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Old 02-21-2008, 12:47 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I first got into real estate because I needed more space for my cars...
me too!! but now 28 diesel VW's is getting a bit too much (+ dumptrucks, dozers, tractors, trackhoe, 7 motorcycles...) I have one shop for wood working, one for automotive / welding and one for machine shop. Now I just need one more...for a paint booth for cars, Oh, and one for the new motorhome
I need to buy an ex-dairy farm with lots of loafing sheds in a drier climate.

One of my (single) friend's built a 60x100 shop w/ 20' eaves with a REALLY nice 2 story apartment inside, that the tax assessor knows little about

I'm still considering 'containerizing' for future moves. Then I will just buy a 'hooklift' semi truck, and grab what I want to take and drop it at the next place.

A rural church or youth Camp or commune that could 'store' my stuff and let me stay during non-camp weeks would be an ideal win-win.

Now, what to do with all the heirloom antiques that we've been dragging around....at least I was able to donate my sailboat to charity.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:49 AM
 
Location: southern california
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you will throw away some stuff later you will greatly regret having lost.
forgive yourself.
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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me too!! but now 28 diesel VW's is getting a bit too much (+ dumptrucks, dozers, tractors, trackhoe, 7 motorcycles...) I have one shop for wood working, one for automotive / welding and one for machine shop. Now I just need one more...for a paint booth for cars, Oh, and one for the new motorhome
I need to buy an ex-dairy farm with lots of loafing sheds in a drier climate.

One of my (single) friend's built a 60x100 shop w/ 20' eaves with a REALLY nice 2 story apartment inside, that the tax assessor knows little about

I'm still considering 'containerizing' for future moves. Then I will just buy a 'hooklift' semi truck, and grab what I want to take and drop it at the next place.

A rural church or youth Camp or commune that could 'store' my stuff and let me stay during non-camp weeks would be an ideal win-win.

Now, what to do with all the heirloom antiques that we've been dragging around....at least I was able to donate my sailboat to charity.
You're situation is awesome! Again, my answer to having too much junk is to acquire more space, not to get rid of things. I've never been into a downsizing lifestyle.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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My parents recently retired and their house had become like the ones you see on TV with the mounds of hoarded junk everywhere. They had to move from the house they'd lived in for 30 years, and I flew to their city to help prepare. I was in total shock at the amount of junk! I hadn't seen it in a couple years, but there were rooms literally shut off because they were full and unusable. I had to stay in a hotel since there wasn't any room in their house.

Anyway, my mom was very beligerant toward me when I wanted to get a dumpster and a u-haul to start tossing and donating things (I was using my valuable vacation time and only had 6 days). I soon gave up since I don't enjoy being yelled at and spent 6 days cleaning up the outside of the house, weeds, lawn, overgrown bushes, etc. I left not knowing how they'd do it.

In the end, they did get rid of at least 50% of the contents of the house. You can't force someone to do this, but for reasons to in depth to go into, my mom did find the motivation to start purging things. It took them 6 months to do, but they moved and the new house looks normal inside. There are definitely emotional and sometimes mental issues that cause hoarding. All the junk is just a symtom of the real problem (compulsive shopping, depression, holding on to the past, etc.)
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Old 02-21-2008, 11:58 AM
 
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I guess it depends on how you were raised...

My Father was a child of the Depression and that is something he never forgot... Mom was from the school of "Waste Not... Want Not"

My personal motto is one can never have too much garage space or a barn too big

Janb continues to be an inspiration to me... I would love to have individual shops for wood working, equipment, hobby, etc...

I was lucky in finding a buyer for my Pearson Sail Boat... it was a gift to me and I overhauled the motor and it was a nice boat. The marina fees is what convinced me to sell before I headed overseas...

One man's junk is an other's treasure...

After I gone, not much I can say about what happens to the cars and equipment...

Besides, having stuff turned out to be the start of my Real Estate Investing and that would have never happened if I wasn't always short of garage space... heck, I have cars right now in several of my neighbors garages
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