It has turned out to be too stressful and emotional for me to pack up that quickly so we are back to the original plan to list the house in Jan. of 2016. I feel much better. We will not be homeless over Christmas this year.
The living room is filling up with stuff to sell. The pictures and mirrors are coming off the walls. The Christmas stuff has been gone through for what to keep and what to sell. This is the crunch time for getting ready to sell the house even though it is 2 months in advance of the date to put the house on the market.
I have given up on trying to figure out what to sell in my craft studio and am now packing what I want to keep. There are too many small items that require more work to sell than they are worth.
Husband David is ahead of the game. He has big stuff to sell like radio gear and compressors. He is taking charge of the part of the estate sale that consists of the larger items and I am in charge of the $1=$5 bits. We are trying to keep our spirits up .
Documenting the selling of almost all of our stuff before we go on the road again is difficult. Here are some photos of what the house looks like now, with piles of everything getting stacked up. Corners of the rooms hold what we want to keep, what is worth keeping, what should be sold, and what should be given away.
Another part of this process is having to deal with all the purchasing mistakes you have made over the last 40 years. Yes, I have things in the house that I have dragged around from home to home for 40 years. Why did I buy that? I used it once? What was I thinking? How much more money would be in our savings if I had had this insight earlier?
But at the same time it is also incredibly freeing. I do not have to dust or think about where I am going to keep this stuff. I do not think I have ever needed more than a quarter of it. ( any younger people reading this , please think about the lessons we are learning at 65!)