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downsizing shortly
« on: 09 February 2018, 22:46:29 »

swimbo & I are shortly moving from a 3 bedroom house  into a 1 bed bungalow. ( don't know exact when ) in my garden I have 3 sheds all full of mechanics tools (-upteen boxes ) builders tools & a shed full of gardening stuff. already done. loads of trips to the council tip with bags of stuff , done the charity shops off loading clothes. games books etc. i even have bought a 7" x 3.5ft"  trailer to help move.  stuff, as my wife has told me all the white goods & small electric appliances are going to be new. carpets new . it looks like all we are moving with is some living room furniture & tellies a bed + a few boxes of stuff. looking forward to it  ::) ::)
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #1 on: 09 February 2018, 23:20:59 »

Understand your pain !!!  A conversation took place  a month or so back where Chris muted the fact that we would have to consider downsizing to a bungalow if stairs became a problem - conversation triggered by a friend who suddenly cannot do stairs at all for medical reasons.

I took her for a gentle walk around the house, stuck her head up in the loft, and casually mentioned the fact that no car has been inside the garage for 20 years due to the amount of crap that is stored therein .....and then simply asked ... "What the  **** do we do with that lot" ...... after a few moments thought the answer was .. "best we don't damage our backs" ......

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A touch of realism methinks !!  God forbid it ever actually has to happen !!!
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #2 on: 10 February 2018, 00:17:43 »

I think it,s a discussion that most of us have to have at some point. Am now just starting the process of clearing all the crap from the loft, garage and two of the bedrooms, (there is only me and SWMBO) in a four bedroom house. The problem has been compounded by the influx of stuff from clearing out my late Dads and SILs stuff too. I feel it,s something that i should do as it would fall on my kids if i got too old to do it. The two boys live 100 and 270 miles away and daughter is contemplating a move to the Canaries in the next year or two. So i reckon it,s down to me. Oh joy, i,d better buy an estate i suppose.  ;D
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #3 on: 10 February 2018, 00:25:13 »

We all tend to accumulate junk when we have a big house to grow into. Periodic decluttering helps, but when it comes to serious downsizing, I reckon it is skip(s) and being ruthless. :y After 20 years of sitting on the it will be useful someday, we all know its never going to be the case, until a week after we've thrown it out. :o :o :o
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #4 on: 10 February 2018, 01:09:08 »

The trouble is, when considering throwing things away - you never know when you eill need it again?

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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #5 on: 10 February 2018, 07:35:46 »

We "downsized"about 4yrs ago as Maureen could no longer get upstairs[luckily the house we lived in had a downstairs loo]we moved from a 2 up 2 down to a 2 bedroom bungalow.What we lost was  one room and the off road parking we had.What we gained was a garden[landlord won't let me hammer the wall and park on the garden :'(] and a shed.Even so the amount of crap I had to take to the skip-mostly mine and of the "it may come in handy one day" variety-was unbelievable ::)
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #6 on: 10 February 2018, 09:22:21 »

swimbo & I are shortly moving from a 3 bedroom house  into a 1 bed bungalow. ( don't know exact when ) in my garden I have 3 sheds all full of mechanics tools (-upteen boxes ) builders tools & a shed full of gardening stuff. already done. loads of trips to the council tip with bags of stuff , done the charity shops off loading clothes. games books etc. i even have bought a 7" x 3.5ft"  trailer to help move.  stuff, as my wife has told me all the white goods & small electric appliances are going to be new. carpets new . it looks like all we are moving with is some living room furniture & tellies a bed + a few boxes of stuff. looking forward to it  ::) ::)
  I did buy a dustbin type garden incinerator that's managed to burn papers going back to 1978. + wooden picture frames etc
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #7 on: 10 February 2018, 09:43:55 »

swimbo & I are shortly moving from a 3 bedroom house  into a 1 bed bungalow. ( don't know exact when ) in my garden I have 3 sheds all full of mechanics tools (-upteen boxes ) builders tools & a shed full of gardening stuff. already done. loads of trips to the council tip with bags of stuff , done the charity shops off loading clothes. games books etc. i even have bought a 7" x 3.5ft"  trailer to help move.  stuff, as my wife has told me all the white goods & small electric appliances are going to be new. carpets new . it looks like all we are moving with is some living room furniture & tellies a bed + a few boxes of stuff. looking forward to it  ::) ::)

7 inches might be a little small. Remember, size matters. ::) ::) ::) ;D
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #8 on: 10 February 2018, 09:46:36 »

Can't afford to down size, as mentioned above, far too much "stuff" to get rid off. So just have do the 5th extension to improve storage, and let the kids clear it out.:-[ :-[ :-[
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #9 on: 10 February 2018, 10:29:31 »

Interesting thread. I am one of those hoarders- it may come in type.

In 2003 we sold our UK house and put our useful stuff into storage pending moving abroad. We had a huge clearout with

- selling on Ebay ( that was fun in those days). You would be amazed at the old stuff people will buy. :'(
- car boot ( which most certainly wasn't fun. In fact it was a ghastly experience )
- garage sale ( which was actually a yard sale of things like garden ornaments, chimney pots, even plants). That was quite fun.
- numerous tip trips ( running the gauntlet as the guy was convinced we were traders)

Then we lived in a caravan for eight months while we drove around looking for a house in France or Spain. That was actually very liberating as we only had the stuff you actually really really need for living.

Then we had our stuff in UK storage moved to our new house ruin and started collecting again. Two things brought home how much we had. First is after 14 years we still have a number of boxes unopened! The second was initially never having stuff like off cuts of wood to hold something in place. Got plenty again now.....

Mrs V keeps raising the subject of downsizing , I really like where we live but accept in a few years we might not be able to negotiate stairs. In the meantime we will keep accumulating. :'( :'(

Good luck with your move :y

 
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #10 on: 10 February 2018, 10:38:02 »

Squirrels of the world, unite!  :y

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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #11 on: 10 February 2018, 11:14:41 »

We already live in a bungalow so ticked that box off already!

Although we are considering a loft extension  ::)
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #12 on: 10 February 2018, 17:36:55 »

My view is, apart from xmas decs and suitcases, if anything goes in the loft, it may as well be skipped.
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #13 on: 10 February 2018, 17:50:31 »

I agree with that, but unfortunately our loft is jam packed full of swmbos stuff - in case its needed some time.  ::)
We downsized (not through choice) about 15 years ago. The house we moved to is the size of one room in the previous house.
Swmbo was in hospital very ill, when I did the move, and I had the impossible task of fitting the contents of the big house into the little one. I still break out in a cold sweat at the memory !
I hate clutter whether in the house, shed, car, or anywhere else. Swmbo is a natural hoarder, so a degree of compromise is required - mostly from me, of course.  ;D
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #14 on: 10 February 2018, 18:59:09 »

our loft is jam packed full of swmbos stuff
Bin it, she'll be none the wiser ;)
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« Reply #15 on: 10 February 2018, 20:57:22 »

She put more up there yesterday.  ;D
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #16 on: 10 February 2018, 21:05:48 »

I am genuinely surprised that more upstairs ceilings dont collapse with all the junk carefully spread over the joists in a lot of suburban houses.
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #17 on: 10 February 2018, 22:29:40 »

Spent 6 months living in our motorhome in Ukraine. Said to SWMBO why do we need our house in England filled with all that cr*p? Back living in it now. ;D ::)
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #18 on: 11 February 2018, 12:09:32 »

We have had the house up for sale...lots of interest, but from people who have to sell theirs first !!! Interesting thing, we are in a three bed semi, and there are only two of us, but moving to Brakkers , we can ironically buy a detached house with four bedrooms and put a very large wodge of cash in the bank. Would like a bungalow, but not many for sale at the price I want. If I buy like for like, I will end up even richer, richer even than TB !!!!! ;D ;D
Took the house off the market for the Christmas period, but swmbo is talking of putting it back on next week. I don't think there is much movement at the moment, as the Estate agents know its going back on, but have not phoned to say anyone is looking for a house around here :(
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #19 on: 11 February 2018, 19:05:56 »

richer even than TB !!!!! ;D ;D
That's hardly a challenge, Mr Terbs...
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« Reply #20 on: 11 February 2018, 19:13:03 »

richer even than TB !!!!! ;D ;D
That's hardly a challenge, Mr Terbs...
Perhaps he means Opti ???
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« Reply #21 on: 11 February 2018, 19:19:55 »

richer even than TB !!!!! ;D ;D
That's hardly a challenge, Mr Terbs...
Perhaps he means Opti ???
He must do. Terbs is easily confused. I recall his non working cruise control saga :D
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #22 on: 11 February 2018, 19:29:55 »

richer even than TB !!!!! ;D ;D
That's hardly a challenge, Mr Terbs...
Perhaps he means Opti ???
He must do. Terbs is easily confused. I recall his non working cruise control saga :D
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #23 on: 11 February 2018, 22:41:05 »


Coming up to 4 years since I moved from Nowff Lhaanndun to West Wales. Not downsizing, actually somewhat upsizing. Still have unpacked boxes full of crap knocking about. Mostly books! Why T F keeps books? Well not worth a divorce to ask about that. Besides there may be questions asked about my CD collection  ::), not to mention my drum kit  8)

BUT, coming back to the point. I can can see the day when we are unable to deal with a big house.



 
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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #24 on: 12 February 2018, 09:37:07 »

He must do. Terbs is easily confused. I recall his non working cruise control saga :D

Non working? IIRC his cruise control was working fine all along... :-\

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Re: downsizing shortly
« Reply #25 on: 12 February 2018, 10:10:03 »

richer even than TB !!!!! ;D ;D
That's hardly a challenge, Mr Terbs...
Perhaps he means Opti ???

Nah that's not possible!  ;)  ;D
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« Reply #26 on: 12 February 2018, 11:25:18 »

That's it.....you all rub it in. So I made an error with the cruise control. Could happen to anyone ;D
 ;D ;D ;D
I need to sell my house even more after what happened to my 2.5 estate last night. I will post in another thread :(
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« Reply #27 on: 12 February 2018, 17:43:12 »

He must do. Terbs is easily confused. I recall his non working cruise control saga :D

Non working? IIRC his cruise control was working fine all along... :-\

 ;)
The system is only as good as its weakest link.  And poor Terbs is not known for his strength ;D
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« Reply #28 on: 12 February 2018, 17:43:58 »

I need to sell my house even more after what happened to my 2.5 estate last night.
You can get away with a smaller driveway now :P
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