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We’ve moved. Again.




We have so much junk.  And I’m happy to say that this move (the 6th one in our 6 1/2 years of marriage) is the first one where we didn’t have to haul the boxes onto our moving truck.  Steve’s new job paid for it.  (Hallelujah!)  So we packed it all into boxes……..while someone else hauled it all upstairs and onto a truck.  I felt a little guilty watching someone else haul my heavy stuff and had to tell myself several times, “leave them alone. this is their job. they don’t want your help.”  It was strange.  Besides, my body isn’t made for that kind of back hauling work.  Whew.



And while the workers worked and Steve and I finished up last minute craziness, the little ones were watching a little “Super Why” to keep busy.  Completely oblivious to what was going on around them.  In fact, when we were all done and we flipped off the TV, they looked around completely confused, and asked where all of their stuff was.  TV really sucks the life out of them. 



Glad that part of the move is over.


Now, onto round 2.


We just received keys Monday night (yes, still renters) and have moved back into a home of our own.  Remember how we just barely left Savannah, GA last June?  And then we drove and drove some more and then dropped off a stowaway cockroach in Kansas (do any of you remember reading that? ha, cracks me up to read that again!)………before finding ourselves in Colorado?  If you remember, we moved right into my parents basement apartment while my husband finished his clinical rotations for P.A. school in surrounding hospitals and clinics.  Living in my parents basement for the past 10 months has been so helpful.  And perfect for our situation.  We have really been so spoiled.  I will miss the days that I say to my kids, “What?! You’re bored?! Uhhhh….me too.  Let’s go upstairs and see what grandma and grandpa are doing!”  Or, “Hey mom, my kids are sleeping………will you listen for them on the monitor while I run to the store?”  Or what I may miss the most is while trying to drag all 3 kids out to car in the freezing temps, and my mom stops me while trying to step out the door and says, “hey, why don’t you leave the kids here?  I’m not doing anything.”  And then my dads chimes in, “Yeah, me either.  Leave them here!”  I will miss that.


And while it was so nice to have our own space in the basement……….we were kind of bursting at the seams.  So we are pretty excited to have our own home again.  My husband is finally done with P.A. school and just has to finish certifying (a big test and lots of paperwork).


Anyway, we have only moved a few hours away from family (still in Colorado though)…..but we will miss being so close.  And holy smokes, I will miss taking turns making dinner with my mom.  And my sister.  We swapped dinner duty the entire time living there.  Totally a win-win for all.  Maybe I can find a next door neighbor who wants the same gig? ;)


Anyway, changes are keeping us busy this week. 



But, I have a few things saved up.  So you’ll see me around. 


Wish me luck trying to decide which drawer will be the silverware drawer, the hot pad drawer, and the tin foil drawer.  Oh, and someone please tell me where I should store those few boxes of junk that just sit around while you’re unpacking because you just don’t know where to put the items that are inside.  Ugggh.  I know you know what I’m talking about. ;)




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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
We’ve moved. again.
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  1. Вера says:

    Добрый день. Скажите, а какой марки грузовик. на котором вы перевозили свои вещи? На сколько тонн веса он расчитан?

  2. Rachell says:

    Ugh. I feel you. We’ve moving in 9 days (2400 mi !) and this is our 4th move in 4 years of marriage, and we totally aren’t done moving. I’m glad to know I am not the only one. Good luck in getting settled! The worst of the move is over, right?

  3. Selena says:

    I can relate on the moves! I have one impending move in just a couple of months from Las Vegas to Texas. I just told my fella that we need to start packing this weekend because I don’t want any last minute “fun”. I’m hoping we’ll have help, our last moves have been like yours, just our muscles. Good Luck unpacking!!!

  4. Tiffany K says:

    We’re in the same boat! We leave in 2 weeks to move from AZ to TX and we were with my parents for over 2 years. I’ll miss someone to help with the dishes and the ability to leave the kids with my parents and go to the store, on a date, etc. It’s the first time I’ve ever lived outside of AZ, too–eek!

  5. Angie says:

    Ashley – seeing the picture of the moving van (and my old house in the background) brought back memories. I am so excited for you guys and that things have worked out so well for you. I still miss my running buddy, I am glad we got to know each other… even if it was briefly :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha…….that was your house, Angie! How funny that it’s right there in the background. Hope things are going well in Utah! Send me an email sometime……I’d love to hear how you’re doing. Got it?!! :)


  6. Brittany says:

    I’m in Arvada and have been here about 4 years. I miss home, but I’m starting to enjoy CO more and more..

  7. Crystal says:

    I have an answer for this: “Oh, and someone please tell me where I should store those few boxes of junk that just sit around while you’re unpacking because you just don’t know where to put the items that are inside.” :) Those boxes go straight to your local donation center. ;) Trust me, you’ll never miss the stuff in them anyway. I know I’ve moved more than you have! My hubby and I are about to celebrate our 9th anniversary in a couple of days and we have moved at least nine times (I may have forgotten one or two when I was counting – no joke!) during out marriage. And most of those summers were spent traveling from Utah to Michigan and back again, so it’s almost like moving minus the trailer!

    Good luck!!!!! You have my sympathy (we’ll be moving at least two more times before we finish school and have a “permanent” home)! (((((HUGS)))))

  8. Sue says:

    As a grand-mother of 5 I can say for sure that I would have loved that arrangement and It won’t only be you and the kids who miss Grandma and Grandpa watching the kids but Grandma and Grandpa are going to miss it soooooo much too. What a blessing to have that for even just 10 months.

  9. Sarah G. says:

    Hi Ashley, wishing you lots of luck on your new move…hopefully you can settle in real quick…
    It’s nice to see how you seem so chilled , even with all the moving chaos around you….Your the best!!

  10. Holli says:

    haha.. I’ve got you beat! My husband and I have moved 6 times in 5 1/2 years of marriage (and we’ve stayed put for almost 3 years!), and we’re prep-ing for move #7. I am a packing pro! On the bright side, we only have 5 more moves before retirement! Yay!

  11. Sewil says:

    Good luck on the new site! In Russia we say 1 move is equal to 2 fires and 1 flood.

  12. Maria says:

    Good luck unpacking!

  13. Donna says:

    Girl, I know how you feel! We moved last August after being in the same house 21 years! I am still trying to figure out where to put stuff! THEN, my daughter and her family moved in back in November. They are building a house and will be here another 4 to 6 months. Wishing you the best!!

  14. Anna says:

    Btw, if you don’t know what to do with the items in that box it means you don’t need them… Therefore give them away

  15. Dora says:

    Welcome to Colorado! I live in the Westminster area.

  16. Valorie says:

    Congratulations on graduating!

    I just want wish you guys the best…Thank you so much for the great tips and blog ^^

  17. Stephanie says:

    Oh buddy… boxes of stuff excite me!!! I am an excellent purger, minimalist and organizer (growing up I kept everything, so I’ve got the full circle of experience). If you need help, you can always post/send pictures of said things and I will help! :)

  18. Jenn G says:

    Love the post and Extra love that you too watch Super Why! I’m working on a Whyatt crocheted ‘action figure’ (doll) for my son’s birthday in July, if I ever finish it I’ll send you a picture! Enjoy your new home!

  19. Emily Bucher says:

    so since you are super experienced with the moving thing, could you blog about all the cool packing/moving tips you’ve learned? I’d love that!

  20. Laurel says:

    We have been living in our house for 3 years and we still have those boxes piled up in our bedroom. Good luck with all the unpacking!

  21. Paige Frakes says:

    Hey Ash! Would you message me? I would love to be able to meet up with you. We might be close to you now. We always meant to contact you when you were at your parents, but obviously it never happened. I am glad the move went well!

  22. Marisa says:

    I am so impressed with you, always.

    I read once in an organizing book about keeping things close to where you use them. I know this is pretty obvious, especially in the kitchen, but I find that as I’m reorganizing if I can keep that in my mind, it helps.

  23. Susan M Jensen says:

    Wish I could be of some help like kid watching unpack boxes , It will all come to an end . Take care of you first, children second. e will be waiting for your comeback. Just say Hi & keep in touch XXXooo LOL

  24. Dana says:

    Guess what?! We TOTALLY have that setup with our neighbors, so I know its possible! Okay, not that exact one, but dinner one night every week that we rotate. And, junk is best kept in your room until you find a place for it, out of sight for guests, and out of reach for the kiddos!

  25. Creating Sarah says:

    Congratulations on graduating! I think the wife deserves just as much credit as the student. That is hard work supporting a PA student. And good luck with the move!

    My husband will be starting his rotations this fall and we are getting ready to move after he finishes classes in the summer. You give me hope for a light at the end of the tunnel!

    Again, good luck and congratulations! I love your blog. Thank you so much for sharing so many tutorials.

  26. Diane zueck says:

    Congratulations on your husbands hard work and completion of his goals. He couldn’t have done it without you. It will all be worth it before long. I have moved seven times in my married life and I still don’t have any advice to offer. It is always chaotic! I wish you and your family the best. Just please keep up Make It and Love It.

  27. Mindy says:

    Good luck finding that friend! I wish it could be me- that arrangement seems too good to be true!

  28. Maggie says:

    Welcome to Colorado! I live in Littleton not far from HR. I was sad I could not come to your Denver Meet Up. Would love to meet for coffee, maybe after you get settled in.

    1. jannet says:

      we are really close, maggie! I’m in hr – how funny that some of us live so close to each other!

  29. Caren says:

    What I really want to know is…what kind of critter are you moving from your folks place to your new home? Hopefully something cuter than a cockroach!!! :)

  30. Sydney says:

    We moved two times in the past two years and I can feel your pain. One thing I recommend is getting that sewing room set up sooner than I did. I was twitching after a month of not even knowing where my tub of all of my notions was or having a spot to sew. I finally got that last box of odd and ends you mentioned put away a few weeks ago and it’s starting to feel like home!

  31. Heather says:

    I currently live in my parents basement with my husband and our two kids, and it can be so convienent. My 14 year old brother still lives there too so, there’s usuallly always someone there to help keep the kids happy. It’ll be hard to adjust when we finally move out, but we are so ready to be on our own. Good luck with everything!

  32. Jane says:

    Good luck in your new home – hope you will keep on posting as much as possible. Did you discover stuff in your house you didn’t know you had it?

  33. Sarah Moran says:

    Good luck with the move! As a military spouse we’ve moved a lot, but holy cow! six moves in six years! That’s crazy! Enjoy having the movers do things for you, it’s the only way to move :)

  34. brandy says:

    We’re gearing up fo our move from California to Ohio! I totally know what you mean about junk boxes. Heck, I think we still have one or two that are UNPACKED from our move from Alaska to Ohio 4 years ago! The nice thing about the Coast Guard is that they come and not only pack load our boxes, but they pack them too. Such a blessing to get any sort of help when you have to move. Good luck!

  35. kate says:

    I say if you can’t find a place for the junk, THROW IT AWAY!!! :) I am NOT a hoarder, so I am constantly throwing things away or giving things away. If I didn’t need it/use it for 6 months (or longer if its a seasonal thing) then I get rid of it… Very seldom have I wished I kept something!!

  36. Natalie says:

    Ooooh, where in Colorado? As a Colorado native, I’m glad you’re staying in the state. I love it there!! Good luck with everything!

  37. Carrie says:

    I truly enjoy your moving posts (Yes I remember your last one), even though we’ve never met I still feel as though you are a friend so happy travels and I look forward to hearing where you stash your junk!

  38. Lesly says:

    Not sure where you are in Colorado. I’m in Grand Junction. If you headed this way, let me know. I’d be happy to bring you a meal or two!

    Best of luck with this move!

  39. Daisha @ Salem Orthodontist says:

    You sound like us! We moved just 10 months ago and are moving again this week. Good luck getting settled!

  40. Kelly Hamon says:

    Yep, I don’t like moving either. in 2010 we moved from Buffalo, NY to Raymond Alberta Canada. We moved from a two floor home, full basement and double garage to a single wide trailer—not so easy. Talk about having too many things? We had to sell, throw out and/or give away tons of our things–yep I don’t like the moving process either :)

  41. Carolyn says:

    Good luck unpacking! The last time I moved we had the luxury of moving a few boxes at a time. I can’t imagine what it was like boxing everything up (with three little ones in tow)! I’m sure, though, that you’ll make it look easy, just like everything else you do!

  42. Leslie says:

    Our moving day may be here sooner than I would like as we’re building a house (that will be completed at the latest in Nov) and already have our house on the market (and if it sells then we may have to move twice – fun fun!). I’m praying for the perfect buyer who can hold out until the first of November to close! ;) Good luck finding a home for those boxes of miscellaneous items.

  43. jannet says:

    ugh – moving is rough!! thankfully, we haven’t moved too many times. our biggest move was from arizona to colorado (all previous moves were in arizona – within 10 – 15 miles of each other). i hope the unpacking goes well. where in colorado did you move to? i’m in highlands ranch …

  44. Mindy says:

    I totally remember the roach story, EW!

  45. Rachel says:

    Ugh – we’re getting ready for our 7th move in 3.5 years. I can’t imagine doing it with kids! I always feel bad about watching the movers, too, but this time we’re not hiring so I guess the joke’s on me ;) I hope the rest of the move goes smoothly!

  46. Traci says:

    Good luck unpacking! We’ve moved many times already in our short 5 years of marriage and have never hired movers (have had lots of help from our church ward though). Thankfully I’ve been pregnant or holding the newborn during each move so I’ve pretty much never had to lift a box. We’re moving again in about a month (finally BOUGHT a house, not renting) but, low and behold, I’m pregnant again. Sorry hubby :-)

    For this move, all the spare boxes of stuff will go in the new baby’s room until I can figure out where it all goes (not due until October). All my other moves, I’ve shoved everything that didn’t belong somewhere in our master bedroom. It usually takes a month or two before the master bedroom gets done.

  47. Iuliana Blakely says:

    Sorry…my blog name has changed and forgot to change the autofill, so I had to comment again.

  48. Megan says:

    Oh man I’m in the same boat! We just bought a house and close on May 24th. To save some money we are moving out of where we currently live and in with my mom until we close. While we are at my mom’s everything that can stay packed is staying packed!! Good luck finding places for all the odds and ends from the boxes.

  49. Iuliana Blakely says:

    We just moved to CO a few weeks ago and I still have unpacked boxes. As for the ones you mentioned with contents that has no home yet, I stacked them all under my desk and on top to the ceiling. Yes, I have a lot of those boxes with…junk in them. Which town did you move to?

    1. jannet says:

      where in colorado do you live? i’m in highlands ranch. :) this is our 2nd year here – spent 34 in arizona.

    2. Iuliana Blakely says:

      We are in Broomfield, which is North Denver. I am actually going South today to buy some chalk paint. Did you ever buy some locally?

    3. jannet says:

      i have found the chalk paint at hobby lobby & michael’s. but they come in small containers, so if you’re wanting to do a big wall, i’d try home depot.

    4. Becky says:

      Lowe’s has chalk board paint if that is what you are talking about.

  50. Sami says:

    Good luck with all the unpacking and sorting out of stuff! It seems to grow as you unpack … After moving from Europe to Australia we still have a dozen boxes in the garage that were opened and we thought we didn´t really need that stuff, so they are still there! Time to throw the stuff out I think! I would hate to move again, I think every time I move I have more stuff!!!

  51. Kelli says:

    I’ve only moved once as an adult and it was about 200 yards from our trailer on the back of our property into our home we had built. So there was no moving truck, there was my Mom and I packing boxes and my husband and Dad driving them to the house and coming back. Still…it took me a month to get everything settled and situated. I don’t envy you at all, but wish you best of luck getting all of those box contents into their new homes. :)

  52. Alysha says:

    Good luck with settling in! I have those boxes of junk sitting around that I don’t know what to do with just from moving furniture around to different places. You know, the “I’ll just clear off the desk while we move it and put all of it back when we’re done,” type boxes. On a side note, I really love your blog! We are kind of on the other side of the school tunnel, just finishing up undergrad and applying to PA (me, hopefully) and dental (him) school with our little guy and one more coming in the next few months! It’s lovely to have people to look up to and see it IS possible and there IS an end in sight! (And I also just got a sewing machine a few months ago and have a pinterest board filled with links to your blog of things to try now that exams are over & before the baby gets here! Post more boy things-ha!)

  53. Lynette says:

    Oh man, moving is all we did for our first 3 years of marriage! We moved probably 8-10 times across Utah because of school/internships/summer jobs. Thankfully we didn’t have kids yet (the first one is due next week!), but it was still rough. I’m so glad you guys had moving people this time! I’m sure that helps a lot! And good luck with those boxes of things that are looking for homes. We’ve been in our home for 9 months and I still have a few things that are tucked away in a closet without a real ‘home.’ I hope that your home is awesome, and I hope that things go well with your husband’s new job!

  54. CIndy says:

    I can SOO relate. I’ve been married 15 years to my HS sweetheart, have 3 boys (1 born in each state we’ve lived in) and 4 weeks ago moved from VA to FL. We spent 4 years in PA/6 years in 3 towns in VA and a few years before that in FL. We are finally HOME near family and plan to stay here a long time (crossing fingers!!) I must say that having people pack up and move for you is awesome!

    Enjoy your new home and hope you can stay put awhile! Cindy

  55. Becky says:

    will you share what city? exciting that you’re still so close to your fam!!!

  56. Barnicles says:

    Good luck unpacking! wow you must have a degree in moving from the university of life!

    I cant wait to try out your camera bag tutorial and baby romper for my sisters baby! thank you :) love your blog

    Barnicles x

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