The house swap with a difference

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Permalink

I know the idea of a house swap conjures up images of Kate Winslett and Cameron Diaz swapping continents, houses and falling in love. So… I probably should disabuse you of that perception before we go any further.


You see I’m in the midst of a house swap. But it’s one that does not involve complex arrangements – other than diagrams advising how to use the TiVo or notes on hash brown packets advising they’re gluten-free.

My efforts

My efforts

Rather I’ve swapped houses with my mother and travelled the 42km from my beachside apartment in Hervey Bay to her house in Maryborough. And she’s done the opposite. #obvs

We first talked about doing this ages ago. I spend A LOT of time in my apartment (as I partially work from home) and often find myself relieved to travel the half-hour to her place to mix things up a little. My seachange (and lifestyle change) means holidays and hotels are really out of the question for me nowadays – and that’s fine – but a change of scenery is sometimes a necessity.

The swap hasn’t really been possible before now as we have commitments: I work part-time and she does volunteer work in some form 3-4 days a week.

As we’re both commitment free this week it seemed like the perfect time. Plus… I hate my place the most during holidays – with noisy holiday-makers arriving and splashing about the pool* and excitedly taking in the ocean views.

I am conscious I chose to buy into a complex frequented by holidaymakers, but my tolerance for their frivolity wanes over the 6-8wk summer period.

The allure of my apartment by the ocean, with its sea-breezes and spectacular views is a no-brainer. But you may be wondering what it is I get from my mother’s small timber house in suburban Maryborough. Well… quite frankly it’s ‘home’. It was built over 50 years ago by my parents after they married and has changed little over that time. It doesn’t have ALL of the mod-cons but it’s still ‘home’.

My delightful mother also stocks up on my favourite foods so I don’t have to starve. (Or go shopping!)

On top of that I joined my parents up to a local video (DVD) library when I was here (helping out after my mother’s knee operation 5 or so years ago) and so it’s the only place I can now binge-watch DVDs.

Although I just bought myself seasons 1 & 2 of: The Newsroom, Continuum and Orphan Black,  there’s still a stack of TV shows I’d like to see, but have no desire to buy. Game of Thrones  is just one example.

So… here I am bunkered down at my mother’s for a few days. Hiding out and lying low from life in general.

At the same time I’m hoping my mother is having a nice break and enjoying her change of scenery. Unfortunately (well, fortunately for me) she likes ‘projects’ so at the end of her first day at my place she advised she’d already re-sorted my walk-in-wardrobe and was starting on my kitchen drawers. #Score! Oops, no… I mean, “Mum, don’t. Please stop.” *Fades to a whimper*

Meanwhile I’m contemplating the year ahead, almost upon us as it is. And of course I’m preparing for my reinsertion into normality (work, exercise etc) next week.

Would you partake in an unusual house swap?
Are you New Year Resolutioning? (Yes, I’ve created a verb!)

* #Inrelatednews If I hear one more child yelling Marco Polo, I may lose it completely!

  • @Kanga_Rue
    December 31, 2014

    OMG, can I borrow her please? I want to go finish culling my wardrobe, but it’s just too flipping hot!

    So instead I’m watching The Event. It’s a series I missed back in 2011. Have you seen it?

  • Deboraheborah
    December 31, 2014

    I saw part of it but not the entire series. Or perhaps I’m getting mixed up with Flashforward….

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    December 31, 2014

    Have a lovely break Deb. There’s nothing like the family home especially when your Mum is at yours cleaning and sorting. I’ll yell out hello to you when we drive past Maryborough on our way back up the highway. Happy New Year!

    • Debbish
      January 1, 2015

      Thanks Michelle. I’ll listen out for you! 😉

  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    January 1, 2015

    Firstly, The Holiday, best movie ever…

    Secondly, what a fantastic idea – that is about the only kind of house swap I think I could contemplate as the idea of having complete strangers sifting through all my belongings give me nightmares. Hope you both enjoy!

    PS: I’ll admit to having binged on a few TV series in the aircon this festive season also.

    • Debbish
      January 1, 2015

      Oh absolutely Jo. It’s been suggested to me that I could earn some money renting out my apartment during the holiday season but the idea of strangers there…. (I don’t think so!!!!).

      Happy holidays!

  • Jacana
    January 1, 2015

    Oh my gosh I want to swap houses with your Mother.
    Love the idea of what you have done.

    • Debbish
      January 2, 2015

      Ha! I know. In retrospect it’s a great idea for people on a budget!

  • Jo
    January 2, 2015

    Love this idea…& giggled about Marco flipping Polo…

    • Debbish
      January 2, 2015

      Yes, I haven’t missed the pool-users AT ALL!

  • Char
    January 2, 2015

    A change is as good as a holiday and if your Mum’s cleaning out your cupboards and drawers then it’s even better. Coming home to order and cleanliness is like a Christmas miracle.

    • Debbish
      January 2, 2015

      God only knows what else she’ll have done by the time I get home. I feel a little guilty I haven’t done anything here to help out. I hoovered through the junk food she’d left in my first 2 days so have tried to avoid the shops ever since. (Or I would have done some re-stocking for her!)

  • Jess
    January 2, 2015

    That is a great idea! Sounds like a relaxing break for you! And a productive one for her! Enjoy yourself! Must get really annoying having tourists stay in your apartment!

    • Debbish
      January 3, 2015

      Thanks Jess. My complex isn’t too bad. It’s really just during school holidays that it’s problematic and very dependent on the guests themselves. Fortunately it’s a small complex (17 units) and just under half (now!) are long-termers or owner-occupied. It was a bit higher but a couple of people have sold / moved on.

  • Marie
    January 31, 2015

    Hi Deb. Reading your blog in a cafe. Laughed out loud..or is that LOL at your comment about Marco Polo. Love your wit.

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2015

      Thanks Marie. I just suffered through a game or ten then. Although, it could have just been one long game. Who knows?!

  • zohaib
    March 3, 2015

    How are you Debbish ? i am telling about you blog you have a nice blog ! so thanks for share! good luck and nice to meet you 😛

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