Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Getting into a New Home is Terrific; Moving is Hell.

The first night we spent in the new house was December 19th. My children rented a big truck and they packed it with everything they could get into it that we would need right away  (beds, coffee pot, etc.) Since then, we have all gone back to the townhouse and packed, loaded, transported, unloaded, and unpacked as many boxes as the local liquor store could supply us with.  We are not done yet, believe it or not. Since then, another 23' truck has been loaded, delivered and unpacked, as well as numerous car and van loads. 

Didn't I just go through this 2 1/2 years ago??? We got rid of soooooooo much stuff then, and it boggles my mind to have to try to decide what to get rid of this time around. 

As Jim says, we are trying to put 15 pounds of crap into a 5 pound hole. It isn't "that" bad - but close.  Our former home was 3700 sq. feet. The townhouse was 2,500 sq. ft. and the new house is something over 1800.  

My problem is being able to decide where to keep things and it appears that the only way I can make those decisions is to have everything we still own here to look at. The movers have not been contacted yet, as we want to move all the small stuff ourselves and let them handle  only  the larger pieces of furniture.  Trying to live with half of what you think you need is mind-boggling, but then I try to imagine what it would be like to be homeless, and I remember to be grateful that we have a roof over our heads - and a pretty nice roof at that. 

8 comments:

tiff said...

Downsizing hurts, but when you realize that all the stuff was only really getting in the way (after a certain point), it's nice to live with less. Hey, your house is still nearly twice as big as ours! :)

kenju said...

I am too attached to things that belonged to my family (mom, dad, aunts, etc.)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Like you, Judy, I am very emotionally invested in all my family things---photo's, furniture, china, silverware, etc., etc., etc.....
I think you and Jim are very brave to make this move and smart, too. No Stairs is a BIG BIG thing, as we get older and creakier....(lol) You must be exhausted!!!
Hopefully all will be settled in soon, my dear....Hugs to you and Jim and to that Darling Kitty of yours, too! How is she adjusting to her new digs?

Granny Annie said...

We are all such slaves to stuff and the sad part is when we are gone, none of our kids want it. I am trying to spend this year getting rid of things but it is to hard to let go.

Granny Annie said...

We are all such slaves to stuff and the sad part is when we are gone, none of our kids want it. I am trying to spend this year getting rid of things but it is to hard to let go.

LL Cool Joe said...

I am trying to de-clutter too. It's so hard to part with stuff but at the end of the day that's all it is, stuff. But still we need some of those things around us to bring us comfort and enjoyment. Good luck with the move it sounds a nightmare, but it will be worth it in the end.

robin andrea said...

Downsizing is a big transition. We carry around a lot of stuff for sentimental reasons, and they are the hardest things to part with. But, it does make life much easier to let it go. Good luck!

Pat said...

And you are not alone.