Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow.... 

Yep, tomorrow is the big day. We will FINALLY close on the house in Sioux Falls! Yayyyyy!

The current owners are running really behind (no surprise), so we won't be able to do our final walk-through until 11:30 tomorrow morning. Weird getting to see the inside of the house for the first time only an hour and a half before closing. I hope to hell they have finished all the improvements they promised to make.

Because I hadn't seen the inside of the house, Dan had to draw a sketch of it the other night so we could decide where to put the major pieces of furniture. I guess we didn't really need to get rid of the spare bed, the living room set and the extra recliner because they all would have fit in the new house. But then again, they would not have fit into the garage we've been using for storage, and we would have probably needed to rent a storage unit and pay more to the mover to transport them, which would have been more hassle than it was worth.

The living room will contain my Sealy loveseat recliner (how I've missed it!), the black microfiber loveseat/chair/ottoman set, and the extra ottoman. The main tv, the stereo, the main VCR, the laser disc player and the DVD player will also go in there as will the music CDs and DVDs. I think my lawyer bookcase and the audio cassettes will go in spare bedrooms.

There is a coat closet on the main floor, but it has been converted to mainly shelves. I think we're gonna switch it back to a coat closet because we have a ton of coats and no other reasonable place to hang them. As it is Dan's gonna have to put his clothes in a spare bedrom closet because none of the upstairs closets are large enough to all our clothes.

The master bedroom unfortunately is extremely awkward with no convenient way to put the bed against a wall with the small tv opposite it on top of the chest of drawers. One wall has a window, one wall has the bathroom doors, and the other wall has the closet, which has been converted to shelves and will have to be changed back into a closet. I don't really want to put the bed in the middle of the room and the tv off somewhere off at an angle, but I might not have a choice.

One bedroom is going to be a library. Both my oak bookcases, the lawyer bookcase, and the china hutch is going in there (it won't fit in the kitchen or dining room). Probably the corner curio cabinet will go in there if it will fit as well as my rocking chair.

One bedroom is going to be a scrapbook/project room where I will store all my photo albums and set up a table and chair as a work area. Yes, this is mainly for my benefit, but Dan is happy too because he's sick to death of my scrapbook clutter in the living room and would like it someplace where I can close a door and keep it out of his sight. I'll probably also store his uncle's photographs there.

The kitchen and dining area might be problematic because they are much smaller than what we had before. There is no pantry, either. I think we will store as much as we can in the cabinets and then get a free-standing cabinet that could substitute as a pantry and put it against the wall that separates the kitchen from the staircase.

The utility room is downstairs, and our new washer and dryer will go in there. I'm happy that this area is much larger than that horrible little closet we used to wash clothes in. There is even space to fold clothes and store cleaning supplies!

My command center, computer and one bookcase are going downstairs. If we need more storage for my medical records and office-type stuff, there should be sufficient room for a full-size filing cabinet. I'll be able to listen to iTunes while Dan watches TV upstairs.

The secondary TV and VCR will go downstairs, as will my Gazelle machine. Right now, we don't have any other furniture to go down there, but I'm sure we'll come up with something eventually. Most of the rest of the basement will be used for storage for now.

We'll have a back yard storage shed for the first time, which will be way cool as we now have two cars and will need all the garage space we can get. The back yard is not fenced, though, which is something we'll have to remedy ASAP. We'll also need to put a doggie door in the slider to the dining room.

We still haven't had a chance to go refigerator shopping yet, but we will before long I'm sure. After we get the fridge, we'll need to start saving up for a new water heater and a new central air conditioner. Right now, both those appliances work, but they came with the house and could die at any time (and probably aren't very energy efficient at this point).

Luckily, I don't foresee any other major expenses. All the other major appliances are reasonably new, there is adequate overhead lighting, and there are blinds on all the windows that will stay with the house. I rather hate the colors in the house such as the bright yellow kitchen and the green bedroom, but those aren't important enough to me to do anything about them right away.

It will be a bit weird adapting to what was someone else's house, but I still think we got a good deal considering our limited budget. There is over all much more storage than our previous house, so it should be a lot less cluttered. And the neighborhood seems nice.

And we edge ever closer to the end of the Great Moving Ordeal of 2006....

Nice to hear that you guys got settled in... was starting to worry for awhile.

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