Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-03-2013, 11:32 PM   #21
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 637
If we can sell the house, we are going from 2800 to 1350 ft. House joes on the market in early March 2014. Started downsizing stuff in July. We decided that any buyers that want can have most of the furniture. Have been trashing and donating some stuff throughout the house each month. Replaced all the kitchen appliances to SS in the past year. Replaced/updated the kitchen floor, doing some ceiling painting, replaced some 70's carpet on the back set of stairs. DH has cleaned out most of his workshop but still has the garage to go.
__________________

__________________
bizlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-04-2013, 01:17 AM   #22
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 37
We moved overseas from our NY home a few months ago. It took months to go through all the stuff we had. We sold whatever we could. We donated whatever we could. On the final day of our flight/move, we called a junk remover and they hauled two big trucks full of whatever were left out. It was a stressful time especially with a new born and a 9 years old...
__________________

__________________
FIREdToBeExpat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 01:55 AM   #23
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Katsmeow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 3,399
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meadbh View Post
My inexpensive solution for those small items was a storage cube and fabric drawers, like the ones in the below link used for toys. I put it inside the wardrobe in the spare bedroom. The fabric drawers house stationery, computer cables, light bulbs, and my sewing kit in an organized and aesthetically pleasing way. You can choose different colored fabric drawers for different things, or just tie a small label to the handle. Recently I bought a case of wine and found that the 12 bottles fit perfectly into one square when stacked horizontally. So you may need fewer fabric drawers than there are squares in the cube. The process of organizing stuff was very helpful and made me aware of all the little things I will not need to buy for years to come.

Love Grows Wild: Perfect Toy Storage Solutions
For some items where the mass of similar ones is sufficient, I've done a similar thing. We bought clear plastic boxes with lids and then labeled them. This finally helped us to keep track of things like computer cables. (the bigger problem was the cables I found and AC adapters I found that I had no idea what they belonged to. DH always thought we would figure it out eventually so there were some AC adapters we moved from house to house for years and I only just this move talked him into getting rid of them).

I also bought an inexpensive labeler and put plastic labels on the outside. Of course, this isn't foolproof as we have to remember in this house where we put the full plastic box. I love this house but we don't have all that much storage space that is all in one spot. The last couple of houses we were in were 2 story and had storage built in under the stairs so we could store there. This house is one story so doesn't have that storage. There is a small built in storage cabinet in DH's office, a built in bookcase with some storage, a couple of hall closets, various linen closets but all of these are fairly small so we end up with some boxes stored in one room and some stored in another. One of my goals is to make a master list of which box is in which room....

I also try to be mindful of the possibility that sometimes it is best to not get organized. Rather, it can be best to simply get rid of stuff:

http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happine...get-organized/
__________________
Katsmeow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 02:25 AM   #24
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,019
Oh, I got rid of so much stuff prior to my last move that you wouldn't believe it! I still needed to organize what remained though. And I am consuming it over time. I used to travel a lot for work and I have a basket with little bars of designer hand soap in my guest bathroom. I encourage all my guests to take home one or two. I feel another purge coming on in the spring.
__________________
Meadbh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 05:48 AM   #25
Moderator
Walt34's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
Posts: 16,571
We're still chipping away at stuff, slowly but surely. Just yesterday DW's nephew's FIL was commenting on spending 6 hours raking leaves and knowing he likes gardening a lot I asked "You want a 5hp leaf shredder to make them into mulch/compost?"

"Sure."

"You got it next time we're up there."

"Can I pay you for it?".

"Nah. Take us out to lunch."

On the way home I thought about a small leaf 2-stroke engine vacuum thing that's great at getting the leaves behind the bushes next to the house where getting a rake in is difficult so I'll throw that in the truck too.

Two more items out the door!
__________________
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
Walt34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 10:28 AM   #26
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 296
We didn't downsize the house when we built a new one two years ago, but we downsized stuff. The new house is mostly finished space with relatively little unfinished storage space. We spent a year moving and very little went to the new house that didn't have a place and a purpose. It's amazing how much crap you can accumulate in just a few years. I was also amazed how good it felt to lose the extra crap.

My step father is going to be the subject of an episode of "hoarders" some day. Due to this, I think I have a very strong adverse reaction to extra crap. When I hear phrases like, "Take it to the basement/attic" what I hear is, "I have an unhealthy attachment to this worthless crap, and I want it to be a burden upon you when I die."
__________________
This sig intentionally left blank.
gozer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #27
Recycles dryer sheets
Willers's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 480
We've never lived in a house bigger than 2000 sq. ft. so we'll likely never have to downsize. We decided early on that we didn't want to pay for or maintain any more than we needed. Hearing all of the stories I have from relatives and friends about their difficulty with this (and the amount of stuff they've collected) I'm very happy with our decision. Not that I wouldn't want my shop to be 5000+ sq. ft...but that's a whole different subject.
__________________
Willers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 11:23 AM   #28
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 281
Well, here's another approach to dealing with an underutilized house -

We've recently moved my 60 year old SIL in with us, as she has some special needs that necessitate having someone lightly watch over her care, and heavily watch over her finances. Once my DH's mother passed away, her care came to us, and initially we elected to move her closer and pay rent, with her being able to afford paying for everything else. We had the rent payments built into our financial plan, but increasingly they felt like a big waste of our money, particularly after we started leaving the house and traveling for months at a time, so we bit the bullet and moved her into our underutilized 2,400 sq ft home instead.

To my relief, it's worked out great, and now our 2,400 sq ft home feels just the right size, rather than a bit too large. Every room is now being used, save for one half bath, which is our just-for-company bathroom.

The boost to our portfolio's projected longevity has been significant. The boost for us has been significant as well, in that our home is no longer vacant and underutilized when we travel. As a result, downsizing is no longer on the drawing board, though relocation for the sake of living somewhere different is always available, should we ever wish to act on it.
__________________
RetiredAndFree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 12:57 PM   #29
Full time employment: Posting here.
BTravlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 994
Before paying someone to haul stuff off, contact loacl churches to see if they want some yard sale goods. We did that after we held our own yard sale and one local church came and hauled away six SUV loads of stuff we would have had to pay to dispose of.
__________________
Wherever you go, there you are.
(In other words, no whining!)
BTravlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 05:47 AM   #30
Confused about dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1
Very inspirational thread. We are in the process of buying our retirement condo right now. It is 5-7 yrs before we think we can pull the trigger. We will be going from 1700sf + large shed + greenhouse to 1100sf. We put our boat up for sale and all that stuff is also here.

The downsizing is to begin. The condo comes furnished so the list of what will go with us will be very short. My DH is a "you never know when you will need it" kind of a guy. We both need to learn how to live a minimalists. I stopped buying "things" about a year ago. That alone feels good. Our plan will motivate up.

DH has only seen the condo in pictures. I have done the traveling. He is talking about things he want to bring. All I can say is "honey wait until you see it. It is smaller than you think".

So we are in wave one. I have enjoyed reading everyone's approaches. The best is how satisfied everyone is. Yes we can do it!!
__________________
travel55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 06:17 AM   #31
Moderator
Ronstar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: A little ways southwest of Chicago
Posts: 9,356
I havent been able to talk DW into downsizing yet. We have a 3800 sf home with a detached workshop on 5 acres. Also have a 1350 sf vacation condo. The condo is a perfect size for us. So I'm keeping my eyes open for smaller house to downsize the house to, while decluttering everywhere and getting the house ready to sell by putting in new flooring, paint, appliances. Could take 10 years to pull this off. My plan includes a workshop at the new place.
__________________
Ronstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 06:45 AM   #32
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 721
Currently in a 4 BR, 3 BA, 2650 sf home. Plan is to eventually downsize back to a house like our starter home...3 BR, 2 BA, about 1600 sf. Shouldn't need anything major at the time of sale as we keep it up as we go and always have the end-game in mind.
__________________
panacea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 07:21 AM   #33
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 854
Very inspirational thread. I hope it continues.

I find it hard to let go of things that hold memories. Everyone says "take a picture of it." That doesn't seem to fix my issue. I find it hard to let go of things that I enjoy and that I think I might need. Yes, we are "overstuffed" with stuff.

But, we are determined to do this thing.

Last night I got four boxes of books ready to go out the door.

.000001 down. .999999 to go.

Kindest regards.
__________________
spncity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 07:35 AM   #34
Moderator
MichaelB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rocky Inlets
Posts: 24,487
We downsized in 1990, in a manner of speaking. Megacorp sent us to NY for a two year assignment, so we brought all our stuff with us (it wasn't much). We arrived intact, the stuff arrived totally destroyed. Replaceable stuff, such as clothing, and also the other stuff, like photos, documents & paper records, all the memorabilia we had accumulated in our 15 years together. It was a very quick lessen in how to let go of stuff, and since then, getting rid of things when we move has been easy.
__________________
MichaelB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 09:12 AM   #35
Administrator
W2R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 38,934
Quote:
Originally Posted by MichaelB View Post
We downsized in 1990, in a manner of speaking. Megacorp sent us to NY for a two year assignment, so we brought all our stuff with us (it wasn't much). We arrived intact, the stuff arrived totally destroyed. Replaceable stuff, such as clothing, and also the other stuff, like photos, documents & paper records, all the memorabilia we had accumulated in our 15 years together. It was a very quick lessen in how to let go of stuff, and since then, getting rid of things when we move has been easy.
Oof! That is rough. I have had bad moves where all the furniture was gouged and destroyed, but never lost photos and documents. Once my ex and I were robbed of 80% of our stuff the day after the moving company delivered it. Most of our stuff they took was still in boxes so we had no idea exactly what was taken. For months were were saying things like, "where's the calculator? Oh darn, they must have got that too".
__________________
Already we are boldly launched upon the deep; but soon we shall be lost in its unshored, harbourless immensities.

- - H. Melville, 1851
W2R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 09:24 AM   #36
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
DFW_M5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 4,982
We recently reduced our house size by 40% and are very much enjoying a simpler, easier to maintain and less costly life style. My only regret is that we waited to purge 20+ years of accumulated belongings until just before we moved. Probably could have sold off more stuff, but didn't have the time, so much of it was donated. Even the donations were a challenge, as we ran into trouble scheduling some of the charities to come pick up furniture before we had to vacate.
__________________
Doing things today that others won't, to do things tomorrow that others can't. Of course I'm referring to workouts, not robbing banks.
DFW_M5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 09:39 AM   #37
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
kcowan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pacific latitude 20/49
Posts: 5,735
Send a message via Skype™ to kcowan
We have downsized several times but we just completed moving all our personal stuff into the den of our penthouse for lock off and rented it as a 2BR/2 bath furnished place. Very cathartic process. The maid, relatives and good will got the benefit of our surplus.

We are in México for 7 months and will do some stuff elimination here too.
__________________
For the fun of it...Keith
kcowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 10:01 AM   #38
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Live And Learn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 1,689
I have a recent thread on this Downsizing

We went from 2900 sf to 1500 sf. We went room by room and made four piles - donate, sell, trash, take. We ended up donating the sell stuff and the amount of trash was frightening ! When I think of how much money I spent on stuff that was utlimately trashed it makes me nauseous.

BUT ... I have plenty of unused space in the 1500 sq ft house ! I have empty kitchen cabinets, two empty kitchen drawers and an empty linen closet (there are two in the house). Its amazing how much stuff you only think you need. We've been in the new house three months and I haven't missed a thing.
__________________
"For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." ~
Hebrews 12:11

ER'd in June 2015 at age 52. Initial WR 3%. 50/40/10 (Equity/Bond/Short Term) AA.
Live And Learn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 10:17 AM   #39
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,327
We dropped one of our hobby clubs because we realized some of the people had serious hoarding issues. Their houses were packed with hobby stuff room to room. One person told us he could never move because of all the stuff. We didn't want to end up like that. Yet they kept on collecting and acquiring more stuff because that was their hobby. I guess it would be different if they were dealers and sold things regularly instead of just having them pile up.

A family came up to us at a show one time asking for help getting rid of a collection they inherited. We realized then we didn't want to put our kids through that. So we sold our collection, dropped out of the club and save money each year now by not collecting things any more.

I watch the show Clean Sweep on Netflix sometimes for inspiration on getting rid of stuff. They have a team go in and sell the clutter and memorabilia at a garage sale and then renovate some rooms with resources provided by the show provides plus the money they made from the garage sale. It is more inspiring than hoarders because the people are more just messy or shopping addicts than seriously mentally ill.

I also really like watching House Hunters International. As the kids get launched and we downsize to a lock and go place, we intend to slow travel to some of the places that look the coolest on the show, and maybe eventually retire in one of them. A lot of those people just move from one exotic and interesting country to the next into furnished apartments with very little of their own stuff. That is more a model for retirement for us than keeping a big house that is costly and time consuming to maintain and accumulating more depreciating consumer goods.

We live in an expensive area so downsizing 1,000 sq feet will fund many years of travel, not to mention the time and dollar savings each year on home maintenance, cleaning, yard work, utility bills, home furnishing, etc.
__________________
daylatedollarshort is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2013, 11:16 AM   #40
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Live And Learn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 1,689
I failed to mention that I moved out of the big house before we put in on the market. It was stressful doing so, but there was too much clutter and I found the small house before I could clear the place out and take care of some deferred maintenance. I had an 8 week lag between move out and home listing. Thankfully the house sold for full asking price in 9 days !
__________________

__________________
"For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." ~
Hebrews 12:11

ER'd in June 2015 at age 52. Initial WR 3%. 50/40/10 (Equity/Bond/Short Term) AA.
Live And Learn is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:46 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.