Six months ago, my mom, stepdad, little sister, older sister, niece, nephew, husband and I all lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Just before Christmas my mom had announced that they were moving to Florida in a few months. Shortly after this announcement, my sister made the decision to take her kids and move back to New Jersey. She and her kids moved in with us for the next three months. During this time my mom, stepdad, and little sister left for Florida and E got a job offer in Tucson, Arizona. My sister and her kids drove out of town on Sunday, June 21st. E drove out of town on Monday, June 22nd to star his job on the 23rd. I stayed to deal with the movers and drove out of town on Tuesday, June 23rd.
Three months later, here we are in Tucson renting a house in east Tucson. And yesterday, we closed on our house. (Woohoo!)
Here’s what selling our house has changed:
- Somebody else has to worry about (and pay for) repairs.
- We don’t have to worry about appreciation (or lack thereof).
- We can move without a complicated, expensive, and time-consuming transaction.
- We can’t make changes/upgrades to our rental house.
- We don’t have storage anymore.
Things that haven’t changed:
- We get other people’s mail and other people get our mail.
- The weeds are taking over. As in, if our dogs venture off the grass plot in the back yard they get lost.
- My kitchen is too small and we don’t have enough cabinet space.
- Neither one of us can completely fit in the bathtub.
- I can’t open the windows in the Summer because it’s too $#(!@*& hot.
This much change is a lot for anyone. For someone whose mental health is negatively effected by change…It’s a miracle I can get out of bed. How do you handle change?