Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

  1. Print this Post   #1
    Senior Member SNOKING's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    USA - WA
    Posts
    1,691

    What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    OK, we are about to accept an offer on our home. We just recently bought a BH3575el and have snowbirded starting in 2008 for 3-5 months depending on the year in Gold Canyon AZ and love the park.

    We own a lot in a membership park at Lake Connor RV Park in Washington (sunbird) for the summer months.

    DW wants to buy a park model in Canyon Vistas in Gold Canyon, Az for snowbird home! It comes pretty much furnished and is reasonably priced.

    I would rather use the new Bighorn in Arizona!

    We would take the trailer South with us in the winter and can store it out back at a sister resort at a reasonable cost.

    So, what do we do with all of our stuff? Cost of storage for a few years will get expensive.

    What have others done and advice do you have regarding storage vs elimination of years on stuff?

    Our heads are spinning trying to figure this all out.

    DW thinks the park model will serve as a home of sorts and it backs up to the desert with beautiful sunsets.

    Thanks Chris
    2015 RAM 3500 4x4 Laramie SB - Deep Cherry Red over Silver - Her name is "Cherry"
    2017 BH3575el "Big Guy" 2019 Laredo 225MK "Little Guy" (our WA/AZ commuter trailer)
    Snowbird location: Site 413 Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Az
    Sunbird location: Camp Dailey 33F3 / Summer Camp 24F3(Parking and Guests), Lake Connor Park, Lake Stevens, Wa


  2. Print this Post   #2
    Movin' on to the next thing... JohnD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    USA - AZ
    Posts
    7,227

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    A big garage sale maybe?
    Yuma AZ

    Heartland Prowler RV Owners Facebook Page
    -------No Prowler Needed To Join! ^ CLICK HERE! ^

    ----Where my Heartland's have been:




  3. Print this Post   #3
    Senior Member Sniper's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    USA - OH
    Posts
    758

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    We are preparing to full time, and tentatively planned starting next Spring. I don't know if this is the right or wrong way to go about it, but what we are doing is grouping our stuff. First are things we KNOW we are taking with us. Second are things that we are keeping such as my Fathers & Grand Fathers tools, and Chopper that I built, and hutch that belonged to the Commanders Grand Mother and such that will never get out of the family, these things will have to go into storage until such a time they can be passed on. Third are things we will be giving to family members that they can use. Fourth, as has been mentioned, will be items we have in our Spring "yard sale". Last of all if there is anything left we will donate, give away, or trash. Don't know how it's all going to turn out, but that's what we're going to do.

    Best of luck, and we hope all works out well for you.
    Sniper and Sweet P


    2017 F-350 Dually
    2001 F-350 Dually (Sold)
    2020 Keystone Raptor 351
    2011 Cyclone 3010 (Gone)
    2010 HD Street Bob
    2001 HD Softail Standard

    Please like our page and follow us on our travel adventures here!

  4. Print this Post   #4
    Moderator danemayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    USA - CO
    Posts
    19,888

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    When we sold the house in Austin in 2014, we decided to keep about 10% of our stuff. We knew we'd never have a formal living room or dining room again, so we sold most of those via a consignment store. The other living room pieces we donated. We gave away or sold quite a bit of miscellaneous furniture. A few pieces went into storage with plans to use them at the next house. We had a lot of people moving into our subdivision and the NextDoor app helped us get rid of lots of stuff without having a conventional yard sale - which was restricted in our neighborhood.

    We made about 50 trips to local charities with all kinds of stuff that didn't sell but was good enough for someone else to use. We also got a 5' high rolloff dumpster and packed it full. In retrospect, we should have gone with the 8' model. Even after that, I probably took 70-80 large trash bags to the dumpsters at our RV storage site and at our church.

    The stuff we kept went into plastic storage boxes from Walmart, labeled on 3 sides. We stacked around 80 of them 8-10' high in a 10x20 storage unit to get the most benefit from the floor space. Cardboard boxes wouldn't have safely stacked that high which would have required additional space at additional expense.

    As much as we got rid of, it still took a 26' moving van to fit the contents of our 10x20 storage unit and get everything to the new house.


    Dan and Ann Mayer & fur baby Callie the Rally Dog
    2011 Landmark Rushmore
    • MorRyde 8K Independent Suspension
    • 8K Kodiak Disc Brakes
    • Goodyear G114 17.5" tires
    • RV Comfort Systems Cheap Heat
    • MorRyde 33x90 Sliding Cargo Tray
    • Torklift Glowstep Revolution Aluminum Steps & Dirt Destroyer

    2014 RAM 3500 Laramie
    • Cummins 6.7 Diesel, AISIN Transmission
    • 4x4, Long box, Crew Cab, DRW 3.73
    • Sailun Terramax A/T 4S, 235/80R -17. 5 Tires
    • Hensley BD3 TrailerSaver Hitch
    • Garmin RV760 GPS


    Is club membership right for you? Click here to learn more

    Check out our Owner-written User Guides and Troubleshooting Guides

  5. Print this Post   #5
    Senior Member SNOKING's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    USA - WA
    Posts
    1,691

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    Darlene has been taking bags after bags of stuff to the Goodwill store for the last few week. The community is have a community wide garage sale on the 25th of June, so if timing works and we know the home is going to close, we will put a lot of stuff in the sale.

    Thanks Chris
    2015 RAM 3500 4x4 Laramie SB - Deep Cherry Red over Silver - Her name is "Cherry"
    2017 BH3575el "Big Guy" 2019 Laredo 225MK "Little Guy" (our WA/AZ commuter trailer)
    Snowbird location: Site 413 Canyon Vistas RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Az
    Sunbird location: Camp Dailey 33F3 / Summer Camp 24F3(Parking and Guests), Lake Connor Park, Lake Stevens, Wa


  6. Print this Post   #6
    Senior Member TxCowboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    USA - TX
    Posts
    1,086

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    We just went through the downsizing two months ago. In our case, some friends' daughter will finish her degree program in December of this year. We quite literally gave her a stack of Post It Notes and a marker and sent her "shopping" through our house. You want it? Put your name on a note and stick it on there!

    We thought she was being a bit bashful when she finished her first trip through so we brought her back a couple of days later and sent her through again.

    The personal clothing items, including a large closet full of my business suits and other business attire, all went to local charities that train people for employment. Larger items were either given to friends, friends of friends, or local charities for resale. All of my garage items went to personal friends.

    It really didn't take as long as we thought it would to divest ourselves of years of possessions. The personal items are in a 10x10 climate controlled storage room near our business office (travel trailer) until we find a better way to deal with them.

    Once you make your mind up to downsize, it really isn't that hard to make it happen. Making the decision is the tough part.

    HTH
    Last edited by TxCowboy; 06-02-2016 at 11:14 PM.
    Jeff & Laurie
    Him: US Army Aviator and DoD Consultant -- Retired
    Her: Certified Residential Appraiser
    Auggie (our beer-loving English Cocker Spaniel)
    Angus (55 pounds of attitude in a 5 pound chihuahua body)
    Full timing in Rockport, Texas



    Home Base -- 2015 Landmark 365 Key West -- The "Uno Mas!"
    The Office -- 2016 Crossroads Hill Country HTC26RB -- The "Poquito Mas!"
    Gone but not forgotten: 2011 Heartland Greystone 32RL

  7. Print this Post   #7
    Senior Member Noofear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    USA - MT
    Posts
    155

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    I just finished downsizing and moved into my Bighorn from a 4 bedroom house in to the 41 foot 3 inch trailer. My daughters claimed what they wanted, I gave a bunch of tools to my grandsons and the rest was sold or donated. Out of the entire house I only kept about 20 little personal things and mementos. Pictures and scrapbooks are all being digitalised. One of my daughters has agreed to keep my tax records. No storage unit or related costs.

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk

  8. Print this Post   #8
    Inactivate User Account
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    USA - SC
    Posts
    1,070

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    We had our sons, their better 99%s, and the grandkids over one weekend. We also had the other family members in the area over the next. We'd tagged items we were keeping for our retirement home. Then we told everyone to walk through the house and tag what they wanted. The grandchildren were also encouraged to tag things (one older grandson wanted the chair where I read to each of them each night). Another wanted a piece of glass that I'd bought on a day out with him.

    We were so surprised by some of the choices, but there was no bickering or hard feelings. What was left over after everyone made choices went to charities. Our business suits, briefcases, and anything else that was related to getting or retaining a job went to an organization dedicated to outfit people for job interviews and new jobs.

    It was amazing - when the day came that we went to our storage shed with movers a year later to take to our retirement house, we ended up calling our sons and telling them to bring their friends over to help themselves to what we realized that we didn't need.

  9. Print this Post   #9
    Prolifically Gabby Member JohnDar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    USA - MI
    Posts
    10,590

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    Although we're not moving out of our house, we routinely donate clothing, unneeded furniture, appliances and whatever else to the Salvation Army. I prefer them over the Goodwill due to the exorbitant salary paid to the Goodwill director vs. peanuts they pay their workers. On April 15, it makes the IRS bite a little less painful, too.
    Camp Gotchurwallett
    John & Darlene (with feline fuzzbutts Ally, Merlin & Mickey)
    2009 GMC 3500HD SLT CC D/A DRW
    2009 Bighorn 3670RL (sold 2020 and not replaced)

    H.O.C. #1225

  10. Print this Post   #10
    Senior Member rxbristol's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    USA - TX
    Posts
    1,352

    Re: What to do with all of our "stuff"?

    After we took what we wanted, personally sold some higher priced items, I then hired an estate agent to sell everything. After the sale, I dealt with any left over items, and he cleaned up everything else, even the trash.

    Rex & Karen
    Libre y pobre en La Casa Rodante.




    2014 Landmark--San Antonio
    2014 Ford 350 Crew Cab DRW

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. "Know-it-alls" & "Sour grapes" need not apply!
    By SueJean in forum Work Camping and Working on The Road
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-11-2011, 08:06 AM
  2. Replies: 22
    Last Post: 01-24-2011, 07:34 PM
  3. "Early" vs. "Late" 2004 Ford F250 ?
    By ky-newbie in forum Diesel Truck Information
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-11-2010, 09:16 PM
  4. Any experience with "Airtabs" or "vortex generators"
    By rick_debbie_gallant in forum Modifications (General)
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-07-2009, 08:44 PM
  5. Source for "Stuff"
    By jpmorgan37 in forum Camping Products
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-19-2007, 08:15 AM

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •