Next House…

fancy bathroom

Last night, as I crawled into bed, I said to my husband, “Next house, the bathroom is going to be attached to our bedroom.”

There’s a sentence that most people have never considered saying.  And not the bathroom part, that is another story altogether.  But the “next house…” part.  Sometimes it is a far-fetched wish, like “our next house will have a housekeeper” or a more mundane thought, like my bathroom request.  No matter how large or small, military family members have a unique opportunity to dream about how their life will look different in “the next house.”

In my world, it isn’t just the structure where we live.  (Though that bathroom is pretty important to me.)  I also think about the house’s location compared to He of the Sea’s work and the kids’ schools.   I research schools, swim teams, Girl Scout troops, and volunteer opportunities.  I seek out neighborhoods that are within walking distance of the library, the post office, and a grocery store.

Then there is the non-physical aspect of starting over.  Next house, I will exercise regularly.  I will hang things on my walls and unpack all my boxes.  I will not volunteer for too much stuff.   I will pick a house that leaves lots of wiggle room in our family budget.  I will…

I think of my civilian friends and family, many of whom have lived in the same house for 10, 20, 30 years.  While there are many great things about staying put, I like the freedom of constantly updating my “next house” plans.

photo by:  Matt@Istanbul

About the Author

She of the Sea

Oh dear - SpouseBUZZ wants a bio from me. I hate writing bios! What do you want to know? I'm a Navy wife and have been for something less than 20 years. I have four daughters who are approaching the teenage years faster than I can drink a Diet Coke. I love writing for SpouseBUZZ because I know that someone out there understands whatever it is I am saying. I also write about money at The Paycheck Chronicles and I am studying for the Certified Financial Planner exam. This year, I have managed to avoid most of my usual volunteer responsibilities (Girl Scouts, PTO, church, etc.) so that I can focus on helping out at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. It also allows me to make decent but unappreciated dinners and keep relatively up on the laundry.

Still haven't learned to get Christmas cards out on time, though.

6 Comments on "Next House…"

  1. Huh. You're right. That's probably the only thing I miss about PCSing…

  2. Yep, I am right there with you. But, we can FINALLY say our next house is our last house! After 20 years of moving around the country and 8 times in the last 6 years alone I can say I am really looking forward to it. I still can't fathom being in the same house for longer then a couple of years, but it will be a whole new adventure for us! We are buying our first home right now and ready to put some roots down as they say.

  3. My sadness is that I really like this current house…I can't think of a way our next house could top it. And we'll still have at least nine more years in the Army after this house…

  4. One floor. Two and three floors are killing me. Especially when the bedrooms are on the top floor and the laundry is on the bottom floor. Yuck!

  5. To true. Love the house we're in now and would like to have one similar as my forever home one day.

  6. All I ever want anymore is the laundry room on the same floor as the bedrooms. It would make doing laundry so much better for me and my family, cause they would have clean clothes.

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