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Bill and I hope to sell our house this year. At 84 we feel it's just to  
much for us. Before we can put the house on the market we have to do  
some sorting out.
   The biggest job is  is my sewing room and stash. I have put together  
a big bag of assorted cotton scraps and fair size pieces, around 1/2  
yard size to give to a friend who has a lot of quilting friends. I've  
been going through patterns and whittled it down to about 10 that I'm  
most likely to continue make. The rest I've given away or for one reason  
or another thrown away. I have some fabric in the stash that I will  
probably donate to the middle school, some I will use and some I have to  
make a decision about.
I have 2 Kenmore sewing machines I don't use because I just don't. Those  
are going to my 16 y o grandson who is fascinated by sewing machines. My  
very first machine, a small singer I'll keep. I'll also keep my viking  
and serger.
   I decided that the only fabric I will buy will be for something I  
plan on sewing as soon as the  fabric is in the house. It doesn't make  
sense to build a  big stash again.
It's not easy saying that I'm giving up so many things,but the reality  
is, I don't sew  much as I use to and that I get overwhelmed by the  
volume of Stuff in that room.
  We will be looking for a 2 bedroom apt in the area and I just will not  
have the space for a lot.
The rest of the house is in good shape. We have always made it a habit  
to clean out once a year. I don't want my children to have to make the  
decisions I had to make when my mom had to be moved to a nursing home. I  
had to throw out so many things that were just not worth saving and  
decide what other things go where.
Years ago we made a list for the kids as to who we want to have some  
things; that they are to take  what they want and get rid of the rest  
when the time comes to do so.
Life is strange, we spend years filling up a home with things and months  
try to decide what is really important and necessary  for comfort.
I'm looking forward to moving because I know it's time.

Re: sorting out
On Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:44:35 PM UTC-6, Juno wrote:
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Oh dear, I don't envy you but congratulations in being farsighted to know your  
home is too much to maintain.  Good luck in your search and I'm sure you'll find
something that is 'just right.'  Hopefully no steps!

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Golly I don't envy you that task. I really don't think I could even  
bring myself to begin, however you sound very sorted already.

Good luck. I hope he new place is a nice to you as this house has been


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Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

Re: sorting out
On 2/16/2019 8:40 AM, Claire in France wrote:

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Thanks, I am picky as to what I want and where I want to be. I want  
something with lots of natural light, children in the neighborhood, and  
a place to put a small container garden.And of course nice neighbors.

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A friend of mine, in his late 80s, worked out a deal with one of his
former students.  The student, now a middle-aged physician, wanted to
add on a mother-in-law apartment.  The code in that town requires that
one identify the person who will be inhabiting the apartment, and my
friend, wanting to downsize, was willing to be that identified person
in exchange for right of occupancy until he died.  So he has a really
nice place, with features built to his specifications.  Don't know if
you know anyone looking for a similar arrangement, but it's a thought.

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On 2/16/2019 6:18 PM, J. Clarke wrote:
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Thanks for the suggestion but that's not a workable option in this area.  
M-I-L apartments are 'not permitted. there have been to many that were  
kind of s;a[ dash and so they are no longer feasible. At tis point we  
are abe to be very independent. Bill is in excellent shape, walks 4  
miles 5-6 days a week, strong as they come. I'm in good shape and able  
to do most things I want. I really just want something of my own just  
smaller.

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On 2/16/2019 12:19 AM, ItsJoanNotJoann wrote:
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Thanks Joann, I've been pushing for this for awhile and Bill finally  
agrees  it's the best the thing to do. We have children in Texas and  
Florida and this will enable us to visit them more often. that's a big  
plus. The only stairs  I'm willing to have are in an apartment complex  
that has a loft room. I could use that area  for sewing.

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Although it is not to facilitate an immediate move, I am also doing  
a major stash and clutter reduction. Trying to prep my unfinished  
basement to be finished after 48 years here. I figure the finished  
space will make it easier for my DDs to sell the hose, plus I hope  
to create a nice space to provide my brother a summer respite from  
TX weather.

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Summer '17, I donated huge bags of assorted scraps to the local  
Senior Center, they have a big quilting group. Bags of synthetics  
and blends went to Goodwill.


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Same here. I am almost certain I will never use those size 10 pants  
patterns again...  :-O

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That is terrific!  I'm still keeping all my machines. They are  
designated for DGD in my will.

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So true, I wish I had the will power to keep to such a resolution!

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Sympathy, and hugs.

B


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On 2/19/2019 4:16 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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I'm looking forward to a downsize. I love the place but I just don't  
want to live with my children at any point.They may want me now but as  
much as we love each other I don't think we'd be a good fit. I want to  
stay in this area and only my son lives close by. He's got enough on his  
plate without mom. My girls are in Massachusetts, Florida and Texas. I'm
Not about to move south and or any  further north,

  We are both in pretty good health and I just don't want to spend the  
rest of my life  cleaning and straightening up a big house. I still  
enjoy having a good time, entertaining and visiting family and friends.  
Why clutter up a big place when I can do that in something smaller lol.  
As to size 10 pants the never were in my picture. On the good side the  
size 3x are also gone and down to  an 18.


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