You probably know by now that OG and I are moving in the next few months. Technically, we aren’t downsizing. When the renovations to our new house in
are complete, it will be just about the same size as the one we’re leaving in . However,
there are a few problems. One is the lack of basements in Minnesota . If you have a basement, think
about everything you have stored in it. Then
think about what you would do with all that stuff if you didn’t have one. Next,
we already have a condo out there, fully furnished with new furniture I chose
specifically for California .
It’s more casual and rustic—a completely different look from our traditional
home in California .
Lastly, it’s expensive to move and store stuff we don’t need. Minnesota
And we have lots of stuff we don’t need. In thirty years of marriage, OG and I have owned ten homes, so we’ve moved many times. Some of those moves were only a few blocks, and some were several states away. However, we were always moving to an equal or larger-sized place, and on occasion the company was paying for it. This time we’re on our own.
The decisions about what to jettison are easier for me than for OG. Because of the traumatic way my job ended, I’ve embraced BIG CHANGES. I’m excited to be leaving for a new life in a new place. OG is more cautious about giving up his familiar life with its familiar trappings. Don’t get me wrong, he’s looking forward to escaping
in many ways, this has been a good place to live. Because I know how challenging
this is for him, I don’t want to push too hard about what we leave behind. I
don’t want to abandon things with genuine sentimental value, but I really don’t
want to haul a bunch of stuff half-way across the country because we MIGHT need
it some day. Minnesota
I suspect the next few weeks will involve significant compromise. I also suspect we’ll end up taking far too much stuff. Our realtor tells me everyone does this. Perhaps it’s a necessary part of the transition process.