Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Purging and Minimizing

Whew!  It’s been a busy week around here!  We haven’t heard back from the buyer regarding the contents of our house, so we figured we should just start getting things listed on craigslist, starting with the things we don’t use on a regular basis.

We quickly sold the sprayer (I guess we’ll be putting up with dandelions for the little bit of spring we’ll be here!),


and both of our leather couches in the liviBrown couchng room (very popular – maybe we should have asked more $ for them!). 

Yesterday somebody called about the globe we had listed, and came over to look at it after dinner.  Tom had told her that they could looked around and pick out other stuff that they may want, so they did.  It was like having a private estate sale for one person!  In addition to the globe, they bought our living room rug, the fireplace screen, the sofa table, 2 lamps, and lots and lots of knick-knacks and books.  I even agreed to sell one of my little wall-hanging quilts! 

P1010001That was a tough one to part with, but there’s not really enough wall space in the RV for all my wall quilts, and I can always make another if I want one . . . it went to a good home!

By the time they were done going through the house, we had sold several hundred dollars worth of decorations and books (stuff we probably would have had a difficult time selling individually), and she had loaded her SUV with lots of new stuff for her house – WIN-WIN!


The really funny thing is, even with all the stuff they bought, we look around the house and don’t really notice anything missing!

There’s still more furniture to go, but we’re hanging onto the essentials for a little while yet – you know, beds, kitchen table, couch & TV.  I also need to start moving kitchen stuff to the RV so I know what will fit.  Then I’ll know what’s left to give to my sisters or donate!

In addition to purging, we’ve also been minimizing.  Every night, Bryce and I scan old pictures and save them to my hard drive.  The boys have enjoyed looking through all their baby photos, and old pictures of Tom and I!  Tonight we took all of our CDs and DVDs out of their individual cases and condensed them into several zippered cases.  Now we have a huge pile of empty cases to go in the garbage this weekend!

I thought it would be really difficult to give up my things, but it hasn’t been too bad . . . not as easy as it is for Tom and the boys, but kindof liberating!


  1. good for you for being able to part with the 'stuff' so easily!!..will make the transition so much easier!!!..keep at it..the house will be empty before you know it!

  2. Even though you scanned all you pictures to the hard drive make sure to back them up as well, hard drives can and do fail. Progress wise your doing great keep up the good work you'll be free before you know it.

    Hope to cross pathes on the road again soon.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. I repeat what Rick and Kathy said. Our harddrive failed last month just like that. No warning. All we lost were a bunch of movies that can be replaced but if it had of been pictures........

    This time must be so exiting for you. I am happy for all of you. Home we meet again somewhere down the road.

    Ira and Vicky

  4. Hmmm . . . I wouldn't have thought that a hard drive would fail. I guess I'll be doing CD backups, too!

  5. Just sisters?? isn't there someone you're forgetting?


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