Sunday, March 18, 2012

Our Super-Awesome Plan to Get the Hell out of Here

"I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped."

Husband and I bought our two-bedroom, one-bathroom tri-level in April 2003, just three-and-a-half weeks before our daughter, Spazz, was born. We must have looked at thirty houses before finally settling on this one. It was (is) small, but it was (is) less than two miles from Husband's job, and it was clean and ready for occupancy. On our budget, that was enough. Besides, we only planned to live here for about three years, and then we were going to upgrade and never look back.


Needless to say, almost nine years, two kids, a ninety-pound dog, and one major kitchen renovation later, we're over capacity and ready to go. We kept putting it off for a variety of reasons, but Husband and I sat down one night last month and had a lovely Come To Jesus talk about the house and our debt, and we're finally committing our resources to making this change happen.

So here's our plan. I'll go into more detail on each of these steps in separate posts over the next few weeks. Be prepared to have your mind blown.

1.) Admit we have a problem

And we do. It's called "too damned many people in this house".

2.) Pay off debt.

The only debt that really makes us cringe is the credit card. It's not a major balance, though, and we'll have it completely eliminated in a year or less.

3.) Purge the toxins.

Better known as "all the crap we have and don't want in our new house so it's better to get rid of it now rather than messing with continuing to store it, packing it, and moving it."

4.) Find land on which to build.

This is sort of going on simultaneously with steps 2 and 3.

5.) Ready the house for sale.

This means finally finishing up all the little projects and stuff that needs to be done.

6.) Sell this bitch.

You heard me.

7.) Move into an apartment (for 1-1.5 years).

"But Jen, why in the world would you move into an apartment?" I'll explain later, but we have our reasons. 

8.) Build the dream house.

Blissful agony. :)


  1. Sounds like a plan! Can't wait to see it happen.

  2. I'm having a garage sale in April if you want to bring over said crap you don't want to move and spend the day haggling over a 5 cent price reduction.

  3. There may be back flips! Once I get my back handspring back, I'll get a video and maybe post it.

    Mrs. I, we're going to do a yardsale in June, I think. You're welcome to come over and buy some of my Krap. At full $.05 price, of course.