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Thread: DOWNSIZING

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    Super Member Lynneander's Avatar
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    My husband and I moved across the country about a year ago. Left a home of about 3800 sq. ft. to one about 1800. We literally gave away rooms of furniture before leaving ... that alone felt great! The process was not as difficult as I thought it would be and it was a good feeling to just keep what we really wanted (and used).

    Good luck and enjoy your new place!

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    I love this board, You all make life so much easier. Just to hear everyone elses experiences is calming.

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    our house is paid off and I always think of moving but with husband lost his job the only way we are going to move is if we have to sell. but I have had the whole upstairs for sewing and now I can't do stairs because I kneed a new knew and my sewing stuff is cluttering up the living room its a mess but husband doesn't mind. But I would love a house on one floor find the house with a large family room and turn it into your sewing room or combine two bedrooms there is always a way

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    We thought about downsizing too but with my requirements for a sewing room and his requirements for a workshop, we'd have to get a bigger place! Neither one would want to compromise on the space, especially since it would be our last house. So for now we're staying put.

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    when DH and I decided to live together (with my then-13 year old DD), we chose to gut my apartment to the walls and start over. I'd been there 20 years already. WOW did I find and chuck tons of stuff. The truth? I really didn't miss it. we built a sewing space for me that is also used for guests. The plus was livign with the man/prince of my dreams! so, I downsized sort-of and it was fine

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    I agree...it's good when you can make one room do the work of two.Our utility room only had a water heater & lots of stored junk.The junk went away & moved my sewing stuff in.Works great.
    The family room has 2 sofas & room for 2 air mattresses.It's space for family when they need to stay over, or my Sis/DD comes from out of state.Lots of room to set it up as a dining rm during holidays.




    Quote Originally Posted by nycquilter
    when DH and I decided to live together (with my then-13 year old DD), we chose to gut my apartment to the walls and start over. I'd been there 20 years already. WOW did I find and chuck tons of stuff. The truth? I really didn't miss it. we built a sewing space for me that is also used for guests. The plus was livign with the man/prince of my dreams! so, I downsized sort-of and it was fine

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    I know this is a hard decision to make. I agree with other; make sure you have a dedicated sewing ares. Good luck!

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    We've owned our house for 35 years. When DH was transferred for work we rented it out. So the upside is it is paid for.
    It is a 3 bedroom. 1100 square ft. Kids are all gone. However, if we moved I would want a bigger house. Sometimes this one makes me feel claustrophobic.

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    we often talk of downsizing. Its not the house so much as the huge garden - its hard to manage as we get older. But we have been in this house for nearly thirty years, and it will be a wrench. So, we talk and talk and don't do anything!! It is the thought of all the work involved in buying a new place, selling this one, packing, moving etc etc. Its been quite uplifting reading some of the posts from people who have been through this and are now glad they did. Good luck with your new home, it sounds great. Maybe it will turn out to be the best thing you ever did.

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