Our old place has been sold, and the new one is ‘in progress’. So what about the next nine months?
We’ve got a rental property in the Hornsby area, but the tenants we’ve got in there are fantastic – they’ve paid their rent on time every month for the last two years and we haven’t heard a thing from them. So, in an attempt to not rock the boat with the tenants, we’ve moved in with the in-laws…
To say that it’s a social experiment is an understatement. It’s a change for all of us. Megan and I have lived on our own for years now, and her parents haven’t had the kids back under their roof now for over a decade. This is all compounded by the fact that the family dog is now 14 years of age, and we’ve got a 2 year old black lab that’s a ball of energy. Needless to say, keeping them apart is a chore in itself.
Any sort of adjustment that’s big enough to throw your life out of whack is a challenge for everyone, but the ‘limbo period’ has been softened by the support of our surrounding family, and we feel very fortunate. We’ve taken with us what we’ve needed for the next 10 months or so, and everything else has been put in storage.
While I’m fine with storing stuff away for as long as is required, the day to day stuff that you’re accustomed to when you live in your own home are a bit more difficult when you all of a sudden have other people in your household. Things like planning and cooking dinner becomes a bit more difficult, and the morning routine of getting ready for work becomes just a little bit longer.
At the end of the day, we need to remember it’s a means to an end. No matter how generous your surrounding support structure is, or how well your in-laws take care of you, it’s never ‘your place’. But in less than a year we’ll be in our own place again, and that’s what we need to remember. Once again, it’s all about compromise.