My house is perfect right now. Super clean. Tidy like it hasn’t been since we moved in here. Doors close securely. Shelves are level. Caulk has been caulked. Bulbs have been replaced. Paint has been touched up. Windows have been cleaned. Mulch is mulched and pansies are planted. It’s been a lot of work, and we’ve done it all for someone else. Because – big news! – we’re making a move.
As much as I love our beautiful home and as much as I cherish the time we’ve spent here, it’s more than we need. There are three staircases in here. There are rooms that we use almost exclusively at Christmas time. There’s enough room in the garage for a few extra cars and a family of four. We love it, but we don’t need it.
I’ve said before that the whole situation with MS has inspired a bit of clarity in my priorities, and I think in Matt’s, too. This is part of it. In the coming years, I’d like to spend less time keeping a big house tidy and more time on just about everything else: family, friends, travel, who knows. Something much smaller and more efficient will leave more time for all of that. And I never thought I’d live in a new house, but we think building a house will give us a chance to create a space that’s just right in every way. And one that will continue to fit our needs in the years to come. So that’s the plan.
When we told John about building a house, he observed that it would probably take a REALLY long time, because there are only three of us, after all. Just three of us out there swinging hammers. We explained that other people would help us with the actual building. (I love that his concern was the time it would take, not the fact that the three of us are completely incapable of building anything.)
So, here’s where things stand. We know we want to build a house, we definitely want to stay within a few miles of where we are now, and we agree (thank goodness!) on the kind of house we want to build. But we don’t know how long this house will take to sell. We’re still working on finding someone to design and build the new house, and we’ll still have to figure out where to live where this is all going on. True to form, we’ve gotten lots of books about the process. We wouldn’t be us if we didn’t build a library on every topic of interest (sustainable building practices, using salvage materials, small houses). We’ve also bookmarked lots of websites, and are starting to make phone calls and have some meetings that will help lead us to next steps. So far it’s been both informative and a lot of fun.
We’re embarking on quite a new adventure here and I think it’ll be a great one. Really looking forward to seeing what comes next.
P.S. Will it be terribly sad to leave this house? Of course. I’m sure there’ll be more to say about that.