After a five hour cleaning fury, we were ready to move in. It's hard to imagine a place so tiny could have so much dust. We are renting a house from a friend of a friend of a friend. The kind owner has stored many old boxes of boxes (my mother has this same fixation- pretty empty boxes that maybe one day will come in handy) on the top shelf of the only closet. Cardboard boxes are a dust mite's haven- particularly the old ones. After removing all of these and double bagging them I got to business with my dust mite dander neutralizing spray and a tiny powerhouse of a Japanese vacuum cleaner. I don't understand how our US versions are twice as big with half the suction. I wrapped all the futons in dust impermeable casings and placed them into the closet, put our clothes into the closet, squeezed in the girls' toys and flattened our duffle bags into the very same closet. This is where previous travel to a country comes in handy. I knew we would never have the storage to store empty suitcases so we used all duffle bags that could be stored flat at the tippy top of a closet. If I didn't mention it before, I lived in Japan for 3 years teaching English in my early 20's.