After only a few months of living in an appartment it is amazing how much stuff I have accumulated. In ten days I have to clean up, throw out, give away, and find a home for everything that overflows the space of a van.
It’s hard to believe how my possessions have grown since last year. I don’t think of myself as a hoarder but I can see how it sneaks up and overtakes you when your not looking.
I have several books that I bought last year. I really enjoyed reading them but can’t see myself reading them again in the near future. They’re not the type of book any of my friends or relatives would like and I don’t want the hassel of taking them to the library. I probably should just throw them out but can’t bring myself to do it.
I have a couple of pieces of furniture that I picked up at Goodwill. Nobody wants those either. I’ll probably end up leaving them for the next tenant. He may throw them out too, but at least I wont know about it.
I have way too many clothes to ever fit in my van. I don’t remember buying half of them and I regularly wear less than that. They must have seemed like a good idea at one time but I’m thinking the best option is to toss them.
I have a few item that I couldn’t throw out so I made a trip to Karen’s and another to Dave’s and Lisa’s, with instructions to yard sale all of it at their earliest convience. If they can’t sell it I hope they toss it and never tell me.
I have more to tell you but I think I will upload this much in case I mess up.

5 Responses to “Downsizing”

  1. Donna says:

    Every time I clean house, I can’t help but think of what everyone would find if I died suddenly. That makes me continually organize and tidy up. I hate the thought that it would take them months to dispose of my belongings.
    I give most of my cast offs to Goodwill and then take a charitable deduction on my income taxes. It’s much easier than trying to sell it, and makes me feel better than simply throwing stuff away that might have some life left in it.

  2. Dick says:

    We go through the same thing all the time. I try to enforce the rule that Dianna has to get rid of some piece of clothing whenever she gets something new. So far I have not been completely successful……

  3. Daryl says:

    I dread the day if we ever decide to move to smaller house or apartment. Maybe it will be easier to just stay here the rest of our lives.

  4. Daryl says:

    Have you moved out yet? Are you living in your van now?

    It’s mid-70s in Tempe and Mesa….

  5. Dale says:

    I’m still here until the end of the month. I may get a room at the YMCA – pretty cheap and free exercise equipment. I was going to stay at a inexpensive motel in Orchard Park but last time I checked they were conveintly out of the cheap rooms. 

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