Downsizing Details

Photographs of Memories

We started sorting through our stuff in September 2014.

Very few things were kept. Most were… relocated.

Everything below is pulled from Facebook, to create a history of events before I started blogging on Oct. 1, 2015. Further downsizing details will be posted as they happen, on the Home page.

Sept. 10, 2014 Wow. Lookit what I found while sorting through crap today. If you were a journalism or graphics design sorta person, you used one of these back in the day. Now it's a relic. Remember? Anyone?

Sept. 10, 2014
Wow. Lookit what I found while sorting through crap today.
If you were a journalism or graphics design sorta person, you used one of these back in the day. Now it’s a relic.
Remember? Anyone?

Sept. 12, 2014 Next item to go through my downsize-o-matic: this basket full of our childhood... horrors. Clearly they've stayed too long at the fair. The problem: now I'm not sure whether I'll have more nightmares if I get rid of them or if I keep them.

Sept. 12, 2014
Next item to go through my downsize-o-matic: this basket full of our childhood… horrors. Clearly they’ve stayed too long at the fair.
The problem: now I’m not sure whether I’ll have more nightmares if I get rid of them or if I keep them.

Sept. 13, 2014 Yeah, so Tim started sorting through *his* side of the closet today. Guess how I know.

Sept. 13, 2014
Yeah, so Tim started sorting through his side of the closet today. Guess how I know.


Re-posted from Facebook – Sept. 13, 2014

Tim stands at attention in the bathroom doorway, holding his naval officer’s sword at his side, wearing only boxer shorts.

“Hey Honey,” he says. “Do you think we’d need this? For protection?”

I regard the scene dispassionately, “Guarantee you would not be the only guy in the trailer park with a sword.”


Sept. 14, 2014 We kinda killed the paper shredder yesterday, somewhere between tax years 2005 and 2006. Bonfire of the Documents makes the teenboy happier anyway.

Sept. 14, 2014
We kinda killed the paper shredder yesterday, somewhere between tax years 2005 and 2006.
Bonfire of the Documents makes the teenboy happier anyway.

Sept. 15, 2014 The good news: He's keeping these boxer shorts, a silly homemade gift that I sent to my Missiles Officer during a 1993 deployment. Why yes, they do say, "Ask me about my Tomahawk." Because I was *that* Navy wife, right from the get-go. The bad news: He's also keeping his nasty, decrepit old high school wrestling singlet, which is now hidden from me, perhaps because his weight class was 119 (spelled out for those who don't do numbers: one hundred nine-fucking-teen). He's still preoccupied with 1985.

Sept. 15, 2014
The good news: He’s keeping these boxer shorts, a silly homemade gift that I sent to my Missiles Officer during a 1993 deployment. Why yes, they do say, “Ask me about my Tomahawk.” Because I was that Navy wife, right from the get-go.
The bad news: He’s also keeping his nasty, decrepit old high school wrestling singlet, which is now hidden from me, perhaps because his weight class was 119 (spelled out for those who don’t do numbers: one hundred nine-fucking-teen).
He’s still preoccupied with 1985.


Re-posted from Facebook – Sept. 15, 2014

I’ve come across a folder full of mimeographed assignment sheets.

I don’t… Why would I…? Wow.


Sept. 15, 2014 My term paper for English 12, May 1987. I'm keeping it. 1. Typewritten. With footnotes. 2. Researched the old-fashioned way: by *leaving the house*, scrolling through microfiche in the basement of the library, writing to my elected officials for copies of actual bills and transcripts of testimony, attaching copy request slips to newspaper articles, and making phone calls to sources. 3. It has Mrs. Rephan's writing on it, and she was a legend. 4. I got an A.

Sept. 15, 2014
My term paper for English 12, May 1987. I’m keeping it.
1. Typewritten. With footnotes.
2. Researched the old-fashioned way: by leaving the house, scrolling through microfiche in the basement of the library, writing to my elected officials for copies of actual bills and transcripts of testimony, attaching copy request slips to newspaper articles, and making phone calls to sources.
3. It has Mrs. Rephan’s writing on it, and she was a legend.
4. I got an A.

Sept. 16, 2014 It's kitchen day. That means I'm sorting through stuff inside 36 cabinet doors, 17 drawers, and a walk-in pantry. I needed provisions. And by provisions I mean empty boxes. Lots of 'em. Luckily, I knew just where to go for an amusing variety.

Sept. 16, 2014
It’s kitchen day. That means I’m sorting through stuff inside 36 cabinet doors, 17 drawers, and a walk-in pantry.
I needed provisions.
And by provisions I mean empty boxes. Lots of ’em. Luckily, I knew just where to go for an amusing variety.


Re-posted from Facebook – Sept. 16, 2014

Based on the contents of our first aid supply drawer, I’d say I thought we were out of band aids, every month, for a year.


Re-posted from Facebook – Sept. 17, 2014

Melon Baller
Cheese planer
Nut cracker
Potato ricer

Get outta my drawers! Your services are no longer required.

Turkey baster woulda been on that list too, but I actually used it this week!


Sept. 28, 2014 This. Is a keeper. This tome was foisted upon me shortly after I became a Navy wife. In 1992, I thought it was annoying and irrelevant. Now? Now it's freakin' *hilarious*! Table manners. For the queen of chew 'n' show. As. If.

Sept. 28, 2014
This. Is a keeper.
This tome was foisted upon me shortly after I became a Navy wife. In 1992, I thought it was annoying and irrelevant.
Now? Now it’s freakin’ hilarious!
Table manners. For the queen of chew ‘n’ show.
As if.

Oct. 22, 2014 This landfill used to be our dining room. For the past month, it's served as the staging area for our community-wide yard sale on Saturday. And this isn't even all of it. Objective: To bring in enough cash to cover the cost of the yard sale permit plus the November RV loan payment!

Oct. 22, 2014
This landfill used to be our dining room. For the past month, it’s served as the staging area for our community-wide yard sale on Saturday.
And this isn’t even all of it.
Objective: To bring in enough cash to cover the cost of the yard sale permit plus the November RV loan payment!

Oct. 24, 2014 Charlene, my giant metal chicken who was just not suitable for RV travel. She lives happily in suburban MD now.

Oct. 24, 2014
This is Charlene, my giant metal chicken who was just not suitable for RV travel. She lives happily in suburban MD now.


Re-posted from Facebook – Oct. 25, 2014

We’re dirty, smelly, and exhausted.
We sold shit.
I said, “It’s a dollar” at least 400 times.
We took unsold shit to Goodwill.
We took unsold books to Half Price Books, where we are awaiting our cash bonus.
And we made enough money to cover about 6 months worth of RV payments!

Maybe I’ll use some of that cash to pay someone to vacuum all our newly vacant floor space.

Because seriously, ew.


Oct. 26, 2014 Oh, Craigslist. What would we do without the entertainment value you provide with every sale? This is how I informed our older son that we'd sold his desk.

Oct. 26, 2014
Oh, Craigslist. What would we do without the entertainment value you provide with every sale?
This is how I informed our older son that we’d sold his desk.

Jan. 5, 2015 I spent today pre-sorting the despised "7-Year Financial File," not just for the new year, but for the new lifestyle. Scan File Shred Repeat ~ or ~ Spindle Fold Mutilate Burn Drink

Jan. 5, 2015
I spent today pre-sorting the despised “7-Year Financial File,” not just for the new year, but for the new lifestyle.
Scan
File
Shred
Repeat
~ or ~
Spindle
Fold
Mutilate
Burn
Drink


Re-posted from Facebook – May 4, 2015

For better: cottage, hut, hovel, yurt, camper, tent, cave

For worse: big house

No more big houses. Or any structure with baseboards, really. Or wall-to-wall carpet. Or lots of shelves. And light fixtures can take a flying leap too.

(Says the wife spending her day working upstairs — where the air conditioner isn’t.)


May 14, 2015 My entire makeup collection now fits in this pouch. I am not letting myself go. I am letting myself *be*.

May 14, 2015
My entire makeup collection now fits in this pouch.
I am not letting myself go.
I am letting myself be.

May 15, 2015 Tim has secured us a storage unit. We shall drop off our first load this very evening!

May 15, 2015
Tim has secured us a storage unit. We shall drop off our first load this very evening!

May 15, 2015 23 years 1 apartment 4 Navy quarters 2 rented houses 3 owned houses And this is our first storage unit!

May 15, 2015
23 years
1 apartment
4 Navy quarters
2 rented houses
3 owned houses
And this is our first storage unit!


Re-posted from Facebook — June 23, 2015

Cleaning out the garage: how it goes

T: OK, go pack everything that’s on the router table.

E: Which thing is the router table?

T: <points>

E: <starts putting items in box>

T: Wait. No! Not that.

E: But you said “everything.”

T: I know. But not that.

Repeat eight times, or until Emily figures out a way to make it look like an accident — whichever comes first.


July 27, 2015 Today I start deconstructing and dividing what's left of the kitchen. Our plan is to switch our home base to the RV by Friday! Which is good, because we are down to one roll of TP in each bathroom here at the house, and I am so not buying more. (Yes, we use toilet paper in the RV, but it has to be the flimsy "safe for RV and septic system" kind. No further information will be shared on that subject.)

July 27, 2015
Today I start deconstructing and dividing what’s left of the kitchen.
Our plan is to switch our home base to the RV by Friday! Which is good, because we are down to one roll of TP in each bathroom here at the house, and I am so not buying more.
(Yes, we use toilet paper in the RV, but it has to be the flimsy “safe for RV and septic system” kind.
No further information will be shared on that subject.)

July 29, 2015 So I was loading a box of Dane's charity give-aways into the truck, and I really did try hard not to look, as with both boys we took the "Your stuff; you decide." approach to possession retention and disposal. But the contents shifted a bit, see? And I saw lovable, furry old Grover's arm reaching up from the bottom of the box -- an arm I'd recognize anywhere, under any circumstances -- and I... I reached down to grasp it. Grover stays. Shut up. I know.

July 29, 2015
So I was loading a box of Dane’s charity give-aways into the truck, and I really did try hard not to look, as with both boys we took the “Your stuff; you decide” approach to possession retention and disposal.
But the contents shifted a bit, see? And I saw lovable, furry old Grover’s arm reaching up from the bottom of the box — an arm I’d recognize anywhere, under any circumstances — and I… I reached down to grasp it.
Grover stays.
Shut up.
I know.

Aug. 20, 2015 Downsizing perk: We've boxed up everything we need to outfit our college-bound son's bedroom, bathroom and kitchen -- down to trash cans and salt & pepper shakers -- without having to shop. Move-in day is Sunday. Just hope he remembered to tell his roommates not to bring kitchen stuff! We got this.

Aug. 20, 2015
Downsizing perk: We’ve boxed up everything we need to outfit our college-bound son’s bedroom, bathroom and kitchen — down to trash cans and salt & pepper shakers — without having to shop.
Move-in day is Sunday. Just hope he remembered to tell his roommates not to bring kitchen stuff!
We got this.

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  1. My daughter had that “Grover” book. She called him “Bubblegum Nose”.
    I hope to follow in your “tracks” and downsize to an RV by winter, then hit the road.
    Thanks for the tips.