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2/30 The Return of Project Empty

Consultation with my sister the realtor has convinced me that there's no meaningful advantage in selling my house and moving to a condo. The only gain--that of no longer having a garden to waste water on attend to--would be amply offset by losses. I can't actually downsize--my house is already smaller than a lot of condos. I can't reduce my monthly rent by enough to matter. And in my price range I can't possibly improve on my inner-city location.

So I'm staying. But one brilliant idea emerged from the few weeks where I was thinking about moving: I'm gonna play dead and have an estate sale. Turns out there are businesses--reputable local businesses of long standing--that will broker, sell, donate or discard every single thing in a house and leave it "broom clean and ready to sell". They document everything, take a cut, and write you a check.

I'm gonna rent a POD, put a select few items in it, take a vacation to the beach, and let the estate sale agents go to town. Then I'm going to move back in with my few items and start all over again.

I'm hoping to accomplish this before I retire.

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Sep. 4th, 2013 06:32 am (UTC)
That sounds really neat! A fresh start!
Sep. 4th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you what a liberating feeling it is, looking around at all the stuff that didn't succumb to Project Empty Part 1 way back when because I just couldn't quite figure out how to part with it, and thinking, "You can go, and you can go, and you can go..."

It's a huge relief just thinking about it.
Sep. 4th, 2013 10:22 am (UTC)
What a brilliant idea! I've never heard of it before; it makes so much sense.
Sep. 4th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'll be reporting, of course. Probably with pictures. After I thought it up, I asked around. Apparently this type of service isn't just for actual dead people's estates. People downsizing, moving out of down, etc., use it too. I might be the first to use it with a residence I plan to stay in, though.
Sep. 4th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Sep. 4th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
All the stuff I don't want to become an eBay seller over but has a little too much value to just give away? That's where the relief comes in.
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Sep. 4th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Of course! Befores and afters.

Which reminds me, I'd better get on with the Befores.
Sep. 4th, 2013 02:02 pm (UTC)
You can easily find someone who likes to garden who would be happy to potter around in the garden, and you wouldn't have to do a thing except look at it, let us hope with pleasure.
Sep. 4th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yup. In fact, I have a fantastic neighborhood handy-guy who's saved me from lawnmowing for years. He's diligent and doesn't charge a lot, and once I'm rid of the North Forty (also known as the other half of my lot, which I'm going to subdivide off and sell) I think I could re-develop my own interest in the more artisanal side of gardening myself--pretty flower pots, fussy pruning, stuff like that.
Sep. 4th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
oh that is an awesome idea!
Sep. 4th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty excited about it, gotta say.

Now to work up the nerve to actually call these people and schedule it!
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