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Old 03-13-2016, 09:42 PM   #15
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We also offered the kids to take what they wanted. They didn't want anything. They had their own stuff.

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we cleaned out our house after living there 40 plus years...lots of memories...but we got to go through our things and didn't pass that burden on to our kids....it is really liberating to be free of things....on our way to Alaska right now!

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Old 03-13-2016, 11:20 PM   #17
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Old 03-14-2016, 07:25 AM   #18
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One possibility is to get your coach, close up the house and go away for a year. Come back and then decide what you should have had with you, and what you never missed.

That's when you have the garage sale.

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Old 03-14-2016, 11:37 AM   #19
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Some of my best downsizing memories were of the more valuable items that had good memories/sentiments attached. We ended up giving/gifting them to people (family,friends, & strangers) who really loved them but could not ever afford to buy them. I knew they would cherish them as I had. It made it easy to watch them go to a new home.

We also donated art work to a local charity for their annual auction. My father's pharmacy bottle collection went to the state pharmacy organization for museums. A couple of the best pharmacy bottles went to a surgeon who helped my husband. Great-grandma's fancy linens were traded/used for a doll made with them for my daughter.

It is now fun to go to family & friends homes and again be amongst some of our "memories".

It does get easier after seeing the joy of the new owners.

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Old 03-14-2016, 03:23 PM   #20
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First we had the kids take any family pieces and anything else they wanted or needed. I had a real hard time when it came to my Angel collection, but those that weren't given to me or extra special, I sold in the yard sale. I still cart around about 25 Angels. Go through and have a huge yard sale of as much as you can. Then I took stock of what I still had. Since I'm not a sentimentalist, I didn't have a hard time for the most part. A thrift store that raised money for Alzheimers research got huge donations of things that didn't sell. Everyone is different, but if she starts now going through each room, she may surprise you when it gets closer to time and the excitement of traveling hits.
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Old 03-14-2016, 04:39 PM   #21
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Here is how it's gone for us .
We had a 1500 sq ft house with a full basement , garage & shed that we owned for about 10 yrs when we got flooded in 2003 . We filled 2 roll off dumpsters with most of our belongings at that time . We lost that house 5 yrs later when the economy went south & we were so far underwater ( pun intended) because of the flood, so we moved to a 850 SW ft townhouse , no basement or shed & 2 car garage .
We lived in it comfortably for 3 yrs, when we intenionally downsized again to a 770 sq ft mobile home that has more room than we need . We are on our last step towards full timing .
In our case it took a disaster for us to realize all that stuff we had was just stuff , that's it, it's just stuff .
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:39 PM   #22
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If you have ever had to clean out a home after the occupant has passed, you will have a better understanding of downsizing. When my MIL died (her husband had already passed), we had to clean out the house and ready it for sale and the contents for auction. The children took a few small items that were important to them and the rest was sold. We found letters from when my MIL was 14 years old. She basically kept every letter and card that was sent to her. No one wanted any of these things and they were all thrown in the trash. If you keep this stuff, it just is a burden for your children to sort through later. We have been full timers for 8+ years and we do not miss any of our old possessions. In the end, it is just stuff that is not important to anyone but you and must be dealt with when you are gone.
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Thank you all very much for your thoughts. As we are in a pretty large house, we've naturally filled it up. In the closets are things that we have not touched since we moved in. Perhaps we can start there and see how it goes.

Our in-laws are living with us while the MIL recovers from a broken hip. The doctor has forbidden them to return to their current home (4 level townhouse with long straight stairs, hardwood landings), so we are working on a senior living center. We'll need to clean out their house and perhaps that will provide some perspective.

I'll keep you all in the loop as we move along.

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