The Only Logical Thing To Do, Really

Our house went into escrow last night. We have thirty days (give or take a few, depending on various logistical complexities) to vacate the house that started out as just the place where we lived, and that has since become our home.

I have thirty days to find a mover, pack up three human beings and three animals, coordinate a 350-mile move to an as-of-yet-unknown location, negotiate leases and school enrollments and doctor referrals and internet hookups, figure out how to handle the fact that I have a business trip scheduled to begin on the day that we are scheduled to move (woooops), and theoretically maintain…you know, like, normal life. Or an approximation of it.

So you know what the first thing I did when I woke up this morning was?

I drove to Target, and I bought a Trapper Keeper*. Because really, it seemed like the only logical thing to do. And also because the night prior I had a long, extremely detailed dream in which I went to Staples and bought a binder and a hole punch and used them to organize my life, and then I woke up and called Francesca, as I do most mornings, and found out that she had dreamed about binders too.

This is a true story.

(We have the most boring dreams in the world. But at least we are also psychic.)

Clearly I needed a binder. And a hole punch. So I bought them. And then I went home, made my third cup of coffee, and sat down with a brand-new Sharpie (! the joy) and divided my New Favorite Possession into sections:

  • Home Sale
  • House Lease
  • Schools
  • Movers
  • General Fears & Anxieties, And Also The Xfinity Password

And so now I am prepared.

BRING IT, LIFE. Whatever you’ve got, I WILL PUT IT IN MY BINDER.

P.S. I’m flying to LA today to do another house-hunt (because I lost the perfect perfect perfect house I found on my last trip, ugh), and so this time I better find one and lock it down. Come hang on IG if you feel like helping me house-shop; I could certainly use the company.

*OK, so not technically a Trapper Keeper; technically a Five Star notebook. But if you’re my age-ish, surely you appreciate the nostalgia of this reference.

  • Tara Starwalt

    Hey maybe this experience can morph into a new book idea! Activity Book for Moving: Makings Lists About Lists With Pretty Inkpens. Adult coloring sheets, tips and hints for moving (like buy the little handheld gun thing for the packing tape–so worth it), list templates and quick starters (utility companies to cancel/set up, the order in which to contact a realtor, lender, lawyer, maybe opportunities to sketch or doodle your dream kitchen or ideas for your new place), roadtrip-to-your-new-town snack recipes….

    Knowing (i.e. READING) you for as long as I have, I forsee you making a wonderful, fulfilling, creative opportunity for growth out of all of this current chaos!

    • Heather

      This is such a great idea!

    • jordanreid

      I LOVE THIS.

      • Tara Starwalt

        Maybe include a few tear out pages to occupy kids for 97.23 seconds during a moving-away drive? Include some moving-specific coupons– Uhaul, Ikea, Trader Joes to fill up the new fridge? Oh oh! A link to a curated road trip, happy feeling playlist!!

        This is fun! 🙂

        • jordanreid


  • sara watson

    Good luck on the house hunting! Is it necessarily a house? Are you renting or buying?

    I hope you see many great options and will be spoiled for choice!

  • JPoloski

    Love it…Did you buy any Lisa Frank stickers too??? I also have an earnest implementation question, which is that given so much is done over the ‘nets these days, do you just print stuff out (hole punch it, yesss) and put it in there? And/or is most of that stuff on paper anyway?

    Lastly, I had to re-read a few times the sentence that included “internet hookups”. I was like, “In addition to coordinating major logistical upheaval, this woman is also organizing time for random dalliances with people she meets online??” And I was SO impressed.

    But then upon realizing the correct meaning (maybe?), I am still very impressed. Lots of kudos, love, and luck to you.

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