January 3, 2011

The Big DeChristmas Declutter. A Move Is In The Offing.

The Farmhouse has been an absolute flurry of activity this morning.  The Farmchildren and I have taken down the Christmas tree and packed away the decorations.  We have also managed to find homes for all the Christmas presents.  I did a sneaky bin run with a few old and broken toys.  I had to distract The Farmchildren as They. Do. Not. Ever. Want. To. Throw. Anything. Away.  Do other people's children do this?  Or is it just mine that seem to develop sudden emotional attachments to broken bits of cheap plastic that they got from Hungry Jacks three years ago (but only when said bits of plastic are going near the bin, not when they are gathering dust under the couch)????

Anyway I am feeling much happier now that our surroundings are calm and ordered again. I have never been one of those Mums who can embrace chaos and clutter.  I just can't.

Christmas Decorations, Packed Away
I felt a bit sad packing the decorations away.  Partly because we had such a great Christmas.  But mainly because it will be the last Christmas we have in this house.  That's right, a move is planned for The farm Family this year.  Don't worry, we will still be farming and still be in the same area...!

Earlier in 2010 year we expanded our farming business and bought more land. The new farm comes with a new house.  When we were looking at it I immediately said to The Farmer - "I'm not moving".  I adore the house we are in now and we have only just finished renovating it.  The Farmer then suggested that as the new house is only 10km from town (as opposed to our current 35km) and I go in 4 days a week I might just want to think about it as I drove past the new farm gate each time.  I did this for a week.  The same week Farmboy fell asleep twice on his 45 min school bus ride home.  By the end of the week I agreed to move, mainly to make life easier for us as a family.

So, as sad as I will be to leave here, I am choosing to see the move as a new and exciting step for our family.  Change is always inevitable and I have decided to embrace it.

The new house is much newer, very large and in the longer run will probably be more suitable for us.  It also only needs superficial work like painting and stuff.  I like old houses though, so am having to get my head around it being new.  The Farmer pointed out (quite rightly) that while an old house is charming etc a new one is a hell of a lot easier to live in.  I have resolved to look only at the positives of the new house.

There is one other problem - I hate moving house.  I thought part of the benefit of marrying a farmer would be living in one house for years and years.  Something went a bit wrong with this plan though because this will be our fourth move in eight years!  I am determined it will be the easiest.  This won't be hard to achieve as the first move was carried out while The Farmer was unwell recovering from meningitis, the second I was pregnant and had horrible morning sickness, and the third I had a 3 week old baby...

We aren't moving for a few months yet though so I will keep you all posted.  At the end of the day it will be exciting for us.

Sunset At The Farmouse (One Of The Reasons I Don't Want To Move!)


Take care.

11 comments:

BushBelles said...

I always thought my children would be the ones who happily gave away their toys to the less fortunate - not a chance they hang onto everything for dear life. Savour every last sunset for the memories.
Bushbelles

Sydney Shop Girl said...

How exciting, a new house! It does sound like the right move for your family.

Good on you for the declutter. Mine is still a work in progress. The fridge and freezer were done today.

SSG xxx

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Semi Expat said...

Well done on the sneaky decluttering! Think that children are always the same about throwing away things! And I think the move sounds very exciting and as you say, embrace the change and look for the positives. Although be careful - you know the saying "New house, new baby" don't you??!!! X

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I smiled at your sneaky toy run description, I did one before Christmas and had to wait until my almost 3 year old was asleep to even sort through, everything I tried to take away she wanted to play with!

A Farmer's Wife said...

Bush Belles - So glad my kids are not the only hoarders.

SSG -You are brave. I hate doing the freezer.

Semi-Expat - Aaah, a new baby would be way too much change!!!

Christie - Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I have also waited until my kids are asleep and done the stealth mission...

Fussy Eater's Mum said...

I so want to be Martha Stewart and have everything neatly tucked away in labled boxes in uniform rows on a shelf. Alas, we have buckets overflowing with odd pieces of plastic, Barbie dolls having bad hair days and missing puzzle pieces.

Never heard that saying about a new house, new baby. Crickey! I am sure you will get the new house in perfect Nanna order in no time!

Jane said...

Ah, you make me smile, AFW. Reading about your decluttering after our emptying and sorting of 'the shed' yesterday made me feel better! Many sneaky bin runs were conducted yesterday...

Wow, you have big changes ahead. I look forward to following them and best of British for the move. J x

A Farmer's Wife said...

Fussy Eater's Mum - Thank you - I am seeing it as a challenge to create the perfect level of Nannaification

Jane - Thank so much!

Emma said...

Sneaky bin runs in operation Chez Pirate also. Good luck with the move! I have never lived in a "new" house either but do wonder if it would be easier to maintain!

A Farmer's Wife said...

Emma - I will let you know on the "new" house situation.

The Book Chook said...

Looking forward to reading about the new house and your plans for it. It sounds as if it will be perfect in so many ways, and I bet you transfer it into a home in no time flat!