Thursday, January 28, 2010

New House and Other Ramblings

I haven't written much lately because we've been somewhat swamped with our sudden, almost impulsive decision to move out of our home and into the home of an elderly relative. Lest you think we are complete squatters, let me set the record straight. We are BUYING the house in Prairie and selling the house in Monona.

Having made that decision, we had to clean up, fix up, and largely clear out our current home in order to get it market-ready. That is no mean feat with two children 3 and under and less child-care than we hoped for. Plus the house is 85 years old and you can only guess at some of the crud we uncovered while prepping for market. No 5 minute project ever took just 5 minutes.

We are now living in the new house and as I said, it belongs to an elderly relative of my husband. To be precise, it belongs to C's step-mother's parents. They faced a sudden decline in their health and had to move out to assisted-living. The fun part is that their assisted living is literally across the street from the house so we get to see them as often as they want our company.

For the third time in 5 years, we are faced with coping with the amazing amounts of belongings that a lifetime of collecting builds up. As we're living in the new house, we've added 1/2 of our belongings and are dealing with 3/4 of Grandma and Grandpa's belongings, too. They were collectors and ceramics artists and let's just say, there's a lot to cope with. Add that to the fact that Grandma didn't clean much over the past few years and also had a penchant for faux flower arrangements and you have a dust-allergist's worst nightmare.

We borrowed a Dyson vacuum and bought stock in disinfecting wipes and have been slowly picking away at it all. As we go along, we're also sifting out practical belongings that Grandma and Grandpa might want at their new apartment. It's going well, but with the shear amount of items to process, it's taking us quite a bit of time.

Despite all the hard work we're doing, we're actually benefiting quite a bit from living in the new house. It has 3 times the finished square footage as our old home and also provides us with enough full bathrooms that all three toilet-users could have a seat at once, if needed. It's glorious and we love it!