One of the challenges of purging items for our future full timing life, is making sure we purge enough and do not get rid of things we will need later. It's not going to be an easy task.
I think part of the reason we have so much stuff to purge, is because we didn't get rid of things during the years, for fear we may need them someday. Isn't it always the way it is, once you get rid of something, you find you need it?
Yesterday when we were shopping and I was carrying my big heavy purse, I wondered about my nice small lightweight little leather shopping purse? When we got home, I looked and looked for it, but couldn't find it anywhere. I guess it's gone. I think I must have taken it to Goodwill. Wonder if I can go to their store and buy it back?
So guess what I was doing this morning? Yep, looking on Ebay for a new purse! Of course I couldn't find one quite like I wanted. Oh well, I guess it's not the end of the world.
Al is headed back to Tampa for a few days, so my plans for this week are:
1. keep the house clean and ready for a showing since he won't be here to help.
2. go through the kitchen and sort some things to take to the garage sale. I have to make some decisions on which cookware I'll keep, as well as bowls, etc. I have a lot of cast iron that I definitely use and want, but it's so heavy. I'll have to purge some of it, I guess.
We have sold a lot of stuff at our weekly garage sales, but now it's time to start weeding out things that I am actually still using occasionally. This will be the hard part. Do I still need my blender? Can I take it with me in the motor home? I do like frozen margaritas, so maybe I ought to find a place for it? Will it fit?
Should I go ahead and empty out the freezer and try to sell it? It certainly won't be coming with us and we actually have a small freezer for the motor home. It may take us years to sell the house and do I want to be without my freezer? Do I sell it now when I have the time to hold out for a fair price, or use it until the house sells and hope I can sell it quickly?
I have some of the old style corning ware that I like and use occasionally. I want to get some of the new lighter weight corning ware, so maybe I need to purge the old stuff? Or should I wait until the house sells?
What about dishes? I use Corelle and have a set for the rv and the house. Should I sell it now and divy up my home set between the house and motor home?
Whew...there are a lot of things to think about and actually do before you start living full time in your rv. I know others have done all this and we can too, but wow, it's going to be tough! Lots to think about!
I think our 2 1/2 month trip to Florida this winter will help us make some decisions about what we really need long term and what we have room for. The motor home is currently stocked well enough for long camping trips, but not for living full time. I guess it will be a good practice run.
In the meantime, the purging needs to continue and decisions have to be made. We don't have any children to give stuff to, so we really have to make some tough decisions. There will be some sentimental family items that will have a new home in one of my Mom's closets. She just doesn't know it yet :)
Our goal is when the house sells, to quickly get rid of anything remaining that we don't need, and just leave.
However, realistically, we're wondering if that will be possible. There are things we won't sell before the house sells and closes, like the lawnmower and golf cart. We can sell all the furniture, and just live on the property in the motor home, but sure don't want to sell the lawnmower and then have the deal on the house fall through and be here needing to go buy a new mower! So, we decided, worse case scenario, if we still haven't sold everything, we can rent a storage facility and hang around this area until it's all sold. I don't want to leave Georgia with a storage building full of stuff. It's even possible we could rent our Rv pad from the new owner and possibly even the garage, which is not attached to the house. Sounds like a plan, huh?
Well, anyway, that is my plan for the week. Let's see how much I actually get done.