It has occurred to me you probably think all I do is talk about moving, making life changes, and decluttering. Perhaps a little explanation is in order.
When we came to Oregon twelve years ago we came with no intention of buying property. Given our situation it seemed apartment living was the best option. We've not regretted that decision but things are beginning to change for us and I'm trying to look ahead to have options when the time comes that we need to make a change.
Bob is 84 and in declining health. We plan to stay right where we are as long as possible. I do not want to put him through another move, too much change. Doubt he could handle that.
We love this apartment, our family loves this apartment, it's lovely. There was a time I thought perhaps my income as a widow would be sufficient for me to stay here into the future. That has changed. Last year the rent went up $300 a month, this year $135 a month, making it unlikely I could stay here alone.
It seems rent is very expensive everywhere now and especially on the west coast. Added to that, we happened to have located ourselves in an area of economic boom where people are moving in great numbers for hi-tech employment. It's a lovely area but you have to pay for that. I think the saying about real estate is location, location, location.
Even with all the rent hikes we're still well within the 30% federal government suggestion for housing cost so we aren't complaining. It does however give me pause to think. Given Bob's health decline and the increase in rent in this area I am now actively keeping an eye out for other housing options.
Now you can understand my constant focus on decluttering. No doubt housing will be smaller when I make another move. Daughter says if I'm widowed and can't afford this apartment she is going to pick up the difference because she loves the idea of having her own bedroom and bath and she's here often during the year both to see us and to have some down time away from the stress of her job.
To say the least my future is not stable. That doesn't worry me because I know I have the income to find something else I will enjoy. I like change. I usually am energized by it.
I own no valuable antiques, family heirlooms, artwork, music equipment or anything that would give me pause when moving. Furniture comes and goes with me these days. Whatever looks good where I'm living is what stays, the rest goes.
I'm keeping it simple and easy.