The First Step

This weekend was the first time we said it out loud to someone outside our family:

“We are moving” …

Since many of our friends and family knew Dan was chosen for this job back in early December (yes, the process has taken THIS LONG for him to finally get a start date for his orientation!), most knew it was a good possibility.  Plus Daniel chose to write about it in our annual Christmas letter, stating that if it didn’t happen for some crazy reason, we’d just send out a retraction letter. 

And so, we are taking the first small steps to pack up our house … and I do mean, tiny steps since these 6 boxes of history books, labeled by the time period they are about, don’t even make a dent in the amount of books we still need to pack:

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I’ve been storing up diaper boxes and shipping boxes for a while in our garage, in hopes we’d be moving.  Plus our friend has given us broken down boxes from his job – unfortunately, his boss is moving right now too and gets dibs on the shipping boxes for a while. 

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And to begin my grand plan of “staging” our house for sale (won’t be going on the market until March or April), I took down a lot of family pictures from the walls.  Going up our stairway, we had pictures of each child, taken at each age plus one baby picture (ie, age zero) – so for Drew that’s 15 pictures; Annie-Belle that’s 13; and for MiMi, that’s 4 = 32 framed 8×10’s.  Plus a bunch of other pictures from all over … we have A LOT of pictures of our kiddos and family, that’s for sure!!  The cat (this is our little sickie, Ella) loves the high perch the boxes afford her: 

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As I look at my house through the eyes of someone who might want to buy our house, I see so much that needs to be done … SO much!!!!  I’ve been swiping at cob webs and dusting … and wishing I were a better housekeeper.  But day by day, we’ll get a little bit done.  That’s how you eat an elephant … and how you get a house ready for sale. 

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3 Responses to The First Step

  1. Tanya says:

    Ella is cracking me up! ;o) Little by little…….keep it manageable. Organizing and labeling and packing and home improvement and cleaning are not bad skills to throw into your school day either. ;o) The kids will need to know that someday, too.

  2. Dackel says:

    We have state liquor stores here and they have an entire wall of empty boxes! Yay!

  3. Our best resource 18 months ago for moving boxes was Craigslist and Free Cycle. Other people who had just moved put their boxes and packing materials onto these sites. We just had to go pick it up. We had more than we could ever use and when we were done, we put it all on Craigslist and those who needed it all for moving took it off our hands. You may want to check it out!

    BTW, I LOVE packing/moving and just looking at your pictures makes me want to clean out something. 🙂

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