So much for my working smarter not harder idea! Three weeks on and other than downloading some calendar and to do list apps to trial (which I’ve not even used yet), I haven’t got any further in my desire to seek balance and become a more efficient and productive *sigh* . My meal planning is kinda going okay but I must confess that Easter threw me a bit in terms of getting to the supermarket and being organised.
My husband and I have however hit on an idea, that while we both think it’s a smart idea, it will almost certainly make our lives harder (at least in the short term). With 3 1/2 months (or possibly less if this guy arrives 4 weeks early like his sister did) before our new human being is due to arrive into this world we’ve decided to sell our house (and attempt to buy another one). When I put it in black and white it sounds like a crazy idea (and I can’t even claim that I was drunk when we concocted it! Maybe I can blame pregnancy hormones?)
In a what appears to be a decision that completely goes against the flow of what is happening in our lives right now, as our family is expanding, we have decided to downsize. We are currently paying a big mortgage on a big house, with much of the space just used as a dumping ground for ‘stuff’. It dawned on us that right now, we don’t need all this space, but what we do need is more money. So if we downsize our house, and downsize our mortgage, voila, we have more money.
When we purchased this house we had intended it to be our ‘forever home’. We made sure we were in the good school zones right the way from primary through to high school and had all the other amenities on our door step that we would need for a comfortable family life. However, given that this will be our 4th house in 7 years, we’re kind of coming round to the realisation that maybe we aren’t the ‘forever home’ type people. Instead of trying to find the ‘perfect home’ that will suit us forever we might actually be better off just finding the home that is perfect for us right now.
Just recently it was the 2 year anniversary of my father-in-laws passing. It made us realise how short time is and how precious family is. My husband is from Ireland and all his family still live there. Since having a child it’s been a struggle (from a financial point of view) to be able to get back there as regularly as we would like and I can’t see that struggle being any easier with two. So we figured, why not stop paying for all this space we don’t really need or use and start paying for the things that really matter, memories. Memories of and with family both here and in Ireland that we, our children and our families can treasure forever.
So yeah, we’re selling our house …..ekkkkkkk!!!
p.s. did I also mention that for 2 of the 3 open home weeks my husband will be away overseas for work and I’ll be 6 months pregnant with a 3 year old? *sigh* This plan is not without it’s flaws…….