Glass Half Full: It’s a huge blessing to call Incline home |

Glass Half Full: It’s a huge blessing to call Incline home

My husband and I moved last week. About six months ago we decided to sell our condominium in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and purchase a permanent home in Incline Village.

The commitment to this community has felt good. We’ve lived here for five years now, in three different rental properties. It was time to come “home.”

At the same time, having witnessed the travails of many of our friends as they have weeded their ways through recently deceased parents’ houses, we agreed this is a natural time to downsize.

While we hope to live for many more years, thank you very much, we don’t want our daughters saddled with too onerous a task once we have “gone away from here,” as Wayne’s grandmother said for years.

Downsizing. Such a simple, aspirational word — yet so deceptively uncomplicated. We’ve actually done it before, when we moved from our home of 23 years in Bethesda, Md., to a condo in California.

In that instance, however, our new home was only slightly smaller than our old, plus our two daughters claimed their own belongings and, very helpfully, removed them.

The “fit” from Maryland to California was fairly easy. The problem is that the places we have lived here in Incline have been considerably larger than any of our previous homes.

Such fun gradually to purchase new furniture, fill up the closets, hold on to old mementos … our belongings have multiplied, increasing much like my waist line, apparently.

The luxury of a Man Cave has been Wayne’s for four years, filled with sports memorabilia of significant value and interest. No more. We are both divesting ourselves of boxes and closets and cupboards worth of belongings.

Clearly, we are privileged, a valuable reminder to encounter periodically. We have way more than we need. And yet, what a challenge it has been to part company with various items, sometimes seemingly ridiculous ones.

My brother recommended the best seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. It’s sitting right beside me as I write this column.

I’ve looked at it, skimmed it, listened to others discuss its merit. There is still time to read it. In fact, given the stacks of boxes that remain unpacked and the already-full cupboards and closets, this little tome really should be my next read — following the book group selection for next week and the couple of hundred pages of a school self-study for an accreditation visit I will be making in two weeks. I think I’m procrastinating.

We moved during ski/skate week, another luxury. Our local movers, Owens Brothers (terrific crew, by the way), hustled to transfer our household goods on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Everything had been delivered by the time we woke up to 18 inches of snow on Thursday morning. Again, we were blessed. In fact, it is a huge blessing now to call Incline Village home.

Our permanent, comfortable, cozy, beautiful home. Despite the unpacked boxes, there is no question we are in the right place.

Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at

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