I hate packing. For as much traveling as I’ve done and do, you would think I am a packing pro. But I’m not. I absolutely suck at packing.
Example: Whenever I would leave home to return to college, my mom would take one look at my suitcase, unpack and then repack it, and then suddenly there was twice as much space in it! Cheers to my mom, the packing queen, the real MVP.
Anyway, as you can see packing and I should breakup. But to pack up an apartment (or just what I need for the time being) was a weeklong event that included two trips to both Home Depot and Fed Ex.
Note: My dad told me that the best and cheapest packing boxes could be found at Home Depot. This was a lie. Sure, HD boxes are great, but they are not the sturdiest. And if you’re going to ship your things via Fed Ex (like me), they repack everything for you anyway, so get your boxes there.
Some of you might be thinking, “You shipped your things via Fed Ex? Dang, you must have a lot of money.” Not true. My mom gets a discount at Fed Ex through her job. Like I said, she’s the real MVP.
I ended up shipping a total of 5 HD boxes (sizes large and medium) which ranged in weight from 16-40 lbs and 1 suitcase that ended up being 60 lbs. On travel day, I only had one carry-on suitcase and backpack with me. Another note: I opted to ship my suitcase because 1) I was flying on standby and 2) it was over the 50lb weight limit and therefore cheaper to ship. Overall, we spent about $250 shipping all my crap from Indiana to Hawaii.
This great packing feat began with vacuum-sealed bags (one of God’s many gifts to earth), and ended with 3 completely used giant rolls of packing tape. I filled 3 HUGE bags with clothes that I folded to the best of my ability, vacuumed them right up and taped them tight into boxes.
I fit all of my shoes and a couple pairs of Andrew’s into a medium-sized box. Books and office things that I wanted went into a medium box, and all of my bathroom stuff went into another medium box. Bathroom stuff included: blowdryer, straight and curling iron, and a bunch of toiletries because I refused to leave them for waste and I was too lazy to return them all to Costco.
Now for the tour: I love our apartment. Not only because it was our first place together, but also because it’s hella cute (but not as cute as my little helper, Chipper). I really wish I took more pics of it when it was clean and fully decorated. And as much as Andrew loves beer, we were a wine household. Our cork collector/wall décor also posed as a basket for our beloved game corkball, which I hope to continue in our next place.
Our super comfy couch where we spent hours watching Sons of Anarchy, House of Cards, Gotham, The Blacklist, and more. Complete with my scratch-off map and our college degrees.
The view from our couch. Yes, Chipper usually hangs out right there. Behind is our TV and a part of our Andrew shrine since he was such a badass at baseball.
More living room. I love that shelf which I unsuccessfully got a picture of.
Our kitchen <3. I swear it was only messy because I was packing. And ever since we got Chipper, our place looked like we had a toddler.
Kitchen and living room decor.
Our cork decor, where we played many games of the infamous Corkball.
And our messy bedroom with the most comfortable bed. Complete with dream boards and half-packed boxes.
Thank you Cosmo, for being our first home.