To Unpack or Not

Well it’s been a busy Monday.  Aren’t they all.

I can’t believe that one week ago today, I was flying home from Mexico City and was in the airport blogging.

But that feels like ancient history.

So does the move into our new house that we did last week.


Today I had a few odds and ends that I needed to unpack like all my cookbooks (I have a cookbook review post with a brief review of each of these books)…

Those are just a few of my cookbooks.  There’s at least 5x more not shown.  Not exaggerating.

…But I never got to unpacking them.  I almost don’t even care.  That sounds awful but I don’t use cookbooks very often!

Everything is either stored in my head or I find more inspiration from blog and internet reading and websurfing than from books.

I did go to the post office and mail off a package and had to figure out what’s going on with my mail and had to sure it’s being forwarded since I haven’t received any mail at my new house yet.  It just takes time though.

My post office is always a zoo.  No matter day of the year, time of day, there is always a line.  I try to avoid the place like the plague because of that.

I also had to hit up the bank

And I did it all in horrible weather.

Courtesy of InstagramLove.

I wrote a few blog posts (including writing a recipe post so I don’t forget what I used and did), edited some photos, did change of addresses online with various companies but had to make phone calls to a few other companies and service providers.  Exciting stuff.

Yesterday I went for a run and snapped this picture with my iPhone camera

It reminds me of how pretty nature is.  I love purple so much and nature makes the prettiest shades of purple, doesn’t she?

I am glad you liked the Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

I got yes’es from Foodgawker and Tasteologie which made me happy!

Make them.  They only have 5 ingredients, are naturally gluten free, but they are full-throttle, full-on peanut butter flavor.  Which I loved!

It was fun to hear if you’ve ever been a part of a Secret Recipe Exchange or Secret Santa type exchange.  And many of you have.  With some interesting items and gifts to show for it!  I have loved my first month in the Secret Recipe Club and plan to do it again next month!

The winner of the Summer In a Box Giveaway is:

Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple July 15, 2011

Summer means to me: swimming in the frigid Pacific! Wetsuit of course. This summer is at least 5 degrees warmer than last!

Congrats, Marcia!


1. When you move into a new place, how long does it take you to unpack?

I know some people say it takes them weeks, months, and even years to fully unpack.  I am not one of those people.

I am the type of person who will stay awake for 36 hours straight if it means I get unpacked and put everything in its spot and place.   Pre-moving helped immensely with this and although not all my moves have I been able to pre-move things in, when I have been able to, it’s a lifesaver.

I am also the person who washes dishes at 3am after a party to make sure I don’t wakeup to a messy kitchen and a sinkful of dishes.

And I am the type of person who goes grocery shopping after being back on U.S. soil for one hour or the person who hangs curtains and lives at BB&B for days following a move.

But back to the unpacking, I almost have anxiety if I am not unpacked so I do it all as soon as I can!

2. Are there things you moved that you never end up unpacking?  Or things you moved that you’re wondering why you brought it with rather than donating or trashing it? 

I always wonder this as I re-move and unpack shoes that I haven’t worn since our last move.  Or the move before that.

Same with kitchen items and clothes.  It’s like, why am I saving this?

Sentimental value is great and all but there comes a time when I just want to give away everything that I haven’t used or worn in the past 3 to 6 months.  <– Usually I use the 1 year rule but even that seems a bit long lately.

We all have so much stuff that we don’t need.  And it’s just more to take up space and more to unpack and the chances of using said items seem to go down and down as time passes.

I am a huge, huge donater.  I donated many carloads of possessions just before this move but could have donated even more.

But it seems like one day I will want those cookbooks, well at least a handful of them are gems, so for now they’re all in a box waiting for me to get a burst of energy.  And a place to put them.


  1. I LOVE getting rid of stuff (I donate of course, don’t just throw things away unless they are truly unusable). I just can’t stand clutter and extra STUFF laying around, which happens so effortlessly it seems.

    true story about unpacking: I spent the summer of 2007 in Tucson, Arizona and STILL have not unpacked my (huge) suitcase from that trip. It’s sitting nice and pretty in my guest bedroom. Have absolutely no idea why I avoid unpacking it. one of these days…….or not, LOL.

  2. I am the same way with unpacking. I’m so excited to find everything a new place I run around like a crazy person unpacking and putting things away. I find it fun, actually! I’m also a cookbook hoarder! I recently had to buy bigger bookshelves to house all the cookbooks and food related cookbooks. Such is the life of a food blogger, I suppose. Congrats on foodgawker and tasteologie! I had one of my photos accepted to FG and tastespotting today. It’s always so exciting to get a picture posted! I’m sure it helps that all your photos are gorgeous! :)

  3. I feel the same way about my cook books. I love them…but I just seem to rarely look at them any more. I find tons of inspiration through blogs. We have a mini post office in an Ace hardware nearby. I always go there vs. going to the real post office because the line is wayyyyy shorter.

  4. I had a lot of cookbooks I didn’t read (and a lot of books I didn’t read), so I got rid of them! I recently got interested in the minimalistic lifestyle, so I have been shedding off lots of unneeded possessions! Even though I moved to Michigan with only five medium boxes, I am still getting rid of stuff. It is so liberating– and totally opposite to my the rest of my family. Among the many reasons I am excited to become 18 and move out, that is one of them. I can have minimal artwork and stuff and have my house the way I want it!

  5. dammit! i knew i forgot something at tjs! i wanted to get that chocolate & sugar grinder so bad! instead i opted for the african spice blend which is controlling my entire life right now hahaha. which you also need to try (if you haven’t already yet!) btw i’m the same way with cookbooks, i love buying them but rareeeely ever use them! i’m just too lazy in the end of the day haha

  6. I used to keep everything, but now I’d rather get rid of clutter. I love the saying, “Cherish the memory, not the item.”

  7. I’m like you–I can’t rest until everything is in its place. I can’t stand to live among boxes!

  8. WOW you got ALOT done today ;)!! I have days where I feel like I DID so much, but my list is still SOO long!
    And I am the same way with cookbooks. I have so many, and some are still in boxes..I am addicted to them, but rarely open them!

  9. I usually have a few boxes that never get unpacked. My recent move only involved what I needed and was used. Junk/clutter drives me crazy.

    Post offices are so busy. I hate having to mail a package out because there is usually a long wait. One trick I use though, is to get there before they open (about 5-10 mins) so you can beat the rush. It can be a pain but it is worth getting the trip over with in the morning.

  10. Yes I am the type who stays up all night and unpacks. I moved in with Jason the day we got married (that happened to be the only day that worked for his roommate to move out and for me to move in) and after our wedding we left on our honeymoon (we stayed in a cabin off of Lake Superior). We left 2 days early because I was dying to unpack and put things away. I know, crazy. But knowing that we had boxes all over the place was driving me nuts.

    And yes there were some things I never unpacked — nice dishes, books, stuff from my childhood, etc. But since then I have unpacked and gone through everything and donated lots of stuff. I’ve been getting rid of things like crazy.

  11. I love to unpack right away, it relieves stress and is soothing for me to put things in their places. Most of my ‘why do I still own this stuff?’ stuff is at my mom’s home where I grew up and occasionally go back to but what I have with me now is mostly what I need and use on a day to day. It’s kind of nice to keep them separate but if I can live without that stuff now it really means I should just get rid of it!

  12. I’m just like you on my unpacking, dishes, food shopping, etc. In fact, I do my food shopping BEFORE I leave for the weekend just so I don’t have to do it Sunday nights!

    Whenever I unpack, I always send tons of stuff home to my mom’s. She LOVES it…I think at 23 and still in school it’s still legal!

  13. It takes me one day to unpack. I start it the second I get home, and finish it the next day if possible.

  14. When we moved into our new home I unpacked as quickly as I could. If i didn’t unpack it right away I hid it in a closet so i couldn’t see it…It would have made me crazy!!!!

    Brooke Annessa

  15. hah, my post office is the same. there is some sign up about service and speaking to a manager if your wait time is over 5 minutes…. I have never waited less than 20. Even if I go when they open there is a line outside. It’s ridiculous.

  16. I moved last year and found a box of stuff I had been looking for since my previous move three years prior. lol

  17. Unpacking takes a week time :)

  18. I unpack immediately, but there are still things I can’t find from moving a few weeks ago. like I just found my old laptop case that I had packed in my snowboard carrying case. Random things like that.

    And I donated TONS of stuff too, yet I still gave my friend about 10 shirts and a couple pairs of shorts when she was here this past weekend. I never wear them, they don’t fit, WHY am I keeping htem?!?!

  19. the place is looking great! It usually takes us a couple of weeks to unpack and organize. My goodness, I never want to move again!!

  20. That’s a great iPhone pic!

    Unpack? What’s that? Some things we NEVER unpack because we expect to move again and don’t need it out, lol. We’re in constant ready-to-go mode. :roll: Hopefully our next move will be the last one for a long while. Fingers crossed, anyway.

    Horrible weather? I didn’t know that was possible in paradise. :lol:

  21. Busy day for you! I don’t use cookbooks that much either and when I do, I tend to modify the recipe so much. :-) That’s awesome on the cookie photos, congrats!

    1. Depends, probably a couple of weeks. I try to get it as functional as possible, but there are always a few misc. boxes.
    2. Rarely, but I got rid of so much for our last move across country.

  22. I get most of my cooking inspiration from blogs too! Enjoy your new house…moving is so much fun! (Well, maybe not the moving part–it’s being there once you’ve moved that is the good part. Haha.)

  23. I’m the same – I have so many cookbooks, but I never use them. Whenever I want to make something, I always turn to blogs (usually yours!) or my own imagination.

    I love getting rid of stuff. I agree that we all have way too much stuff, and never use half of it. Lately I’ve been redecorating my room, and thus going through old stuff. Tossing things out or donating gives me such a high. I feel like I’m making space in my life, simplifying, reaching for a more meaningful, rather than materialistic, life.

  24. I absolutely hate unpacking. i wish i could just snap my fingers and have everything put into place…Bewitched style!

  25. Your cookies look yummy and your pics! Real beauties! It really shows how far you’ve come with your photography – wow! No wonder you got some yes’es on that! :-)

    I’ve stopped counting my iced coffees, but I must be closing in on ten since I first tried and I’m still(!) amazed how good they are, haha…I’m not friends with stevia, though. Bitter does it for me.

    Seriously, if I lived near you I’d bring food offerings and fresh coffee for you and Skylar just to sit around and read your cookbooks. I don’t use cookbooks either, but I love to browse them for inspiration, haha..

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  27. When we moved back from the USA we had 90% of our stuff in storage for a year while we stayed with family. After getting our own place and moving everything, we realised we hadn’t missed 50% of the stuff and donated all of it rather then unpacking it and having to move it again next time.

  28. I’ve stopped unpacking childhood nostalgia. But I don’t want to get rid of it. So it just moves around with me, still boxed,

  29. Well considering I have lived in this apartment for over three years and have never fully unpacked, I’d say that’s the most! It was supposed to be temporary and it just keeps getting pushed longer and longer. Thankfully the stuff is just some pictures and decorations that I can live without.

    The post office near me is always like that; a complete zoo. In fact, I tend to drive out to one that is about 15 minutes away just so that I can get things done faster. But what’s funnier is the DMV. The one in my town is always at least an 90-120 minutes of waiting. So I drive to one that is half an hour away, and even with drive it’s so much faster. The longest I’ve had to wait there is 10 minutes. Seriously, I don’t care how far away it is. I hate waiting!

  30. I am the unpacking-not-matter-what-time-it-is-person, too. I can´t sleep when it´s untidy.
    And yes, I have a few things that I actually do not need and should donate or sell, but when I was moving the last time, I did not bring the things INTO our flat, but stored them in our cellar, which is a huge progress, I think :D

  31. I’m the 3am dishwasher!!! I remember a few years ago when I had a party and stayed up till around 3am doing THREE sinkfulls of dishes because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep with all the dirty dishes, pots, pans, etc in the kitchen. I also remember feeling quite accomplished when it was done :)

  32. I’m currently moving. I HOPE to be fully unpacked and organized within a week. Decorating will take longer.

  33. I am crazy and unpack everything the first day that I move in.

    When the hubby and I moved out of our parent’s homes and into our first place together three days before our wedding. It was crazy! The day that the movers came, the hubby was at work, and I had all the furniture put together, and the entire house unpacked to surprise him when he got home from work and walked into our first home together for the first time.

  34. The last time we moved we rented a bin and tossed SO. MUCH. STUFF! I didn’t want to take unused crap along with us!

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