The last time we moved I should have made a list. I didn't because I knew what I wanted. A lovely old house with character that would look great at Christmas. (See? Didn’t have a clue)!
This is a repeat photo from two years ago.
My packing method hasn't changed and some
things haven't even been unpacked!
I pretty much made every mistake in the book. I recommend you do the opposite of me and you'll be fine.
It's Great! I love the wood trim! It’s gorgeous! It gives the place character!
Oh oh: I can’t get the paint drips off this feckin' wood trim. How many people have painted this place? Do I have to dust it EVERY week? There's so much of it!
It's Great! This kitchen is huge! It’s like a football field! I LOVE IT! Just think of all the things we can do with this space!
Oh oh: What can we possibly do with this space? It’s huge! It’s like a football field. Who needs a football field in the kitchen when it only has two feet of counter space? Besides, we don’t even cook.
It's Great! A deck! It’ll get the sun all afternoon! It’s fantastic!
Oh oh: The deck is getting the sun all afternoon! Who can sit out here in this heat? Why are raccoons coming to visit? Couldn’t they do whatever it is they do on ground level?
It's Great! The windows are beautiful. They swing out instead of going up and down. They’re so elegant!
Oh oh: We can’t put air conditioners in these windows! They don’t go up and down! What are we going to do?
It's Great! No storage? It doesn’t matter. We hardly have any stuff anyway.
Oh oh: Where are the closets? No seriously…. where do we put our stuff? Can we make a table out of the winter tires and the ladder? Will anyone notice?
It's Great! This is one fantastic bathroom. Heat lamp, huge domed skylight, two shower heads and those spray thingies that relax your muscles.
Oh good! Yup – no mistake there. A great bathroom.
Now some places we looked at had HUGE lawns. I mean HUGE. More space than in the houses which were, well, not huge.
“This is great. Who mows the lawn”?
“This is great. Is there parking”?
“Oh, there’s always some spot in the area”
“This will make a super office. Where are the outlets”?
Even with my new found knowledge of house hunting, we didn't succeed in finding the perfect old house. We caved - this time it's apartment life for us and we're looking forward to it. It's got closets, outlets and we don't have to mow the lawn.
Now it's back to packing. And packing. And packing.