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  • The LaPoint’s
    The LaPoint’sFull Time RVers:
    April 26, 2020Hello! New to RVillage and this group. We are a family working towards full time living. As such, we are needing to downsize. Any tips on the most efficient way to do so? Many thanks!
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    • The LaPoint’s
      Travelinas April 26, 2020 Start getting rid of stuff now...donating to thrift stores, selling on ebay, craigslist, whatever. If you're sentimental about something but can't take it with you take a photo of it or give it to someone you know who likes it and then you can always go v...  more
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        The LaPoint’s April 26, 2020 These are some fantastic tips!  We started listing a few things on my husband's Facebook and it is going well thus far.  I agree that it feels freeing to let it go and have some success at it.  So much so that I have been running around the...  more
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        Travelinas April 26, 2020 I still work, and needed a printer when we first went fulltime (2014), so I bought a Canon printer that doubled as a photo scanner that was pretty compact, but it started having problems within three years after we went on the road and I ended up getting ...  more
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        The LaPoint’s April 26, 2020 Thank you for the continued help. I had searched for handheld scanners, but I couldn’t find one with great reviews and a decent price point. I, too, will have to continue to work, but try not to print (I save everything electronically).
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      Robbie & Alice April 26, 2020 14 years ago we started our fulltime adventure, we had finally sold everything we owned except what went into our RV.  This project took 18 months....and at the very end, what was left went to the goodwill store.  Downsizing is the hardest part ...  more
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        Dennis & Lorece Hogeweide April 26, 2020 We think not putting things in storage is a good idea. Things in storage are still getting older as you are on the road and at what they charge you for the storage unit over very little time will replace that old whatever with new stuff. This is are plan...  more
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        The LaPoint’s April 26, 2020 14 years - wow!!!  Hoping to join you by next year!  I appreciate the tips and the candor on the difficulty and emotional piece to downsizing.  We are trying to view it as "what we lose in stuff, we are going to more than make up for in LIF...  more
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        The LaPoint’s April 26, 2020 Dennis & Lorece and Robbie & Alice - Yay, for sure.  We are really opposed to storage, too.  Like the thought of some items going to a good home to visit, especially pieces for our adult children.  The thought of storage is terrible - when ...  more
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      BLSMSS (Brenda &Marc) April 26, 2020 Yep,exactly what Travelinas stated. Thats about what we did, kids picked what they wanted, sold things and then donated it. The more you travel, you will get rid of more and buy other things. We found out hobbies and tastes changed a bit. Your kids will g...  more
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      Beechbaby April 26, 2020 We actually sold our home in one day... and were completely unprepared! We notified the kids and they came and picked up the things they wanted. We put the things we planned to take with us. We hired an estate sale company for everything that was left. Wh...  more
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      The LaPoint’s April 26, 2020 Thank you for the tips and well wishes.  We are starting with some of the obvious items we can part with and will move up to the more emotional pieces.  We are in talks with one of our kids about our house and selling or renting it furnished.&nb...  more
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      The LaPoint’s April 26, 2020 Sound advice and thank you, Beechbaby!  I just remarked to my husband this morning that I wish we could open the house and have folks come get things for sale.  Not practical, however, would be efficient!  I have a feeling in the area we ar...  more
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      Robbie & Alice April 26, 2020 Have to admit that we had a 5x10 storage unit in the beginning (pictures and grandmas silverware).  After nine months, we got out a piece of paper and tried to write down what else we had stored.  It was easy to see we couldn't remember what was...  more
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        Melody Twigg April 26, 2020 I think Robbie & Alice that you using grandma's silverware is wonderful. Saving "stuff" for someday is, imho, sad. Because sometimes someday never comes. I am sure that when you use grandma's silver you think of her and maybe even told some tales while us...  more
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      Jack "Orange" McAlpine April 26, 2020 Hire an auctioneer to come in and get rid of everything. I did this years ago and they did everything and just handed me a check at the end of the day.
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      • The LaPoint’s
        The LaPoint’s April 26, 2020 Love this idea! Do you think items were fairly valued?
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        Jack "Orange" McAlpine April 26, 2020 the Auctioneer takes a significant portion however I’m sure I did better than if I tried to sell it all myself.
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      Mills Travelers April 26, 2020 Same problem. Did the same thing as Beechbaby; smart choice for us.
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      Bellaboo April 26, 2020 I've spent the last 2 years trying to sell or give away most everything that I've accumulated in the last 30 years in our house. We ca me home March 1 with the plan to put our house finally on the market but the virus hit. Now hopefully this week we will...  more
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      ArizonaKids April 27, 2020 We just did that. We hired someone who did an Estate sale & then just made daily trips to Goodwill. We had read Marie Cando’s book on tidying up. We really looked at each article of clothing, or object & tried to decide if it really brought us joy or as...  more
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      Morgan B. April 27, 2020 Start minimizing as soon as possible! Much easier if time is on your side.

      We moved into our RV before we HAD to be out of the house. It made the adjustment process a lot easier. We also discovered how much we had and what things we did need.
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      • The LaPoint’s
        The LaPoint’s April 27, 2020 We just started, but I think it is going to take awhile! Hoping to be on the road in the next year. Love the thought of transitioning over time - thanks for the suggestion!
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      ❛Trailers & Cigarettes❜ ❥Watch on YouTube April 27, 2020 It’s not easy. We purged 6 or more times before we were comfortable.   - Start by putting all of the things people in the family use on a daily bases into the RV. - Pass on heirlooms to friends you’ll see from time to time. ...  more
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      • The LaPoint’s
        The LaPoint’s April 27, 2020 Some great new information here and helpful hints. Thank you for the time it took to respond!
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