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Shedding ourselves of our extra stuff. Give it away.

So this is the third post in this series. We have slowly and thoughtfully widdled our extra stuff down. We have decided what we want to keep and what we don’t. Maybe we found a few items we wish to sell. The rest we now need to find new homes for. For me personally, family is very important to me so they get first crack so to speak at this stuff. For me I have family and friends that may want some of this stuff. I will start with my two adult kids, are there things they would like to have? If so let them have it. Next my sister and cousins, I have things they may want, so I will share that with them. Being the oldest of the oldest has sort of made me the keeper of the family stuff. I really dislike this role and feel it is a bit of a burden sometimes. I do feel sometimes that passing these items to them would be passing that burden to them. But I guess that is there choice. What remains still needs a home though. Find local charities or organizations that can put your items to use.

It is important to remember at some point you may have items you decided you did not need and it seams no one wants them. You must be okay with the going to the landfill. Don’t change your mind and hang onto these item. Be strong and remember keeping these items at this point only makes you feel better and has not purpose. A simple life is a happy life.

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Shedding ourselves of our extra stuff. Maybe sell it?

Once you have those items you feel comfortable letting go of, how do you do it. After all you have them for a reason right? Some may mean to you. Some may have been collect with some intent in mind. Maybe some were as an investment, to sell at a later date.

Well here it get tricky and depends a little bit on your circumstance. The easy way out, would be to pile it all up and donate it. That does feel a bit cold after all you had this stuff for a reason. If you decide not to just donate it in bulk, you need a plan, a strategy. You can go a couple different ways depending on how much stuff you have and honestly on its value to others. Maybe it is worth your time and effort to sell your extra stuff. This could be a rummage sale, an online auction or an online sales site. If you go this route try to remember your time has value too and you might be turning your stuff into a burden on yourself. This is a decision only you can make. For myself, I have a few collectable items and I will be selling those online. But the majority of what I have is not worth my time and energy to try to sell. My stuff has more sentimental value than monetary value.

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Down sizing takes strategy

If you have been a collector like me you too have way more stuff than you need or even want at this point. Deciding how to get rid of things is not always easy, so some kind of strategy is needed. I have developed an simple and straight forward way of looking at what you have and deciding what you should keep. You can do this house wide or as I am going to do it, room by room.

First start with those things you need. These include things you need day to day, personal hygiene items, some cloths (not necessarily everything), furniture that meets your day to day needs and so on. Those items are the easy ones, you use them often and regularly.

Next up are those things you wish to keep for personal reasons. This gets a little bit tricky, but you need to be honest with yourself. They are special to you for some reason, sentimental items or family heirlooms. Maybe it is an item you want to pass on to the next generation or share with them at some point. Now looking at these items, if there are a lot, do you really need all of them? Can you get by with a few? Would someone else value them as much as you and you can share that with them? One thing I think about here, is when I pass and my kids have to go threw my stuff, will I be placing a burden on them with the items I have.

Next week we will continue this process with way to shed ourselves of our extra stuff.

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A Pleasant Surprise

So in my mind I have been scrambling and juggling at least a dozen different tasks and event. In the process it seems I lost a week. What I mean as I was trying to fit everything in that I feel like I need to do, I placed myself into next weeks calendar by mistake. The result was more panic and pressure on myself to get things done. It came as great surprise to myself that it was not October 17th, but the 10th. I gave myself the greatest gift of all “Time”. LOL.

Not only do I feel more relaxed, but it reminded me of something very important. Keep your focus on those things that are most important. Something we have been talking about a lot at church. If you try to do everything you will do nothing well.

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Quick Update

I just wanted to give everyone an update on the channel. I spent the winter researching buses and diesel engines. Oh, so much to learn. We went a looked at a couple buses a few weeks ago but no luck. We are still searching and hope to be building soon.

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Yesterday Was awesome

After getting few chores done yesterday morning, Paula took me for a ride into her past. I got to see a couple of the houses she lived in growing up. We stopped by her childhood church, but it was closed. It was a lot of fun seeing part of her past. She also took me to a forest preserve she use to go to to find herself. It was a got of fun, till the mosquitos attacked.

I do have to confess another young lady did catch my eye. We visited Orphans of the Storm Rescue shelter. This little lady, July caught my eye and is actually still on my mind. She is a 1 year old border collie.

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Photo Collection from Tallahassee

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Testing today

So last night I upgraded my inverter, a change I had to make due to my refrigerator change. So let me back up a bit. I had a dorm size mini fridge I had bought off Craigslist. The fridge worked fine when I used it in the van, but the compressor never stopped running. It was just really old. So I replaced it with a newer more efficient refrigerator. I choose the BLACK+DECKER BCRK25V Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, 2.5 Cubic Ft., VCM – https://amzn.to/2syL6pH. It is running great, but I ran into one problem when I got it. My inverter was under powered to run it. I ordered a new inverter, the Cobra CPI 880 800 Watt 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC Power Inverter with 5 Volt USB output – https://amzn.to/2xLws3d. I got a deal on a refurbished one. I last night I had a chance to switch out the inverter, I plugged the fridge in and it ran great. So I shut it down and planned to do some testing today. My house battery bank was at 13.1 volts when I parked here at work this morning. Just took a walk out to van over lunch, the house batteries are now at 13.7 and the fridge is ice cold. Everything is running on the solar panels and a surplus of energy is being produced.

Next round of testing will be to see how long the inverter and fridge and run with now power being supplied by the solar panels.

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Crazy busy week

As we get close to take off day for Florida, there are so many things to get done. This week We finished up the new deck for the top of the van. That video is rendering out now and will be up soon. I will be able to mount my camp box up there. We also finished off wiring the solar panels and made screens for the windows. Defiantly a priority as we get ready to head south.

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