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Old 02-12-2019, 04:14 AM
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Wife and I have been wanting to downsize for a while. 3,600 sq ft house with oversized in ground pool, cabana house in back big lot...just a pain to maintain now. Plus all summer we stay on the boat now, so never home on weekends.
So been wanting to sell the house, and either rent or purchase smaller home. A smaller home (about 1600 sq ft) came on the rental market, right down the street from the cottage she lived in when I started dating her. Right under a bridge over a river, a neighborhood of marinas and hot spot in the summertime.

But man...the throwing out of stuff! Already filled 1x full dumpster.

Pretty much moved in now, but still unpacking boxes and throwing out stuff.

Having old house fixed up a bit inside, interior being painted, get it on the market by March 1.

Even though we hired a moving company that did the furniture, all the packing of stuff..and carrying boxes...ugh!

Once house sells, get a starter place down in west coast FL around AMI within a year. Slowly start spending more and more time down there.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:35 AM
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Wife and I are starting to "throw" out our possessions in preparation for our eventual move to our beach house. It's liberating to say the least.

For some reason it's hard to get rid of my old tools, garage clutter, etc. that I haven't seen or used in years!

One thing I get a kick out of when people move here from out of the state. They pay thousands to move their old, colonial or mid century modern furniture, dishes, etc.
Why not just sell it all in place and buy new, updated furniture, that actually goes with the Florida lifestyle?

Visit one of the big box furniture stores and you can get a whole household of brand new furniture for a 1600 sq Ft house for under $10k.

Good luck on your plan, sounds like you have it figured out.
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Well that should be your LAST attempt of moving yourself. Next time call the movers, they clearly earn their keep!!! All you'll have to do is pack and point.
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Well that should be your LAST attempt of moving yourself. Next time call the movers, they clearly earn their keep!!! All you'll have to do is pack and point.
He did.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:45 AM
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Getting rid of way too much stuff can be a haunting job.
we do collect a lot of stuff over the years.

not sure I would want to live under a bridge tho
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Yeah next time we'll have the movers do it ALL. We had them do the furniture...but we packed all the various things in boxes....and my wife is a shopping addict, knick knacks, do-hickeys, gadgets, devices, gizmos, kajillions of decorations, yankee candles, tropical decorations up the wazoo. This really made her realize she's a shop-a-holic! She stated that several times as we packed and unpacked..LOL.

And the moving company charged us for LESS than the estimate, they estimated 1300 bucks, charged 1174! Money saved...more towards the boat for this springs list of things to do!
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Wife wants to downsize also - I am just too set in and lazy to move again - so we are slowly renovating for one story living. I told her the first step is to build the barn so we can move all my tools and workshop into the barn and make room for another bedroom where the garage was.
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Every time you move, you lose two friends. LOL
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Managed to avoid helping my sister this past weekend due to two sick babies. Got the play by play from my brother and dad while sitting on the couch with a beer in my hand and babies in my lap.
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We’re in the process of putting the house up for sale. I’m six weeks behind schedule. I totally underestimated what’s involved in preparing a house after 16 years of living in it.

I won’t be ready for at least another 3-4 weeks.
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Every time you move, you lose two friends. LOL
Yeah, I've learned to hide the fact that I drive a RAM pickup truck.......everyone who moves and tries to go cheap seems to seek friends who drive pickups!

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Oh man.................I know the drill.............the flood floored me in 2016. Literally 12 dump truck loads, and now two years later I have "stuff" everywhere again.

I have 40X60 shop FILLED with "stuff". We want to downsize but man it just seems daunting.
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- so we are slowly renovating for one story living. I told her the first step is to build the barn so we can move all my tools and workshop into the barn and make room for another bedroom where the garage was.
We wanted to find a ranch house..my wifes knees are bad, my lower back is bad. Really wanted a ranch.
Unfortunately the house we got is sorta what you find on coastal FL...on a hill so it's almost like a house on stilts you see in FL...you gotta go UP a set of stairs to get to the front balcony where the front door is. And it's a 2 story home.
You may know the neighborhood we're in...on the Niantic River...Mago Point.

I have a feeling we'll be moving again in about another year. The "rental" market in our town is veeeeeery far and few. We did not want to be in the position of selling our house, having a buyer want to close...and not able to find a decent place to rent in a hurry. So we took the acceptable rental, but ....yeah, we want a ranch, and I want a better garage and basement (this house..it sucks). So we'll take our time finding another rental..and just won't unpack too much in this house.
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Yeah, I've learned to hide the fact that I drive a RAM pickup truck.......everyone who moves and tries to go cheap seems to seek friends who drive pickups!
I saw a bumper sticker that said. "Yes, this is my truck, NO i won't help you move."

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Yeah, I've learned to hide the fact that I drive a RAM pickup truck.......everyone who moves and tries to go cheap seems to seek friends who drive pickups!
Try owning a RAM pickup plus a utility trailer.
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I used to wonder why as people age they end up with 3 houses, 4 cars, 2 boats, etc.

Because it is way more fun to acquire stuff then to get rid of stuff. Getting rid of stuff and/or moving is hard work. There is also the issue of being in denial that you are too old to use all of the stuff you have

And the reality is that kids/others don't want your stuff so that the "I'm keeping it for them" justification is not only false but it creates a burden for them

Congrats on downsizing, as mentioned, its very liberating !
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Our first “retirement” was to a beautiful 40 on a nice river that had some great woods and an 800 tree apple orchard. We already had a home, barn, etc. built on the property.
Sold out close to 4 years ago, full time in SW Fl now. Too many moves, way, way too much stuff. Relief to let it go. Father Time is undefeated.
Side story— a bar I used to stop by on occasion always had quite a bit of arm wrestling matches. One guy was just really good, but did not look that pumped up. Guess what he did for a living—-furniture mover
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:24 AM
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Less is more.

Like old clothes ask yourself have you touched this in the past two years. Do you plan on using it in the next two years.

Hanging onto things can weigh on you. I rent a garage for 160 a month. I'm constantly accessing value to replacement costs
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:26 AM
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Oh man I hear you. Inherited my folks house, partially moved in a few years ago while taking care of my dad, doing the final move in now. Plus a huge amount of yard work due to parents letting it get out of hand and clearing an area to build a boat shed. I've always been in good shape but man I'm hurting all over; problems with shoulders, elbows and wrist. Getting older sucks.
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We hope we will make the move to Fl. one of these days, when we do, we will pack up art works, photos, important documents/awards from the kids and a few personal items, put in a small U-Haul and have the Salvation army come and remove everything else.



We'll just buy new when we arrive, F that moving crap, too damned old.
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