Before moving we sold, gave, donated, and threw away a lot of stuff. Two couches, a chair, bed, mattresses, and a lot of electronics. We were worried about our shipping weight limit and were also concerned we may move into a small(er) home when we arrived in Germany.
If anything, the opposite turned out to be true. We’re currently living in the largest house I have every lived in. Now were kicking ourselves a bit for not bringing all of our things with us; at the same time, it’s nice to have a fresh start when furnishing a new place. We’ve moved enough to know that everything you own doesn’t necessarily fit well in a new place. And, with all of the moves we had been through, some of our older pieces were starting to show their age.
Knowing that we are far from settled, and not wanting to spend an incredible amount on high end pieces, yet still wanting something aesthetically pleasing and somewhat durable, we did what any reasonable family would do… found the closest Ikea.
Now, here’s the funny thing about “the closest Ikea”; it wasn’t. I had told The Hubby the closest Ikea was in Frankfurt (outside of northern Frankfurt to be precise). When we selected the couch we wanted, I went to see about having it delivered. That’s when we found out that there was a closer Ikea (by about 30 minutes). We were out of the Frankfurt delivery area, but since it wasn’t in-stock at their location, it would be delivered from a warehouse in four weeks. So, the rest of the trip (and to this day), it has become a joke (fully at my expense). “Hey Hubby, could you hand me that book? This book, are you sure it’s the closest?” “Sweetie, do you know where the remote is? Are you sure it’s the closest?”… I’m sure you get the idea. Never fear though, we didn’t mind the drive (Hallo Autumn!) and we got to see Frankfurt (well, at least drive by the airport and the outskirts).
(I didn’t know Kazakhstan has a ski team!)
That adventure was just about two weeks ago now. In addition to finding out Frankfurt is not the closest Ikea, we also learned we could order items online then file a VAT form (the customs form that allows us to be reimbursed the 19% sales tax) after we take delivery. So, while we were physically at Ikea, we only purchased a few small items and scheduled the couch to be delivered.
Then came home ordered three additional book cases (two for the homeschool area and one to use in the entry), two chairs, and a new work table for the homeschool room. Thank goodness for Google Translate! And a word of advise for those who haven’t traveled in the EU, a lot of stores (even big international stores like Ikea), don’t take credit cards. It’s cash or an specific debit or pre-paid cards. Same with ordering online.
I’m just going to end this post by saying: