Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: The Fun of Moving into a New House... the boxes

The Fun of Moving into a New House... the boxes

Many people have been emailing me asking to see pictures of the new house as I just moved this weekend.  I've been here 4 days... do you really think the house would be set up to show off?  Not on your life!

I remember the first house I bought when I was 24.  I was so excited that I unpacked and set up my house all in 1 day.  Yes, 1 day!  Then, the next house I bought, I had to combine households with my then fiancee, and it took about a week to get all the boxes unpacked...

This time, it's going to take more than a couple of weeks!  We have so many boxes, plus a child added into the madness!

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here are some pictures of the house...

Do you recognize the "Temporary Office Chair" from last week?  The kitchen is smaller than my old kitchen and the pantry is also much smaller, so I haven't been able to get things put away yet, but there are two counters that are cleared off!

Here is my Formal Dining Room... Nope, there's no table, just a bunch of boxes.

Here's my Office.  I don't even have either of my printers hooked up yet.  However, we did find my old DELL that I was planning on taking out and smashing to pieces a few years ago... Maybe I'll get to that now.  Look how thick that thing is. It's very HEAVY!

Mike has been working in my Temporary Office Chair this time... At least I have a computer on my desk.

And not even the Guest Room is set up so my mom can't come and visit just yet.  My question is, who is going to take that box off the top of the stack?  Why do movers do that??

**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.

Comment balloon 17 commentsDonna Harris • April 28 2009 01:14PM


Funny... think these are the photos they were asking about? not likely... most people expect your home to look like something out of good housekeeping as soon as you move in.. for most of us, it may look like "home" within a month or 2....

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 11 years ago's what friends are for....5 of my gal pals organized and put away my was a while before I could really function efficiently but the boxes were gone and was's always far more time consuming than you'd think .

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 11 years ago

Hey, Donna. You were not kidding. It makes me want to build a fort. LOL, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 11 years ago

hi, Donna:
Welcome to Austin!

Your kitchen could pass for some occupied's I have visited.  If it makes you feel any better, it took my wife and I THREE YEARS to unpack the last few boxes from our move to Round Rock.

The Stage Coach Home Staging

Posted by Michael Fontana, @ The Stage Coach (Round Rock Home Stager Austin Home Staging) over 11 years ago

Donna, you look like you are doing fine. Moving out is one thing throwing things out and meeting a deadline. Moving in is chaos too, but then again there's really no deadline. Boxes everywhere. Hope you found the silverware. Thanks for sharing your latest episode.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Sheila, My house needs a "good housekeeping", but it won't be featured in Good Housekeeping for quite a while.

S & D, My mother in law unpacked a few things for me to "redo".  Never again!  I need to unpack so I can put it in the right place the first time.

JiMaria, WOuld the fort unpack itself?  I would like to see that!

Michael, Sad to say that the movers did move some boxes that were never unpacked at the other house, 3 1/2 years there!

Gary, Yes, we found both sets of silverware the first day.  Just found all my canned goods today just in time to make some home made spaghetti sauce tonight!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Hi Donna... everytime I have moved it has looked something like that.  The worst was when I moved from my 3 bedroom house in Austin to my 700 Sq. Ft. Co-Op in Manhattan.  Don't even ask me about that.  Hang in there and make sure Alyssa doesn't get lost in the unpacking mess!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

I LOVE unpacking into a new home... NOT.  Im not a big fan of packing either, but I would prefer to pack than to unpack.  Typically, my wife let's me and the boys move the furniture while she relaxes and then we get to relax while her and the girls unpack.  :-)  Seems like a fair deal, except when something needs to be moved... again and again and again.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 11 years ago

I never understood the decorative designs on a mattress & bockspring, especially dark colors. What if your sheets were white? oh well, who cares.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 11 years ago

We still have boxes to unpack and we haven't moved in 25 years. (Never missed the stuff either.)

Posted by Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team (Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams) over 11 years ago

Steve, Talk about downsizing!  As for Alyssa, she's having fun climbing the ladder and the stairs over and over. These stairs aren't spiraled like the other house, so we haven't even put up gates yet. She's running all over the place, and she got the first room with no boxes in it! I finished tonight!

John, I've been doing all the unpacking while Mike works on the garage and getting our entertainment center to fit the tiny nook, so he's been modifying it for 4 days now...  It doesn't sound "fair" to me.

Greg, Me neighter and I do have white sheets, but not on that bed...

Kathy, Really?  Wow!  Time to throw those ones out! I don't have any boxes that are "that" old. The oldest packed box I have is 10 years old, but I've been waiting for a daughter to give the stuff to.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Donna you'll have it under control just in time to move again. Your husband must be in sales, as companies tend to move sales people from time to time. Have to take those moves to move up the ladder.

Posted by Carl Winters over 11 years ago

Hi Donna, I see that the big fluffy chair made the move fine...I bet after a day of unpacking that chair can be very relaxing with Alyssa by your side!!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 11 years ago

Donna~ Congrats on the new home! We have moved over half a dozen times in the last 4 years. The only advice I can give you is - TAKE BABYSTEPS! Try allotting "x" amount of time each day for unpacking so that you are sure to still get in "you time."

You'll be done soon enough :)

Posted by Jessica Cox, Dallas Home Staging (Perfectly Polished Home) over 11 years ago

C & C, It's kinda in sales as his company has to sell the parts to the customers, but he's an engineer getting their parts to work for many big companies such as Dell, IBM, TI, Raytheon, Motorola...

Teresa, Yes, the chair is great and I'm sitting in it right now!

Jessica, 6 times in 4 years?  Are you crazy??  Are you one that lives in the homes you stage?


Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Donna - yes, USED to live in homes we staged :) We haven't moved in the past year now, since we bought a home. Boy has it been hard for me to stay put! I'm starting to enjoy it more now...but the first 6-12 months I was ready to move on to something else.

I think we were half crazy!?!?

How is the unpacking coming along?

Posted by Jessica Cox, Dallas Home Staging (Perfectly Polished Home) over 11 years ago

Jessica, The unpacking is going SLOW as I have no where to put everything. I went from an office with tons of shelves in the room including a walk-in closet with shelves and drawers, to an office with 3 walls and a window...  I have no idea how to unpack!!  Where do I put my "stuff"?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago