Stuff Stuff and More Stuff

We are down to THE last day in our house.

How in the world does one go from 1800 SF to 350 SF?!  Daunting is my descriptor of choice, but you know what they say,

“The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.”

So we ate our household goods “one bite at a time.”  Errr…sorta.

I didn’t consider myself sentimental until I started purging our house.

  • highschool yearbooks.
  • military awards.
  • tons of old pictures.
  • antique school desks.

The list goes on and on.

We decided we didn’t want to get a storage shed, though that was in the original plan.

Why?  Well first off, storage sheds are a rip off!  Really.  Truly.  $50/month for a 10 foot by 10 foot box.

But really the truth is, when we got down to the items that really mattered to us….there wasn’t much.at.all.

Also, since we are all about downsizing and having freedom, as silly as it sounds, a storage shed seemed too restricting.  (we may need to be medicated)

So we did something pretty radical.

We sold almost everything….or gave it away.

Right now in our living room, you will find:

  1. A plant that means something to me and I CANNOT get rid of.
  2. A tote of winter gear for storage under the camper.
  3. A tote full of more things to donate.
  4. Three of my four kids.

That is it….and it’s a little creepy.

My sister is coming to visit from ND today.  She’ll be taking some of the family heirlooms with her that I cannot get rid of.

Local friends of ours have 2 storage units that have space in them, so we are going to force-feed them part of their rental fees.  We’ll store kid’s clothes, lawn mower, carpet shampooer, & a few tools.

Another friend has offered to store our canned goods and let us use their deep freezer since we buy our meat once a month and last time I checked the freezer in the camper is REALLY small.

So, between friends, family, garage sales, craigslist, & Boys Club donations we’ve done it.  We’ve made the shift.

Silly maybe.  Irresponsible maybe.  But even though our choice looks different than the norm, it doesn’t necessarily make it silly or irresponsible.

We live in a cookie-cutter society. I promise I will not go into a tangent over that right now.  Let’s just say we don’t want to follow the pattern set before us just because.

So here we go….let’s see what happens.

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