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    Taking the Big Step

    I retire at the end of the month. We have a contract to sell our house 2 months before we'd planned to list it and are 2 1/2 months away from being full-timers! Lots of downsizing and arrangements to be done in the meantime! Help! What have we done!


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    Re: Taking the Big Step

    You can move stuff into a storage facility to get out for now, if you need to. It's easy to move into the RV, it's not easy to cull your stuff to fit into the smaller space.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TravelTiger View Post
    You can move stuff into a storage facility to get out for now, if you need to. It's easy to move into the RV, it's not easy to cull your stuff to fit into the smaller space.


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    Yep, Erika. Trying to minimize or even eliminate storage volume. House buyers, who have been renting, may buy some furniture, and lawn equipment. We might also do a garage sale. Since we will likely be in RV by March, do you still have spaces for the W TX rally? We hadn't signed up thinking we might be busy with house then, but now looks like all that will be in our rear view mirror.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dlw930 View Post
    Yep, Erika. Trying to minimize or even eliminate storage volume. House buyers, who have been renting, may buy some furniture, and lawn equipment. We might also do a garage sale. Since we will likely be in RV by March, do you still have spaces for the W TX rally? We hadn't signed up thinking we might be busy with house then, but now looks like all that will be in our rear view mirror.


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    I believe there are spaces available, and even if we fill up the reserved spaces the park is small and there are back-ins that would be just a row over.

    We still have storage in Rockwall, in case we decide to buy a house here in Cisco (DH has at least 8 more years before he could collect teacher retirement) -- But I don't miss the stuff!!

    We didn't do a garage sale because our HOA limits them to a neighborhood wide sale twice a year. However, we donated a lot of stuff, and took some bigger items to an auction house. We also gave our friends and family the option to take some things. (Like my SIL took our washer/dryer, she just moved to a townhome that had hookups.) Our gasoline-run lawn equipment is at my MILs.

    We signed our contract right before heading to the National Rally in Goshen in early June, with a closing date of July 17. So when we returned, we basically had about a month to get out. But we had been decluttering and donating a lot already before that. We had boxes for trailer, boxes for storage, and boxes for donation/sell/give to others.


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    Re: Taking the Big Step

    We also have sold out place but it was back in 2012. We still have a storage unit as well and slowly have gone from the biggest one down a size and could possibly downsize again soon. Big furniture was easy to get rid of most of what we have now is the nice China and glassware along with some tailgate equipment and school classroom stuff for the DW so we will have storage for atleast another 12 years or so till she can retire.


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    Re: Taking the Big Step

    I know how you feel. I just started drawing full retirement at 66 but am still working. Putting house on market in January and will quit work upon sale. Pretty stressful situation and will be glad when it's over to get back to some form of normality. Enjoy your new endeavor and hope to see you down the road.
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    Re: Taking the Big Step

    Wow David and Donna - that is awesome news on the home sale front. One step closer to full-timing.

    We too are putting our home up for sale (end of January) and we too have had a showing before it's been listed. I am not super-optimistic but I know if we don't start, we'll never finish

    We're not going full-time though but we're planning to relocate further west - possibly Colorado.
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    Re: Taking the Big Step

    Quote Originally Posted by jbeletti View Post
    We're not going full-time though but we're planning to relocate further west - possibly Colorado.
    You'll have to put up with the likes of me at the Colorado rallies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbeletti View Post
    Wow David and Donna - that is awesome news on the home sale front. One step closer to full-timing.

    We too are putting our home up for sale (end of January) and we too have had a showing before it's been listed. I am not super-optimistic but I know if we don't start, we'll never finish

    We're not going full-time though but we're planning to relocate further west - possibly Colorado.
    Wait, what, Jim? Y'all are moving?!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by TravelTiger View Post
    Wait, what, Jim? Y'all are moving?!!!
    I was looking at your blog and saw you just went to the Blue Bonnet Cafe for pie!

    We spent a few days near Marble Falls on Lake LBJ a few years back and I had several pieces of pie there.

    And I also have one of these:

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    As you can see it is starting to wear out . . . guess I need to go down there and have some more pie!
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