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Thread: DOWNSIZING

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    DH and I have recently been talking about downsizing.The kids are all grown and have homes of their own. We have a 5 bedroom house with 11 rooms total. While I do agree it's a whole lotta house I think what is really scaring me is losing all of my sewing space. Right know I have the entire second floor. I have a beautiful sewing cabinet that my Dad built with a lift up extension to make it 6 ft square. A sit down tin lizzie 18. A stand up homemade frame with a jenome 1600p that I am in the process of trying to sell and a grace hand quilting frame. My spinning wheel , My embroidery machine and all of the gadgets and fabric to go along with all of it.
    Maybe I'm just afraid of packing it all. The good thing is we are looking at 2 houses that are in walking distance of my favorite quilt shop.( this could be trouble).
    Has anyone else been through this recently. Our neighborhood isn't what it used to be and I really would like to go somewhere new. I guess just a little scary when you have lived in the same house for 20+ yrs.

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    Hard decision to make. Pray about the choices you have.

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    We too will be downsizing within the next couple of years. Our home, yard and pool are too large and getting so hard to maintain. We want to go to a single story home. We have a two-story right now. As I watched our folks try to manage our stairs I realized that this is not a home we will be able to retire in. We do have another home in the San Diego area that is half the size of this one and single story that our son and his wife are living in. When we retire there I am taking over one entire bedroom for my sewing area. Hubby already knows this. That will leave our master bedroom and one other bedroom for guests. Enough room to my thinking for houseguests. lol

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    hey there, I have moved a continent recently just to be with the man I love. I gave up all my swing space, sewing machine and stash plus family and friends of a lifetime to be with him. Was it worth it? Yes a thousand fold!! Just bite the bullet and do whatever seems the best to your heart, and follow it through. if you follow your heart you won't go wrong. It y be a big move or a small move but it will be the right move :) My heart is with you...

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    I think I'll be ok once we really start to look .It's just the thinking about it and the what ifs that are making me edgy.

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    We downsized when our son graduated from HS. It was great, until he got married and had a child. Then we had to upsize to have room. I got a (very small) sewing room in the move, so I was excited about having a little more space again.

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    You are talking about big changes and they aren't easy. Good luck!! It will work out but I do hope you get a big sewing room. Sounds like you have some great stuff! :)

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    Our old house was 1700 sq. ft., my sewing room was 20x20, a 3 car garage on 4.5 acres with a seasonal creek, 35 miles out of town. Our "new" home is an old 1963 single wide mobile home with a small add on, for a total of 800 sq. ft., my new sewing room is 9x15, we have sort of a "garage" and a "barn", dirt floors, no windows and certainly not air tight, but we do now have 80 acres and we're 7 miles out of town, plus it's a MUCH smaller town, 2,800 compared to 500,000. I look at it as a temporary situation, because after we get our granddaughter out of college, then we'll either build a home or put a much bigger modular home on our property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSNOMORE
    DH and I have recently been talking about downsizing.The kids are all grown and have homes of their own. We have a 5 bedroom house with 11 rooms total. While I do agree it's a whole lotta house I think what is really scaring me is losing all of my sewing space. Right know I have the entire second floor. I have a beautiful sewing cabinet that my Dad built with a lift up extension to make it 6 ft square. A sit down tin lizzie 18. A stand up homemade frame with a jenome 1600p that I am in the process of trying to sell and a grace hand quilting frame. My spinning wheel , My embroidery machine and all of the gadgets and fabric to go along with all of it.
    Maybe I'm just afraid of packing it all. The good thing is we are looking at 2 houses that are in walking distance of my favorite quilt shop.( this could be trouble).
    Has anyone else been through this recently. Our neighborhood isn't what it used to be and I really would like to go somewhere new. I guess just a little scary when you have lived in the same house for 20+ yrs.
    If you are using that much space for quilting, etc. would you be happy in a smaller space? What you have now seems like a dream to me, and many others, I would bet!

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    What a blessing you two will be moving in to a new home together. Your fears are justified, and understood, but please look at the blessing you have. I am downsizing also, but it will just be me when the move occurs. I simply cannot mange the property on my own. You see, my DH of 45 years has incurable esopogeal cancer. His tearful episode today, the first since July '10 diagnosis, of "I'll die worrying about you and all this stuff, and the mess it will be. We have to get it all sorted out". It's just stuff. If downsizing will ease his mind---it's done! Please don't think I am throwing stones, I'm just suggesting you really look at your blessings.

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