Even though we move a lot, courtesy of the US Navy, we generally have a good idea of how long we are going to be in a certain location. We knew that we would have two years in Memphis and about two years here in Tampa. And luckily, we already know when and where we are going next! But in the meantime, I’m going to eke out another year in Tampa.
We know that we’ll be moving next summer but Pat will be done with his job here in Tampa soon and will be doing some training over this school year. The kids and I will be enjoying one more year with our friends in this area.
I’ve been meaning to blog more of our Tampa home recently, but there has been a lot of work going on “behind the scenes” so to say. We have already purchased the house we are going to be living in next and we are very excited about it! I am so looking forward to owning a house again and I have spent a lot of time planning how things are going to work and fit in the next house. I’ve been getting tight with Pinterest and graph paper. But I haven’t spent much time planning and writing blog posts here.
The behemoth we live in now is a little too much for us at over 3000 square feet. It has five bedrooms plus a big office and a big playroom and a formal dining room. We have certainly figured out how to spread into all this space but we don’t need it and it’s a lot to take care of.
Our next house will be closer to 2700 square feet. We will be using the formal dining room as the office and the playroom is going to be much smaller. Plus we’re going down to 4 bedrooms.
Already knowing where we’re going to move in a year is kind of a luxury and I’m super excited about being able to plan the spaces. While our Tampa house has a lot of space, the storage is awkward and it’s been difficult to organize using the existing systems and keeping spending minimal. The fifth bedroom is essentially just a catch all for all random things. The new house will probably have even less storage but I’m determined to think it all though and figure out where everything will fit and create the custom systems we will need.
Planning the next house has meant some changes here in Tampa lately. Part of that means some serious purging and really thinking about what we use now and will use in the future. Part of that is figuring out where we’re going to store certain items in the future and making a few changes here to “practice”. I’m looking at every single thing in this house and asking myself where it is going to go in the next house.
Recently Casey’s room has gotten an update and is almost finished. I loved her furniture when we got it but it was feeling too dark for the room and for our bright and happy child and it wasn’t all going to fit in the new house. At first we thought we should wait and buy new furniture after we move so we don’t have to move it and risk it getting damaged. But I already knew what I wanted to get in her room and that it would work well in the new room and hopefully it will survive the move. Her room is now the brightest room in the house and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. Just a few more projects to finish and it will be done!
I’m also working on the craft room/office. There is no closet in the office in the new house and it is also open to the front entry. I’ll need a good storage system…one that holds a lot of stuff but also looks good! I have never been completely pleased with the craft room here which is why I’ve only ever shown part of it. I’ve moved furniture around in it three times but there’s always a problem wall or spot. I’m determined to get a good shot of the whole room soon!
So stay tuned for some updates on the Tampa house and maybe some plans for the new house. And once I restore the craft room from it’s chaos, I’ll get some sewing done too!