Sell Everything!

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garage_saleWell not quite but we did sell pretty much everything when moving from our 2200 sq. ft. house to a 700 sq. ft. apartment.

We’re on our way to a fulltime RV lifestyle and are taking the following steps to make the transition: 1) sell the house and most of our stuff, 2) move into a 1 bedroom apartment 3) sell our old RV, 4) buy a tow vehicle 5) buy an Airstream 6) sell the remainder of our stuff and finally 7) quit work and hit the road. As of this writing, we’re on step 6 and step 7 is only a few months away.

We often talked about traveling in an RV fulltime but never talked specifics. It was always something we’d do when we got older and retired.  But about a year ago, Cindy’s job was sent offshore. It’s funny how a negative experience can turn into something positive. Her layoff made us reexamine our current situation and where we were headed. It was then we realized time was becoming more valuable than money. We’ve saved and invested wisely our entire lives and the biggest obstacle to quitting my job was affordable health insurance. Thanks to Obamacare this is no longer an issue. So 8 months ago we decided to put the house on the market to “see what happens” and happen it did. Our house sold in few days after receiving multiple offers over our asking price.  We were now committed.

I have to admit, it was a little scary at first. We talked “big” about going fulltime and now the time for talk was over. We thought selling our stuff would be emotionally difficult. It took us the better part of our lives to acquire it.  Now we were going to get rid of most of it in a few weeks. We considered storing it but felt the need to make a clean break. Storage fees add up over time and we’re in for a least a 3 year commitment.  It’s been 6 months since we got rid of our stuff and we haven’t missed it in the least. We still have a few items of sentimental value that can’t be replaced and we’ll store those at my sister’s house. Besides, when and if we decide to put down roots again, it will be fun to start with a clean slate.

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