Packed boxes have taken over our house.
We started the packing process when we decided to sell our home so it feels like this move is never ending. We have packed up the majority of our belongings with the exception of essential day-to-day items.
Speaking of essential, over the past two months we have made five trips to Arc Value Village with loads of household goods no longer deemed necessary. I am the opposite of a hoarder in that I start tweaking when I am surrounded by too much stuff. I have to actively resist the temptation to call 1-800-Got-Junk and have them take everything.
As I go through each room I assess if we've used an item over the past year. If we haven't and it doesn't hold sentimental value, it was donated or recycled. The hardest items to part with were related to Scottoberfest - an annual party we held for eight years in the backyard of our current home. We are downsizing our garage space from 2 1/2 to 1 stall so we had to make the tough decision to get rid of most of the party supplies (100 bowls and spoons for chili and more than 100 tasting glasses for the beer). We haven't decided what to do with the tables yet - they were expensive so I'm hesitant to just give them away.
I am doing my best to get rid of stuff safely. We recycled old paint and other remodeling materials at the Hennepin County drop off facility for household hazardous waste and recycling. I've also learned how to safely dispose of medications - again through Hennepin County at their medicine drop off sites.
When I'm not packing, it seems i'm busy mentally decorating our new home. I have an on-again, off-again relationship with Pinterest and right now I've taken our relationship to a new level nearing obsession. It's gotten so bad that I want to pin real-life objects and when I see things I like I immediately know which board it belongs on. Pathetic. That said, I am noticing patterns in what I like which I am not sure I'd see if I didn't use Pinterest. I'm hoping to enlist the help of friends and possibly a professional as we decorate this new home. Stay tuned!
For years, Scott and I have gone back and forth on whether or not to move. Since the home was purchased near the height of the housing market, there were several years in which we wouldn't have been able to sell it even if we tried. During those years, we kept ourselves busy with making home improvements. Recently the thought of moving started nagging at me again and after a false start this spring, we finally listed our home on August 15, 2012. Five days later, after only one open house, we had our first offer - which we accepted.
The process of getting our home "show ready" made us fall more in love with it and surprisingly made the hunt for our new home more of a challenge. After looking at 50+ houses all over south/southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina and Golden Valley, we have found our next home. It is a mere 1.5 miles away from our current home and is in one of my favorite spots in Minneapolis.
We close on both properties on October 19 - a day that is guaranteed to be insane. Before that crazy day arrives, I'll take a look back on our time in my little green house and document our transition into our new home.
The Nivens Family