Moving is nothing new to me. During college I lived in 5 different places and then when I moved to San Diego I lived in two different apartments before we bought our house. I alway had moving down to a pretty good system. I was able to fit most of my stuff in the back of a truck. Clothes went in trash bags and got stuffed wherever they would fit. All my other stuff would go into file boxes. Pretty simple. Now that we have been living in our house for 10 years and have two kids, things are a little different!! I have been slowly packing as much stuff as I can into moving boxes and putting them in the garage. It’s amazing how much stuff you can amass in 10 years. Now that a large portion of our stuff is nicely organized in the garage, thanks to me, it doesn’t seem to be as overwhelming. We still have a lot to do, but every little bit I do gets us closer to Colorado.
Hey, Pat here. I can’t let Shae fill this post with lies. Nothing is “nicely organized in the garage.” There is a massive pile of boxes on one side of the garage, which used to be nicely stacked (by me), and then all kinds of random crap thrown out in the garage. I guess Shae got tired of actually putting things in boxes. Also, it’s a good thing that Shae and I haven’t had to move in the past 10 years or we may not have made it this long. Have you ever tried to pack things up with an ADHD spouse who wants to do anything other than pack? We were in the middle of trying to get the garage packed up when she said she had to take something inside. About 10-15 minutes later I wandered in to find out what was taking so long and she was cleaning out the drain in the sink. She will do pretty much anything to avoid packing. It’s the best! Okay, sorry for the interruption. Back to Shae’s rambling.
Another thing about moving that people don’t really think about is all the things we need to do to the house to get it ready to actually sell. Painting, patching, carpet shampooing, etc. There are also things that need to be done like some electrical work and plumbing work. After spending 2 hours on a GFCI outlet, we finally said fuck it and decided there are just certain things that the new owners will have to do. Hmmmm, I wonder how many “fuck it” moments the owners of the house we buy will have that we will have to fix?
It was actually more like three hours spent on the damn outlet before we put the old one back in and decided that’s a “next owner problem”. We moved on to replace a different outlet instead just so we could get a win on the books for the day. That outlet went much easier and we got it replaced in about 10 minutes. We were really proud of ourselves until we turned the patio light on at night and tripped the outlet. Yup, we even screwed up the easy one. Fuck it.
I have to say, I think Pat and I have been working really well together so far. He goes on travel, and I pack shit up. He comes home and says, “good job, Babe.” Hopefully we continue working well together when he is actually home for more than a few days at a time.
This is pretty much accurate. In my defense, sometimes I text her while I’m on travel and “remind” her to do things while I’m gone.