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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Moving to Midway

We've been trying to sell our house for a year now and it finally happened! My husband took a job in Phoenix 18 years ago and while we have made many friends, I admit I've never gotten used to  the heat, the cactus and the scorpions. So now comes the overwhelming job of packing up a 4500 sq ft house with 18 years of accumulation!

 As you know I'm a "collector" 
( I prefer that term to "hoarder").
It's been a challenge to decide what to part with and what to keep. I've never read Marie Kondo's best seller  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  but I've heard enough about it to understand the basics. Her philosophy of keeping the things that bring you joy and getting rid of things that no longer serve a purpose for you (but might to someone else) is very helpful.

My best advice regarding prepping for a move is to start early! I thought I had done a pretty good job of decluttering the house and staging it to sell, but now that I am actually packing boxes I realize I have way too much stuff.  I don't need dozens upon dozens of Sharpies, pens, pencils, paper clips, old photo frames, duplicate snapshots, 3 sets of measuring cups, 8 dozen mason jars, etc.

You all have drawers like this, right?

Our move is complicated by the fact that we'll be living in our vacation cottage while we build our new dream home so most of our belongings will go into long term storage.

Three years ago we built our dream vacation cottage in the charming village of Midway up in the Utah mountains. We liked it so much that we decided to move there full time.

 The cottage is little smaller than we would like so the next step is to build this...


And off we go!

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