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After a few years of trying, my partner and I just bought our first house. “Just” meaning that at the time of posting this we have owned it for less than a week. 
 

Spent the last week setting up utilities, cleaning, touching up the walls, painting, measuring rooms and talking about what we want to do with our new space. 
 

Adam Devine College GIF by A Little Late With Lilly Singh
 

So during this challenge we will be juggling - moving, organizing our new space, donating/selling/disposing of items that we choose not to keep (which after 10-12 years in the same space junk adds up).
 

Clean Up Cats GIF by Bubble Witch
 

I also want to keep the good habits I’ve been building over the last challenge and a half. Though I won’t be expanding on them too much because we have quite enough going on, lol)

 

Challenge goals Placeholder (to be further developed)

  • Continue: Track water, steps, alcohol
  • Make and stick to a budget
  • include alcohol as part of budget limit?? TBD
  • Make some time for adventure - Visit at least 2 parks near our new place during the challenge

 

 

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Thinking about the challenge, I believe a formal challenge with measured goals will be too much for me this round. I am going to change what success looks like this challenge by:

  • Check-in and post on the forums at least 3 days / week ( rooting for others on their threads counts!)
  • Post 1 picture of local flora or fauna from our new place per week OR 1 photo of a local adventure taken

 

 

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10 hours ago, Loveable_Bouncer said:

Stopping by to let you know we have a small group of peeps that are working on our budget/spending habits in our own unique ways if you want to join us!

 

Also congrats on your first house! That is huge!

Also here to chear you on to stick to all the goals!

Thank you! I will check the group out for sure. Always helps to have a group with similar goals to help support when the motivation tank runs empty. :)
 

 

5 hours ago, XBlackWidowX said:

Organizing a new house is definitely challenging and takes lots of energy, but I think it'll make you very happy and satisfied when you're done. Good luck! 

Thank you! Agreed that it is both exciting and tiring to coordinate everything. Especially while trying not to stress out our senior dog too much with all the changes!
 

We had some friends over today to visit the new place. One friend gave us the tip of marking out floor plan with tape of furniture we consider buying to see if it fits the new space (which I thought was quite brilliant and a good way to be mindful of any items we choose to bring into our new space). Their little one (3 years old) also gave us the high five of approval - we’re not sure how the grading system worked other than some toy race cars and running were involved but I’m happy to take the compliment 😉

 

Rented a small box truck to move our furniture next weekend. This week will be sent prepping (emptying drawers and bookshelves, figuring out how to make it the least stressful for our dog, etc).

"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Oh hey you!!  I've been taking a forums break but back now, and what exciting news!

I am so thrilled for you!!!!

 

I hope we get to see pics as you turn new place into HOME. :)

 

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Yay new house! Here to cheer you on as you settle in!

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

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On 9/5/2023 at 10:03 AM, starpuck said:

Oh hey you!!  I've been taking a forums break but back now, and what exciting news!

I am so thrilled for you!!!!

 

I hope we get to see pics as you turn new place into HOME. :)

 

Hey Puck, good to see you!! This will be my 3rd challenge back after taking a bit of a break myself.

 

And thank you it’s been a long road but excited to finally have our new place. Feels like we have been looking for a while.

 

15 hours ago, Sovalis said:

Yay new house! Here to cheer you on as you settle in!

Thanks Sovalis, glad to have you here :) 

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

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Ahh I’m lucky it’s zero week. Getting back to work after a bit of a break has been rough (there’s a lot of drama with another department right now). Between house and work it’s been tough to focus on my health goals or sitting down and budgeting. I have however been making the attempt to box up books and clothes to empty out furniture we will be moving on Saturday. 
 

Between today and tomorrow I also need to clean upholstery on the couch. One seat in particular is currently in front of a window and absolutely saturated with dog dander. Might as well deep clean it even though the dog is coming with us and will happily refill the couch with his fluff. 
 

We have been reaching out to contractors for quotes and are getting intermittent responses. Will divide and conquer (who reaches out to electrician, plumber, etc) and get the priority work organized. There is also currently a debate whether we need to install real fence (me) or half ass something with posts and chicken wire (partner). Septic tank needs some TLC (and would border fenced area) so the half assed is probably best until we get that done. Plus our senior dog isn’t an immediate flight risk to burst through as long as we monitor him while outside.…. 
 

All goes well by Saturday night we will be sleeping in the new place 

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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I knew packing was a lot of work. Especially after spending 10 years in our current place. But it just seems increasingly daunting as we prep for the moving truck tomorrow. We are also maximizing difficulty by renting a truck and moving ourselves. Though it does in some ways minimize pressure be cause we won’t have movers we are paying waiting for us to pack up the thing so we are on our own timeline. 
 

We are also doing the steps in reverse, well if there are official “rules” for how to move. We plan to get a dumpster for anything we are disposing for next weekend, even though I think usually that is the first step? Idk last time I moved was from college and I could fit everything in a couple trips of my little hatchback. Now we have real furniture and things. 
 

I feel like a lot of the decluttering will occur at the new house while we are unpacking. It will be important to set limits there… while cleaning up here I unearthed some boxes buried at the bottom of a closet brought into the house 10 years ago and just sat…. Want to avoid that as much as possible this time around. 
 

Wish me luck for tomorrow, friends :)

 

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Good luck! We are rooting for you!!! 

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Man this is all so exciting.

Also, I am taking notes.... for my eventual day!

 

Sounds like you guys are tackling it all really well though!

 

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Current Challenge

"It is difficult.  All things worth keeping are."  Thane Krios - Mass Effect 2

"Maybe it's not as simple as you imagined, Seeker."  Varric Tethras Dragon Age 2

"Staying within your limits is no fun, Ryder."  Vetra Nyx - ME: Andromeda

Spoiler

 

::PAST CHALLENGES::

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 20 | 21 | 22

23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42

43 | 44 | NEIN | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48| 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61

62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 77.5 | 78 | 79 | 80 | 81

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On 9/9/2023 at 11:40 AM, Sovalis said:

Good luck! We are rooting for you!!! 

 

On 9/11/2023 at 2:49 PM, starpuck said:

Man this is all so exciting.

Also, I am taking notes.... for my eventual day!

 

Sounds like you guys are tackling it all really well though!

 

Thank you both! We successfully moved the big stuff without majorly hurting ourselves or pulling muscles, getting into an accident with the rented truck, or getting into a terrible argument. Though there was lots of teasing and a well placed thunderstorm gave us the incentive to move the last three items into the house very quickly. 
 

The following day we had some friends over to watch the first Sunday of American football. Our friends also helped us with house stuff including installing a new ceiling light without electrocuting ourselves (friend did the work, we held the tools and learned things), hanging the TV and troubleshooting Wi-Fi signal throughout the house so my partner could log into his work on Monday. 
 

It has been quite busy, we still have many small things to move from the old house before the end of the month. We decided that after 3 more trips anything left in the old house will be tossed /sold / donated because we had way too much clutter after 10+ years. (Will see how that statement goes lol) 

 

Thinking about the challenge, I believe a formal challenge with measured goals will be too much for me this round. I am going to change what success looks like this challenge by:

  • Check-in and post on the forums at least 3 days / week ( rooting for others on their threads counts!)
  • Post 1 picture of local flora or fauna from our new place per week OR 1 photo of a local adventure taken

 

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"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Popping in to say hi and see how it's going! 

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Congrats on the new house! Hope the move continues to go well.

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On 9/16/2023 at 11:26 PM, Sovalis said:

Popping in to say hi and see how it's going! 

 

On 9/17/2023 at 1:44 PM, Kalitraz said:

Congrats on the new house! Hope the move continues to go well.

Thanks both! 
 

We are living in the new place now for the past week. I really like the area - today we found a little hiking trail about a mile walk from the house which is awesome and may become our new weekend routine. But at the same time we are only 5-10 minutes drive from grocery store so we aren’t too remote, it’s almost a perfect balance. Everyone we have met seems really nice too.

 

I do still feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of boxes to unpack. There’s a LOT of little stuff at the old house still to bring - my partner has one trip left and I have two for our “3 car loads” limit. We originally planned to get a dumpster this past weekend but decided to hold off on that for another week and instead focus on sorting through and unpacking what we already brought over. I think it was a good call. 

 

Tasks for the week:

* Buy and refill water softener salt 
* Doctor’s appt Monday 

* Schedule our dog’s annual checkup and specialist visits (all due in October)

* Unpack and put away at least 1 box daily

* Call plumber to help replace broken valves to refrigerator ice maker and washing machine. (Nothing like going to turn off a valve and having it snap instead. And the replacement part needs to be soldered on. (My partner is debating diy fix but I’m on team call a professional bc we have enough to deal with already)
* Pay utilities for old place

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Our plans for the week got a bit chaotic. Came home from my doctors appoint Monday only for a delivery truck to shortly after take some wires down. No power lines luckily but the cable and internet were out for 2 days and my partner works from home. Finally got that resolved last night, without being mean to any of the cable phone help desk operators. Though I may have spent 40

+ mins fighting with the phone AI trying to get to a human. (Until I figured out that I had to pretend to have a billing issue to get through and then transferred to the right support team from there)

 

Adding give the dog a bath to the list. He seems to be licking his left front leg quite a bit. Not sure if some pollen at our new place is aggravating his skin but he is overdue for a bath anyway. We haven’t made any changes to his food in years but you never know. Also gives me incentive to get his annual checkups scheduled sooner than later so the vet can take a look if it’s still an issue. 
 

Hope everyone is doing well and having a less chaotic week than I did. 

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"Always remember, your focus determines your reality." - Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace

"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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