I don’t think the songwriter was referring to houses, but I’m finding that “breaking up” a home is also extremely hard to do.
Gradually over the last year, we’ve been preparing to move. For a move to another country, this means getting rid of things. A lot of things. I’ve never really had to whittle down so much before. In previous moves, even cross-country, we’ve been able to move everything. Not the case this time.
The first battle was emotional. Everything comes with memories attached. Furniture, pictures, books, clothes. . . they all have stories to tell, recollections to trigger.
I’ve finally whittled my list of what I absolutely need to take with me to a manageable size, and now I’m stumbling over the logistics of paring down. Initially, I thought between eBay and Craigslist we could get rid of anything and everything. Wrong! In the midst of economic chaos here in the US, too many people are trying to downsize at the same time. EBay is drowning in listings, but not many people are bidding and buying. (More on this here.)
I’ve had good luck in the past with Craiglist for selling furniture and furnishings, but they’re suffering the same issues — too many listings, not enough buyers.
The other aspect of breaking up the household is getting the property ready to sell. We’ve done some routine tasks like repainting rooms.
We’re also in the midst of a major undertaking, namely, replacing the roof. This is something my husband decided to do himself, with the help of a part-time assistant. Because my husband has to work on the roof in addition to his job, it’s been dragging on for over a month now and he’s been more exhausted than I’ve ever seen him before. I’m hoping they’ll have it done in another week. . . or maybe two.
After the roof is finished, we have some landscaping tasks and some little niggly things to take care of inside.
Then, I suppose, we’ll have to get really serious about Craisglist, EBay, and other venues for selling the contents of the house.
In the meantime, if anyone wants to buy an upright piano, a very solid oak, lion claw dining table, or a bunch of Asian-themed decorations, let me know!
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