Packing up the Little One-Bedroom

On Monday, I turned in my final report and completed my last two finals. My final semester of my undergraduate career is finished. :D

Breathe.

I felt relief that I was finally finished with my exams, however I didn’t feel any more elated than I normally would. I think that’s because I can’t relax quite yet since both Andrew and I’s family will be coming up for the weekend for our graduations, and then that Monday we will be making the four-hour move back to St. Louis.

Oh my goodness, I hate packing.

We started packing up yesterday, but we both kept getting distracted and we didn’t get as much done as I would have liked. Then, two of our friends are transitioning between apartments and needed a place to stay for a couple nights. Normally, I would have no problem with friends staying – and I still don’t – it just makes everything a bit more chaotic having two extra people with us in our small apartment while we are trying to pack up.

Today was my last day of my internship. It was a bit bittersweet. I really enjoyed the environment I was in and I love working downtown, but I’m also happy to be moving on. It’s not a position that I would want to take permanently, but it was perfect for just this year. My coworkers brought in snacks and sweets on Monday to celebrate and say thanks, which I thought was really nice and I wasn’t expecting. And I never say no to cookies. ;)

We have been squeezing in time with friends in this last week here and there, and it’s making me so sad knowing we will have to say goodbye. We’re meeting up with different friends on Thursday, and in between now and Friday, I’m going to try and finish up the rest of the packing. We still have so much to do – I haven’t even touched our bedroom or the kitchen. It makes me just want to throw everything out because you don’t realize how much stuff you have until you have to pack it all up! Haha, I’m only slightly joking, though.

We’ve thrown out quite a bit already: old papers and documents that we don’t need any more, a printer that only works about half the time, and old textbooks that we couldn’t sell back or aren’t worth anything. I want to throw more out, but my mom wants to have a garage sale when we come back that way someone can find some good use for the stuff we aren’t using anymore, so that’s the plan. It will be good to be able to really go through everything and do a good bit of decluttering and some major reorganizing.

I think it’s really hitting me now, that this is it. This is our last week in Kansas City. It’s all a jumble of different emotions and I think I’m still processing everything. I might be a bit of an emotional wreck this weekend once we graduate and pack the trailer up.

It’s crazy to think that Andrew and I have almost been married for a year now, and I’m a little sad to say goodbye to the apartment that we turned into our first home. But change is good, and I’m ready.

16 thoughts on “Packing up the Little One-Bedroom”

  1. I feel you with just wanting to throw everything out. Sometimes I tempted to just toss half my stuff out. XD The joys of being a pack rat.

    It must be so sad having to say good-bye to friends and stuff. And packing sounds like a pain. Its a pain enough packing stuff just to put away. But you’ll get through it! Good luck with the move!

  2. Good luck with the move! Moving so far can’t be easy. We moved a two minute car journey from where we used to live and it was so stressful. Hope it all goes well and your new home is happy!

    It’s sad that you have to leave everyone behind, but congratulations on graduating! Hope you both have a great time – can’t wait to hear how it all goes!
    xxx

  3. Congrats on finishing everything and graduating! Parting ways is hard, but I still keep in touch with my college friends. I made a stronger bond with them than any school friends previously. Plus, being adults makes it easier to make trips to visit each other ;)

    Oh man, every time I move, I throw away so many things. It’s amazing how things just pile up. Even when I was living in smaller apartments, I didn’t think I had that much stuff until it came to packing. Good luck with packing and the move!

  4. Congratulations!! :D

    That would have been so hard to pack and also try and accomodate guests! >.<

    It's good that you were able to take a lot away from the internship and that because you did want to move on, it probably wasn't as difficult as it could have been. :)

    I really hope that everything goes so well in the future. It would be hard with so much change, but it can be a good thing. <3

  5. Ahh, Becca, I’m so happy for you! Congrats! :) I had to move out of the apartment I was living in too! It’s the same city I was raised in but 30 minutes away from my childhood home. I bet your move is more bittersweet though! You’ll probably be back to Kansas City for reunions or for something else eventually. :) I met a girl that goes to my school the other day from St. Louis! LOL I thought of you.

    1. Aw thanks Laurie for thinking of me! :)

      Yes! We will visit Kansas City often. We actually have two weddings scheduled for this year so we will be visiting at least twice. It’s very bittersweet, but I think we made the right decision. Guess we’ll find out. ;)

      1. You’re welcome!! I really enjoy reading your blog. I remember I read your post from your senior year in high school! You’re really smart!!

        College has been a great learning experience for me and allowed me to grow so much. I’m a different person from when I started.

  6. I’m so happy and thrilled for you! Congratulations on graduating!!

    Good luck with the move! I hope you guys are able to move okay and with out any hassles. Even though you’ve had a few friends over, I’m sure you’ll be able to get more done than expected.

    I honestly thought you enjoyed your internship? Were you still working at the theaters? I don’t remember if you quit or if you still worked there? What are you going to do back in St. Louis?

    1. Thanks Jamie!

      I quit the theatre last May before I went home for the summer and then I started my internships for a company downtown in September when I came back for school. I did enjoy my internship, and it was great experience, it’s just not a position that I would want to stay in forever. I just think there are better things out there for me. :)

  7. Awww :( I hope the move goes well. Packing is a major pain. I remember moving just from one neighbourhood to another that’s 10 minutes away, and that moving experience stressed me out!

    Congratulations on finishing up all your coursework! I was actually elated when I finished my last exam, but I didn’t have a huge move on my plate like you did, so I don’t blame you for not feeling elated. *hugs*

  8. Congratulations, Becca! You did it! Hope the both of you will have an exciting graduation ceremony and everything that follows~ I’m a month away from graduating and I’m already dreading on moving out!

    Goodbye’s are the hardest, but it’s never the end. Good job with all of your hard work! You deserve the good that’ll come in the future :). With college and your internship being over, time to get into the Big 4? ;)

  9. Congratulations! I saw the grad photo and I was excited for you both. :)

    Good luck with the move and I hope that it goes smoothly. I know goodbye’s can be stressful, but it doesn’t just have to end there. This is the good kind of change and I’m sure that the future will bring great things for you and Andrew!

  10. Change is a good thing most of the time. I am sure you are trying to look at this move more positively, and it won’t take away all the good memories. I think there can be a real attachment to a first home – I haven’t been there, but I can imagine it might be different for different people. In my mind, personally, I don’t have a huge attachment to my room and home where I live with my parents now, because over the past couple of years I have trained myself to think more about the valuable experiences I’ve had rather than the places or things that are associated with them. I’m sure that wherever you live in your life you will have good memories. :)

    It was very nice of your coworkers to hold a little farewell for you! I am glad that you walked away with some experience under your belt. :)

  11. Moving definitely has its own way of sucking. >.> Packing isn’t fun, either, and…blah.

    Congrats on completing your undergraduate :)

    I have the move back home goes safely for you two! <3

  12. Moving sucks, but in the end, you find a better place to put down roots,if not now, then later. But life is always about change <3 I'm happy that you completed your undergraduate classes! Many more classes to go if you wanna go further!

    I only see this move as the beginning of something better with you and Andrew and it's been a year, already? Wow, time sure does fly. Glad you made memories and glad you've kept them and while moving does suck, know you'll go somewhere better and it will still always be home, regardless.

  13. Congratulations Becca!! Graduation is finally here! A new adventure awaits when you move back to St. Louis. It must be nerve wracking but I can understand how it can feel surreal. Oh gosh, moving is the perfect time to declutter and also to do a cleansing of the home, what you will deem is valuable enough to continue in your next journey. I hope the move goes well!

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