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Moving

I’m moving house. So if I don’t respond to emails or comments on the blog immediately, I hope you’ll forgive me.

I’ve been in this house forever, and I thought I’d stay here for the rest of my life, but it badly needs renovating — new kitchen, new bathroom, new laundry and more — and that’s been on the cards for several years now. Friends have been urging me for years to sell this house and buy another, but I’ve resisted that. I love my little house, and it’s in a nice quiet street, with nice neighbors and is close to public transport and walking distance to shops and a few good restaurants, and just down the hill is dog park where I walk my dog (see pic below). So I haven’t wanted to move.

But I’ve had continuing bad luck with tradesmen, and now, after waiting more than three years for the last one — with no contact at all over the last 18 months (though I know he’s working), I’ve given up. Last week, in a rush of blood to the head, I bought another house, and now am madly getting this house ready for sale. 

Which involves a great deal of decluttering. Having been in this house so long, I have accumulated so much Stuff, I can hardly believe it. Books, beads, clothes, craft stuff, workshop notes, and who-know-what. So I’m trying to divest myself of a lot of it. If I had more time I could sort and cull things more thoroughly, but I don’t have the time for that.

And I have to bite the bullet and get rid of things I am attached to. But I don’t use them, and it’s pointless taking them to the new house, so they’ve got to go. I know I’ll feel so much better — and lighter — when it’s all done, but oh, it’s hard. So many little things send me down memory lane and it’s hard enough not to get distracted, let alone give the things away. 

But I’m getting there. Not that you’d notice at the moment — the house looks like a bomb has hit it and my poor little Milly-dog is slinking around, worriedly following me from room to room and getting underfoot, wondering what on earth is going on — because this is not normal! Poor little sausage, she likes her routine.

The new house is gorgeous. It’s the same era as mine, and looks a lot like it from the outside, but it’s a little bigger, and fully renovated. The only thing I’ll need to do when I move in is get a dog door put in for Milly. And unpack. And do some more decluttering. I wanted to take with me only the stuff I was keeping, but the timeline is tight and I don’t have time to sort everything now. 

So please forgive me if I don’t write back to you for a while. I do love getting your comments and emails and I appreciate the time you take to write. Normal service will be resumed in a few weeks, I hope, and in the meantime, I’ll try to keep you up to date here on the blog.

This is dog park, and I know we’ll miss it when we move. But the new house is only five minutes drive away, so it’s not as if we can’t come back here for walks and to play with other dogs.

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theo
theo
7 months ago

Moving! Oh! The excitement! OH! The dread! Oh! Good luck! It’s absolutely amazing how much stuff we accumulate not realizing how much we’ve accumulated over time. I know. I’ve made four moves. Way less than some, way more than others. Each time, astonished at how much ‘stuff’ I have that I don’t need and honestly, don’t remember having.

Good luck, Anne and happy moving. Poor Milly. She looks so confused. I hope she finds happy in her new home. And you too. :)

Melissa
Melissa
7 months ago

Sending blessings and good cheer for the whole moving thing messy though it is. It is all exactly as it is supposed to be (and other irritating notes when stress is at a maximum). Breathe. Smile.

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 months ago

Moving is SO exciting! Much luck with yours!

Annette N
Annette N
7 months ago

I do not envy your tasks. But, I know you will be very joyful once things are settled. May you and Milly find all the best places to enjoy the sun in that new house.

Take care and God Bless.

Melanie
Melanie
7 months ago

Best of luck for a “painless” move. It is so emotional (positive and negative) when moving; but ultimately always such a great step in life. Enjoy the new space and the new decorating/gardening opportunities.

Enisa Haines
Enisa Haines
7 months ago

Oh, Anne. I commiserate with you. I’ve lived in my home since 2000 and no intention to move. But like your home, mine needed renovations. Finally got around to it last year and oh, all the stuff I had to pack so the painters, electricians and plumbers could do what they needed to do. So very many boxes. Over 40 of general stuff. And about 70 filled with books! Time to declutter. Soooo hard! But wow, the lightness in my home and in me when done. The Salvation Army got all the things I wasn’t keeping so I’m sure everything… Read more »

Linda Ortiz
Linda Ortiz
7 months ago

Congratulations on your new home!

Shelagh Merlin
Shelagh Merlin
7 months ago

The dog park looks idyllic. Good luck with moving and decluttering. I hate doing both and have sworn to die in my current house. You have my sympathy. I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.

Margot
Margot
7 months ago

Moving is always a chore, worse when you have lived in one place for so many years. I always want to find a good home for things I no longer need or want but are too precious to be tossed. We moved our business and home 16 years ago and thought we had it down to bare bones, but the new house was so empty, now it is no longer. I am getting older and need to once again go through all my stuff.
Wishing you a smooth move and time to settle into your new home.

Malvina Y
Malvina Y
7 months ago

Hope it all goes well Anne! Hard to do but worth it in the end!

Gill
Gill
7 months ago

All the very best for the future. I have been in my home since I was born (59 years ago come March 4th) so I do not want to even think about ever having to declutter!!!

Vicki L.
Vicki L.
7 months ago

Good luck with the Declutter, weeding and purging. It is such a chore to do it in a non-hurried way but to do it in a hurry is even worse. The upside, you don’t have to live through the renovation process with all the ins and outs and bangings of the workers. I totally feel your pain as we have been in this house for 33 years and it is sooo easy to hold on to items that are out of signt. Good luck holding on to your sanity and trying to do your day job as well!

Pam
Pam
7 months ago

Sounds like you made a good decision, although cleaning out will be hard. I wish you the best of luck with your move and many happy years in your new house!