Saturday, February 21, 2015

Packing up for the move to the beach

We are packing boxes, cleaning out, and making decisions.   So far we have a 8 x 10 room filled with boxes -half to keep and half to sell.
On March 7th we hope to move to the 12th floor of a beach condo here in Jacksonville (beach).  We were there Thursday afternoon for our walk thru, and it was cold and windy!  Found out there is no pantry in the kitchen, so are thinking of turning a 1/2 bath off the kitchen into a large pantry.
For now will buy some chrome shelving to put there, for the canned goods, the case of paper towels, etc.  Not sure how the little dogs will do.  Hopefully can train them to "pee" first thing in the morning on a potty area on the balcony.
We plan to have an "estate sale" about 2 weeks after we move out of the house, with about 1/2 of our stuff.  Have a person picked out to run it - she gets 30%.  She does this part time, and used to do it full time, so hopefully she knows what she is doing.  After that give the rest to a charity, then put the house on the market.  I know things are supposed to sell better with furniture in them, but last time was a nightmare with the dogs, etc.  Some real estate agents were better than others at making sure the doors were locked, lights off, etc.
Have been here 23 years, so it's difficult.  The pollen has been bad this year, and hoping we will be healthier with the ocean air and no oak tree pollen.  My quilt guild is over there too, and have already told DH that Friday mornings are "my" time to go quilt.
Sara in Fla.


At February 22, 2015 at 4:34 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

Wow Sarah. When you make a decision you move right along. Wish I were more like that. Me, I contemplate until the decision is made for me. Perhaps that is procrastinate. It all sounds good to me. Good luck.

At February 22, 2015 at 5:41 AM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Goodness me Sara ! It's all happening in your world ! All the best for the big move and for the "Estate Sale" later next month. Well done !
For the past five years we've been thinking along the lines of downsizing and moving 'closer in" but it's so much easier not to ! It will have to happen one day (we are both 75yrs old) and it will only get harder as we get older...

At February 22, 2015 at 6:40 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

We are also in that age bracket and for several reasons it can't happen downsizing and making a change, just yet. Having our health is the only determination for where we live at the moment and so far, we're able to manage it. But Sarah, this is a change for you that once the decision is made, you seem to have things well in hand. Sometimes it's a relief just to make a decision to do something; the physical aspect of cleaning out the house while it may be difficult, will be cleansing as well. Thanks for sharing the've been quiet and for a good reason. Rosey


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