Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Let's See How Fast I Can Pack Up This House!


Walking off the plane after a 10 hour flight from Amsterdam the phone rings. 
It's our realtor and we have buyers.
"Just how fast can you pack up that house and move?"


I have to confess it's a bit overwhelming, the speed of it all and the fact we'll be moving from a 3200 square foot house to one boasting 1800. That only leaves room to take what we use everyday and love. Perhaps the timing is great however, coming off a fabulous trip where our family had time to really think about what is and what is not important to each of us and the goals we have for the next few years. It's not about a big fancy house, it's about enjoying the moment and seeing what adventures we can pursue. Walking past the new house, which is under construction, felt great last night - reassuring me that it's all going to work out just fine! 

{FYI: if you live in the area and have had an eye on any of our key furniture items, I'll be parting with many pieces. And while not at a "give away" price, certainly at a good price! Send an email if you would like the list, serious inquiries only please.}

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  1. So much going on in your world. Good luck on the packing and moving...this next, new chapter sounds exciting!

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  2. I wish I lived close by..I love your furnishings… good luck. I think your transition is a great one. I see many more travel adventures in your future. Good for you guys!

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  3. We're readying a house in rural New England, hoping we can sell it this year and move to Oregon (Eugene or Portland). Downsizing is part of the plan, but we'll rent first to familiarize ourselves with a largely unknown community before we buy again. That's going to make it hard to decide what to part with before we move. Not easy, but, I think, ultimately liberating, the whole process of downsizing. Congratulations on the quick sale, and good luck to you and your family!

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  4. Wow that was fast! I admire the direction you are taking. Good luck and I'm anxious to see how your new home comes together!

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  5. What a whirlwind. Can't wait to hear all about your new adventures. Wish I lived closer. You have lovely furnishings.

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  6. How fun! Enjoy this new chapter in your lives! Fun, fun, fun!

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  7. Congratulations on the fast sell. Downsizing is a chore. I am still trying to squeeze the juice back in the grapefruit after 8 years. Good Luck. Hugs, Marty

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  8. We are in an 1800 sq ft home, and it definitely stops me from acquiring too many useless things! Congratulations!

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  9. Hi Janelle! Congratulations! Are you selling the piano? We also might be interested in sofa and chairs for daughter and son-in-law. your neighbors at 11984

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  10. Hi Gina! Yes, send me your email and I'll shoot over the list of what is being sold and prices. Thanks! Janell

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    1. Janell, my email is ginanikkel@gmail.com.

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  11. and here's the email: janell@isabellaandmax.com

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  12. Wow!! Good for you! We upsized from 1800 to 2500 several years ago, and while it wasn't major space, I can easily say I accumulate more now that I would. You won't miss stuff, trust me. Smaller has its merits ;-)

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  13. How exciting, yet terrifying! I thought maybe you were going to tell us that you were moving to Amsterdam. That would be an even bigger change. I have never been a fan of McMansions -- homes that are way larger than most families truly need. We had to build a larger house than we need just to comply with the restrictions in our neighborhood. But once my son goes off to college, the entire upstairs will be hardly used (except for a former guest room which is now the sewing studio for my new pillow cover business). Have you heard of Sarah Susanka's book "The Not So Big House"? She now has several books around the same premise -- truly using every square inch of your house. Once my son has moved on to college and we no longer have to live in a certain school district, I look forward to downsizing and having more disposable income for fun things like travel!

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  14. Whoa, amazing things going on Janell! Your trip looked fantastic and I wish you the best during this transition.Best of luck packing, purging and moving my friend. xo Nancy

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  15. Would love a list of furnishings and prices of stuff u are selling. Mstmnelson@hotmail.com

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  16. I love it and want to do myself. I am tired of stuff. I want to downsize and pair down everything and just enjoy life myself. Kudos to you! oxoxox

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  17. Moving is always hard. I wish you the best.

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  18. Good luck with the packing and moving! I hope you will blog about the amazing things you will do with your new home! Sigh....I wish I lived closer.

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  19. Congrats on the sale and the new house! I'm wondering, did you incorporate any tricks from the Not So Big House book for the new house?

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  20. Congratulations on such a quick sale! That's such great news. We just sold ours and are also in the process of downsizing. Im so excited for you and your family. Its so liberating to usher in a new way of thinking and living! :)

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  21. Such exciting times! Can't wait to see what makes the move and what doesn't. Though as long as the family is there, the rest is just stuff.

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  22. Congratulations! Best of luck as you start the next chapter of your story!

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  23. Exciting times! Congrats on selling your home quickly. We've moved so many times - I totally feel your pain. Sometimes it's nice to just purge a bit though and only keep the stuff you truly love. Anxious to hear if you're going to join the expat community someday :)

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  26. Hi Janell....although I do have a little more space than you will [ 2300 sq ft] there are rooms we never use! I think with a little planning I could redesign my floor plan and not even miss the extra! Congrats and can't wait to see what you do with the new place!

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