Thoughts On Moving


I mentioned in this post that we're considering moving. Actually, I should say I'm considering moving. Both my kids are perfectly happy here and do not want to move.

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I think my desire to move might be that I've never considered this my "forever home". I picked this house more with my head than with my heart . I thought that we would only live here about five years, build up some equity and move our family on to bigger and better things. But, I wound up a single mom with two little kids, Jacob was just 15 months old and Olivia about to turn four (still babies really). The thought of moving at that time seemed overwhelming and staying put in our current house represented some semblance of stability for me and my kids during and very painful and unstable time.
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(Ok, you know that you are really over your divorce when you see this picture and all you can think is, "Man! I really want some cake.").

The past 9 years have just flown by and every spring, I still get the urge to move. It eventually passes and we wind up staying another year. This year, the urge to move didn't pass as quickly as it usually does. I even went so far as to contact a realtor, who was going to come over and give me a market value on our house. I chickened out though. It did make me look at our house through a potential homebuyer's or realtor's perspective though and it was eye opening!

Truth be told, I'd rather spend my money on pretty decorative things rather than more practical home maintenance things. There are things that I've neglected to repair, or get repaired, that need to get taken care of.

It's not that this house is horrible. It's not that I don't appreciate what I have. I do appreciate our home, very much. We've made a lot of memories here. Most all of them good memories. But, I realized that no matter how much I fixed up this house to make it prettier, I still can't make the kitchen bigger (no room to add on). I would like a kitchen that's big enough so that when Jacob and Bocce decide to lay in the middle of the floor on the rug on a busy weekday morning we're not tripping over them. I would love two living areas so that when we have family and friends over there's one room for those who want to watch TV and another room for those who just want to sit and talk. A fourth bedroom would be nice too, as an office, guest room, craft room. And, I would love a bigger yard so that if our neighbors happen to be smokers, we don't have to breathe their second hand smoke.

Sometimes you have to forget what's gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what's coming next.

So, you will probably see some more home maintenance type projects around here, like fixing the cracked stucco on the front of my house, repairing the bathtub handle that's been broken in my bathroom for years, finally getting around to painting the trim moulding and doors that never got painted when the I painted the walls. Plus, I have so much clutter that I need to go through and purge. Nothing glamorous or dazzling, but necessary things that need to get done so that next spring, if I get the urge to move again, I will know that our house will be ready to put on the market. If that's what we eventually decide to do.

Whether we decide to move, or not, I do know one thing that still holds true. It doesn't really matter where we live, as long as we are together. 

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by and read my blog. It means the world to me.


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  1. I agree with you. Our house is 1400 sqft and we think about buying a different house all the time. Then we think about moving, finding another house, redecorating, etc. We love our current house but wish we had one more bedroom.

    Take Care,
    Mandy Jean
    www.mandyjeanchic.com

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    1. It's always something with houses. Yes, the thought of putting my house on the market and having to keep it super clean all the time, and packing up all of our stuff and moving does seem daunting at times. We'll see what happens. Thanks for leaving a comment. :)

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