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What a Long, Strange Journey

Going Small(er)

What a Long, Strange Journey

Marc Scattergood

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

Funny thing about flying from Santa Monica to Seattle in summer. You chase the sunset the whole way.

Funny thing about flying from Santa Monica to Seattle in summer. You chase the sunset the whole way.

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

This was early on in loading our little fifth wheel trailer. By the time we were done, it was packed top to bottom, front to back. Scarily so.

This was early on in loading our little fifth wheel trailer. By the time we were done, it was packed top to bottom, front to back. Scarily so.

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.

Not my work. Looking for attribution. If it's yours, please let me know!

Not my work. Looking for attribution. If it's yours, please let me know!

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.

What's one of the most important things to do once you move somewhere new? Find out where the really good donuts are.

What's one of the most important things to do once you move somewhere new? Find out where the really good donuts are.

Still, the point is: we have started going smaller. This whole thing is a journey, and this is just one stop along the way.