We survived the move into my parents’ house and everyone is still married.
Critter had let me know that he is totally fine with everything because anytime I I dare to venture more than 10 feet away from him, he screams. We are well and truly joined at the hip right now. BFFs for sure.
If you were to look in our “closet” you would see that I am probably still living in some sort of low-grade denial because even though all of my things on hangers are hanging, all of the dresser things are in suitcases and I just cannot be bothered to organize them. Related/unrelated, I really probably could straight-up pack up all of my running gear for the time being since I am not…running. Just not mentally there yet, people.
I will not lie, there are some perks. Mom cooks dinner. There is full cable (we cut ours and switched to Sling in January). We planned our first date night!
On the other hand, it is still exhausting because we have movers coming on Sunday (we’re set to close on the 24th) so every night after dinner we have to head back to the house to pack. Who would not want to do such a thing after a long day of work/Critter tending?
Over the past month, we’ve toured four more houses. Two were absolute “nos” and the other two were definite possibilities if the price drops. All of this is to say that we have no idea where we’re going next. At least open houses give us something to do on the weekends?
This is me, trying to write a normal blog post.
As you can see, Uncle Billy was home this weekend! Critter was still on the mend, but he was happy to sit next to him and play, pet his beard and even gave him a cuddle at one point. It was pretty cute to see.
What else happened? Martha was in town so we went to Bacio for dinner on Friday night with a group of our sorority sisters. I wore adult clothes and my hair down and it felt very glamorous. After a LONG week, it was a great thing to look forward to. One of the mamas in my mama group declared an impromptu wine night on Saturday, so after dinner was finished and put away I headed over to that. It was nice to catch up with those ladies WITHOUT having to keep an eye on the little ones. We laughed so hard we cried and it was a beautiful thing. Since Critter was sick for Zayde’s 60th birthday, we missed his brunch (Marcus went, we stayed behind). On Sunday morning we got to go to breakfast with him at Fat Nat’s.
It was busy.
And the rest of the time when we were not eating, Billy and Marcus were hauling things to the storage unit and re-arranging some things in my parents’ house so that we can move there. In one week. I wrangled Critter and it was just a whole thing. By the time that Sunday night arrived, we were on the couch and done with all of it.
Or like, by March 31 because that is when this house closes!
To brief y’all on what happened since January 31:
- We had photos and measurements taken on February 1.
- We listed the house on February 2.
- We had eleven showings on February 3 (8:15 AM – 6:30 PM) so Marcus and Critter were sheltering at Nana and Baube’s house while they stayed away from ours. We also had some good friends for dinner that night and totally scuttled our nice beef stew plan and ended up ordering Papa Murphy’s because there was literally no time for anything else.
- We got two offers on February 3.
- We had six showings and an open house (with 13 groups!) on February 4. Again, we went to Nana and Baube’s houses because we had nowhere else to go. We got one more offer and picked one to accept.
- Today (February 5) we signed the purchase agreement and now we need to make plans to get out of here!
We didn’t end up seeing the letter from the buyers until after we had accepted their offer but reading it, we had so much peace about who is going to live here after us. We really have loved our time in this neighborhood and in this house, but we are bursting at the seams here.
The inspection should happen in the next week or so – we already had one done in November so that we would know if there were any red flags (there weren’t) so I’m not terribly concerned about this one but it will of course be a relief once it is over.
As to where we are moving next, my parents’ basement. It is going to be very cool. We haven’t found The Barbie Dream Home yet (though we have been looking casually since October) so this will be an experiment in multi-generational living!
I feel like…in December? We didn’t do anything. But there wasn’t really anything to do. Until New Year’s Eve. So basically this all rolls into January.
- We packed up a TON of stuff that needed to be out of our house so that we could show it.
- We moved the aforementioned “stuff” to a storage locker.
- Bruce came and: finally installed a new mini-blind in our basement (the old ones were blue…what?) which makes our basement so much nicer, re-set our laundry room door so that it shut properly, nailed down some different baseboards that were loose, stained some of our window…sills?…frames?, swapped out the light fixture in our dining room.
- We found out Redfin has a sparkle fund to reimburse you for storage, housecleaning and moving-related updates up to $250. So we will be doing that! Win!
- On Saturday we met with our realtor to finalize pricing and some person came and did a Google Earth-style 360-tour of our house.
- We visited an open house for a house that was terrible. And obscenely priced for how terrible it was.
- Our house is going on the market on Thursday.
Basically, it’s getting real. If you could all say a prayer that we sell quickly (we have more than enough time to find New House so I’m not particularly worried about that) it would be appreciated!
We’re still planning to move. Which is exciting! And also sort of scary. Since January is only in one month and then it is time to get this show on the road (and this house on the market). Just as I type that sentence I am thinking of all of the things we still need to do: install new mini-blinds in the basement, install a new toilet seat in the basement bathroom, replace the light fixture in the dining area (we’ve purchased it, we just need to hang it), replace burned-out bulbs in the entryway fixture, touch-up paint, replace burner plates on our stove, re-hang the door on the laundry room, tack down a few rogue baseboards.
…Get a storage unit or something so we can start staging our house?
So there is a ways to go still.
- We hired an inspector to come see our place. There is one thing we could fix but don’t “need” to so that feels good.
- We made a Lowe’s run (with our 10% off coupon!) and sourced some things we need to make cosmetic improvements.
- Marcus installed a new screen door on our deck.
- We switched out the cream switches, sockets and switch plates in our master bathroom for white ones.
- We replaced one of the feet on our dryer.
- We met with the realtor to discuss the sale of our home. He was super helpful and gave us a list of projects to do before we list it. Those should keep us busy for…a while.
- We visited three houses. Two of them were just…odd, and one of them was out of our price range, but dreamlike (and would be within striking distance if it drops at all).
- We sold our basement couches for $100. Which is $100 more than I would have sold them for, so shout-out to Marcus for deciding that they were worth something.
I figure every once in a while, I’ll commemorate all of the productivity we are actioning over here.
- I called Bruce to let him know we would need his handy-skills at some point in the next month or two to take care of some different odd jobs and house projects that we simply do not have the time or skills for.
- Marcus reached out to the realtors at Redfin to schedule a time where we can meet to look at our house, discuss any outstanding (minor) improvements, and where to go from here.
- We bought a couch (v lightly used) for our future living room.
- We put the ancient (12 year old, bachelor pad) couches in our basement on Craigslist.
- I purged the medicine cabinet in the bathroom and came away with one bag of things to trash and another of things to donate.
- I also purged a box worth of things from the closet beneath the stairs. Highlights: a DVD/CD repair kit, an empty Nintendo Wii box, a stack of 3.5″ floppy disks, a stack of unburned CDs. No, I don’t know how these things survived past purges either.
- Last but not least on the purging front, I managed to fill an entire box with books that no longer need to live on our bookshelves.
- We went to one open house.
Marcus got home from all of his travel. We had some ambitions for what we thought the weekend would look like. And then there was just all of this…stuff that we had to do, because I have been in survival mode for the past few weekends.
I am still in some sort of low-grade denial about needing to call Bruce with the longer list of things we need someone else to do before we put our house on the market next year – swap out some light fixtures, re-hang the laundry room door, tackle some little issues with the baseboards that mostly involve nails. But. BUT! Being ever the industrious people we are (and having had a solid nine month break since we have attempted ANY home improvement) there was still stuff we could accomplish on our own.
Exhibit A: Power washing our deck.
How did it get this bad? I don’t know, tbh. I think a lot of it had to do with our new roof and whatever slurry of grit and whatnot has been running off of these shiny shingles since…July? Regardless, it is really sparky clean now.
Exhibit B: Coat Rack.
We should have gotten one of these at the same time that we got a shoe rack. Instead, we didn’t and have been hauling coats around our house for years as a result. No more.
Exhibit C: Rack for brooms and stuff.
I don’t even know what we call this but as part of my initiative to declutter and de-danger the laundry room (insomuch as it is possible) getting these things off the ground seemed like a wise idea. Unlike the coat rack, I haven’t been sitting on this idea for seven years. Back pat, slow clap.