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Old 04-25-2016, 11:42 AM
Status: "Finally Retired" (set 9 days ago)
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Over the weekend we took 2 boxes of books to Goodwill and sold some motorcycle related items on Criagslist. I also placed my first ever listing on eBay where I am starting to sell my tool collection that I gathered back in the 1980's before I gave up my diesel mechanic job and went to college.
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:53 AM
 
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Well I managed to re-home the last four cats I was raising, so today I am downsizing the number of cat litter boxes I will maintain!!! From four to one!!!
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:58 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Gave up my sanity; who needs that baggage?
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:34 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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I shredded every receipt, old bank statement, etc, that was filling my desk and put them in a trash bag with an iffy carton of almond milk. Garbage truck just took them away.


I expect to hear from the IRS tomorrow.
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Old 04-25-2016, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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2 hours of shredding old bank statements, mortgage papers from two houses ago, etc.

shoes i will never wear to pta thrift shop along with a huge black garbage bag filled with clothes.
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Old 04-25-2016, 02:47 PM
 
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... Well - I didn't downsize, but my DW spent hours doing that, this past weekend.
She has been saving a lot of clothes she's had for "a while", with the hope of fitting back into them at a later date. I think she simply got tired of hoping, and came to a realization that she's not going back to a size 4 any time soon.
I felt pretty bad for her; she has stacks of clothes that she's keeping (they still fit), and a couple of stacks of clothes that either no longer fit, or are worn to the point of being worn-out. She was nearly crying about all of that, on Sunday Afternoon. But, she's managed to face-up to the facts-of-life, and will begin bagging things to go to either Goodwill, or the Salvation Army, where they can be resold or used to clothe their people.
We've done this type of thing before, mainly because we have a very small, bungalow-style home that has very little space for storage.
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Where we live (Silicon Valley) also has a yearly "junk pickup", where you can put all sorts of junk-like trash (furniture, lumber, tree trimmings, wall-board, plumbing fixtures) at the curb on designated days, and the commercial trash contractor will come by, pick it up, and haul it away. We've been able to take advantage of that one for years, but to be able to do that, "timing is everything". We've had to store junk behind the detached shed, and alongside the no-window wall side of the house for months, to be able to put larger items at the curb for pickup. And, that's helped us live a little more "minimalistically" in an area that thrives on having material possessions.
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When we finally retire, next year, we're going to have to downsize even more, because we're going to have to sell-out and move away. I'm hoping that, wherever we end-up, we'll have enough room to dedicate to a practice studio for me and a drumset ... But, it won't be something I'll 'hafta' have ...
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Old 04-25-2016, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Went through my 30 some odd polo shirts and took 8 of the least worn to (including some Ralph Lauren Polo) tp Goodwill along with several dress shirts that have not been worn in 10 years or more. Got some new underwear recently so I threw out 8 old pair.

Changing over to lighter bedding so I have an old winter blanket set aside to go to Goodwill.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I ate no white flour products and lots of veggies - -hope to downsize myself with this way of eating.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Movers came today - they ended up packing 2 boxes that I didn't get a chance to go through. Grand total 187 boxes and items used up about 1/2 of a 40 foot truck. Total time less than 3 hours and that included them wrapping and packing about 15 art pieces.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:58 PM
 
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Movers came today - they ended up packing 2 boxes that I didn't get a chance to go through. Grand total 187 boxes and items used up about 1/2 of a 40 foot truck. Total time less than 3 hours and that included them wrapping and packing about 15 art pieces.
Then you packed nearly everything yourself? All your dishes, etc.? Did doing this save lots of money?
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