Less than a year ago, I packed up all of our possessions – having donated, sold or recycled a good proportion of it – all distilled down to the things we treasured or needed most. I generated over a hundred cardboard boxes, all packed full since I applied my spatial awareness abilities and Tetris skills to the max, and off the boxes went, ready to be shipped to our new abode.
Less than eight months ago, our shipping finally arrived from Scotland and I began the process of unpacking everything and finding it a new home in our rental house.
Now I am packing everything back into those exact same cardboard boxes ready for yet another move. As I did when we were preparing to leave Scotland, I have started with the books. Books are very important to me. A house always feel more homely when I have books all around me. Packing up the books, therefore, is an important stage in disconnecting from one place and preparing for pastures new. Plus we own a massive number of books so getting the packing of those out of the way makes a lot of sense on a practical level. As of this afternoon, all of the grown up books are packed and the living rooms look very spartan without them. Tomorrow I pack the children’s books. Then it’s onto board games and toys.
Today we also booked a removal company to move our furniture to our new house. It’s getting real. It’s really happening.
In less than a year of living here in America, we will have bought and moved into our very own house. Not bad.
And such a relief too. Our rental property has been lovely to live in and our landlord has been very good but psychologically it has been a big adjustment to go from being a home owner to a tenant, to not have the stability and security of our own home. So I am relieved that we will once again be home owners and that we will be living in a house that we can invest in and turn into a proper home – as opposed to just the house we happen to live in.
When we move house later this month, this will be the FOURTH house I will have officially lived in in under a year. Official means that I actually registered as being resident at that address otherwise it would be five houses. Four houses in three different countries in under a year. That is A LOT of moving. I am so done with being a nomad.
Once I unpack these cardboard boxes I am freecycling them because I refuse to move again for a very long time.