So this is it. Big decision made. Contract signed to sell our beautiful, beloved home. This is a decision not lightly made by either of us (with Parkies looking over my shoulder). It is a hard decision, but we are agreed the right one. The ‘sensible’ one. The ‘adult’ one. We are planning for the future and being proactive, rather than Parkies forcing us to move when the stairs in our two-storey house become difficult and dangerous to navigate. Before I find myself frightened of going up and down the stairs that previously I hardly gave a thought.
So, today we did two things. We started ‘decluttering’ which in itself makes you stroll down memory lane a bit. Boxing up things that are precious to us and getting it ready for the official photographs which will accompany the listing. It is a balancing act doing this as I don’t want to over-sanitise our home and pack away all the things that make it home. So, the photos of the grandies and family – though paired back in some areas will still be around. I can’t stand the thought of not seeing those precious faces in their frames just yet.
The second thing, we went to look at another house on the market. I now look at homes differently than I would have previously! I recently sought some advice from an Occupational Therapist at work on what I should look for with future mobility issues in mind. So, today I looked at steps in and out of the house, turning circles for getting in and out of bathrooms with a mobility aid. Width of hallways and doors and whether there were too many trip hazards outside. All this on top of whether I liked the house or not in the first place!!
So, when I said three of us are moving, you can see that Parkies is definitely along for the ride and part of the decision making process in choosing our new home. But all that aside, I hope that our next home – while being a certain amount of ‘sensible’ – will be one that we can fall in love with and make it a home – like this one – full of love, laughter and happy memories.