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Relocating in a Recession

Updated on July 13, 2013

Relocating an entire house

Recession Hits Home

Times are hard. That seems like such a simple statement, but with those simple words come a very real emotion and a very real task, the moving of the family to find a better life in a different state. Watching housing prices crash around you as you struggle to pay your over inflated house payment is a common occurrence now. Watching houses sell for one third of what you owe, is painful.

With these realizations come the opportunity for change. A move to another state and a chance to rectify all the problems that we bravely faced in a city that is overcrowded and over employed.

With this being said, my family is moving two thousand miles to the east to start over. A family that is ready to find a new life in a small Kentucky town and a chance to live within our means again after losing so much.

Times can be hard when one of the breadwinners loses their job. Suddenly one person is struggling to make all the payments on all of the bills, the mortgage and continue to put food on the table. This economy is shaky and my family has been trying to ride the waves that threatened to swamp us. While bobbing in the waves of a recession and with a smile of resolve along with a new found determination we set off with our possessions in tow across the country. We look at this as a grand new adventure. We accept this chance to go to the land of Daniel Boone and carve out a living.

A part of me is afraid but a larger part of me is relieved and excited about the change. Change and adventure have always fascinated me and this time is no exception. I have had wanderlust my entire life. The great thing about this time is the fact that I have three other adults that are willing to make this move with me happily and bravely. With only a positive thought and a huge dream of the future, we face.

We are moving to a small town where rent is half of what it is now. Where pay is similar to what it is here. This no matter how I look at it becomes a positive and a win win situation. Big city burn out has taken its toll and we are all quite ready for the simple life. Like the Beverly Hillbillies in reverse, we are moving to find the simple life. Leaving the cement pond and the fancy eating table behind and going to find a new life in Kentucky.

Downsizing and Packing

What does it take to move an entire home? It takes many boxes and a commitment to downsizing. Checking out every item that you own and making the conscious decision to keep it, donate it, sell it or trash it. These are the hardest decisions to make in this process. There are so many little memories in everything that you own. If you allow yourself you can become overwhelmed with the process and hold on to every little piece of paper that your child brought home. So with a stern resolve you must weed through all the emotional possessions and make that decision.

Once you have decided which items need to go with you, a careful packing is in order. Packing carefully so that over the miles nothing is broken. Packing with the limited amount of truck space firmly in mind so that you do not pack more than you can carry. I admit there are many items that made the first cut that did not make the second. There was simply not enough room for everything that you feel attached to. So several more weeding sessions and many decisions later you have a packed rental truck as well as a loaded down car and by this time you have probably had several moments of rethinking the entire move.

Moving Day

Moving day has arrived. You have lived with boxes and frayed nerves for several weeks now and finally the big moving day has arrived. The decisions on who will ride in which vehicle starts the day and then the big crate or hammock for the dogs come into question. After making the decision to pack the crates and let them relax in the back seat, you load up and head out. Emotion floods you as you start pulling away from the house you had made into a home for the last six years and you watch it fade as you drive farther away. With tears welling up in your eyes you try not to give way to the emotion that is suddenly overwhelming you. You think of the adventure you are on and you try to keep that "off we go into the wild blue yonder" attitude so that no one can see your fear and pain.

As the miles click by, you can start to truly feel the excitement creeping back about the adventure and the road trip you have embarked on and you know that you can be happy in this new state and with this new life and sitting back in the seat of the rental truck you start to relax just a little.

You take this time during the trip to begin to plan your new life, your new job and new home. Then you realize, this is only the beginning of your relocation.


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    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 

      8 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Good luck with your adventure - you write well, making a reader feel your sadness at leaving your old home, but I think we all look forward to hearing about your new adventures in Kentucky.

    • cosmopinkice profile image


      8 years ago from Kentucky

      This is very touching. I feel you are heading in the right direction with a positive change! Great words. Don't look back and find your happiness in Kentucky.

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      Rose Davis 

      8 years ago

      What an adventure, it's so well written too, I hope all goes well for you.

    • Joni Douglas profile image

      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      Wow, what a story. You are very articulate and you share with us all your thoughts and concerns. Good luck to you and I hope you find what you need in Kentucky.


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