Well, I've decided to sell the house and all the stuff. I'm going to move in with my boyfriend on a "roommate" basis. I'll have my own room, my own space, and just split the bills with him. If it doesn't work out, I'll have enough in savings from the sale of the house to get a little condo (but I hope it will work out!).
I'm going to put the house on the market on January 1st and hope for a quick sale. In the meantime, I have to fix several things (small and large-ish) before it goes. So I will be dedicating December to all that.
Now that I have made the decision, I just want it to be done. I'm ready to move on and downsize. While I appreciate the beauty and fine craftsmanship of my lovely and large historic home, I also appreciate the heat, snug windows, and warm carpeted floors of the bf's place.
I've never been overly-attached to "stuff" and have sold all my worldly goods at least three times already. It's a good spiritual exercise.
I'm looking forward to my new life in the new year. I will have 0 debt. All student loans will be paid ($75k -- believe it or not), and I'll have a pretty good savings account. And I won't have to worry about being forced out of my house if I lose my job (a likely possibility, since I have really low enrollment in my classes). It's the right decision for me.