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Countdown to Europe & moving: 3 months to go

by Karen on February 8, 2010

These countdowns seem to be coming more frequently now, but it’s only because time is flying. I’m not complaining, though. Everything is coming together now. I’m pretty much done planning for Europe. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for moving. I feel like planning for that has barely even begun.

Last week, our passports arrived in the mail. It’s exciting, and it’s a relief. We applied about 8 weeks before we’ll need them for our cruise to the Bahamas, so we’re lucky they were processed so quickly (less than a month).

The only thing left for us to do is book our train tickets. We’re riding a train from London to Amsterdam and another train from Amsterdam to Paris. We can’t book tickets more than three months in advance, but next week we’ll be able to reserve our seats. Once we’ve purchased our train tickets, we’ll have everything booked!

We’ve talked a little bit about an itinerary, and I’ve asked everyone I know who’s traveled abroad to tell me what we must see. Honestly, though, I’m wary about over-planning. I want to relax while we’re there, and I don’t want to feel like we have to be doing something every second. We’ve made a list of the things we absolutely must see. Beyond that, we’re trying to keep things as loose as possible.

There’s nothing much to report as far as moving goes. To be honest, I’ve been in denial about what I need to do. The guest room where visitors used to sleep? It’s completely overrun with boxes and various items with which we don’t know what to do. I’ve been talking about clearing some of this clutter for months now, but I’ve yet to do anything. I’m sure this will be like every other time I’ve moved — I’ll put off cleaning until it’s time to pack, and then I’ll drive myself crazy trying to get rid of stuff and pack boxes simultaneously. I’ll probably never learn.

But who wants to think about packing and cleaning when I could be planning for Europe? Besides, think of how fun it will be when it’s time for me to pack and I’m going through 3 years of useless junk!

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1 Cathy February 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

I really enjoy reading your blog….in fact, your blog is the only one on budgeting I read. I am not even sure how I found it. But, that doesn’t matter. I enjoy waking up each morning to your posts and learn a lot. You are doing an amazing job at budgeting and handling your life! Let the boxes sit.
.-= Cathy´s last blog ..Surrounded by Love =-.

2 Kacie February 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Big yays! I say get rid of as much as you possibly can stand. It’ll make your move so much easier, and future moves, since I doubt you’re buying a house for your next stop.

Just do 15 or 20 minutes of decluttering/packing a day. That’s not so long, but it’s enough that it’ll really put a dent in it before you know it!

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