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    moving to retire and advice please...

    Good day. This is my 1st post here. We are retiring this summer and moving to another province. We are in our mid and early 50's. And moving to a similar sized house. Our big challenge is to de clutter/unload stuff. Our parents taught us to save everything. Hence the clutter. Being frugal got us into an early retirement. But now I get bogged down with the thought of getting rid of a book I have not read, a shirt never worn, or a tool not used in 10 years. I anxiously await your thoughts and experiences... thanks

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    Just dump it. If you haven't read it or used it in the last year then it goes into a maybe throw out/sell pile. Ask yourself if you truly believe you will use it over the next 2 years. If no throw it out or sell it. If you haven't used it or read it, whatever, in the last 3 years, don't even think about it. Get rid of it. If you can replace it for less then $3 dollars at a dollar store or Walmart (you would be surprised at how many of your items now fall into that list - you can thank China) and you haven't used it in the last year or so, dump it. Some stuff you can sell on Kijiji but be careful not to overvalue it, like most do. Know that your next option is the garbage and price it accordingly. Don't forget about donating the stuff to the Salvation Army. Just don't end up taking in a box of junk and coming home with two boxes, like many do.


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    Re: moving to retire and advice please...

    We did something similar. We went from just under 4000 sq feet of finished, furnished home to a 16 X8 X container. We sold our home and travelled for eight months. We are still in rented accommodation until we find what we want-or we may continue renting. We were empty nesters. Most of our furniture was old (we tend to buy higher end product and keep it) and we planned to replace a good deal of it. It was 'larger' furniture that no longer fit into smaller condo's. We had scads of clothing, books, more clothing,etc. It was hard at first. We started with clothing. Two piles-garbage or give to a not for profit. We must have done it four times, perhaps five before making good progress. The fur coat made it to the last cut and then we said goodbye to it. We threw things out over a six month period. We gave away a few bedroom sets, sofas, etc. to relatives and people we knew. We make a rule. If people wanted something, they had to pick it up within two weeks-otherwise it would be sent away to a homeless shelter who we had arranged a pickup. We did this several times. Books went to friends, but mostly to a book sale to help new Canadians read etc. Children's books and school supplies went to our local elementary school. We sold some items on Kijiji...it became our friend. We did three passes on non clothing items. It got easier and we became more ruthless at each pass. We are so thankful that we did this. We came back, rented a furnished apt for a few months, and then moved into a two bedroom condo. Our storage area is full. But, we had a flood in Calgary and our rental unit building was being repaired. We still had so much that we were able to give quite a few things-lamps, bedding, pictures, etc. to a couple who had lost most of their belongings in the Calgary flood. We had another rule. Items get moved ONCE. They either given to friends, charity, or moved to the garage in preparation for loading the container. There was none of this business of moving an item from one room to another until deciding what to do. This helped...it forced us to make decisions. Good luck. It really is easy to do. You simply have to get your head around it. This is just stuff. We feel far better off without it.


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