Earlier this year, I thought I was moving to Belize and so we started the process of getting rid of “stuff”. In order to move onto a boat, we would have to tackle this necessary evil, so that turned out to be a blessing.
Scott and I looked at each other and said “Where do we begin?”. Of course, the answer was the (wait for it…….) THE GARAGE. Oh my! First, we had to tackle all of the items we had been storing for The Wine Alley, including 10 years worth of accounting stuff.
Luckily, we have a shredding company just at the bottom of the hill, Shred-It which charged us only $70 to shred 7 boxes! Per the IRS, we still have to keep the most recent and other docs from 5-7 years ago.
Then we had to tackle our real stuff – this should be fun. We started listing items on “Letgo and OfferUp” apps. We also listed some books on Ebay and Amazon. But we really need to make room in the garage (it was a pig stye!). So we had our first garage sale.
Unfortunately, we live at the end of an alley way and it’s not that easy to get in and out of our driveway. Plus, the weather turned out not to be nice, but we did pretty good. We got rid of all of the furniture, patio heater, tons of construction items, electronics, etc. We now can get the car in the garage and walk around!
But even after all of that, it’s still overwhelming looking at all of our stuff. Everything that didn’t sell, we gave to NW Center for the Blind and boy did they get a huge haul. Personal and family heirlooms we will give to our nieces and nephews.
We just keep reminding ourselves and when the dream finally arrives, this is how we will need to store our “stuff”.
Yeah, I think we’ll be wearing the same clothes over and over! Cheers!