big move…

So today’s the day..finally after all these months of getting financed, all the paperwork, holding my breath, waiting for an answer, getting approved, the closing and a month of crazy remodeling, today is the big day of finally moving in to my new home.

Of coarse nothing goes as planned when you are doing this and I planned to move in when  everything was completely done….well not so much, it’s almost done, but definitely not completely done that’s for sure.

But ready or not here we come!
I am over tired, there is not a muscle that doesn’t hurt,  I haven’t been to the gym in two weeks yet I am still up at 5 am working on the new house or packing the old. I drop into my bed at 10 or 11 exhausted. I have to give props to service families to have to move every few years, it must really suck! But yet they do it.

My plan was to stay in this house until my little one goes to college then move to the beach. That’s 3 years from now and I am already dreading it.

I will give this home thanks and its final a due today, as this home was my first taste of freedom I had experienced in 24 years. This home has given me wonderful memories over the past year.
I remember moving in with help from all of my friends and church family, I remember my first night here with a million boxes and no furniture sitting on a mattress on the floor eating Chinese food out of the carton with Dalllas.

I remember searching for a whole house full of furniture and painstakingly refinishing it all, all within a budget of 3000.00.
I remember doing a triathlon the first week I moved in, I was thinking if I could do this, I can do anything in life, I got this.
Our first Christmas in 24 years with a huge tree was here, I invited who I wanted an though it wasn’t 30 people like in years past, it was my friends and family and I was truly happy  and grateful.

I fell in love and got my heart broken here, I learn many lessons here about myself, I finished my book here, I had many laughs and great times with my girls here and we grew closer in this home.
I’ve had friends stay with me from all over the country who never wanted to visit before (I wonder why lol)
I had my dreams come true here and I have become a strong, independent women here and taught my girls the same lessons.
Yes, this house will always hold special memories for me as it gave me a place to grow, to realize who I am and have faith in myself. I am incredibly grateful for this last year.

Today will start a new chapter in my life with new memories that will last a lifetime and again I am grateful of all of God’s grace on my life.

So today my friends don’t be afraid to start over, to take that chance, to completely shake your life upside down because in doing so you realized what your made of and what you never thought possible could actually come true. I am living proof of that …

Living through the mess

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Living through the mess

Being a professional organizer it’s been really hard living through the mess of moving and remodeling. I am a neat freak and like everything in its place, this makes me want to scream! But there is nothing you can do but pray you won’t go crazy and do one day at a time.

You feel unstable, everything is half complete and you have no control of the situation as you are in the mercy of contractors, painters and tile people and that my friends sucks!

My tile guy Joe Piazza took longer than expected because of the holiday’s but he was worth it, he did an unbelievable job and was an incredible help to me as well. 754-224-0209 He has a waiting list get on it now!

The plumber ripped me off, Mike Green aka “Mr.Service” and then still didn’t do the job right, a very expensive lesson learned for me. My painter then had another job and has left me unfinished until everything else  is done and my kitchen guy must think because I am a women I must be dumb as I am fighting with him about what a built-in refrigerator looks like.

Yesterday alone, Lowe’s couldn’t install the dishwasher because of the job the plumber was supposed to do but yet again didn’t do. The dryer couldn’t fit in the space where it was supposed to go and had to be sent back, the electrician didn’t finish his job and the cabinet guy is fighting with me that 4 inches of the refrigerator showing is a built-in I paid extra for is normal!! Wtf !!

I am supposed to move in in two days and I have no dishwasher, no dryer, no refrigerator, my kitchen is half done as well as my painting  and I want to scream and did yesterday.

I am beyond exhausted, doing so much of the work myself, I am drained emotionally, physically and mentally besides my wallet.

But if you know me I have to look on the bright side of everything so with that being said I am almost all packed and all the boxes are already at the new house unpacked thanks to my amazing friends and family.  My girlfriend Kelly’s husband Mark, the contactor is still there doing stuff for me, God bless them both for all the help.
  Pines Total Construction
Call him he’s the best!
And in a few days I will be living in my, I never thought this could happen, definitely a God miracle home. So I feel blessed.

Yes, in a few months this will all be a thing of the past and I will look back and laugh…I hope !
In the meantime I will smile and pray some more that I can move into a working house in 2 days until then I will keep treaking  along knowing the end is in sight.

So today my friends my advice to you is buy a house already done, ok  if you truly want to go through this know this before you start:

1- Nothing will ever get done on your time frame.

2-You have to know your prices, do research, know what your getting into.

3- Get everything in writing and don’t think because they go to church that, that makes them unscrupulous or that you can trust everyone.

4- Have a back up plan, see lesson 1.

5- Have a sense of humor, it’s all to overwhelming, you have to laugh otherwise you will cry.

These are my tips for surviving a remodel and moving, I hoped these helped now excuse me I need to reread this myself.