If you want a big life change, buy a big house. :-) At least, that's what I'm finding, now that DH and I have bought a new house that's triple the size of our current one (which was too small for too many years, believe me, with three dogs, a cat, two kids, DH and me). It's been fun, and stressful, all at the same time. Something as simple as a coffee table can create a four-hour uh...we'll call it a debate ;-).
We had to pick out a lot of new furniture for the new house. We've been married nearly 20 years, but we still have a lot of Early Marriage style furniture. You know the type--the stuff your well-meaning family members give you because you're newlyweds and you're poor. Or the pieces you picked up at garage sales and Goodwill, because well, you're newlyweds and you're poor ;-).
Over the years, we've bought some new pieces, but never had full sets that all matched throughout. For the first time ever, we'll have a dining room set (now that I have a house with a large enough dining room!) and a bedroom set that doesn't have mismatched living room end tables for night stands ;-)
Then there were the appliances. The previous owners took most of theirs with them, so we had to buy several new appliances. I thought I measured right...
Until we walked into the house after closing and DH politely (cough, cough) informed me that I had no business using a tape measure. That inspired another week of hand-wringing while I tried to find a fridge and microwave that would fit the current spaces. DH came to the rescue and offered to rout out the cabinets, reminding me all over again why I married him. ;-)
But the most anxiety producing aspect of this whole process (more daunting than the thought of packing, while I have a book due...don't even get me started on THAT), is PAINT. I've been through so many colors, my walls are starting to look like some deranged clown came through the great room. The shades look great at night, then too bright during the day. Or I love this shade, DH hates it.
We've solved the problem, though. We've hired a mediator.
A decorator is coming out at 11.
So, if you're wondering why I dropped off the face of the blogosphere, it's because I'm trying to pick paint colors, pack boxes, write a book, clean two houses...and breathe ;-)