Chaos & Sentimentality

Oh man. Today was moving day (a.k.a. my SO’s birthday). We’ve been up since 6.30 and everything hurts. Everything has been moved though, so that’s great. I mean we hired movers obviously, but still! Nothing broke, and only 1 thing didn’t fit through the Dutch narrow af stairways, and has ruined my plans for the hallway you enter the house through, but I’ll live. How long will the chaos last though? I’m already so over this move, and just want everything in its goddamn place.

I’ve also been a bit sentimental about the old house, like “aawh, this is the last time I do this”. The tiny garden with it’s pretty trees by the water will be sorely missed, but one shouldn’t underestimate the joy of not having to maintain (even a small) garden. Plus we have a terrace and a roof terrace. No trees though 😦

Did I mention that everything hurts?


(Just before the movers arrived.)

The Move

The move is getting very close now – in a month we have the key for the new house (and then we go on a week-long vacation, excellent planning). On Tuesday the moving company dropped this neat little stack off:


And my SO is still convinced that that’s too many boxes. We will see… (When we moved here 9 years ago, we had 40 boxes worth of stuff. This time they gave us 150…)

Meanwhile, we’re both already going “…when we’ve moved…”, imagining all the things we can do when living in a city instead of suburbia. Like… walk to the city and have a drink and/or dinner! This is what we’re moving to though:

Met 5646 inwoners per vierkante kilometer is de stad Leiden sinds 2014, na Den Haag, de dichtstbevolkte gemeente van Nederland.

“With 5646 inhabitants per square kilometer, the city of Leiden is the second most densely populated municipality in the Netherlands after the Hague” (source)

So, for someone complaining about how busy it is in this country, that seems like a good choice. Yep.