Decluttering of Eleven Years of Stuff

A few years ago, my husband, Dave, and I began to talk about where we wanted to retire. At that time the discussion didn’t progress too far because it seemed as if retirement was a long time away. Guess what? Retirement came sooner than we thought it would. Dave’s health has not been as good as we would like for it to be, and my bones will occasionally creak and groan as I go up and down the stairs of our home.

We bought this house about eight years ago with the idea of building out the partially-finished basement, making it a parent/in-law suite and having my parents move in with us. For various reasons, that didn’t work out. We finished the basement anyway and enjoyed using it as Dave’s office, A TV room, library and even a full kitchen. We’ve loved living here, but it’s time to downsize and move into our retirement home.

Over the eight years we’ve lived here, we have fully furnished this house and have accumulated massive amounts of “stuff.” We have enjoyed and appreciated the blessings of being able to do this. Now we are downsizing from a 4,500 sq. ft. house, to a 1,000 to 1,500 sq. ft. house/condo/apartment – we’re not sure yet. The magnitude of this job is overwhelming. I kid you not when I say that there is something in every nook, cranny and corner of every room on every floor. There are also walls covered with pictures, plaques, mirrors. In my office alone, I have 17 things hanging on the wall. We’ve already started packing things, even though the house is not on the market yet. We are planning to stage it ourselves so we need to get a lot of this “stuff” out of here.

The purpose of this blog? If you have an inkling, a passing thought, a blip on the radar screen of your brain, that you might move in the next few years, start decluttering NOW. And for goodness sakes, don’t buy anything else for your house!

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