Comments on: Downsizing the Amount of our Stuff One couple's story of escaping 9 to 5 until 65 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:22:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bryan Sat, 26 Dec 2015 23:21:01 +0000 ARB, I am really a reformed collector. I one time I had accumulated thousands of books, movies, albums, and CDs. They were all nicely stored on the dozens of shelves and racks in my home at the time. Getting divorced and moving from a a 4,000 sq. ft. home to a rented room in a house a thousand miles away with several other roommates changed my view on stuff.

I recorded all the music and put on iTunes so I could listen through my first generation iPod. I was once of those guys that bought into Steve Job’s “a thousand songs in your pocket”. I bought the biggest one at the time that could hold 10,000 – 15,000 songs. My music would not all fit on the iPod but at least I did have it all saved digitally. I sold 90% of my CD’s over 3 years on eBay, gave nearly all the rest to the local library, and have about 30 remaining today, left that will probably only be pried from my cold dead hands.

The books, I pared down fast. I sold maybe 20% of them on eBay, 30% to used book stores, and gave the rest (other than about 20) to the local library. The albums – still have them all stored in Colorado at my parents.

I had a more difficult time during the divorce with all the “what ifs” in my live from my personal and family perspective, than my stuff. I am now less connected to our stuff than Dianne is at this point. My earlier experiences of losing so much overnight kept things in perspective. I also have a new perspective of how fire victims feel when they lose their belongs in a fire.

Everything comes from the earth and eventually finds its way back…

By: ARB Sat, 26 Dec 2015 06:12:31 +0000 Classic George Carlin right there.

I’m not a hoarder, but I can’t stand throwing out stuff. Mainly due to laziness. I can’t stand having to sit down and go through everything, organize stuff into piles, and then actually dispose of everything. It’s a pain in the ass. The flow chart you made actually is a great way to simplify everything, but the fact that a flow chart is needed to simplify the act of throwing stuff away proves my point that it’s all such a pain.

Plus, I’m the type to have a thousand “What ifs” flowing through my head in regards to getting rid of stuff I haven’t used in years. Then again, in my defense, sometimes that legitimately happens, me using something I haven’t touched in years. Rarely, but it has happened.

ARB–Angry Retail Banker

By: Bryan Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:34:10 +0000 Stockbeard,

I fully understand how a person could hoard. I collected tools, books, CD’s, and DVD’s for many years.

A divorce 10 years ago put everything into sharp perspective for me. The material things did not mean as much to me as they used. Sure, I still have some weak moments. I sold nearly all my books, CD’s, and DVD’s. Those are readily available at the local library.

The challenge has been to let go of my tools. I have a full size rolling toolbox still located in Colorado that one of these days I will get rid of or finally move to Sedona.


By: Stockbeard Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:13:59 +0000 The Hoarding issue is always an interesting discussion with my wife. She surely likes trinklets, and I used to buy lots of unnecessary (and expensive) gadgets. I’ve been progressively getting rid of stuff, but I must admit I’m having a hard time deciding to throw away something that still has value in my eyes. A good example: a pile of DVD nobody wants to buy from me, and that I know I won’t watch again in the next 10 years… but it’s still my DVD collection, why would I put it in the trash?

By: Bryan Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:19:29 +0000 Wow Abby! That is amazing that you got everything down to a 8′ x 7′ x 6′ cube plus what you packed in the car. When we moved to Sedona, we got everything into an 18 foot U-Haul and we pulled our one car behind the truck. Granted, the U-haul was full! 🙂

This time, we are using some movers to haul the big stuff. We should have the other smaller and more breakable items moved by the end of the year.

By: Bryan Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:16:54 +0000 Hi Young,

It gives me a headache too! You understand the dilemma we are facing with what to keep and what to get rid of in our home. The older you get, the more time you have to accumulate stuff. It certainly doesn’t make the process any easier.

I try to keep it in perspective – when I am gone from the earth, none of this stuff will really matter.


By: Abigail @ipickuppennies Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:17:54 +0000 I remember when we were in Seattle, I didn’t think we had much extra stuff in our one-bedroom apartment.

But when we had to move to Phoenix with an 8′ x 7′ x 6′ cube plus whatever we could fit in the car… Suddenly, there were a lot of extraneous items that didn’t really matter to us.

It’s kind of an interesting effect.

By: Young Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:28:19 +0000 It gives me a headache every time I think about how to get rid of all my stuff. I loathe it so much that I don’t even want to have a garage sale, just throw everything away with my eyes closed, however we do have a few valuables that can’t be sold too cheap. It would be easier, if we were living in a middle class neighborhood, neighbors will buy everything. I’d love to buy things I have at a bargain price, if I were my neighbor. Well, I got to figure something out before it sends me to a nut house. Good luck on your downsize.