The Experiment

I recently got cut to half time at work. This area is poised for another housing market crash. My family is in another state, one I happen to want to move back to at a time when it would be prudent for me to be closer to them. And by selling my larger house and moving to something smaller, I’d have a good deal of my retirement saved.

Am I ready for this move? I’m not sure, but I think more and more that I am. And so I’m going to try something. I’m going to pack. Pretty much everything in my house will be put away into storage boxes so that I can move quickly if I find a job. Pretty much everything will be moved to the basement so I can sand and revarnish the hardwood floors of this house. And I will try living in one or two rooms, with occasional use of the bathroom and kitchen, at least until the floors are done. My guess is that I won’t care about moving things back upstairs and that I’ll be able to get rid of a lot more as I pack it and realize how much of what I have I don’t need… and didn’t realize I had.

So… wish me luck. Tomorrow I pack at least one room. Am I nervous? You bet. I’m planning to start with the most difficult room, and the one I’ve sorted through the least in.

 

*Feb 10*

The packing didn’t go so well. I started shredding, and did get a lot accomplished, but that room still looks like a tornado hit it. In better news I have a box of shredding to recycle and two large and one small bag of items to go to the free store tomorrow. I also have TWO empty cabinets/dressers that are nearly empty and should be listed on craigslist soon. I haven’t gotten rid of everything in them, but what’s left should fit in one regular suitcase, so I’m very pleased.

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About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

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