|The living room|
We were lucky. (Or, as my cynical friend remarked when I told him what happened, we underpriced the house.)
All this was fine. The problem? Nobody told us that when we sold the house, we would actually have to pack up everything we own . . . and move out!
So we have made numerous trips to Goodwill to drop off unwanted possessions, many runs to the recycling center to offload old files, papers and books. We've gone to Best Buy to return old phones, computers and other electronic goods. We have browbeat our kids to come and clean out their stuff from the basement. B's older son recently bought a house in New Jersey, and so he arrived with a U-haul and loaded up furniture and garden equipment, and cleaned out our tool room.
|Santa surveys the basement|
Meanwhile, we scoured all the liquor stores for used boxes, and we have purchased carloads of new boxes from Lowe's, Home Depot, U-haul and our local storage place. (Don't go to the storage place for boxes; they cost three times as much as Home Depot, at 77 cents for a small box and $1.29 for a medium, which doesn't matter if you're buying a couple of boxes, but we have purchased thousands of boxes, tens of thousands of boxes!) "Let's save a few trees," I've suggested to B. But still, she needs more boxes.
|Boxes. Boxes. We're drowning in boxes!|
So from these photos you can get an idea of what our house looks like at the moment. But wait! We have a new place. Just temporarily. We're going into a one-bedroom condo. It's small, but we're just going to live there for a year while we travel and "shop around" for our retirement destination. So tune in next time to see what the new place looks like.