It was a positive day in the world of minimalism as I managed to fill two more boxes of stuff for the upcoming yard sale. I anticipate filling many more before I feel that we will be ready to have just the minimum we need to make this move to Florida. Many things went in to trash and recycle bin as I went through items in my garage. All the paperwork for the furnace, hot water heater, garage door opener, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher went into an empty kitchen drawer for the new owners who ever they shall be.
I am questioning every single item all the way down to pencils and pens. I factory reset our old android cell phones and will sell them. The Nikon camera is 5 years old now and as I use my iPhone for all photo’s I take I have decided to sell that too. Basically if an item has been sitting there for more than 6 months and I haven’t even thought about it, I probably won’t think about it for another 6 months so it has to go.
The one single item that I am holding on to is my Windows Laptop. It has served me well and I have very expensive software on it that I cannot transfer over to the Mac. The truth of the matter is that I will probably never use it again, but for right now it doesn’t take up too much room and until I feel completely comfortable with the Mac I will just keep it.
As I prepared both bedrooms for guests I was able to get into the closets and clear them out. I found some old shoes that I will never wear again and will donate them. Most of the stuff in the closets is stuff that we will be bringing with us like old photo albums and such so I boxed them up and put them in the downstairs closet with other packed boxes. Although I brought my collection of clothing down to a minimum I realized yesterday that there is still clothing hanging in these closets that I never wear. I will work on that today.
It feels really good to visit the decluttering mission once again. It seems that I have gotten so comfortable in my everyday minimalist life I have seem to have forgotten that there is still some stuff left to monitor. I have a file cabinet that has served me well but being that I have converted most of my paper records into electronic the only purpose it holds now is a catch all of stuff that I don’t know what to do with. I managed to get it half empty and the only thing I have left in it is tax paperwork that I do want to save in paper form and office supplies. The tax files will go into a portable file box and the office supplies in a box and I will ad the file cabinet to the list of stuff for the yard sale. I have a large tool bin with tools in it that I never use. I will keep just the tools that I do use and place them in a smaller tool box and give the larger one to my son who can really use it. Then of course their are the two large items in the garage that hold friend status for me. The treadmill and the bowflex are also on the chopping block and will also be placed outside during the yard sale. I cannot afford to move these two items 3000 miles away and will have the opportunity to replace them with newer one’s. Of course I will try to find replacements on Craig’s list as they are always in abundance like all exercise gear that people with dreams purchase but too soon give up. I will look forward to seeing my garage completely empty and will take the opportunity to paint the floor with a sealer type of paint.
I have bought and sold many houses in my life and I always love the opportunity to present my home in perfection. Too many times I have looked at houses and can’t tell you how many were just complete disasters or so cluttered that it was hard to picture the rooms empty. I want to capitalize as much as possible on this house as the profits will be going towards the last home we ever buy and it is incredibly important to have that mortgage paid off as quickly as we can. Owning a home without a mortgage is an important step in financial freedom and it makes it so much easier to paint the picture of full retirement when our expenses are at a minimum.
Blood Sugar- 98, Weight- 177.6