Suzy and I have been talking about moving to a smaller place for some time now. We live in a very nice house that just is too much for us. So the first step is to divest ourselves of all the collections and holdings that we haven’t really used. The rule of thumb is, if you haven’t touched it in five years or more, do you really need it.
You wouldn’t think that it would be so hard to make our way through the stacks and winnow out the stuff that needs to go. But I have found it takes so much time. Every book case has hundreds of books, albums, CDs, and DVDs. For example I have data back up disks running back almost twenty years!
I don’t even want to think about what we will be moving into. I used to harbor hope that we could find or build a low-impact, Hobbit-like home. But when I looked 11 years ago, the permitting process in this part of the world made that all but impossible. I do know that there will be fewer rooms and they will be a *lot* smaller than what we currently have.
Then there is the boxing up of what we will keep that is a real chore. If you are going to sell a house it would appear that you need to make it look unlived in neat. So all those nick-nacks that you luv, music instruments out to make practicing easier, books and magazines turned to where you are in them have to go away. We sold houses before we understand this.
Last time we moved we put the boxes in the garage. That forced the cars out into the driveway and when it came time to move, after we moved the boxes, all the stuff along the garage walls had to be boxed up and/or disposed of. That took hours that I’d rather do over some time than in a few hours before the moving truck leaves. So we have rented a storage facility and started to fill it up.