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Old 05-10-2010, 19:45   #166
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Well, this divestiture needs to be a lot like being a 'polar bear' swimmer for me. I know the thing to do is to put everything genuinely replaceable someday on Craigs List and sell it at prices that can't be ignored. That way, it walks out on it's own and I get to buy something I need as I outfit Seascape to leave before next October. Whatever else is true, I don't have the funds for prolonged storage fees. I'm sure I will need to store some things, since I have to vacate by month's end, but I can't think of any reason not to sell from the storage room until it's basically down to a few boxes. So weird though that I have no nearby family to beg a favor from and no friends who own houses where they might keep some things for me. Still, when I boil it all away, I've got a bed, an antique dresser, lots of tools in the garage and a sofa/settee in the living room. The rest really can go, I'm just chicken. Diving into January water.
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Old 05-10-2010, 19:51   #167
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You are far from chicken, the rest of the sheep are too busy living to work. You only ever learn to swim in the deep end of the pool...
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:20   #168
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Yup, today I am convinced I am a very clever girl. Now I have a brainwave:

Take photos of everything. Put all the photos in a folder and label it "memories". Upload the folder to Dropbox or some other file storing system, so that if the boat sinks and you laptop drowns, you still have your memories.

Then, when you're cruising with your great great grandkids (presuming lifespan keeps on getting longer), you can log on and tell them fond stories about each picture. Like "This was my favourit book back in the days when we still had trees to make paper"; or "This was my first ever flat screen TV back in the days when movies were filmed in 2-D".
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:32   #169
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Then, when you're cruising with your great great grandkids (presuming lifespan keeps on getting longer), you can log on and tell them fond stories about each picture. .

And they will say stuff like: You dressed like THAT?! You paid money for a bit of junk like that TV?

No. Fashions change, Kids don't. last years fashion to them is grotesque... Just flick up some 1970's photos now

Might be better to hide the evidence
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:10   #170
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Yup, today I am convinced I am a very clever girl. Now I have a brainwave:

Take photos of everything. Put all the photos in a folder and label it "memories". Upload the folder to Dropbox or some other file storing system, so that if the boat sinks and you laptop drowns, you still have your memories.

Then, when you're cruising with your great great grandkids (presuming lifespan keeps on getting longer), you can log on and tell them fond stories about each picture. Like "This was my favourit book back in the days when we still had trees to make paper"; or "This was my first ever flat screen TV back in the days when movies were filmed in 2-D".
Ah, you so clever.
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Old 06-10-2010, 21:50   #171
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Well, I'm not on a boat, (yet) but I have downsized recently. The military moved me to Germany last year and they limited to how much stuff I could take. I had two cars and gave the older one to a one car family that really needed it. Most of the living room furniture and a set of desks was donated to a family that didn't have much and I threw a lot of stuff out. I was able to get some things into a storage unit. When I sold my house, I had a buyer within a week. I told the guy "whatever is left is yours". Turned out to be most of the stuff from the garage (tools, shelves, lawn mower, weed eater, etc), Washer/Dryer, and all the appliances in the kitchen. I'm well on my way to having nothing!
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Old 08-10-2010, 14:42   #172
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There should be a support group for this. Boat shedders anonymous. We are going through the same thing right now, but at the beginning stages. It is really stressing Gretchen out. Any words of encouragement for her would be most appriciated.

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OMG...You are so right. Taking vacation next week and guess what I am doing. Cleaning out the attic, garage and closet. Garage sale! Giving away stuff we don't need. Becoming full LA early 2011. Hate clutter! Just taking with us what we absolutelly need. So you are guys not alone!
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When I cleaned my attic out, I hired a large skip. Having threatened all the neighbours with assorted mayhem if they filled the skip up them selves, I emptied my attic completely onto the front lawn. What was not to be heaved immidiately went into the garage for re-consideration for the next skip load, the rest filled up the skip nicely job done.

I will have a few things I will store - some rather loveley crystal and bone china, and some paintings mainly.
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Old 08-10-2010, 19:15   #174
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I didn´t down size.. Just told the soon-to-be-ex to take what she wanted, then put the crap on a trailer and headed to the scrap yard. Only thing I spared was my fishing gear and the car.. along with a a pair of decent trousers and a few t-shirts... what the heck, the shops has to make a living too ya know
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All you guy and gals must have junk for stuff....my stuff is valuable I tell ya!...I mean ...if I wasent married I move all ths aboard..
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All you guy and gals must have junk for stuff....my stuff is valuable I tell ya!...I mean ...if I wasent married I move all ths aboard..
Yup. And luckily you already have the photo to show the great great grandkids. I'm sure they will be overawed by the awesomeness of your 'memorabilia' !!!
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All you guy and gals must have junk for stuff....my stuff is valuable ...
As it was told to me:
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There should be a support group for this. Boat shedders anonymous. We are going through the same thing right now, but at the beginning stages. It is really stressing Gretchen out. Any words of encouragement for her would be most appriciated.

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Stressed out?!? Who's stressed out??? I am cooler than a brain surgeon in a 14 hour surgery, and we are only five days from listing the house Talked to a friend today and she said in this economy I should be extra careful that I put things of value away so they don't walk off during the tour of our house this w/e....I told her I could only wish, and that maybe I should advertise that everyone gets a gift for coming to see the house - My attitude has sure changed over the last year!
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Stressed out?!? Who's stressed out??? I am cooler than a brain surgeon in a 14 hour surgery, and we are only five days from listing the house Talked to a friend today and she said in this economy I should be extra careful that I put things of value away so they don't walk off during the tour of our house this w/e....I told her I could only wish, and that maybe I should advertise that everyone gets a gift for coming to see the house - My attitude has sure changed over the last year!
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