Pack, Purchase, and Prepare

We found our new place! I’m excited and nervous and keep flipping back and forth like I’m on a bipolar roller coaster. It’s driving everyone around me absolutely insane. So now we pack, purchase, and prepare. There’s so much to do to move in 3 weeks. We have to pack our whole lives up. I did not realize how much crap I collected in the last 20 years. It’s like going through a a dump to find a few gems. So I’m filling trash cans, packing the good stuff, and giving away the stuff I no longer want or need.

In the meantime, we are shopping for furniture and everything else.

We both have been living with family for a while now, so we don’t have anything to take with us but our clothes and collectibles. My mother has been amazing! She bought us things we need for our new place for Christmas. And she gave it to us early so we have it to get started. She also has been going through her kitchen and finding duplicate things she doesn’t need and giving them to us to get started. I don’t know how we would have been able to do it all without her help. She’s been the best!

Those things that Mom didn’t supply, we have been purchasing a little at a time. There’s furniture, kitchen stuff, cleaning stuff, and all the incidentals you don’t think about normally. We went on a short shopping trip at Walmart and found a lot of the little things we needed like the shower curtain, trash can, and toothbrush holder for the bathroom. Check room complete! Then we found some things that Mom didn’t provide for the kitchen like spatulas, a spoon holder, canisters, etc. Check room in progress! Then there’s the furniture.

We found most of our furniture from others. We found a sectional, tables, desk and wardrobe from freecycle. Nice, free furniture to get us started. We found our dining room table from Facebook, it’s an older table which is very well constructed and beautiful. Now we need a coffee table for our living room, and chairs for our dining room. Mom and Dad also gave me a desk for my computer. We are taking my headboard and buying a new mattress and box spring. Check Bedroom complete! Check living room complete!

Now the packing began. We packed my collectibles in just two short days. (Although I’m not sure anyone but me thought it was short.) Then books, and shoes, and some clothes were packed up too. Most of my jewelry and workout stuff is ready to go. We still have to pull out my china, but my crystal, silver, and serving pieces are out and ready. It’s amazing for only having one room in my house how much stuff I have collected! The attic is another place we need to dig into. There are decorations for every season in volumes up there. And Christmas will be right around the corner when we move too! I have bins on top of bins of Christmas. Luckily not so much for the other holidays.

Preparing for this move means both financially and emotionally. It’s a huge change in our lives. It will affect our available money for fun things some as well. However, we both are pretty much homebodies anyway. The only exception to that is we love to eat out. And we will need to curtail this to a degree. But the trade off is being able to come home to each other every night!

We are on our way, have told our families and they are supporting us, mostly. There is one on each side who doesn’t seem to be happy for us, but that is to be expected. My guess is they are concerned that either we are making the wrong decision or they are jealous and afraid to be left behind. Neither of which will happen! We just are ready for the next step in our lives. It’s exciting and nervous and causing me to have the wildest dreams on earth!

Wish us luck in the last few steps of our plans. Step one – compare a mover to doing it ourselves. Step two – pack the rest and pull it all out. Step 3 – sign the lease and put the money down. Step four – moving day!

I wish everyone finds someone like I have in my life. He is the love of my life, and challenges me when needed, and supports me when its appropriate. It’s a great adventure and wonderful life!

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