A little chaotic

Well, we are in full chaos mode around here trying to get the house ready to sell. Trying to squeeze all the contents of a 2500sf house into 300sf is proving to be a real task!

For me, just give me a commercial dumpster and I am happy to dispose of just about anything. Lisa, on the other hand, is a pack rat and gets sentimentally attached to stuff. Take, for example, the 10 boxes of Depression glass we have been hauling from house to house for 10 years because she thinks “someday” it will look nice in a house.

In order to ease the stress of this transition, though, I am not asking her to throw away anything she does not want to right now. After all, I’ve got this closet full of backpacking gear I have collected over the years that I just can’t bring myself to get rid of yet. I mean, come on, I never know when I might need 10 camping cook pots, 4 backpacking stoves, 10 half full fuel cartridges, etc etc.

Our plan for now is to dispose of a lot of stuff, give a lot away, and store the rest of it in the basement until the house sells. Then, when the house sells and if we still can not part with it all we will rent a small storage unit. Until then, our basement will look like this

It is amazing how hard it can be to part with stuff…even stuff I have not used in years! This is good for us though.

In addition to packing the inside I have been working to spruce up our house’s curb appeal. In this housing market it is crucial to not turn off potential buyers. I have been fertilizing the yard, putting rocks down, scrubbing the back deck, and anything else that might draw attention to our house. We love this house…but we are ready for our next adventure!

Our day ended with a nice pasta dinner outside on our deck as we shared our excitement about the journey ahead…


14 responses to “A little chaotic

  1. Hey guys, our house just sold and we are closing on May 26th.. It’s hard to part with “stuff” and I always feel better about recycling than to dump the “stuff” and fill a landfill..Your house looks great and it appears it will sell quickly..good luck selling your home!!

    Denise & Tom

  2. I had the same problem getting rid of stuff. Found that watching the tv series “Clean House” helped me put things into perspective. Good luck and have fun!

  3. I might be able to relief you of some of that backpacking equipment. I’m excited for you guys.

  4. Just discovered your blog via your link to mine. Can’t wait to read more about your new adventure!! Hope your house sells soon so you’ll be on your way to the road.
    By the way, looove the pic you have at the top.

    • Thanks Nina! I have enjoyed your blog…very informative, especially the RV Park reviews!

      • Mike & Anne Crum

        Kyle + Lisa,
        Congrats on the start of your new adventure!
        I am in real estate and have a suggestion.
        Set aside everything you know that you will be keeping then ask your realtor to refer you to someone who does estate sales. They will take care of everything from the organizing, pricing of each item,advertising and running the sale. Most will then donate (in your name and giving you a tax deductable receipt)the unsold items to charity. This will take a gtreat deal of work and anxiety off your shoulders.
        Good luck,
        Mike + Anne

  5. Thank you Mike + Anne! We will give this some consideration.

  6. Congratulations on your new adventure. We took our family fulltime on the road back in 2009. You can see some of our adventures at http://www.RVingRoadTrip.com.

    You will not regret doing this. It has been a live changing experience for us and something I will never regret. We came off the road for a little bit but are leaving again June 1st.

    Let’s keep in touch.

  7. Good luck on getting rid of your “stuff.” We too are continplating the full-time experiance. I have another blog attached to the above blog about getting ready to go on the road. Isn’t it “FUN.” Will be happy to follow you as you experiance the “Open road.”

  8. Hi,
    I just picked up your blog from the RV-Dreams Forum. We were at the TN rally, and also the original Branson Rally in 2008 (which gave us the bug to go full-time!) We are a family of 4 (2 teenage sons) that are hoping to hit the road very soon. Good luck on the house sale — ours has been on the market for a year, now, but we’re hopeful that something will happen this summer! Check out our blog sometime!
    Tom & Marci

    • Hi Marci!
      Thanks for dropping by…I’ll definitely check out your blog and it’s great to meet another traveling family! Good luck on your house sale and hopefully we get a chance to meet on the road or at a rally.

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