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We will be moving back east early next year (ish) and maybe living in a small apt. Right now we live in a 1400 sqft house with a city lot yard and a one car garage. One of the places we are looking at is 800 sqft condo with 2 bdrms. It looks really great and is a great location. I am excited thinking about moving but the decluttering downsizing necessary is overwhelming.<br><br>
Anyone else downsizing and moving across the country? This will but out space nearly by half - there are three of us with one small cat and one small dog. Is this doable? Also we have some large peices of furniture well one in particular a large china cabinet/breakfront that took movers about an hour to get in this house -- how are we going to get it across the country (can't sell it/get rid of it for sentimental reasons - it belonged to my partner's grandmother). I'm thinking get rid of everything we don't absolutely love and probably some of those things too. How soon is too soon to start getting rid of things?<br><br>
Any ideas where to start?<br><br><br>
Thanks! Julia
 

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Go look at the thread above Simplify and Downsize.... again...<br>
By Delight. It is INSPIRING to say the least!!!!<br>
Check out her blog also at the bottom of her posts there is a link to walk slowly live wildly.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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We did that last year. We moved from a 2500 sq ft house with a big yard and garage to a 2 bedroom apartment with a teeny porch and teeny storage closet. I got rid of a ton of stuff. But in the end, I wish I had gotten rid of more. We had a cat, but he went to a new home. My dog stayed with us. The only furniture that we brought was my DS bedroom set, couch, chaise, office desk and a secretary that was my MIL. I sold everything else. I brought half of everything else that I owned. I started to downsize about a month before but should have done it sooner.<br><br>
The first thing I did was to price moving trucks. We ended up getting the largest one available and filling it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
I got a place to live after that.<br><br>
I sold what I could on Craigslist.<br><br>
I had a big yard sale and everything that was left was free for whoever wanted it.<br><br>
Make sure you start collecting moving boxes early unless you plan on buying them.
 

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Well, I've never done a cross country move/downsize by half, so I can't speak from experience, but I would say that there's no time like the present to get your downsizing underway. There's lots of great threads in this forum about decluttering/downsizing, and these women have really inspired my own efforts to live a simpler, better life. One of the things I have found is that it got easier once I got started. Now, I am apt to look at things critically whenever they cross my path, and declutter a bit each day. So there is always a box of stuff heading for the door. Whereas when I started, it was more of a "today I will declutter the living room" large scale endeavor.<br><br>
Good luck (on the downsizing AND the move!)
 

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Start now! Clear out a room and make it the for sale room - post on Ebay or TP or Craigslist and start making a bit of money to save for the move. I posted a ton of books, CDs, and diapers that we moved but don't have room for, and I've made almost $200 in a weekend taking anything anyone would offer me. (Hint, hint, I have more in the TP, any reasonable offer accepted!!)<br><br>
Had I done this before the move, I wouldn't have paid the movers to move those SIX extra heavy boxes of books!! And that's just books and dipes. I haven't even tackled the extra kitchen stuff, clothes, etc. I just didn't have it in me to do sooner, but you have the chance to start early, so I say get to it!
 

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When I imagine downsizing, I think back to our small college apartments. What did we get by on then? Can we get by on just that again? What have we accumulated since then, and why do we think we need it?<br><br>
Could you see if anyone else in your partner's family would like the china cabinet instead? That way, you would get rid of it without violating its sentimental value.
 
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