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Old 07-21-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:16 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I found this to be to be true in NC also. Building is much more costly than buying a resale.
Absolutely true . . . and why we have made the decision to renovate an existing property.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:38 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Ani, thanks for the rep, my dad swears by his probiotic.

I can't wait to see what my mom does with the new place, she has the Martha Stewart gene.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:30 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Ani, thanks for the rep, my dad swears by his probiotic.

I can't wait to see what my mom does with the new place, she has the Martha Stewart gene.
I love to decorate, too -- in fact, it is my favorite thing to do. I redid the mountain house in "french country cottage" (only I see the french connection, though, I am told, lololol). I have had a great time with it. Your mom will doubtless enjoy the process and everyone will benefit from her ability to make a house a home! Wonder what style she will choose . . . Texas Cottage would be a lot of fun. Whitewashed floors, beadboard . . .
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Florida house, for years she lived amidst remodeling and could not decorate even though they had wonderful antiques. There are fab high end thrifts up there so it will be amazing for sure.

My decorator was the Salvation Army LOL
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:02 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I am downsizing as I have to get this primary residence on the market and move into our townhome. Time is running out for the market here in Charlotte (missing all those summer transplants!!!). So I think we are going to have to move into the townhouse b/f the upgrades are all finished there. I need to paint the master bedroom and some doors and all the exterior windows on our primary residence. Chaos ahead. Best to get the stuff out of here b/f I tackle that.

I thought I would have a hard time deciding what to let go but I am not. Since I am already aware of where I will "put things" in the townhouse, that part of the process has made decisions sooooo much easier! I am finding that most of my furniture is going to work in the new space. I am finding that other than the crystal and china and artwork, I am not so attached to a lot of stuff as in the past . . . dumping books, as I am going to e-versions these days. Just don't need all these bookcases anymore. Hubby has six bookcases in his office; I have 3 in mine. So that has been a big relief. Keeping only some reference books that I refer to or find especially beautiful.

I will have adequate space for linens (I collect antique linens) so don't have to dump any of that. I am deconstructing a few pieces of clothing to re-use the fabric and dumping out clothing that I have found hard to give up but that no longer fits. I am not going to regret no longer having the stuff if (when!!!) I lose weight. All of it classic, but I have to move on! I was going to sell it on Ebay but I just don't have time for that right now. Oh well. Goodwill donation, Tax write off. Might try to sell a few pieces of furniture that are now in storage - will do that on Craigslist. But again, such a pain, so I may give things away to folks who will appreciate it. Have given several collectibles to my son but he has things in storage and his storage building is full!

So the only daunting part of this move (and the downsizing tasks) appears to be the physically taxing aspect of it. With my bad shoulder and now - a knee problem - I can't heave things around and lifting is a real problem. So I got a dolly and a really good ladder/step stool with rails at the top and hopefully, that will help with moving boxes of stuff around. I am trying to find folks to come in and help me with that aspect of things - a few hours a day - but that is not working out. The search continues.

As far as personal papers and files . . . no one cares about that stuff so I am dumping it all. At the same time, my mother keeps printing off all this stuff from my Father and his career and I just want to cry. I am scanning part of it and putting it on a memory stick, but it drives the point home -- no one else should be burdened with all these trappings of my career.

Most "things" can be replaced so if I decide I have made a terrible mistake with letting something go . . . I will replace it later. The good thing is - I am not going to have to let that much go, lol. I will hire Two Men and a Truck to pack it all up and move it to the townhouse, and then a UHaul for anything going to the mountain house.

I don't want to let go of my upright freezer but that is one thing I haven't found a place for in the new space.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Florida house, for years she lived amidst remodeling and could not decorate even though they had wonderful antiques. There are fab high end thrifts up there so it will be amazing for sure.

My decorator was the Salvation Army LOL
Oh - Florida. Why did I have it in my mind that it was Texas? I am losing it, CCc girl!!!

Yes, high end thrifts!!! Treasure trove of goodies!!!!
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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As far as personal papers and files . . . no one cares about that stuff so I am dumping it all. At the same time, my mother keeps printing off all this stuff from my Father and his career and I just want to cry. I am scanning part of it and putting it on a memory stick, but it drives the point home -- no one else should be burdened with all these trappings of my career.

You go, girl! I finally solved this thing of my "personal papers and work samples" by taking just one sample of the best of everything and putting that sample into an archival quality plastic sleeve in a giant 3-ring notebook. I had NO idea I had been saving six and seven copies of all this stuff for so many years. Trashbags went out! Now I have one huge 3-ring of work samples (as if anybody cares, LOL) and one huge one of my writing life and publications (as if anybody cares, LOL again). It was my simplistic way of wrapping things up. My instruction is to put it on a table during my memorial service, with my framed artwork here and there, but now I'm thinking I want to dump that idea too.

The real nightmare is my computer files.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:49 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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LMAO, I'm an email hoarder, I have emails from fam back to 2006.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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LMAO, I'm an email hoarder, I have emails from fam back to 2006.
LOL..the IRS would never want you working for them
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