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Old 11-24-2011, 08:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Ever since I was a kid my mom would tell me, "You need a 3 or 4 bedroom house with a basement and a garage just for yourself!" So I guess I have too much stuff. For those of you who saw pictures of my kitchen, you know I'm a collector. But, I don't currently have anything I WANT to part with. When I do I sell it or give it to someone who needs it. I'm not a hoarder.

Sure, most of us don't need everything we have. Many people who don't ride would tell us we don't need the motorcycles (unless it's your only transportation).

My mom told me I didn't need another bird, but Rowdy was lonely and depressed, and now she isn't.

I'm sure I don't need 6 guitars but I enjoy them and can manage to justify them.

I don't need to collect stoneware, other antiques and little motorcycle models, but I enjoy it.

I don't buy new stuff though until the old stuff breaks. I just got a flat screen TV last March for the first time. The older TV in the living room is still working just fine so I have no plans to replace that one until it isn't. I still have an old VCR, but it works and I have VHS movies so I keep it. I still have an old stereo with a turn table, but I also have 200 LPs so it has a use.
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:55 AM   #22 (permalink)
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This is such a 1st World problem.

The last time I had too much stuff, I found a simple way to get rid of it.

I got divorced.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:31 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:35 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:17 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I am a year away from retirement and we are in the process of reducing the amount of crap we have. The plan is to sell the house, get a smaller townhouse or condo and a big motorhome. Summer here and winter in Arizona or Mexico. We want to not have anything between us and life so all the junk (including the useful but not necessary stuff) has to go.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:26 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I'm always getting rid of stuff and don't bring anything new into the house. Trying to get ready to "bug out" when/if the opportunity presents itself.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:39 PM   #28 (permalink)
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This is how I imagine I live. Reality is a bit different though...

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:40 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Yak, had you but waited another 10 days this thread would have been revived on it's 1 year birthday!

But as long as we're here...

Michele and I have had this discussion time and again. We know we have too much stuff, and it's largely my fault. Wasn't always this way - for several years when I first moved to California we lived aboard a 36' powerboat. My 'garage' was an old utility van that I used when I moved out from Indiana. But my desire for a real garage (to put more stuff in) overwhelmed us eventually and here we are.

Currently we're day-dreaming about selling this place and building what amounts to a huge garage with a small apartment attached. Say 2500 sq ft of garage space and 1000 of living space. We describe it as a 'base camp' - a place to keep our stuff while we 'go and do' things.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:01 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I have too much stuff and now am at the point of downsizing...built a huge home in 1997 and now 2 kids are off at college and the last one is in high school. So it will go on the market this coming Spring....I have been slowly selling off most of my big things...boat, vacation home, etc.

Now bought my FL retirement home and will rent it for 2-3 years then move there when the youngest heads off to college. When I look at what we have acquired over the past 25 years it is hard to believe.
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