Wednesday, March 23, 2011


WE GOT A HOUSE!!! It is nothing spectacular but for now it is ours. I made this decision after loads of hmmm and hawing. Was this what we wanted? Would we be happy? Would there be enough room, so that we aren't climbing all over each other and everyone can have their own space? Where am I going to put all the crap (and it is crap) that I wasn't able to get rid of before we left Charleston? Well friends, I am not sure I have the right answer to any of the questions. I had to make a choice. I had to decide. So I did. I was done playing the "maybe we can..." game. I am going to have to be very creative as to where we store things. I see a big storage unit in our future. No house was going to be perfect. All of them had flaws. I actually made a PRO/CON list between new or historic. Here is what my list looked like.




1. Neighborhood

1400 SQFT
2. Huge already fenced yard
no garage
3. I can paint

Window A/C's
4. house has character
no storage
5. close to school

away from most friends
6. no traffic

construction across the street
7. Feel like you live in Hawaii
far from Steve's work
8. privacy

small kitchen
9. only 1 neighbor

10. sewing room

11. Can move in ASAP (like Friday!)





feel like you live in Arizona

no yard

1880 SQFT
no privacy (on top of neighbors)
plenty of storage!
4 plex (we would be in middle unit)
can't paint

huge kitchen
all look the same

close to work

lots of friends
farther from school

kids can ride bikes to friends houses can't move in until middle of April
central A/C

In the end what it came down to was that, we need a yard and I can't live in the middle of 4 houses. I made a choice between a garage and a yard basically. Ok the kitchen was a struggle. It was hard to give up a new big kitchen. But hey I will make it work. I am excited to start on this journey here. I finally feel like we LIVE here and I can get off this weird vacation where my kids go to school and husband to work and I have no where to call my own! So like I said was it the right decision? I don't know. What I do know is that it is made and I can now start shopping and painting and decorate! I will post pictures as soon as I get into the house again. If anyone has ideas on how to make storage in such a small place work let me know! I will leave you with the one picture I have. I took it while sitting in the car waiting to see it for the first time. Don't judge a book by its cover! Oh and another maybe CON for the historic...I asked if it was haunted. Yes I seriously asked. The leasing manager said she hadn't ever heard anything about this house...but some of the ones across the street being renovated she had heard that the maintenance guys don't like working on them!

Our house!!!!!!


  1. Hooray! A home is what you make of it! I'm sure it will be fabulous.

  2. Hooray!! We had a super small house in OH, I reccomend buying a few armoires we used them in the kitchen to store my gadgets and used them in the extra rooms in addition to the closets for extra storage. Also just because something is called a coat closet doesn't mean you have to use it that way (ours was in the kitchen, I know weird, but I used it as a kick butt pantry. B installed some extra shelves in it). Good luck I know you'll have fun with it!