I haven’t blogged in a few weeks because we have been busy moving. Surprised? I was too! Tom found a place near his office the day after Christmas and decided to rent it the next day. I had a week to pack and we officially moved in to our new place in Naples on January 4th- the same day Little Man turned 8 months old. We had been living an hour away from Tom’s job in our old place, but now we are only 5 minutes away. I’m already loving his new commute.
Moving is always stressful, but it is also a great time for me to get rid of all of the junk I have accumulated over the year. This is our 7th move since we have been together and at this point we are averaging a move a year. Each move gives me the opportunity to re-evaluate what possessions are the most important to us and why. Because we move so often I have never been a big knick knack fan, but I do find that I love my hanging pictures. They are a quick and easy way for me to personalize new spaces.
The main thing that I have come to realize from this move is that I don’t need a big house or lots of possession to make me happy. We had to sell and give away lots of furniture and clothes in order to make this move. A year ago we lived in a 4 bedroom house. We moved from that house to a 3 bedroom townhouse and now we live in a 2 bedroom condo. It wasn’t easy making this transition, but I have to admit that I am much happier in this teeny tiny space with my amazing family than I was in either of our last two homes. Because of this move I may be able to stay home with Robert longer instead of having to go back to work when he turns one.
Tom was concerned about downsizing to a condo. He kept mentioning that he never thought he would be living in an apartment/ condo with a young child. I have to admit that I had that thought too. We tend to think that as we get older we will “have our shit together” and move on to bigger and better things. I honestly thought I would be living in a house with a white picket fence, a dog, a garden and kids playing in the yard at this point in my life. Things don’t always turn out as planned.
Instead of being concerned that I’m not living like I had planned, I am going to focus on the positive things. The best part about this move is that we are saving around $600 a month. Sure, the hot water doesn’t last long and the only big burner on the stove is out, but I am much more fortunate than many and I have to keep telling myself that. I have to remind myself during every lukewarm shower that we are saving money. And shorter showers are good for the environment, right?
Plus, this place has crown molding. #winning
I hope to post some pictures of the new place soon.
Robert’s naps are getting shorter and shorter, so blogging may be a little hectic for a while.
Have you ever had to downsize? How did you deal with it?