We Can Almost See The Finish Line.

So…we close on our new house today! It’s 1,500 sq ft which – if you include the differences in garages between the two houses – is about 1/3rd smaller than our old house. We have definitely achieved “downsizing” at a much more extreme level than we anticipated. We accepted a smaller house for a perfect location.

I mean, wouldn’t you accept one less bedroom to be next door to a Krispy Kreme?

KIDDING. We are not moving next door to a Krispy Kreme.

(But I would have accepted 1 less bedroom to do so, if it had been an option.)

The house we are buying is a 3-bedroom, was built in the 60s, and has had minimal work done to it since. We’re in a good enough situation with how we worked the sale to be able to get a 15-year mortgage and still put some money into upgrading it before we move in. So, while we close today, we won’t move in until later this summer.

The un-fun things: We have to re-do tons of electrical and almost all of the plumbing. And it’s not really “un-fun” because, you know, we’d like to avoid floods, leaks, and fires. But…you know…doesn’t do much to change the look of the house, so we won’t be able to tell much of a difference after spending tons of money to do that.

But we do like being able to sleep at night, so we’ll do it.

The fun thing? We’re remodeling the kitchen.

There’s other stuff we’ll want to do eventually…expand the master bathroom to overtake a hall closet, close in a carport to build a laundry room, etc. But the kitchen remodel will get us feeling like we’re living in a better house than before, which will be a good feeling. It’s sucky to downsize AND downgrade, so the new kitchen will make us feel like we traded up in some ways.

Most importantly though – the house is in a completely different part of town. It’s only 200 yards – as the crow flies – to the trails we run. Since we can’t fly like crows and have to respect property boundaries, it’s about 1/4 mile away. But that’s going to be great. It’s also really close to Donnie’s office and a little closer to mine. It’s just 2 miles from downtown where we end up going for a lot of functions anyway and there’s a pool and a playground one block away. We accepted the burden of a “fixer-upper” and a house a little smaller than we wanted, just because the location was ideal.

Once we get out of the apartment and the storage unit and into this new place the entire “Let’s Downsize!” adventure will finally be over.

And – it looks like – I will have survived it.

This house will have more challenges though, it’s got a backyard in disarray and it’s just – you know – old, but we’re excited about the neighborhood and the part of town and we really feel good about this step in our lives.

Let’s do this thing…

9 thoughts on “We Can Almost See The Finish Line.

  1. Colleen says:

    Woo hoo! Congratulations on the closing! We love being 1/4 mile from the trails and I think you will too! We didn’t downsize when we moved here. The square footage is similar, but the storage is not set up as well, so we have less space for stuff than in our old house. Still we’ve been here 10 years and loved it!

  2. Fraulein N says:

    Congrats! I guess they don’t say “location, location, LOCATION” for nothing.

  3. Lucy McConville says:

    Yay! I’m so excited for you! Sounds like lots of challenges…but doing all of those things will really make the new house feel like YOURS.

    And I wanted to tell you…maybe don’t be so bummed about the state of the back yard. Yard work and gardening is SO GOOD for mental health! I read an article just recently that was about a scientific study that actually proved this, from a chemical level…having your hands in the dirt and the chemical transfer from that…it is good for your brain! Isn’t that wild! So, get out there and dig in the dirt! (In all your spare time…ha.) I wish I could come help. I had to totally re-do a back yard once, at a time when I was WAY in need of better mental health. I did the work myself. It was the best therapy ever! AND great physical exercise! I lost weight!

    Smiles,
    Lucy

  4. Alex says:

    Congrats! I can’t wait to virtually follow along with the kitchen remodel and everything else. I’ve been so inspired by your downsizing story, and am so happy you’ll soon be able to put the long journey behind you!

    Also, second on the gardening/backyard therapy – I’m pretty new to the practice (this will be year 5, and we’ve almost completely changed everything each year as we’ve been learning) but puttering around in the backyard with my morning coffee and the dogs quickly became SUCH a beloved part of the practice. I know you’re a morning person, too. 🙂

  5. Elaine C. B. says:

    Azaleas are easy! Also cucumbers, zucchinis, squash, anything like that on a vine. Aloe and ferns are pretty low maintenance too. It’s almost close of business- I hope everything went smoothly today!

  6. Ashley says:

    I want to come visit! (When you’re settled in and it won’t cause you stress and I can totally bring my air mattress and sleep on the floor since you’re no longer in a giant mansion.)

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