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Old 09-01-2012, 07:17 PM   #15
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Around here, we have portable storage buildings for sale or even rent to own. Check around, you may be able to get one delivered by the people you buy from, already assembled. Now, if you find one, ask them if the delivery person would drop it off at your house, then pick it up a few days later for final delivery. Load the building (securely), and all your stuff will be in it when you get to where you are going.
There are also companies that rent portable deliverable storage buildings, called PODS, where you can do the same thing. If it works, though, I would prefer the loading of your own building, you would only have to touch your stuff once to move it, instead of going from the house to a POD, then to the building.

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Old 03-16-2013, 05:01 PM   #16
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We reduced from 3,000 sf house to 188 sf trailer more than five years ago. Sold furniture and other furnishings via craigslist -- great tool! Some things, not so big but sort of numerous, we didn't want to part with. Generally they need conditioned space to stay in good condition. Couldn't find any relatives with quality space, so we rent a monthly heated/air conditioned storage 5'X7' space.

The space is costing a lot, but the stuff within is dear to us. Some of it is not replaceable. Granted, it could all be stolen or hosed down by fire sprinklers, but we've done the best we can to preserve it. This is important to us, and we don't think a container would have kept our stuff in good condition.

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:12 AM   #17
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some practical tips on HOW to pare down my belongings so that i can live in the Riveteer fulltime would be very appreciated.
Start from the assumption that EVERYTHING gets discarded. Then if you can't find a compelling reason to keep it, away it goes. It's too easy to get attached to things that you really don't need after all. So sever the attachment first.

i feel stuck. do i have to part with my hard earned camping gear? (esp since i already have a camping trip scheduled in october. and no i won't take the Riveteer camping--i have no Tow vehicle.
Then don't part with it. Tent camping gear shouldn't fill more than a big backpack anyway. Or if you're car-camping, then it should all fit in the car. Here's a thought; if you don'tr mind accumulating some wear-and-tear on your tent, set up the tent at the farm, and store the rest of the camping gear inside the tent until you need it for your trip.

i'll be living and working on a horse farm so i need my riding gear: 2 pair boots, saddle,etc. not to mention big rubber boots, outdoor weather clothing....all these things take up a lot of space!
I'm confused. Won't a horse farm already have some place to store saddles and tack?

and books! i have pared down my books to what i think is the bare minimum. the remaining books are vip to me... its probably 50lbs of books!
I understand this one. But if you don't have room for them, donate them to the local public library, and then go visit them when you feel lonely for them. Unless they're rare, out-of-print antiques, of course, or too beaten-up for the library to accept.

books, i'm a fan of our library system; use that for recreational reading. the books i'm saving are resources not readily avail at libraries and i won't be buying a kindle for a while yet.
If you donate them, they will be readily available.

...although cover for the m/c and a washer/dryer will probably take higher priority...
The horse farm will have a washer and dryer also, won't it? You could ask your employer to include access to the washer and dryer as part of your arrangement to park the Airstream there. Then all you have to store is detergent.

it is the emotional side of parting with STUFF that is wearing me down!
Can't help with that. I'm not terribly sentimental to begin with. But Hurricane Katrina taught me that there is nothing at all that's irreplaceable, except for your life, your health, and your memories. Even nice stuff is still just stuff.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:39 AM   #18
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Thanks for your response.
I've been living in the Riveteer fulltime for almost 3 mos. I've been living and working on the horse farm for abt 6 mos.
First, I want to say that I love living in my little trailer. I am in fact surprised how much I enjoy it.
2nd, it is still a bit of a juggling act about the stuff. Those plastic bins are indeed my friends or more of "frenemies" (BC they r a pia to access; invaribly the one I need to get into is behind the one in front and beneath another one!) the bins are temp stores in an open front lean-to but eventually I will get a storage bldng and when I do I'll build racks for them so that I can pull out just the one I need.
The fact that I am regularly accessing the bins tells me that I'm using the stuff and so shd make some workable storage solution.
Thanks all who posted; your comments and suggestions really helped when I was under a lot of stress.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:07 AM   #19
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I might have one foot in yesterday, but it's important I take time to note how it feels to have one foot in tomorrow as well..
Wow....that is beautiful and an inspiration.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:33 AM   #20
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I did the 3 bedroom to 40' toyhauler move 9 years ago, now working down to my 27' EB.
I'm going with a enclosed cargo trailer for my tools & toys that won't fit. Everything is always ready to roll to a new location, it just costs the fuel for a second trip (when needed).
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:57 PM   #21

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Thumbs up Sing yourself a little tune......

.......for motivation.

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #22
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We're going through a similar process and we found a book that helps a bunch.

Getting Rid of It: The Step-by-step Guide for Eliminating the Clutter in Your Life (Volume 1): Ms Betsy Talbot, Mr Warren Talbot: 9781479322527: Books

The authors went from a big house to just a couple of backpacks to travel around the world, so we figure downsizing to an Airstream should be a bit easier
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:37 PM   #23
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I did the 3 bedroom to 40' toyhauler move 9 years ago, now working down to my 27' EB.
I'm going with a enclosed cargo trailer for my tools & toys that won't fit. Everything is always ready to roll to a new location, it just costs the fuel for a second trip (when needed).
I see that here in the oilfield. Some keep those little trailers at the RV parks and man camps, others in secured storage lots, even at their employers yard. A pretty good solution, IMO, for however long needed. Someones always willing to buy one is the nice part.


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