My days are filled, but with what, I'm not sure.

I'm living in a house of cardboard.  I complained to hell and back when my living room was full of other people's belongings.  Now it's full of mine.

I don't know where to start.  I need shelves to place these earthly goods.  I need to see it all to know how much there is, how much storage is needed, and where the shelves should go.

I'm frozen.  Is there an unpacking reality show that I can apply for? 


  1. Our rule when we moved into our house was this: if we don't need it now or don't have a place for it, then leave it in the box and store it in the attic or garage. 1 year later, if we have not gone looking for that box then we clearly don't need it. Garage sale or Goodwill.

  2. Ah yes...the joys of unpacking. I'm not sure if I hated packing or unpacking more...but both sucked! You'll get through it though, it's a good time to throw stuff out (as Mike insisted on packing stuff he no longer wanted so that when we got to PA we could throw it out...annoying).

  3. J, I've been in your shoes (5 cities in 7 years) so I know how daunting of a task it is. Here is my unsolicited advice :)

    1. Have you unpacked everything else yet? You might have a few boxes mixed in there that should go to antoher room... it could be making it seem worse than it is. The living room is always my last project because it is usually the room that needs the most thought.

    2. Clear out all the boxes from the living room. Seriously put them all in a spare room or the garage.

    3. Arrange your furniture first. These are the big items, they take up the most space and they set up the "flow" for the room. As you do this, you'll get an idea of how much shelving you can FIT into the room and have it not look cluttered.

    4. Buy that amount of shelving/storage. If your stuff doesn't fit... leave some of it in storage or space it out through the rest of the house.

    I guess the point is that sometimes you just need to hide the problem so you can address it slowly and with thought...hence the "put it in the garage" statement.

    PS IKEA has GREAT shelving. Ours has survived 3 moves and still looks new. Plus it's relatively inexpensive.

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!


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