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

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Huh. You’re right. That’s probably the only thing I miss about PCSing…

  • Heather

    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.

  • Sarah

    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…

  • Andi

    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!

  • sonja

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

  • Reasa

    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.