Not even a month ago, we thought we were moving to London. Even with the recent uptick in unrest in the city, we were both very excited to be moving to not just a new country, but a new continent. We both had some concerns about the usual things: daycare, flat prices and locations, navigating cultures, customs. Neither of us were looking forward to the stress of an unhappy, confused toddler, who had already noticed the slow disappearance of furniture, artwork, and occasionally, toys from our house. But we had weighed the positives and the negatives, and the chance to spend time in Europe was too good to pass up.
Until it suddenly wasn’t.
Suddenly, we weren’t moving at all. Our house was down to beds, kitchen necessities, and an inflatable couch we regularly thought about stabbing to end its misery. Job hunting ratcheted up in earnest. For about four days. And then our lives went a little sideways. Here's the quick and dirty version of events.
May 29: decide we can’t move forward (haha) with London
June 2: flight to Santa Monica, CA, for job interview
June 3: job offer, job acceptance, flight home
June 4: panic at the disco, I mean, the house. Start date is June 26.
June 6: flight back to SM, returning June 7
June 8-12: frantic packing, finding of movers, locating apartment, determing daycare while one of us still tries to work from home
June 11: movers empty storage unit
June 12: movers come to house, where we are packing boxes as quickly as we can
June 15: toddler and parents fly to Santa Monica
June 15 (yes really): one parent back to Seattle to pack up a U-Haul trailer with remaining items, drive Volvo from Seattle to SM (with agreeable and kind friend, and two cats) in two days
June 18: in new apartment
June 22: House is on the market
June 28th: 14 offers on the table, one accepted, entered into contract. Closing in a few weeks.
Neither of us can recommend this timeline to anyone. It’s just the way it worked out. We needed a big change of some sort, and gratefully, all our prep over the last year helped tremendously. We downsized, and downsized, and downsized some more.
And we got here, and big surprise, there’s more to downsize. The Buy Nothing posts have already started.
Still, the point is: we have started going smaller. This whole thing is a journey, and this is just one stop along the way.