1.5 Weeks Post Move-In: An Update

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Our Living Room: 1.5 Weeks Post Move-In

It’s been about 2.5 weeks since we moved back to the Midwest, and about 1.5 weeks since we moved into our home. Let me just say that moving into a fixer-upper (and attempting to actually work on the house + empty boxes + organize everything) while 8.5 months pregnant is exhausting. I’m really trying hard to be patient and laid back about it all, but now that I’m 3 weeks away from my due date, that’s getting a little more difficult.

Needless to say, we have been extremely busy. So far, we have:

  • Moved all boxes/furniture into the house. This is huge for us, since our belongings have been in about five different places across the country recently. We finally have everything under one roof!
  • Unpacked/organized almost all kitchen items, including lining cabinet shelves and putting everything away
  • Epoxied part of the basement floor (not finished yet)
  • Installed our new washer and dryer (woohoo!)
  • Painted almost the entire first floor, minus the bathroom, a tiny little bit of the kitchen, and the very top of a closet.
  • Scrubbed the first floor bathroom – twice. Trust me, it needed it.
  • Ripped up carpet in the living room, master bedroom, and nursery
  • Stripped the wood floors in the master bedroom and nursery
  • Cooked our first actual meal (stir fry!) in the house…that didn’t include reheating pizza, pouring a bowl of cereal, or toasting a bagel
  • Stained the nursery floor – we’ll probably put a top coat on tonight

I’m not even going to do a list of the things we still need to do, because I’m afraid I’d be too alarmed to see it all in list-form. However, our two biggest goals at the moment are:

  • Setting up the nursery
  • Finishing the master bedroom

We have been living out of suitcases (and trash bags, boxes, etc.) that are sitting in our living room and kitchen, and I can’t wait to be able to actually hang clothes up/put them in dressers.

I really considered not posting any pictures, because you guys…seriously…the state of this house is pretty disturbing. That wouldn’t be any fun though, so here you go! Enjoy our mess.


Try to suppress your screams. This is our living room immediately after moving in…it’s gotten a LITTLE better since then, but not much. Our couch and TV are set up in a different room for the time being.


Covering up the pink paint…


And blue paint.IMG_5155

Sanding the nursery floor.IMG_5092

Painting/waterproofing the walls of the basement.


Our first night in the house – it took a lot of energy to pull the mattress in and locate sheets, pillows, and a lamp…so I’d say this was a pretty big success. IMG_5133

Half-painted hallway (it has since been finished)IMG_5178

Coffee in a mason jar, because I hadn’t yet found our mugs and because coffee is a necessity these days.

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