Back in June, Justin and I listed our house on the market. Since then many families have come through our doors scrutinizing our home all the while trying to picture themselves living here. And though many potential buyers have seen our house, we have been incredibly passive in our search for a new home.
Around the same time we put our house up for sale, I returned to work full-time from maternity leave. As a result, Justin has taken on more responsibilities related to Baby K at home. Both of our days are long. They often begin before 5 a.m. and doesn’t end until we are exhausted and laying in bed around 10:30 p.m. Consequently, our remaining spare time has become more valuable. Most of the time, we choose to spend it together as a family whether it be eating dinner together on weeknights or playing with Baby K before he goes to bed. Weekends are spent running errands, engaging Baby K in thoughtful activities, and attending the ever-frequent events and parties.
To be honest, by the time I get home from work on weeknights I do not want to go look at houses to buy. The home buying process is time consuming. It requires due diligence and undivided attention because a home purchase and mortgage are serious decisions to make. However because I sacrifice three hours every day to commute for work, I am tired! Those are three hours I lose with my family. Those three hours prevent me from being able to get my son ready for and pick him up from daycare. Those several hours prevent me from cooking and cleaning to the extent I want to. The daily three hours are taking a toll and I refuse to devote any more time away from Baby K and Justin. I do recognize that if we are more proactive in looking for a new home closer to my office, my commute could be cut shorter. The only drawback to this solution is that housing costs and property taxes are higher in those areas and it is counterproductive to our FI goals. So what do we do?
For now, we have decided to pull our house from the market and focus our attention and energy on our family. We will regroup during the fall and winter and relist our house on the market in the spring. Ever since we made this decision, I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and this confirms that we have made the right decision for our family.