There are lot’s of things to take care of in the lead up to retirement. I spoke in my last post about deciding on our needs for a vehicle and what we ended up deciding. So that was done.
Next on to the house. We had already decided that we would sell our home and buy something more inexpensive. We continued to look through listings and went to open houses. In the lead up to all that actually happening we figured we had better start the purging process.
It is quite amazing how much “stuff” we accumulate. Due to our military moving about we were in not too bad shape, so we thought. WRONG!! We had 3 trips to the dump, 4 trips to the Salvation Army, 1 garage sale and numerous listings on craigslist. We called our daughter H in Alberta. We asked her: “What stuff of yours that we have been carrying around for years do you want?” We loaded up the vehicle when we went to Alberta for our grand daughters birthday and took her “stuff” to her. What she didn’t want either went to the dump or donation or the garage sale. Same phone call to our other daughter E. As she lives in our area, she came over and went through her stuff. Amazingly, she took enough to fill 1 small box, the rest went bye bye. So glad we hauled all of it around for all those years.
Then on to furniture. Once we knew what house we were moving into, we started looking at the furniture we had. As we were going from 2000 square feet down to 1580 square feet we knew some things had to go. There were also things that would have fit in the new place but maybe weren’t quite right and I wanted to replace. So up on craigslist they went or into the garage sale. We ended up making a bit of cash from this which we used to buy a few new or vintage things for our new home. We sold our heavy duty lawn mower and bought a little battery one for our new small front yard that we would have. We would have no need for the big gas weed eater, so it went. We had fun browsing through vintage/antique shops and bought a vintage drop leaf table that we now use for a coffee station in our new home. We used some of our garage sale earnings to buy it. So fun! We gave a big chair and ottoman to E who could use it in her home. I also took a plastic tote and put some Christmas decorations and some strings of lights in it and gave it to E. She has her own home now and didn’t have any Christmas stuff, so we thinned out that stuff. We had a sofa bed that we kept in our bonus room for overflow guests. No bonus room in the new house, so bye, bye sofa bed. I went through my kitchen cupboards and got rid of some things that haven’t seen the light of day since the day they went in there. Why did I need 25 coffee mugs and 30 wine glasses? Lots of things like that were thinned out. I am sure I got rid of half of my linen closet. There is something about the purging process that feels really good. It makes all your cupboards and closets look really good! It also, for me anyway, helped in getting me excited for the big change that was about to happen. We were going to simplify our lives and this was part of that process. It really did feel good, I was quite surprised at how good. I don’t miss any of it. I know that some people have a hard time purging and get all sentimental about letting some of their stuff go. I guess it is the military life that makes me used to this so I did not have a problem with the process at all. I think we both had a sense of accomplishment once the process was over.
New vehicle purchased, check, purge stuff, check. Now on to the next step on our retirement journey. I hope you continue to join me!