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Thoughts on moving

November 18, 2012 · 3 Comments

We have been in our new home for 16 days and we LOVE it. Although we are far from settled and we haven’t figured out our new routines, it is home. I thought I’d share some of my random thoughts (since I don’t know how to be anything but random) about moving, renting our former place and the transition to condo living.

  • Moving is a lot of work. Hiring movers was the best decision we made and I will never go back. Worth every penny.
  • When we put our house on the market more than a year ago, we purged. We pitched, donated and gave away so much stuff. When we were finally ready to move, we got rid of a lot more. Now that we are in the new place, we got rid of even more things! Less is more people. You don’t NEED that candle holder you loved 8 years ago that’s been in your closet for the last 5. Not sure? Invite your 17-year old niece over for the weekend. She’ll tell you what’s what.
  • We found renters for our old place using a rental company. Easy peasy. At least for me – Brette thankfully handled all of that. He also was smart enough to have them manage the property going forward. It’s a huge relief already.
  • Living in a condo has its quirks. we can hear people walking in the hall above us. I’m used to it now but the first night freaked me out.
  • Everyone is concerned about the dog. Lily was confused at first, but really is loving life. She gets to go to a dog park three times a day. Fetch. Sniffing other dogs. Wrestling with Colby the Golden Retriever. This is her life and she is thrilled.
  • 5:15 at the dog park is doggy happy hour. The place is packed! I think someone should bring a portable bar out for the owners. And a coffee cart at 7:15. And a night cap at 9. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
  • My new kitchen is big and spacious, but lacks storage space. Brette will be building an island (yay!) and we bought this to help with storage. It fits the industrial look of our space.

  • Although we moved into a condo, it is more space than we had in our house (it was just a little guy!). It’s big and open compared to our small little rooms. It still seems a big foreign and we’re just not sure what to even do with it.
  • Interior design and arranging furniture are not strong suits of mine. If anyone is interested in coming over to give me advice, I’ll happily hand you a beer or fill your wine glass.

That is it for now. Even though our new place has a long way to go before it seems “ready”, we’re open for visitors at any time.  Cheers!


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  • Cheryl // November 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply

    Loved your talk on pitch and purge. We should all move every five years or so, so we are motivated to keep our stuff down. After doing our kitchen we went thru everything in the a inlets and doors. Ill just say uffdah to that. Excited for you that you are trying something new and different and making the most of it. A new job, a new living situation…sounds like you are on the move. And yes, hiring a mover is the best!

  • Monica // November 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply

    um, hello. more pictures please.

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