As discussed in my previous posting, Rosemarie and I have begun the initial phase of getting ready to pack up the house and stick the “For Sale” sign in the front lawn. Actually I lie. Our Home Owner’s Association prohibits any kind of signage on the front lawn. The rules say nothing about my standing out there naked and yelling that the house is for sale. Of course, this may scare off buyers instead of attracting them. A simple, tasteful sale sign would be more practical, but HOA’s do not factor in “practical” when they make up their rules. But I digress.
Anyway, this is not a drill. It’s a big move—we’ve been in this house for over 22 years. What all this means is that my life is suddenly, compulsively preoccupied with an assortment of lists. I’ll explain. First. What is known:
- We need to pack and pack now.
- We need to have the house listed by June to fit the timing needs of young parents who want to live in our community so their children are ready for fall registration at the “A” classified elementary school around the corner.
- We definitely don’t get things done as fast as we did when we were younger.
Second: What is NOT known:
- Exactly where we are moving!
- The logistics of storing things between houses
- The logistics of storing us between house
- How much is all this going to cost us?
In the meantime I have discovered that our lives have become divided into three piles:
Pile 1: Things we will keep and need to be packed and stored.
Pile 2: Things to sell via the Internet or at one mother load garage sale.
Pile 3: Things we need to give away or throw away.
I haven’t yet developed a list of lists but I sense one will exist soon enough. One danger in the packing process that I have found disturbing is the stop and reminisce phenomenon. This happens a lot when you unearth something you haven’t seen for a while or maybe even forgot you had. So there you sit, spending time getting reunited and bonding with whatever item it is you have rediscovered. It usually reeks of fond memories and lots of nostalgia—the two enemies of efficient packing.
Okay, enough time spent on blogging. I’ve got packing to do. Watch this space for further updates on the Great Move as they develop. Breaking news will be posted whenever I get around to it.