This post is about moving into house number 4 in one year.
We sold our house in Monument (house 1), and moved to the House in the Woods in April.
That house (house 2) sold and we moved to the House on the Prairie in October.
That house (house 3) sold and we moved to the house in the Town on the Prairie in January.
Ok, "Town on the Prairie" is a stretch, because we're back in the City of Colorado Springs, right next to a major park that features hiking trails up a huge bluff, and the neighbors say there are deer, turkeys and coyotes that makes appearances. I can see Pike's Peak from the front porch. But, we're keeping with the Laura Ingalls theme, right?
So! With two weeks' notice, and a couple I knew from college staying with us the entire last week we were in the house (they are moving to town... but not to that house) we got the entire house boxed and packed. During the weekend of the Bronco's (successful) bid at the championship, we ordered a UHaul, and loaded it, after calling the rental place approximately 8 times to change our pickup in order to accommodate being able to watch the football game.
On Friday evening, we picked up the keys to the new place, and spent the night cleaning the carpets, bathrooms, and cupboards.
If I didn't mention this about the House on the Prairie before, the house had several garages. The homeowner worked on motorcycles, and off of the basement, there was a heated, well oversized and partially carpeted, one-car garage with a sealed floor on the part that wasn't carpeted. We swept that out and used it as a staging area for boxes. Eric maneuvered the truck around the snow pile (which is STILL THERE), and he and I spent a glorious (weather wise - high's in the 50's with sun) Saturday afternoon loading boxes and further refining my Tetris skills to get the boxes, several pieces of furniture, and all of the garage/garden items (you know, that stuff that is weirdly shaped and doesn't fit well anywhere) into the truck. Success. Don't mess with me friends... I can square pack tighter than anyone.
|When I say "load random stuff in the car..."
Seriously, we are getting good at this packing and unpacking thing. We are also learning to use smaller boxes, so we can more easily haul them around.
Eric took the truck back, and walked the prairie back. Because there was a Uhaul rental and storage facility just down the industrial powerlines from us. Because that's how I gave directions out there on the prairie.