When George and I bought our first house eight years ago we never could have fathomed four children living in it. At the time of purchase, our house was far more square footage than two people needed. We bought it as a “five-year house”, and anticipated living in it for several years, then maybe adding a baby (or two) to our family before up sizing. In time, we fell in love with our neighborhood and added our own special touches to our home. After discovering we were expecting quadruplets we knew our house couldn’t be a forever home. Yet, the prospect of buying and selling during a quadruplet pregnancy was not going to happen. Once the babies came home we made do by adding storage and getting creative with furniture arrangement. It was working surprisingly well. However as our babies transformed into busy toddlers, we knew it was past time to find a house better suited to our burgeoning family.
This spring we finally pulled the trigger and interviewed with real estate agents to discuss our property value and desired features for a new home. Initially we planned to move out of our neighborhood where we could find more square footage for our money. However, multiple real estate agents reminded us why our neighborhood is ideal for our family. Great schools, family friendly, close proximity to many amenities. I began feeling anxious about sacrificing our beloved neighborhood for more space. We found a gorgeous home in a nearby neighborhood with almost every item ticked off our wish list. It was a five bedroom turnkey house with an over sized kitchen and pantry, it was dreamy. One bright Sunday afternoon we hauled the quads to see this particular home. As soon as our agent opened the doors the quads dashed upstairs. This would have been fine except the shiny wooden staircase was adorned with wrought iron spindles, which overlooked the den from about 25 feet off the ground. While the house was stunning, I immediately knew it was not our house. All I could envision was toddlers catapulting themselves over the stair railing and subsequent ER visits.
Our real estate agent urged us to visit an open house in our neighborhood, but I wasn’t enthusiastic. It looked drab and small, but to appease our agent we walked the quads over for the event. After about five minutes, George and I looked at each other and both agreed it was perfect for us. It boasted all the features of our current home, but was a somewhat improved version. It had more space inside and out, and best of all there was a dedicated playroom space for the quads. That evening we made an offer on that house, which was accepted contingent upon the sale of our home. Within a week’s time, our house was decluttered, spiffed up, and market ready. Thankfully, we received a full price offer with just six days on the market. The only catch we are now amidst moving a house that’s accumulated eight years worth of stuff, two dogs, and four kids. Even though the new house is just around the corner, we still have to pack, update utilities, and situate ourselves in a new home. I’m over the moon about the new digs, and
slightly extremely anxious about managing the mayhem.
In order to keep it manageable, George and I set daily goals for packing, and elicited the help of the quads. They’ve proven themselves as unreliable help, however. They tend to unpack things after us, and add their own accouterments to boxes. On the bright side, packing materials are highly entertaining toddlers.
Moving with multiples is proving difficult for my Type A personality. Before boxing anything, I prefer to ensure that all parts are accounted for, and boxed together (the idea is extreme organization now will help with unpacking later). With eight helping hands, parts tend to go missing. One evening the quad’s clock puzzle was strewn about and three pieces weren’t found. I put this clock on the counter and feverishly searched every imaginable place for them. Finally one night George admitted tossing them into a random box. I found enough self-restraint not to rip into boxes, but I assure you I wanted to. If I thought I’d actually find all three pieces I might do it, but the prospects are slim. Don’t assume I’m the only Type A personality in our house though. Every night, George scours the house with touch up paint in hand, masking our previous short cuts and damages.
What is your best moving tip?