Remember how I talked about pack out way back in early May? Well, all that stuff that we packed out finally arrived at our house this week (I shouldn’t say finally, 2.5 months is a pretty standard amount of time to wait for HHE). Aside from two missing shoes (which we hope will pop up in the next few days) everything arrived in good shape from the long trip by sea.
Prior to Thursday, I thought that I could live really well without all my stuff. I still think I could live without most of these things, but I’d rather not live without a couple items. It hasn’t been the clothes or shoes that have made it better, but the little things that make it feel a bit more like home. We had the provided bookshelves and TV stand removed and replaced with our TV stand, bookshelves, and most importantly, our beer fridge. After we put together the living room, I walked in to see the minifridge and thought to myself, wow, now it feels more like home.
I haven’t had to live with white walls and loaned furniture since college. Back in college, I’d unpack the specialty tea mug I was gifted, slap my San Francisco poster on the wall and call it home. I wish I had thought back to that, but next time I won’t dismiss the little things that make a house a home – a mug from a wedding that also reminds me of where I grew up, the reward from winning a kickball tournament on the mall, and the little mug that traveled to college each year.
I’m still waiting on facilities to come hang up posters (we have concrete walls, so we can’t do it ourselves), but the fridge and mug that traveled have made a world of difference already in feeling less homesick. It’s also nice that our 50″ TV, Ikea bookshelf, Ikea stand, and mini fridge don’t look like a grandmother picked them out!