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Posted by on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Cleaning out, Moving, Rent our house | 8 comments

Out Of The House – Into The Dungeon

We have SO much to tell you!

First off, we are officially moved out of our house. That’s one big milestone that we can scratch off our list. We really didn’t think it would take so long to find renters for our house. It certainly wasn’t for lack of interest, but we just wanted to be certain that were putting the very best people possible into our home. Trouble at home is certainly not something we want to be worried about while we are 2000 miles away – so we took our sweet time in making that decision.

Now, we are living in “the dungeon” – also known as my momma’s basement. The space was lovingly given the title of “the dungeon” by my father, I suppose because it’s dark, damp, moldy, smells of old cheese, and is infested with scorpions that have acquired a taste for human flesh. I’m joking, of course, about all that stuff – except for that part about living in my mom’s basement… that part is real… very real indeed.

Anyways – let’s get you caught up.

Building pre paintingBen finished the storage building in late November. He worked very hard on it for days on end until it was finally done! He also painted the newly enclosed side to match the existing side.

Once completed, we noticed that birds were getting inside and pooping on the ground. I certainly didn’t want bird doodie on our safely stored belongings, so I had the brilliant idea to put up some type of screen on the openings at the top. The people who renovated our house before we bought it, left the original storm window screens in the attic of our house, so Ben re-purposed them as bird-proof-barriers for the storage building.

 

After he finished the building, we were able to start filling stuff in buildingit with all our belongings that we just couldn’t part with, kitchen stuff, and some of the things that we didn’t want to have to purchase again after we got back from our adventure. This newly enclosed part of the building is not “mouse safe” like the back part of the building, so we have to be very selective as to what we put where.

Pillows, blankets, and important things we’ve had to put in the back side of the building. Other things like kitchen supplies, and furniture we were able to put in the front. We also had a lot of plastic tubs, so we were able to put our clothes and other things in those and store them in the front. Hopefully we choose right and we don’t come home to some big family of mice living in our stuff! We worked very hard to keep things organized and it took MANY trips to get everything up the hill and put away into our private mini-storage facility.

 

RentersAfter months of searching we finally found our renters! We were so excited to have Kathy and Jim contact us looking for the perfect rental home! They moved from Pensacola Florida to be closer to family in the area. When we met them, we instantly knew that they were the ones we wanted living in our loved home. They moved in on January 6th. We went over that evening when they got into town and helped them unload some of the truck. Ben went the next day while I was at work to help unload the rest. I think this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship with this couple!

 

It’s a bit weird moving someone else into our home. We searched for months for the perfect first home years ago and we have LOVED it since the day we spotted it on the market! It’s a pretty bittersweet thing to do. On one hand, you know you are doing the right thing, you know you have the perfect renters, and you know that you are taking one more step towards your goal. On the other hand, you are going to miss your house and the life you have built there. I just keep telling myself that this is what is right for us, and that we have so many exciting and fun (and challenging) adventures coming!

IMG_6062Along this journey we’ve had to part with some things that are definitely difficult to part with. Take this potty seat for example, we won’t need it on the boat, and really didn’t need to bring it to moms. You wouldn’t think of a potty seat as such a hard thing to get rid of, but for me, it has literally supported Molly’s bottom for the last 3 years. She was toilet trained on this seat. But alas, I can’t scrapbook a potty seat can I? So, we had to say goodbye and we sent it out with the trash (I mean really, who wants a used donated potty seat?).

 

 

After we locked in our renters it was time to start packing up the rest of the house. We had already started packing up and moving things up to the building that we were not currently using, like books, summer clothes, most of Molly’s toys, and other sentimental things that we didn’t want to part with. We also packed up some kitchen things that we didn’t necessarily need at this time. But we had a lot left that needed to be boxed and moved up into the building.

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We also sold our bed and were sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a while. We kinda liked it better than having a huge bed taking up space in the room.

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The day after Christmas we MOVED into my Moms. My Moving Mollymom and Jimmy (her hubby) have been so generous to allow us to move into their basement! Even though our renters were not coming until the 6th of January, this was just much easier than trying to live in our house while also trying to pack up and clean. So we packed up everything that we thought we might need at moms and took it over. It took us about 3 or 4 trips to get everything there. The basement also needed to be cleaned a bit, before we could fully move in, so we cleaned up over there before we were able to unpack. Here is Molly in the back with the first load of stuff to take to moms.

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At moms we have a nice space downstairs. We have a bedroom which we share with Molly, a bathroom, and a living area. In the living area there is a counter top with a small bar sink and a mini fridge. We eat most dinners as a family upstairs, but it’s nice to have a “mini kitchen” downstairs for breakfast and getting coffee in the mornings before work (also, late night snacks). It’s really nice to have this time spent with family too before we head off. Ben’s parents live pretty close to my moms so it’s nice to be closer to them as well.

 

Before our renters could move in we had a lot of This is what Molly does while we clean. Play in boxes.cleaning that needed to be done! After we were moved out and officially sleeping at moms house, and we had everything packed and in the building, we started the task of deep cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms, floors and everything in between! Here is a photos of what Molly did while we were working hard! Playing in the leftover cardboard boxes.

 

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I was on the floor scrubbing the tile, wiping down cabinets, deep cleaning all the appliances, scrubbing toilets, sinks and showers, cleaning kitchen counters and wiping down all the baseboards, walls, and doors for a good four days.

 

 

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While I was busy doing all that, Ben had the task of
patching up the many nail holes (including drywall puddy, sanding and painting), fixing light fixtures (BIG JOB THERE!), he also had to touch up scrapes along the walls and baseboards with paint, vacuuming and steam cleaning the carpets and so much more!

 

 

 

We had already taken most of the food from our house over to my moms, so while Ben was at the house cleaning while I was at work, he didn’t have much to eat. What he did have was a few cans of Vienna Sausages, beef flavored Ramen noodles, and some cans of pineapples.

In fact, I got this text one day while I was at work.

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We tried selling our TV and Couch on some local for sale sites on Facebook, but we didn’t have any takers for the prices we wanted, plus we were on a pretty tight time crunch. We figured that we would get just as much of a write off for them as we would if we sold them, so we called the Salvation Army and they came right out and took them away. It was a bit sad getting rid of the couch. It kinda has some sentimental value to me. You see, that is where I gave birth to Molly. Yep, right there on the couch. We had a (planned) home birth.

 

 

Wednesday, January 6th was the renter arrival day! They were 20160106_125939expected to arrive around 6pm. That day we put the finishing touches on the house. Ben and I went around the house and found any little spot that needed to be touched up with paint, made sure the walls were clean, wiped down the baseboards, cleaned the hardwood floors and did anything else that needed to be done. We wanted it to be perfect for their arrival. And it looked better when we left it than it did when we moved in.

So, what’s next? We will get settled and into a routine at moms and quite possibly start looking for a boat. Right now we are also just trying to work as much as possible and save as much money as we can. We are also trying to spend as much time as we can with friends and family that we will miss dearly while we are gone. We probably won’t see most of our loved ones for the full time we are out sailing unless they make a trip to see us.

This was a big step for us on our adventure, and one that I am happy that has happened. Until next time folks!

 

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Posted by on Sunday, October 18, 2015 in Rent our house, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

House for Rent and so much more!

So, it’s been about a month since I’ve posted, sorry about that! We’ve been super busy prepping our house for rent and getting started on making our first videos! I’ll give you the rundown on what we’ve been up to!

We’ve gotten rid of and packed up A LOT of stuff in the last few months. Our storage building is starting to look very full and we’ve personally stocked the shelves at the local donation center. A video of the process we’ve made on our building will be up on our Youtube channel very shortly once I put the final touches on it! We’ve carried loads and loads of boxes, stuffed animals, Molly’s toys and keepsakes that we just cant part with, up there and it is no longer looking like the scrapbook oasis it once was. We still need to close in the front of the building to store the larger furniture items and sell Ben’s truck, (know anyone looking for a very well cared for Toyota Tacoma? We’ve got one for sale!)

Molly does her part in the cleaning too.

In prepping our house for rent we did a major cleaning inside and out, top to bottom and took many photos of our house. From the photos, it seams that our house was spotless, clean, and pretty empty, however, that was NOT the case. Haha! We would move everything to one corner take a photo of that side of the room, move everything to the other side and take a photo of that side of the room and so on. We did this for every room! It also took us several days to complete this task. From those photos, I made a slideshow video about our house to show it off to potential renters. We have lived here for about 7 years now. It’s a beautiful home and we want to find someone who will love it just as much as we do! It’s kinda weird to think about someone else living in our house. This is our home and we love it, but it’s necessary to rent it out for us to be able to go on this adventure of a lifetime. Hopefully the person who rents it will take care of it and love it and when (if?) we move back in, it will be like we never left.

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Our loved home!

 

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Since we posted our house online, we’ve had a lot of interested people, apparently there isn’t much for rentals in our area. At least none that are as beautiful as our home (if I do say so myself) and we’ve already started showing the house! Currently our house is spotless, and we are working very hard to keep it this way. If you have a 5 year old, then you don’t have to guess at how hard that is (plus, my husband would say I am not very good at keeping things tidy either, ha.) Every time I turn around she has something strewn about her bedroom or the living room. Such is life. Things are moving along quickly and soon we will be moving in with my mother and her husband. They are letting us move into their basement (where I lived before Ben and I got married). It’s pretty basic, bedroom, bathroom, living room area and a counter top with a sink and a mini fridge, but it will be perfect for us while we transition. We will share the kitchen upstairs and cooking and cleaning responsibilities. We’ve also told them we will do anything they need done around the house, like fixing the stove or any painting or house updates that might need to be done. My mom has already started making a mental “to-do list” for us. We are so grateful that they are going to let us live with them while we make the transition from our house to our boat. Plus it will be nice to get to spend the time we have left here being close to family and friends.

The first video we’ve published is our Patreon launch video. We are pretty new at this video making thing so please forgive us if it seams a little rough. It feels a bit awkward talking to a camera at first and I’m certain I would never make it in Hollywood. I am not very good at putting myself out there, especially in front of crowds, or people that I don’t really know, so talking to a camera is difficult because I know that it will be on the internet and will be seen by MANY, MANY, MANY people…. did I say MANY yet?  But I’m sure we will get better as time goes on! Our goal is to eventually get some better video editing software instead of a free version we found online and some nicer video equipment so that future videos have better video and sound quality.

On top of creating our first video, we’ve also launched our Patreon page where you can generously donate to our journey if your heart so desires.  They way Patreon works is you pledge a certain amount of money for each video we publish, and that money will go towards everything from food, to fuel, to wifi. Plus, it will help us reach the goals we’ve set up for the video editing items I talked about earlier. You can also set a monthly maximum amount that you want to donate so if we (like I say in the video) go on a video making frenzy you won’t be overcharged more than you wanted to give. Your support on Patreon is greatly appreciated and we hope to repay you with awesome videos of our travels so you will feel like you are right there on the boat with us!

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Our Patreon Page

We have also met some very nice people through my sister-in-law that want to show us everything they know about sailing! We are so excited to go out on their boat with them in the very near future! Stay tuned for a video and blog post about that!

Until next time….

Peace!

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