We have been “home” now for a little over a month, having spent early January until the first week of February over in Southern Arizona. This was our third trip out on the road since last September. Two 30 day trips and one 2 week trip.
Each time out impressed upon us more and more, the necessity of getting more serious about cutting the cord between a sticks and bricks existence at “home” and a full-time RV life. So, this time getting home we have put the pedal to the metal, so to speak.
For those of you who have gone through this, you know. But for the rest of you, do you know how much “stuff” one couple can collect over a period of 35 years? Well, we didn’t. But we’re surely finding out.
I’ve often said, and I’ve said it here, make a plan and work the plan. So, our plan is to have as many yard sales as it takes, as soon as we are ready. We hope to be “ready” sometime in April. April 1st would be ideal, but I’m starting to see that weekend slipping away. But not for lack of effort. We have been diligently going from room-to-room, agreeing not to move on to the next room until everything in each room has been categorized as either “Yard Sale”, “Keep” “Donate” or “Trash”. I cannot tell you how many times our two 70 gallon trash bins have been filled and hauled away.
The first room that was emptied, one of three bedrooms, has become a staging area for “Yard Sale” stuff, all priced for quick sale we hope. The dining room and table has become Yard Sale staging area #2. We still have the master bedroom, family room, living room, the kitchen and the garage to go. Actually, it’s not as bad as it seems. We’ve made some progress in each of the remaining rooms as well. It’s hard to stick to a strategy of only going room-by-room.
And let’s discuss shredding of documents and papers. We’ve been saving “important” documents for 35 years. It’s amazing how UN-important these documents have become all these years later. But in this day and age, it’s prudent if not paranoid to shred anything you would not want in the hands of others. So, sitting on the living room floor shredding documents while watching TV has become the new normal. Slowly but surely, file cabinets are becoming empty.
Although we would love to unload everything we put out for a yard sale, we don’t really expect that to happen. So our plan is to have a first one, and then have another one or two on subsequent weekends, re-pricing as necessary. If, after three yard sales, things have not sold, they will convert to “Donate” or “Trash”. We have no time for sentiment.
Then, there are the Craigslist or Ebay items. Since starting preparations for this our Great Escape, we have had good luck selling items on one or both of these sites. We still have a couple of vehicles, a trailer, a motorcycle and small equipment left from the winding up of our business to sell.
So…anybody need a brass bell door knocker? How ’bout a hardly ever used Nordic Track treadmill? Cheap!