Here is an idea of what the houses/apartments are like. Most places do not have closets. NATO will be giving Adam and I two armoires for the duration of our stay. Homes do not have carpet. We have been informed to purchase many area rugs before our move. Easier said, then done. I don’t know what sizes or how many to purchase. Most homes do not come with light fixtures. Buying lamps was easier than buying area rugs. Most places only have refrigerators, no freezers. We probably will be shopping every two days. I like food shopping, so this isn’t a problem. It’s common for homes to only have a washer machine, which is usually located in the kitchen or bathroom. Ok, so most of this stuff is different from our homes in the states, but I’m excited to adapt to European ways of living. We are looking at an area called Woluwe-St-Pierre. It’s supposed to have great restaurants, farmers market, a beautiful park, and a metro station all in walking distance.
When we arrive we will stay at a hotel. This could be up to 30 days, depending on when we find a place. Before we start house searching we will be briefed on how to rent and restrictions on areas that we can live. I’ll write more about this after it happens.
Mentioning restrictions, we have decided to sell both cars and plan to buy a little European car, beep,beep. We don’t want to be restricted on where we live with the size of our car. It’s also harder to have things fixed on American cars in Europe. I’m pretty excited to see what we end up with.
We will have three pack outs for our move. Express move, storage move, and then our main move.
Our express move is September 30. Our limit for the express move is 1,000 pounds. What will that include? Everything we need to get by for a month or more. Sheets, a couple of towels, supplies for a mini kitchen, a couple of pots, pans, bowls, glasses, silverware. I’m brining extra shampoo, skin care products, toilet paper (I’m picky on toilet paper), paper towels, cleaners…etc. We will also add extra clothes.
Our second pack out will happen October 17. This will be everything we want to put in storage for the next 3 years. Not only will these items be our garage stuff, but a lot of our 110v appliances, patio furniture (Not going to chance taking patio furniture and then end up not having a patio or storage for it. I guess I could always turn a room into an outdoors room), Books, games, and some photo albums.
We will be out of our home on Oct 24 after the main move. Let the living out of the suitcases begin. 1 week in the lodge on base, 2 weeks visiting family and then our flight to Belgium. Once we get to Belgium we will have a month or more of suitcase living. I might have some good tips on how to travel with limited items by the time we get all of our stuff.