Getting rid of our stuff

David is unhappy with his present job, and I think he should just quit and retire.  Rental income will help us adhere to our budget so that we won’t have to dip into our savings (which is reserved for catastrophic illness or other emergency).  Our master bedroom will be rented out as a private studio.

We are in the process of getting rid of our stuff.

Recently, we donated Lisa’s old furniture, which dates back to 1980, to the Salvation Army:

Donated furniture 001-A

Donated furniture 002-A

New dresser, mirror, night stand, and desk will be delivered sometime next month.

Look at Maria’s room, which we used for storage:

Storage room 001-A

Storage room 002-A

Storage room 003-A

I have told Maria and Lisa to go through these things and take what they want.

As for the two dining table leaves, one folding table, and ironing board?  They will go under our beds.

The golf clubs and golf bags, bicycle, exercise machine, luggage, and remaining folding table?  I’ll try to sell them.

I just hope we enjoy being landlords.

20 Responses to “Getting rid of our stuff”

  1. granny annie Says:

    It seems like only yesterday David was so excited to finally have found a job. So sad that he is already unhappy. But it also seems that he has had a lot of health problems since starting there and that can’t be good. I hate to see you guys all topsy-turvy again. I know how you worry when David is not happy.

  2. Christine Says:

    So sorry to hear David’s job isn’t working out. Great you are getting organized, some day I will get around to clearing stuff out. I still have kids toys, a lot.

  3. Denise Says:

    What a shame about the job, and I highly sympathize. Your storage room looks like our son’s. old room. This year I am determined to get rid of a lot of the things in there as I would dearly love to have it cleared out, but as we’re storing mostly our son’s belongings it’s a bit difficult. I have been dropping hints however! I think Ebay is in his future.

  4. Jeanie Says:

    I am sorry to hear that David’s job has not been worked out but there is no good in him staying if he is not happy. I’m afraid I would find being a landlord very challenging.

  5. Suzanne Says:

    Sorry to hear about the job. It is very hard to find a good match. Hoping you find a great tenant.

  6. DJan Says:

    When we moved here from Colorado, we purged much like you are doing now. It sure felt good to get rid of stuff we didn’t need or use any more. I do hope you are able to find good tenants. That makes all the difference in being landlords.

  7. Olga Says:

    Good luck to you both. Is David on board with retirement now?

  8. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    I was a landlord for 20+ years and got tired of it and sold my property just before the last real estate crash.

  9. Linda Says:

    Stress is not good for anyone and can seriously affect one’s health. Getting rid of stuff is an enjoyable and therapeutic experience…well, I enjoy doing it, and Spring is a great time for doing this and bringing upon a sense of renewal and relief.

  10. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    If a job doesn’t satisfy and you don’t need it to survive, then definitely better to leave it, so David and you will be much happier. Besides, you will both have jobs working on clearing out the unwanted or un-needed “stuff” which is an ongoing project for us as well.

  11. LC Says:

    Seems you two have done a good job of planning ahead. Hoping for peace and contentment for you and David.

  12. Tom Sightings Says:

    Decluttering is one of the best ways to destress … at least I’ve found that to be true. Gives you a better sense of control and mastery over your life. I agree with DJan. Don’t necessarily take the first renter. Make sure your tenants good ones; makes all the difference. Good luck!

  13. Linda Starr Says:

    as we get older we get more picky I think and less likely to put up with what we don’t like, hope your rental works out, it feels good to get rid of things makes life seem more simple

  14. Juicy J Says:

    How much do you anticipate renting the studio out for?

  15. palolo Says:

    Is there a kitchen for your studio rental? You wouldn’t want someone using your refrigerator, dishes, and stove.

  16. marmeladegypsy Says:

    Rick has a duplex (he lives on the other side) and has had good luck with most of his tenants — and it lets him pick his neighbors. The rental income helped him pay off his house earlier, too. I think you have a great idea there!

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