Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Downsizing-The Next Generation...................

The back and forth of inspection negotiations is pretty much finished, leaving only our appraisal and closing in the to do list.  What does this mean?  Well, first and foremost, it means that the other party in our living situation to begin her own downsizing process. That's right folks, we close in three weeks and my sister has not begun packing.

In truth, this is not as frightening as it might seem. Because of third party investment in our new home, buying was not contingent on selling-which means that her house can be listed after we move and with most of the furniture and possessions out of the house.  On the one hand, she is not going through quite the desperation packing I experienced (due to a cash buyer who wanted a two week closing).  On the other hand, she is working full time, has lived in the house for almost twenty years, and has never downsized a thing (whereas I had moved twice across the ocean).  Unfortunately, there is little I can do to help, except encourage her to pack more quickly and remind her that we can of course have a yard sale AFTER the move.

 I do feel her pain, having been there and done that, as the kids say.  I can only help her in areas like the collectible china cabinet, where she knows for sure that everything goes. I can also help her with her pre-move yard sale. Unlike my move, my sister is moving across town and such could move in bits and pieces-but the realtor wants to get the home (a very small mid century modern house) onto the market as soon as possible.  In the evening she packs, I cook and then she collapses.  

In the interest of sharing all the warts about moving and downsizing, I will share two things.  I packed and moved on the assumption that I would be moving to a condo. What does this mean?  It means that I sold the two tower shelves that went on each side of my entertainment center for example. It may be in the long run that I will wish I had a few of those things.  Then again, more things would have required more costly moving! Having done the proverbial deed, I know that neither I nor my son would have been comfortable driving more than a twenty foot truck in the high plains winds. More furniture would probably have involved additional labor and professional movers.

As I've already shared, moving does have it's costly moments.  I showed in multiple blog posts the costs of moving cross country for two people and as many dogs. In addition to moving costs, there were hotel costs, and food cost, gas costs and of course, storage costs. My new home will require cleaning, I'll have to again move and have help putting away furniture. My new home has hardwood floors, so there will be some in home costs such as area rugs. 

Even with these kind of expenses, the long term benefits of downsizing (be it in this home or my previously planned condo) are hard to ignore, and in my opinion worth the extra short term costs involved in such a move.  While it might not be for everyone, it certainly does work for me!

In other news, I've been enjoying the Colorado summer and all it has to offer, with little expense.  Dinners have been grilled outdoors or casual summer leftovers. I've been entertained by a variety of free craft fairs, local summer festivals and farmers markets/fairs. I'm blessed to again have a really good library with all the movies and programs imaginable. I've hit the early matinee for movies, taken advantage of my usual plethora of freebies (including free cones and a free milkshake) and of course, have been spending most of my time reading, relaxing, learning a little gardening, and quilting away. I even put my "Christmas In July" sewing and crafting aside to throw together this baby quilt!

Coming soon-more on my downsizing logistics, along with my frugal experiences living richly in Colorado...........


  1. It's always worth the cost if you're happy in your new place. And remember, if you sold a few too many items at your yard sale, you can always replace them inexpensively by buying a few items at a yard sale in your new neighborhood.

    1. I agree, although there may be a large repair issue (sewer line replacement) that the sellers are not willing to bend on in terms of negotiations on.

      But yes, I can replace most of what I have (although a few were expensive items)

  2. I am shuddering here even thinking about packing for a move. You are a courageous woman to do so twice in less than a year.

    God bless.

  3. A couple I know is having to clean their place out because they need the space for other family members who will be sharing the house. They have lived in their home for twenty years and have never thrown out anything. They are collectors, too, so the clutter is amazing. There is enough for a dozen yard sales and a dumpster!

    It is a daunting task but one that must be tackled.

    1. Yes, its that getting started that tends to be the problem, I think!

  4. Yes and it is always fun to go to yard sales.

  5. It's hard to know what to take and what to leave, and I don't think anybody gets it exactly right. I moved 1200 miles away from my house that I'd owned for 44 years. I wasn't a hoarder so had a yard sale and gave stuff away, but then deciding what to bring was hard. My next-door neighbor died, and her daughters gave me her birdbath and I didn't bring it because I knew I was going to buy a condo and thought I wouldn't be able to use it, but as it turns out, we can have them and can plant flowers, etc. So it's a guessing game. At least you know the house you're moving to, and what furniture will fit, etc. And sometimes you need to buy something new, anyway. Good luck with the move.
    Maggie P.

  6. Thanks, I agree, its a crapshoot, and something need to be replaced...........


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