Moving Transitions: Living In Limbo

Great solution for living out of suitcases while moving

Well guys, I’m all packed up with nowhere to go!

In case you didn’t hear the big news, I’m trading in the cold but beautiful shores of Lake Erie for the warmer ocean lined ones of North Carolina. I guess my snow shoveling days are over. I announced our move back in May, and here we are in August temporarily moving into an apartment until we can buy a new home. Ugh, slowest move known to man.

There is nothing worst than living in limbo during a moving transition.

There is nothing worst than living in limbo during a moving transition. You have to select what goes into storage, versus what goes with you into temporarily living. You find yourself living out of suitcases, forgetting small items that can make or break daily life. Then there’s the worst case living scenario of moving from a hotel, to an apartment, and possibly back again! This is our challenge as we finally hunker down in a furnished apartment, and leave our things in storage in an entirely different state. Not my idea of a great time or a good move.

At least I’m getting through this move as gracefully and efficiently as possible. Want to know my secret weapon? My good friends over at EzPacking gifted me a set of Storage Cubes for my move, and this Complete Bundle packing set. This has made all the travel, moving, and living out of suitcases as painless as something like that can be, so I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Storage Cubes for transitional living

Let’s go back a few months, back to when I was just preparing my house in Ohio to go on the market. I needed to start packing to be in a temporary living situation for an unknown period of time, yet keep the house perfectly show ready until the move date. Ya’all, I just about lost my mind trying to keep a magazine qualtiy perfect house with three kids. Why did I do that to myself? Oh right, because I was afraid my house wouldn’t sell! Oh the joys (and stresses!) of buying and selling…

It’s hard to keep a house attractive and box free while packing. That’s where the EzPacking Storage Cubes came into play. I packed clothing, towels, and bedding I would need in temporary living, but could do without for the moment. Then I stored them attractively within our closets, where it was organized, all together, and easily accessible when moving day came. I think it helped a lot to keep things in the house a bit more minimal than normal for the moving process…it just shows better!

Packing the car for a move

I admit, I was rejoicing when the day came to leave for North Carolina. No more stress over keeping the house perfectly clean and perfectly beautiful every moment of the day just in case there was a showing.

The Storage Cubes were easily carried out (yay for handles!) and stacked into the van on the eve of our big drive down to North Carolina. Even our suitcases were sporting superhuman levels of organization with packing cubes! Being an organizing junkie, I was totally geeking out about how well everything stacked in the suitcase and in the van.

Superior luggage packing set

It would be 9 hour drive to North Carolina, and my glee over the perfectly packed cubes wasn’t going to hold me for 9 hours. Plus I was determined to make the most of my trip, so I broke up the drive into two parts and stayed the night in beautiful Charleston, West Virginia, where the kids and I spent the day touring the town and enjoying the WV State Museum (which is free and fantastic by the way!).

EzPacking Cubes for travel

I mention this because I had already packed my suitcase with the things I would need for a business trip I would be taking just two days after having arrived in North Carolina, and another for a trip the kids would be taking… well I didn’t have any more available suitcases for my overnight stay!

Travel tips

It turned out to be no problem at all! I kept one small and one medium sized packing cube just for what the whole family needed overnight, popped them a cloth tote bag, and took that bag with us into the hotel! Much easier than lugging a suitcase for a single night. It’s nuts all the things we use our cubes for, and now my girls have laid claim to a cube each for all their storing needs.

We are happy to finally be in North Carolina, it was hard to be apart from my husband who came down early for the new job. Now are “settled” (ha!) into a temporary living apartment for the moment, and still keeping our linens and winter clothes organized in Storage Cubes the closet. But I am so ready to be in a home of my own again, where I can unpack, paint walls, and feel comfortable.

Wish me luck as we go house hunting this week!

Psst. This isn’t my first time using packing cubes from EzPacking…last year I shared how thrilled I was to find the ultimate organized suitcase solution for travel! I even provided you with my handy dandy free printable travel checklist! Did you miss it? Check it out here.


*A special thank you to EzPacking for graciously gifting me these incredible products. You made my moving nightmare bearable! 

Follow EzPacking @ Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more great packing tips! For my international readers, EzPacking does ship internationally, but you’ll want to contact them at contact[@]ezpacking[dot]com for a custom quote on international shipping

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14 Comments on Moving Transitions: Living In Limbo

  1. Anna Sanders
    September 14, 2017 at 5:09 am (4 years ago)

    Congratulations on your successful moving transition. It was actually worth the back and fourth stress. Thanks for this. God bless o your new place.!

  2. Eva
    April 25, 2017 at 6:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Those big storage cubes on the right are also from EZpacking?

  3. Anima
    August 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm (5 years ago)

    wow.. hearing about them for the first time. It is a genius solution. I think they could be used for extended travel too – especially for people like me who take months long vacations with huge suitcases 🙂 isn’t it?

  4. B.Dillinger
    August 20, 2016 at 9:29 am (5 years ago)

    I new to following you, so didn’t know you were MOVING! I just read these fantastic posts about a copper pipe cabana + basement makeover so thought for sure you’d be in the house for like? Ever. Anyway thrilled that you are on to the next adventure and of course can’t wait to see what magic you whip up for the new space. Safe travels.

    B. Dillinger

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm (5 years ago)

      I know, can you believe it? I hate to leave my newly remodeled spaces behind…but you are right, it is a new adventure! 🙂
      Thank you so much for following, and for the kind well wishes!

  5. Jennifer Baus
    August 19, 2016 at 12:26 pm (5 years ago)

    This is a great read. I am going to pass it along to my military friends. We move A LOT. Like every two to three years. We just moved back to NC from Italy and wow, We lived out of suitcases both in Italy and NC. We are still waiting on our household stuff to get here. Love your packing solutions and will remember them for our next move (hopefully not for a while) Thank You!

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you! Wow, you guys must be masters of moving and living in transition. 😀 I can only dream of going to Italy, but I’m looking forward to making NC home base. 🙂

  6. Suzy @ Worthing Court
    August 19, 2016 at 7:02 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Ursula. Glad you finally made it! Were you at Haven? I looked for you there, but never found you. Anyway, good luck with your house hunt and hopefully we can meet up in the near future!

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 19, 2016 at 8:09 am (5 years ago)

      WHAT? Oh maaaaan… yes I was there! Well, I’m glad to be here, and yes we will have to meet up sometime soon!

  7. laura {not a trophy wife}
    August 18, 2016 at 10:17 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Ursula
    Been following you for a bit! Missed the move news! The most important thing is you are together again! Enjoy the adventure. There is something about having a break from painting! Think of the pinning you can do! Good luck with next steps! Laura

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 19, 2016 at 8:09 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much Laura! Haha, and thanks for the reminder that a break can be good! 😀

  8. Madeline @ Ellis & Page
    August 18, 2016 at 9:54 am (5 years ago)

    We just made the move to North Carolina as well! We bought a house in January and didn’t move in until June- so I definitely know about the transition stage! Good luck with the move and I can’t wait to follow along on your journey!

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 19, 2016 at 8:12 am (5 years ago)

      Oh wow! You really had a long transition! Well, good to meet you “neighbor”! I’m thinking the NC bloggers need to get together sometime! 🙂


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