Thursday, May 16, 2013

Buy Something/Sell Something

If you are a huge fan of this blog, and who can blame you if you are, you probably remember that my family and I are in the middle of moving. Yes, we are being our regular wacky selves by uprooting all five of us, our two ankle-biting dogs, and all of our possessions from the house that we have put hundreds, if not thousands, of hours into remodeling and making just the way we want it, and moving into the house the Wife grew up in, which, while having several advantages, also needs hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of remodeling to make it just the way we want it. So far, the whole process has been nothing but a laugh-a-minute riot. I can tell you're jealous.

Actually, it has gone quite smoothly so far, although everything we do seems to take approximately a billion times longer to do than we originally expected. We had hoped to have our old house completely empty, except for the furniture and stuff we are going to "stage" in it, and put it on the market last Saturday, May 11th. Well, that didn't happen. Unless you have been living under a rock, which doesn't sound like such a bad option when you think about it, you probably realize that today is May 16th, which is at least 5 days after May 11th, and we aren't even done emptying out our old house yet. It's not even close to being ready to put on the market yet. The only way we will be ready to list our house by May 11th is if we wait until May 11th of next year, which may be more realistic than we imagine...

I'm not here to write about the trials and tribulations of moving, though. At least, not directly. I want to write about all of the stuff that we have accumulated in our house over the past 7 years. If you like stuff, you would be truly impressed by the piles of it that we have had to pack up for this move of ours. I would never have imagined how much stuff we had in our comfortable-but-not-overly-spacious single family dwelling that we have dwelled in since 2006. Granted most of it has been accumulated since we became the owners of our first child, the Girl. Our acquisition of her also meant the acquisition of virtual boatloads of baby-inspired stuff - from clothes to cribs to blankets and toys, babies require a lot of stuff. Before we had children, I guess I figured they only needed a bottle, a few diapers, and some kind of bed-type thing. I was so naive.
Yeah, I think we need to get rid of some of our stuff. This is a photo of the Baby's nursery!
Being somewhat less naive now, I have come to the realization that our herd of kids probably will be requiring new and/or bigger stuff as they get bigger. So, after thoughtfully discussing it with my beloved Wife, we have decided to institute a "Buy Something/Sell Something" rule in our household. Every time we buy something new, we need to make room for it by getting rid of something old. We're not trying to break even, financially speaking; we're worried more about the space all of the stuff takes up. So, like when we need to buy the Girl some new ballet slippers, we need to either sell or donate some baby toys that no one plays with any more. Or, when the Boy outgrows his current tricycle, we need to sell or donate it when we get him a new bike. Or, when Daddy wants a new fly rod, he has to sell something like, say, a pencil. Now that I think about it, we have a lot of useless pencils laying around the house...That last scenario is starting to sound like a pretty good idea. Anybody got a home for a nice, shiny pencil? I'll let you have it cheap.

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