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JeffandTracy

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Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« on: March 28, 2016, 08:50:08 PM »
After years of living in a stick built and raising a family, what did you all do with the stuff you collected over the years? Your  'treasures' you just couldn't part with?

After wandering through my house today I realized between the 10 of us (parents and 8 kids, 7 are grown and gone) we have a TON of stuff. The Hubs has an entire room in the basement filled with every tool imaginable.
I have about 8 tons of photos and 'memories' and collectables (all oriental).

I don't think I could really part with any of that, so now I am so curious I just had to ask  ;)
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 09:09:52 PM »
It is very liberating to get rid of all the junk I was carting around with me. I have never missed any of it because it was replaced by freedom to move around and do what I want to do. It amazes me how much space all the junk takes up and the amount of time and money it costs to keep it all safe and in order. And remember you are getting up in your years and eventually you will die and someone else would have to get rid of all your stuff. It is better if you decide who gets what rather than have your relatives squabble over every thing. The bottom line is none of that stuff is as important as you think.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 09:28:24 PM »
It is very liberating to get rid of all the junk I was carting around with me. I have never missed any of it because it was replaced by freedom to move around and do what I want to do. It amazes me how much space all the junk takes up and the amount of time and money it costs to keep it all safe and in order. And remember you are getting up in your years and eventually you will die and someone else would have to get rid of all your stuff. It is better if you decide who gets what rather than have your relatives squabble over every thing. The bottom line is none of that stuff is as important as you think.

That is a hell of a good point!! I already have kids that want certain things.  ;)

Did you keep some stuff? I would imagine a lot of my special treasures (my grandfather's service uniform) I could just pass down to one of the kids.

When you put it like that, I guess it could be easy to get rid of the 'junk' and just divvy up the really important stuff.

Thanks for the point of view  ;)
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 09:35:52 PM »
Did you keep some stuff?

I started out full timing in a van so I got rid of almost everything. 13 years later I am still full timing in 32 foot class A and I am forever throwing things away or selling them. It is really easy to end up with way too much stuff. When you do get rid of your stuff and hit the road full timing you will realize it is one of the best decisions you ever made.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 11:09:00 PM »
I kept family photos and things like baby books.  I also kept things that were full of memories, such as some of the stuff I got from my grandparents.  Some keepsakes like the chandelier my parents bought for their first house, my mothers sterling tea set, and my own sterling flatware, plus some jewelry went to kids. 

The big mistake I made was when I started my journey four years ago was keeping most of my furniture in a storage facility. (I was afraid I would need it if I did not like full-timing, but I really love this life!) Over the past couple of years, a lot of it went to one son for his finished basement.  The mattresses are mildewed even though they were wrapped in plastic, so they need to go in the trash.  This summer, I am going to repack and consolidate the family stuff and send all the furniture to a consignment shop.  I am hoping I can get it down to less than 10 boxes. 

Stuff that I once thought was precious to me is now just junk and stuff that costs me to store.  I agree wholeheartedly that memories are not in "stuff" and it is freeing to be rid of it all.  It is amazing at what you can live happily without. 
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2016, 04:17:23 AM »
I kept family photos and things like baby books. 
I bought a scanner and digitized every photo. Digitally they take up no room and are a lot easier to look at.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2016, 09:34:31 AM »
If you haven't used it in the last year, you don't need it. We got rid of everything that would not fit in the motorhome. Scanned photos and papers. Started on the road and after 6 months decided we didn't need the 3'x3' small storage locker and emptied that. It sure is nice to not have to worry about "stuff". Now I'm on a "kick" emptying out the basement of the motor home.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2016, 09:47:04 AM »
We sold a lot of furniture and gave what was left to our kids. Keepsakes were boxed up and put up in our son's garage storage. We will be going through things again once we are back up in the NW and making a final "cut" to make sure we aren't hanging on to stuff we truly don't need. Funny how sons and daughters place less value on many things we think are worth saving.

Our new coach affords us more storage and interior room so we will be adding somethings to our new "home" including a wireless printer.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2016, 09:57:28 AM »
You don't own your stuff, your stuff owns you!
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2016, 10:11:41 AM »
Remember, storage is expensive.  If you cant part with all of it, dont full time!

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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2016, 10:43:48 AM »
You don't own your stuff, your stuff owns you!

Very true!!!
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2016, 10:49:25 AM »
Remember, storage is expensive.  If you cant part with all of it, dont full time!

Hubs and are both inder 50..we have time before we think of this more. Plus, my youngest is only 13/14.
My treasures are all old stuff gathered from parents and grandparents.  My personl stuff I realized long ago was just crap and have started getting rid of it.
A majority of the special things are things my grandfather, dad and uncle brought back from there time in the serice overseas.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2016, 10:52:24 AM »
Funny how sons and daughters place less value on many things we think are worth saving.

I'm very fortunate, my kids love history, especially family history, they all want my treasures  ;)
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2016, 12:23:31 PM »
The fact is every family situation is a little different.
One family may have things that have been passed down and are very important.  While another family may not.
Seilerbird brings up some very good points.  But he also doesn't have any kids so he likely looks at things very differently than a family with 8 kids.

It is better if you decide who gets what rather than have your relatives squabble over every thing. The bottom line is none of that stuff is as important as you think.
I know families that this would work well.
I also know families where this would cause jealousy and despair within siblings that the parents would rather not have to deal with.  They would rather enjoy the times they have with their kids and grandkids and let them figure it for themselves later.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2016, 01:16:19 PM »
When my gramma was clearing out her house to make room for her son and DIL who were buying her house moving in to take care of her, she had 16 grand kids and 8 great grandkids. She had each of us pick three things of hers that we wanted, and then did her best to give us our first picks. I dont think anyone was disappointed. Then she had a yard sale and sold everything else. Anything that didnt sell was sent to a thrift store.

I am now also in the process of getting rid of stuff. We are going to full time while we can, and I thought about hanging onto some of the stuff for when we can't. However, I am not really attached to any of it and its pretty easy to replace. I plan on donating the furniture and any household items I cant keep to a housing program for people with HIV and AIDS for their clients to use in their apartments. I bought my couch 1 1/2 years ago and bought a 2 year warranty on it. There are several things wrong that would entail replacing the couch. If we get this all done before next December, I will trade in the couch for a new one and donate it. I could do it now, but I have dogs.  :o

I had asked my son several years ago if he wanted his old school papers and stuff that I had kept. He told me no. I kept them myself and a few weeks ago I asked him again and he said yes. Some of my pictures are of family members who my son never got to know. I am sending them to my sisters and cousins. All of my husbands family pictures are going to his son.

Im planning on getting rid of most things, so the kids dont have to deal with it all, but I dont want to get rid of my christmas decorations or my clown collection. I don't want to make it too easy on them. ;) 

I figure he can store my clowns and christmas decorations to hang onto for me. I just gave him some of his things that he had left here since he got out of the army 10 years ago. He owes me.  ;D
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2016, 03:01:50 PM »
Remember, storage is expensive.  If you cant part with all of it, dont full time!

We got rid of everything, only to find that the house would not sell for any reasonable price during the downturn. So our son was happy to move into the house and we have a good caretaker while we enjoy full timing.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2016, 09:55:15 PM »
I scanned or had scanned thousands of feet of movies and a couple thousand slides, and nearly all photos, but I did keep the professionally done portraits of all of us.  I also kept the originals, and there were probably less than 40, of photos taken in the early 1900s, including a few really old tintypes.  Also kept things like original  birth certificates and receipts and stuff from my great-grandparents. I am the only one in my family that got the really old stuff.  I did not believe a scan of those was adequate.  The total amount of this stuff was about two shoe boxes--easily stored. 

And original baby books can be scanned, but the originals are priceless and not replaceable.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2016, 10:12:07 PM »
It sounds like you kept the most important things.  And you're right, things like original birth certificates, wedding certificates, seaman papers, original death certificates and the like can never be replaced.  I hope they eventually go to someone in the family who will understand the value in their heritage.  Make sure the people in photographs are identified.  Thank you, Mother!!!  I was given a beautiful hand-tooled leather photo album and not a single photo in it was identified which was a shame.

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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2016, 11:01:13 PM »
On the DH (dear husband) tools. It would amaze you how much $$ can be saved if repairs can be done by him and a 100 pounds of tools. I saved $1400 by removing and replacing my radiator after having it rebuilt with a new core. Saved approximately $2000 by doing a complete brake job myself. If DH is inclined toward that work it may be well worth bringing those type of tools along. My DW (dear wife) wasn't too happy with the idea at first, I did the radiator and brakes before we left. But we struggled with an exhaust donut on the motorhome, replaced it a couple times in 4000 miles, and then this spring when I had starter issues with 3 different vehicles, she now fully appreciates the $$ saved.

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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2016, 06:54:39 AM »

Im planning on getting rid of most things, so the kids dont have to deal with it all, but I dont want to get rid of my christmas decorations or my clown collection. I don't want to make it too easy on them. ;) 

Two years ago my Mom passed away, my Dad 8 months later.  My brother and I had to clean out their house which was very full. Your kids will definitely appreciate what you are doing!

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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2016, 07:39:22 AM »
On the DH (dear husband) tools. It would amaze you how much $$ can be saved if repairs can be done by him and a 100 pounds of tools. I saved $1400 by removing and replacing my radiator after having it rebuilt with a new core. Saved approximately $2000 by doing a complete brake job myself. If DH is inclined toward that work it may be well worth bringing those type of tools along. My DW (dear wife) wasn't too happy with the idea at first, I did the radiator and brakes before we left. But we struggled with an exhaust donut on the motorhome, replaced it a couple times in 4000 miles, and then this spring when I had starter issues with 3 different vehicles, she now fully appreciates the $$ saved.

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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2016, 02:59:36 PM »
Just do like my dad recently did. Sell all big stuff, then load the rest into the motorhome and pop in for a surprise visit and leave it all with the kids.  I needed to add more shelving to my storage area anyway...
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2016, 07:27:12 PM »
] I used to be an auto mechanic and an electrician but in my old age I would much rather pay someone else to get dirty and bust knuckles than do it myself.

Hahahaha...that is EXACTLY how the Hubs feels!!!  :D
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2016, 07:30:00 PM »
Just do like my dad recently did. Sell all big stuff, then load the rest into the motorhome and pop in for a surprise visit and leave it all with the kids.  I needed to add more shelving to my storage area anyway...

That's good stuff..hahahahaha!!!!!

I've been going through a lot of things. I have large plastic totes for each one of the 8 kids, they're getting all that I saved of there's and everything they made for me while they were in school :)
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2016, 01:16:42 PM »
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I have large plastic totes for each one of the 8 kids, they're getting all that I saved of there's and everything they made for me while they were in school :)

My gramma gave us everything we ever gave her. She did not use any of it. I told her if I had known she was going to do that, I woulda given her better stuff!  :o
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2016, 02:06:36 PM »
We didn't even intend to full time. We intended to move from NH to a warmer cheaper place. We stored our stuff, put the house on the market and set out in October 2002 on what we thought be a 3 to 6 month trip visiting friends and relatives all over the country and finding a place to build or buy a house. The house sold in a month and after a year we were having too much fun to settle down, so we traded the 30 foot no-slide motor home in on a new 34 foot two slide motor home.


At that point we decided we would full time until we were too old, too sick, or too bored to continue. After 12 years we decided it was time to get a home base.
We bought a house in western CO and had all of our stuff moved here from NH. We had sold all of the big appliances and most of the soft furniture but still had a lot of stuff stored.
 I am sure glad we did not follow the convectional advise and get rid of all of it. We have spent about $15,000 buying what we need for the house - stuff that we sold for maybe 10 percent for what it cost back then. If we had to replace what we had stored - like guns, complete woodworking shop, electronic equipment for my lab, my wife's equipment for building miniatures, her genealogy research records and small appliances, it would have cost a lot more than what we spent for storage.


We have zeriscaped the grounds to eliminate or minimize yard work. That is common in western CO so it isn't out of place. We have also put in two RV sites with hookups for RV friends that visit.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #26 on: March 31, 2016, 04:00:17 PM »
Look for a book by Marie Kondo

it was a cheesey read, but really rather a good philosophy about getting rid of stuff you don't like or need.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2016, 07:25:57 PM »
My gramma gave us everything we ever gave her. She did not use any of it. I told her if I had known she was going to do that, I woulda given her better stuff!  :o

Hahaha!!!! Right!!   ;D
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2016, 07:31:21 PM »
Look for a book by Marie Kondo

it was a cheesey read, but really rather a good philosophy about getting rid of stuff you don't like or need.

I'll look into that, thanks. I'm admitted former hoarder (not the gross kind). I always thought, I'll use that or I'll need this. Not so much anymore, but I still can't seem to part with weird stuff, like my 8th grade report card?!?! Seriously..hahaha
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2016, 07:51:54 PM »
We didn't even intend to full time. We intended to move from NH to a warmer cheaper place. We stored our stuff, put the house on the market and set out in October 2002 on what we thought be a 3 to 6 month trip visiting friends and relatives all over the country and finding a place to build or buy a house. The house sold in a month and after a year we were having too much fun to settle down, so we traded the 30 foot no-slide motor home in on a new 34 foot two slide motor home.


At that point we decided we would full time until we were too old, too sick, or too bored to continue. After 12 years we decided it was time to get a home base.
We bought a house in western CO and had all of our stuff moved here from NH. We had sold all of the big appliances and most of the soft furniture but still had a lot of stuff stored.
 I am sure glad we did not follow the convectional advise and get rid of all of it. We have spent about $15,000 buying what we need for the house - stuff that we sold for maybe 10 percent for what it cost back then. If we had to replace what we had stored - like guns, complete woodworking shop, electronic equipment for my lab, my wife's equipment for building miniatures, her genealogy research records and small appliances, it would have cost a lot more than what we spent for storage.


We have zeriscaped the grounds to eliminate or minimize yard work. That is common in western CO so it isn't out of place. We have also put in two RV sites with hookups for RV friends that visit.

This is our first Motorhome. We haven't even taken it on a trip yet. But somehow the Hubs and I started making comments like, "I could live in this" or "that tiny house idea is cool, but movable is better", and then it kind of snowballed ;)

We won't be seriously considering an adventure like that for at least another 10 years. Still have one kid at home and we still need the Hubs' job.
It is a viable option though, if I can tear myself away from my kids, grandkids and parents. My Step-dad has Parkinson's and I need to stick around to help my mom with him, and take him to the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. before it's too hard for him to get around.
My kids are all Momma's babies, I see or talk to almost every one of them daily. The grandbabies, I've spent their whole lives convincing them that I was their favorite :)

I agree about the tools!! My father-in-law was an electrician so the Hubs has all the tools for that. He is a master wood-worker (well, maybe not a master, but pretty damn talented) plus he's pretty handy with vehicles. He has a garage loaded with tools, plus his room in the basement...I'd guesstimate about 2000+ pounds of tools..haha

Yeah, about those guns...hahaha  We have a newly built 'gun room', someday I'd like to physically count all of our guns, but I would probably throw-up. There has to be well over 50, he has a bad habit ;) In my defense only 6 are mine...1 revolver, 4 semi-auto's and an AR-15 (my step-dad is a former sniper/sharpshooter, I want him to teach me) I couldn't imagine replacing all of those, plus the old guns he's gotten over the years.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #30 on: March 31, 2016, 09:25:12 PM »
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but I still can't seem to part with weird stuff, like my 8th grade report card

Not weird at all.  Your kids or grandkids might enjoy it, especially if one is a teacher.  When my mother went to the nursing home and I was getting her genealogy "stuff" ready to ship home I came across her diary from her last year of high school.  I loved reading it to see what her daily life was like!  When I told her I found it her comment was, "Oh just get rid of that; it's not worth keeping."  Maybe not to her, but priceless to me because she was dating Daddy and talked about the things they did together.  I still have it.  Keeping it for her three great grandchildren who might enjoy it too.

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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2016, 06:51:28 AM »
Not weird at all.  Your kids or grandkids might enjoy it, especially if one is a teacher.  When my mother went to the nursing home and I was getting her genealogy "stuff" ready to ship home I came across her diary from her last year of high school.  I loved reading it to see what her daily life was like!  When I told her I found it her comment was, "Oh just get rid of that; it's not worth keeping."  Maybe not to her, but priceless to me because she was dating Daddy and talked about the things they did together.  I still have it.  Keeping it for her three great grandchildren who might enjoy it too.

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That is the sweetest thing I have read!!! Don't know you from anyone but, that brought a tear to my eye, not gonna lie  ;)
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2016, 07:04:05 AM »
  Maybe not to her, but priceless to me because she was dating Daddy and talked about the things they did together.  I still have it.

I hope it wasn't everything they did together.   ;D
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #33 on: April 01, 2016, 12:06:28 PM »
This is our first Motorhome. We haven't even taken it on a trip yet. But somehow the Hubs and I started making comments like, "I could live in this" or "that tiny house idea is cool, but movable is better", and then it kind of snowballed ;)

We won't be seriously considering an adventure like that for at least another 10 years. Still have one kid at home and we still need the Hubs' job.
It is a viable option though, if I can tear myself away from my kids, grandkids and parents. My Step-dad has Parkinson's and I need to stick around to help my mom with him, and take him to the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. before it's too hard for him to get around.
My kids are all Momma's babies, I see or talk to almost every one of them daily. The grandbabies, I've spent their whole lives convincing them that I was their favorite :)

I agree about the tools!! My father-in-law was an electrician so the Hubs has all the tools for that. He is a master wood-worker (well, maybe not a master, but pretty damn talented) plus he's pretty handy with vehicles. He has a garage loaded with tools, plus his room in the basement...I'd guesstimate about 2000+ pounds of tools..haha

Yeah, about those guns...hahaha  We have a newly built 'gun room', someday I'd like to physically count all of our guns, but I would probably throw-up. There has to be well over 50, he has a bad habit ;) In my defense only 6 are mine...1 revolver, 4 semi-auto's and an AR-15 (my step-dad is a former sniper/sharpshooter, I want him to teach me) I couldn't imagine replacing all of those, plus the old guns he's gotten over the years.


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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2016, 08:02:07 PM »
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I hope it wasn't everything they did together.

Are you kidding?  Rene, Mother grew up in a strict Methodist home and she never danced or had a drop of alcohol until after they married.  As a kid visiting Grandma I wasn't even allowed to read the Sunday funnies on the Sabbath!  Nor play Parchesi.  Mother was 14 and Daddy was 16 when they met.  They got married about four or five years later.

What's so interesting about Mother's diary is what it did NOT say.  Mother wanted to be a nurse but her uncle Doctor Harold said it wasn't a proper profession and raised cain so she was sent to teacher's college.  Daddy was a military person but his dad wanted him to be a doctor so he was shipped off to pre-med school.  That was September 1928 and they eloped in October 1928, at which point they were both kicked out of college.  Did you know that in the 1920s married people were not allowed to attend school?  Jerry's parents also eloped but managed to keep it a secret for a full year before anyone found out so they got a year of college.  Married people also weren't allowed to teach.  Things have changed!

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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #35 on: April 01, 2016, 08:31:56 PM »
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Stuff that I once thought was precious to me is now just junk and stuff that costs me to store.

When we moved from the UK to California, we sold everything. But, I had a couple of boxes of "must keep" stuff. Those boxes sat in our rental home for 6 months, then in the garage of our first purchased home for 10 years, then 5+ years in our next home. I finally opened the boxes and the "stuff" was no longer needed.
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2016, 01:17:36 PM »
Looks like we are getting an RV this week and will be moving into it. Ive been going through stuff for about a month now, getting rid of tons of things. I have a few boxes of "treasures", certain clowns, christmas things, family things, an anniversary clock given to me by my son... etc. Not enough to warrant renting a storage unit, but too much to haul around in the RV, not to mention too fragile. I asked my son if I could store them there, he said they didnt have room. So I said, how bout I give you your inheritance early. :D
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2016, 10:08:03 PM »
If we ever get to the point where we can get rid of everything, Im going to call in all the kids and sit in the front yard in a lawn chair with a beer and when I holler START, sit back and watch the show ;D
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #38 on: April 07, 2016, 05:59:53 PM »
If we ever get to the point where we can get rid of everything, Im going to call in all the kids and sit in the front yard in a lawn chair with a beer and when I holler START, sit back and watch the show ;D


Hahahaha.....would love to be a guest at this show...fabulous  ;D
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #39 on: July 30, 2016, 04:57:55 PM »
While we are not yet full-timing we fully intend to and working towards that direction along with workamping. When DW's parents passed on a few years ago we watched in dismay how the family squabbled over the tiniest things. We decided that we would not let that happen when we go. The kids can start taking things they want now, everything else gets sold or given away. We are working on the house making it more salable while at the same time dejunking the S&B. 
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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #40 on: August 30, 2016, 11:42:32 PM »
Honestly, that was the hardest part of it all.  Wife and I are in our 40s and had a bit of stuff.  We eventually just gave almost everything to Goodwill.  We thought about a yard sale but I really don't like the prep for those so we just gave it away.  I don't miss anything.  There's never a time when I say "I wish I still had X".

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Re: Curiosity question for the FULL-TIMERS
« Reply #41 on: August 31, 2016, 12:45:17 PM »
We are in the process of going to fulltime.  While we are researching 5th wheels and getting our ducks in a row, we are actively selling & disposing of stuff.  Not exactly easy for me as while there is a lot I can do without and happy to get rid of, there are some personal items that have made me feel warm & fuzzy to have.  So I have changed my approach, if I have not used it, looked at or forgotten I have I get rid of it.  I have reduced such items to one decent size Rubbermaid tub and easily managed.  All photographs of importance to me, I have turned into digital files and either passed on to family or disposed of.  In the end I am keenly aware that for the most part, it is all just stuff, does not add value to my life and it is liberating to get rid of it.
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