sorting out

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.
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Juno
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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ItsJoanNotJoann
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 France
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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Juno
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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Juno
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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J. Clarke
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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Juno
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.
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.
Same here. I am almost certain I will never use those size 10 pants patterns again... :-O
That is terrific! I'm still keeping all my machines. They are designated for DGD in my will.
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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BEI Design
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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Juno

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