Life has been pretty hectic around here lately.
For the past month, my life (and Greg’s!) has revolved around this:
I’ve turned my home office into a guest room and my guest room into a home office, because it looks better that way.
There have been multiple trips to Goodwill, used book stores (to make donations) and even the recycling center.
Our closets look like this:
I’ve gone to Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s to get new (cheap) rugs, pillows, window treatments, etc.:
We traded out all of our old appliances for shiny new ones:
And our house is spotless all of the time (which is no easy feat).
Oh yeah, and there’s also a big FOR SALE sign in our front yard.
Can you guess what I’m getting at here??
I know, you’re completely surprised, right?
For the last year and a half (or whenever you started reading my blog), you’ve seen me write about Colorado over and over again. In fact, since I started this blog in September of 2011, I’ve visited the state three different times. During that time, I’ve read about several of my blog buddies moving to Colorado: first Liz, then Heather and most recently, Paige. I’ve been extremely happy for them, but yeah- also a bit jealous.
Greg and I have been seven times in the last four years. I’m not going to spend this whole post gushing about how much I love Colorado (and I could!); you can read all about that here. But, I will tell you how it came about- how Greg and I are finally going for our dream of living there.
We’ve been talking about it for years- ever since I went out there for the first time back in 2009. I had no idea that it would happen, but I fell in love with Colorado immediately. As soon as we got home from our trip, I was already planning out the next one. And then we went back again and again and again. Things really started to change when Greg and I went to Denver back in November. He was working in his company’s office in Lakewood and I was a spoiled brat who got to spend all week hiking, getting together with friends and just driving to anywhere I wanted. Greg worked hard while we were out there- but he loved it. And of course, I loved my vacation and getting to see all of the wonderful friends I’ve made out there.
A few weeks after we got back to Maryland, Greg had a big talk with his boss about relocating. He got permission to transfer out west, and we decided to wait until after the holidays to meet with a realtor and really get the ball rolling. We enlisted our friend Sharon to sell our house, and with her help, we figured out everything that needed to be done in order to get the house ready to sell. The entire month of January was dedicated to packing, painting, cleaning, fixing, downsizing and donating. We managed to sell a few things on Craigslist too! We decided that we wanted to list the house right at the beginning of February, and voila! Here it is!
We’ve only owned our house for two years, and I love it, and if I could pack it up and move it to Colorado, I would. But, Greg and I love the idea of living out west more than we love this house. Luckily we bought it when the market was it’s lowest point, and things are definitely looking up now.
Now we just wait and see what happens. We aren’t going to move until the house sells, and I have no idea how long that will take. According to our realtor, it should be quick, but you never know. Luckily, we don’t have a set deadline with either of our jobs, so when it’s meant to happen, it will happen.
We’re going to be renting a house in Colorado at first, so that we can figure out exactly where we want to live, and then hopefully buy a place a year later. I know that living somewhere is completely different from visiting it, and I’m pretty confident that we will love it out there. Greg and I are both so excited about this next chapter in the book of our life together, and I’m so excited to share it with all of you! We’ll see what happens next!
Have you ever moved out of state (or across the country)?