As we get closer to selling our big empty nest and moving to a two
bedroom condo I look at my lifetime collection of hand and power tools
plus drawers and boxes of electrical, plumbing, hardware and metal stock
filling the nether regions of our home and wonder how I can possibly
accept no longer having all of that stuff at my beck and call.
I ran across this item which says it all:
At 65 I realize that some day I may have to move to a smaller place.
I hope not...but decided to start house cleaning now. Selling or giving
away a lot of stuff I have not used in a long time.
I sleep well and have never missed anything I've ever given away.
(one exception though)
At 69, I have no intention of ever moving, but. . .
I just remodeled two bathrooms and we got a big rollaway for the trash
and cleaned out a lot of other stuff that has been hanging around too
long. I may do it again come spring. Well worth the $330 it cost.
I don't intend on moving either, but my wife wants to get out of the
cold Wisconsin climate. I keep telling her that with global warming,
this is soon to be a tropical paradise.
Anyway, cleaning out the attic has turned out to be a good thing.
I'm a photographer and exhibit frequently. Each time I do a show I can
spend quite a bit of money on frames...however I have tons of them up in
the attic. It was so cluttered I could not get to them...but now I'm
starting to use them.
The show I'm in now cost me very little as all I had to do was buy a few
I retired in 1991 and we moved to Mexico from Honolulu. We trashed a lot,
the rest except for essentials was all packed up and shipped to Houston
for temporary storage. Moved back to the US in 1993, had the stored stuff
shipped to us in Florida. Much of it is still in the boxes.
If we ever move again, what we take will be what we can carry. My wife
will probably have a different idea :(
Moving from Honolulu to Mexico must have been a nice treat financially.
I was stationed at Ft. Bliss in 1970 and one could take a bus from the
border...into town for 2 cents.
One day I did not have pennies so I gave the driver a nickel and he gave
me the change in Pesos. He started ca-chunking out so many coins from
the changer I could not get them all into my hands and they started
spilling onto the floor. I was scrambling to get them...then suddenly
stopped when I realized :This large handful of coins is /three/ cents!
My mom describes three stags of life
1) you want everything
2) you work to buy everything
3) You realize none of that matters, and give it all away
My old neighbor Marvin showed me his cellar, a
couple weeks ago. He's got tools and stuff from
having needs, garage sales, etc. He's got three
cordless drills for example. Problem is "kids these
days" don't care about wood chisels, mitre saws, and
so on. Even to donate it to charity, most of it goes
in the landfill. What to do?
I'm in the same situation, lifetime of accumulated
stuff. Who reads hard bound books any more? Who uses
filament flash lights? Who uses hand tools? I may
be moving out of state, and can't take it all.
Hart to say. Mostly I read mysteries and science
fiction/fantasy. The biggest problem is that the
ones I would most likely be interested in would be
older ones that I have missing from my current collection.
It might be simpler for you to take them to your favorite
used book store or to Good Will or some such place. I
know here in Tulsa Good Will has a pretty good used
About 12 years ago my brother died. We like to went
crazy unpacking his house. He wasn't a hoarder he had
some good stuff in there. But he hung onto stuff
that he might find a use for some day. I decided that
I was going to not collect stuff. Since then I have
been making a concerted effort to get rid of stuff
that I don't need. I don't plan for my daughter to
go through the mess we went through after John died.
I did have a head start. During my working life I
moved fairly regularly so I didn't have that much
stored up. My mother used to say that 3 moves is as
good as a fire.
Yes, considerable difference. However, land wan't cheap in Mexico, still
way less than Hawaii though. All in all Florida was very similar to
The Mexican peso was at about 12.5 to the US dollar for many years.
Mexico defaulted on some debt in the early 80s and by the time I got there
it was at about 3000 to the dollar, topped out at about 3500:1. Shortly
before I left, they lopped off three zeros, not at all popular with the
Mexicans. Why? Because it was easy to be a peso millionaire at 3500:1,
not so easy at 3.5:1 :)
On 10/17/2014 11:02 AM, email@example.com wrote:
My property taxes are one of my largest expenses yet I would not want to
go without all the benefits such as fire protection, roads and trash
I live in Wisconsin. Arizona has considerably lower property taxes but
they get the money elsewhere.
As to schools. If students here could get a good education I would not
mind paying for it...but the education system seems to have gone down
The recent reductions in Wisconsin property taxes due to walker are
already turning around and biting wisconsin in the backside. Buffalo
county is seriously cutting road maintenance budgets as a consequence.
They now can't afford to resurface more than 7 miles a year, which means
that every mile gets attention every 35-40 years.
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