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Living Out of Boxes: Our Temporary Home

So I mentioned in one of my last posts that we had moved in with Grants parents, who conveniently live in the same town as us, however they live in quite a small 3-bed house, that really wasn't built to accommodate four fully grown adults, four cats, two dogs and an entire house worth of storage. Yeah, imposing much?

Not only have they lost an entire room for storing all our stuff and a bedroom for us to live in, but they've also lost their cats who have gone into hibernation since two dogs have joined the household. I mean Todd did chase one of them all the way down the garden and I'm pretty sure he was out for the kill. So yeah, they have been above and beyond accommodating!... And quite literally.

I actually felt a little homesick the first night we arrived. That sounds a bit weird I know and I can't really explain why either, I just did. But after the first night, and remembering how this is all necessary for us to move on in buying our next home, I was over it. The dogs absolutely love the large garden here, and all the extra attention too. So of course, that makes me happy and they certainly settled in straight away. Plus I'm glad to be away from our old neighbours, who were both nosy and nasty.

So here we are, now living out of cardboard boxes. We're actually quite used to this since we didn't unpack half our stuff in the old house for nearly a year! And even then, we didn't unpack the last box for almost two years! It makes me wonder though if we have all these things in boxes we don't need or miss, why do we even have them? I don't know. A problem to answer another day perhaps?

Anyway, here's a little peek at our home for the next few weeks and how we're living in this doubled up home!

Living on a blow-up bed

moving house and living out of boxes

temporary home living from a box

As you can see our new room is pretty small! We've actually pushed two single air mattresses together to make a bed and it's not exactly ideal when you end up falling inbetween them both in the middle of the night.

I've tried to solve this by putting a double duvet on top of the mattresses in hope of keeping the beds together (and for extra comfort!) which means we're now using two single duvets on the top instead. It's worked a bit better and is fairly comfy. Well, at least I'm sleeping OK!

I know it looks pretty cramped and fairly disorganised in here - but I do know where everything is and it's actually working quite well. The decor needs a bit of work as the cats have pulled down that wallpaper, but Grants mums home is a working progress too and they intend on renovating at some point as well. Maybe when we move out and stop taking up all the room!

Where is all our other stuff, you ask:? Well, this was the dining room....

using a room in a house as storage whilst we move home

And as you can see - it's now home to storage boxes and essentially our entire home. We've covered some of it with the old paint sheet so the cats don't scratch at it, which means you can't really appreciate how many boxes are in this room from the photo. But I can assure you, there's little room to move!

Are we crazy? Maybe.

1 comment

  1. I completely feel your pain! We lived out of cardboard boxes for almost 2 years (and we STILL haven't unpacked certain things ooops!) It just becomes a bit of an adventure and I think as long as you have a good attitude, good sense of humour and keep in mind that it's not forever, you can make a lot out of the situation :) Best of luck! Can't wait for future posts. Karen x

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