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Thursday, April 28, 2016

My husband and I have moved many times in our 32 year marriage. Sometimes it was to different cities, states or moves within the same city. He enjoyed remodeling and flipping houses, while the housing market was good. We are living in one state and the house we are selling is many hundreds of miles away. I find it more difficult to move as I have gotten older. Wow, we have accumulated so much junk throughout the years.

I have a goal to auction, sell and give away to charity, etc. Certainly there is somebody out there that would appreciate some of this....stuff. We have a person coming next week to help us rid our house of some of the belongings. I look forward to this professional, we actually know him - not a stranger, giving us a guiding hand.

The great thing about selling this house. We will no longer have two cable bills, two electric bills, etc. So this is my major focus at this time. I actually find that I am geting in some extra steps of exercise by doing so.

If anyone has any tips....I am happy to hear.
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  • CAROLFAITHWALKR
    A veteran's org will also come by with a truck, for free. Wish I could remember their name for you . . . if you call any vet's org I'm sure they'll be able to refer you.

    I guess you are certainly at the right place, FlySister!, for moving tips and dejunking tips and decluttering tips. THIS is far more drastic than decluttering, but, the same principles apply.

    You checked Marla's site for moving tips, right?

    Plus keep encouraging yourself that tho this is huge you have an extremely experienced and knowledgable insider to help - Yourself!

    Keep what you love, take pix of sentimental things you don't want to keep but don't want to forget, upload the pix to a digital album online (no messy time-consuming physical albums required), and bless others with the rest. Used towels etc can go to a women's shelter if they're ok, or to the Human Society for pet care if they're a bit more used than beyond "gently". Remember memories can be good or bad - anything that says something ugly to you when you look at it, regardless it's history or why, has to GO. Life is too short for ugly.

    Favorite question: "Do I really need this; or can I bless someone else with it?"

    Bless your home, bless your life, bless others with it, and let the rest go. Downsizing is blessing. Keep repeating that. Downsizing is a blessing.
    792 days ago
  • AUNA_VISTA
    Well, you probably have everything well in hand with this guy helping you. The Salvation Army will come by with a truck if you make an appointment online. It will be so nice for you when you only have one set of bills!
    793 days ago
  • EMGERBER
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  • KADULAC
    Good luck. I'm working on decluttering our house, not to move just to not have to clean as much. I'm glad you will only have one house to take care of.
    806 days ago
  • ROBFIL
    I am 50 and downsizing, can relate to your adventure!
    808 days ago
  • BARBIEE52
    How much nicer it will be to have it all done! I've moved a lot, but none were big places, but still way too much stuff...I gave away things, but not all at one time.
    Hope that you will get through the moving, even if it's slow!! Wish I had more advice to offer..but thanks for sharing!!
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  • IMEMINE1
    Good luck Linda. I am sure you will do well with this. There are so many people that are downsizing (we are the same,getting rid of junk and clutter).
    I am glad you have help and also keep checking articles on line and books from the library for help.
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  • LIVEDAILY
    Take a good hard look at all of your clothes. If you haven't worn something in 2 years, and it is still in good condition, donate it. Also look at your bed linens. All you really need is 2 sets. Donate the rest.

    Goodwill is set up now to give donation receipts, but it is YOUR responsibility to make an itemized list of everything you donate for a tax write off. Call around where you live and see if a church is sponsoring an immigrant family and if they need anything.

    Boxes: most liquor stores that also sell beer will save their beer boxes and give them to you for free. They are just the right size, and most have hand holds. You don't want anything too big, because then who will pick it up and move it??

    If you have children, NOW is the time to call them and say, "Do you really want grandma's sewing machine (or whatever)? Come and get it!" Give them a deadline for them to work with. If they can't come and get it, see if they're willing to pay for shipping. When I moved back in with DH, my nieces were gifted with a ton of housewares, dish sets, mixing bowls, and kitchen tools. They were thrilled, and I knew they would use every single thing!

    Books, records, cassette tapes - go through everything and only keep the things that matter the most to you. Call around and see who accepts these items in your community.

    Itemize every single thing you donate. The tax write off can be HUGE. If you are paying your friend for his consultation, get a receipt for that as well. If you have antique or vintage items you are looking to get rid of, contact a couple of antique shops and tell them what you have and see if they are interested. Some will come out for 1 or 2 items; some will offer you a set amount for everything. Keep a record of what you have and who you call. If they say they aren't interested, ask them if they know of another dealer who might be.

    Having just done this this past November - January, it's all fresh in my mind. Good luck to you!!
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    812 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    DOWNSIZING TO ONE HOUSE WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY....... PLUS AFTER YEARS OF LIVING IN THE SAME PLACE YOU ACCUMULATE A LOT OF STUFF AND JUNK....... I KEPT A LOT OF STUFF I DIDN'T EVEN USE ANYMORE....... SO WHEN WE MADE OUR MOVE I GOT RID OF SO MUCH STUFF.... PLUS LOTS HIT THE GARBAGE CAN... THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES THAT NEED ALL KINDS OF DONATIONS......... ONCE YOU LIGHTEN THE LOAD YOU FEEL MORE ORGANIZED...... emoticon
    812 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    How great that you'll soon have only one home to take care of. I'm in the middle of downsizing before moving myself. It's quite the chore, but it can be done. Good luck with everything.
    812 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
    Sounds like you have a great plan! Good luck.
    812 days ago
  • LIS193
    Congrats on being down to one house! Having 2 places to take care of can be a burden. Good luck with packing up and the garage sale!!
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  • RASPBERRY56
    Moving stinks - just make sure you take some time for *rest* for yourself ....... even with all the chaos of moving, you need and *deserve* some down time, if for no other reason than to recharge your body and replenish your strength!
    812 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Try to be a little ruthless, we all have a way of keeping things JUST IN CASE but we don't need them!

    hugs x
    812 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So glad to hear you will finally be settling down to one home. You have to go through areas one by one. Did you know we only use 20% of the stuff in our home?? Anything you have not used in five years has to go is the rule of thumb. Music you no longer listen to, movies, etc. Clothing is a big one. Shoes the same. Anything not really comfortable or you don't like, don't fit, time to say good bye. I just happened to listen to a speaker on this very topic today, whose whole career is decluttering people's lives and homes and downloaded her free booklet.. Dr. Regina Lark is her name if you google her, you will get her website and maybe good tips. Where are you finally landing, still in Florida?
    812 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I am the one that needs the tips! I moved back to town and my home looks like a rummage sale. I decided what I really want (piano, only certain craft items and furniture) but finding a home for stuff takes time. I had many rummage sales and some left, but much more to do. But if money isn't an issue, good usable things can be donated to Goodwill and Salvation army and some will pick it up as well. I know not having two sets of bills will be so helpful to your budget. I just got rid of a property and know how that is.

    Also around here, we can put things on the curb with a FREE sign on it, and it gets taken.
    813 days ago

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  • PGBACK
    I am glad that you are working on simplifying life. I was very thankful to get down to one house! We had two chalets in Pigeon Forge that we rented out for overnight guest that we sold in 2013. Wishing you the best with getting ready to sell, and with the sell of your home.

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  • SLIMMERJESSE
    What a relief to lighten your load.
    813 days ago
  • SASSYSAX
    Linda, I am happy that you will soon have only one home to take care of if that's what you both want. Seems like you have a good handle on it with your professional friend. As I once read, "If you don't love it, if it brings you sadness, or it doesn't have a specific home, get rid of it. It was also suggested that you take pictures of things that aare special but don't have need for it anylonger. That way you have the memories. May God guide you on this adventure. emoticon
    813 days ago
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