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Old 05-15-2010, 08:20 PM   #61
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I think there are a lot of advantages in utrecht's plans. The one thing I have observed is not to keep anything more than family treasures and store those in a climate controled enviornment. Much can be replaced at resale and thrift shops, storage costs can add up quickly.
This brings up a good point and I agree, almost everything we own could be replaced in a few quick stops at Goodwill. The small (foot-locker sized) collection of memorabilia could easily be stored in a 4'x4'x4' locker for hopefully about $40 a month.

But even that brings up the question, is the actual item memorabilia, or would a photocopy or photograph suffice. My DD has suggested we do that to the pile of "I Love Mom and Dad" drawings we've kept. She confided that most of them were forgeries where a teacher held her hand and formed the handwriting. Else she might have written, "I love my dog".

After seeing the many, many natural disasters that have wiped out folk's lifetime collection, one has to wonder whether it's better to just make digital memories.

We are inclined to look for a downsizing that includes the "treasures".
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:46 PM   #62
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I believe there are scanning services out there. This is not an area in which I can claim and expertise but... some formats are more stable than others - .tif being among them (as I recall). Then store them on back-up services such as Carbonite. There are folks who believe in having two back-up vendors for the irreplaceable.. the old belt and suspenders approach.
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One of my classmates asked what to do with all the excess 'stuff' when downsizing. Two suggestions were worthy of sharing: offer it to friends and family and then 'visit it' at their homes; the other was to put it in storage for 6 months then abandon that which you haven't needed enough to retrieve during that period (one could reasonably extend that to 12 months).
We heard a storage facility owner say that most of his clients rent for years before finally facing the challenge of getting rid of stuff.

When we have home swapped, we encountered people who had a double garage and spare bedrooms filled with unused stuff. It seems to be a sickness. They marvel at our frugal nature having empty closets and drawers that they could use. We had to convert a spare bedroom at their places into a walk-in closet.
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I did a home tour this Saturday in Pittsburgh(the historic South Side). My favorites were the one bedrooms in converted factories and Catholic schools. I could easily have moved into one provided I had a parking space. I would have to get rid of lots of stuff including one of my cars, but it would be great to live in a building that is close to all the urban things that I like to do. The architects did a stellar job with contemporary design, and it didn't hurt that most of the places had great decks with panoramic views of the city and the river. As an old lady I think I would want a concierge building, if living in a city, for maintenance and security.
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I did a home tour this Saturday in Pittsburgh(the historic South Side). My favorites were the one bedrooms in converted factories and Catholic schools. I could easily have moved into one provided I had a parking space. I would have to get rid of lots of stuff including one of my cars, but it would be great to live in a building that is close to all the urban things that I like to do. The architects did a stellar job with contemporary design, and it didn't hurt that most of the places had great decks with panoramic views of the city and the river. As an old lady I think I would want a concierge building, if living in a city, for maintenance and security.
I am not familiar with Pittsburgh but I agree with you on all counts.
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