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Houses I’ve Owned

Starter Home

I loved living at home with Mom and Dad.  One day they asked me if I could be available the following day to go look at 2 rent houses they owned (Mom was a Realtor)… first response? “Why?”  Mom and Dad looked at each other and stated it was time for me to be on my own…..on my own?  “Why?”

Guess you can imagine how that conversation went…but the following day I was up and ready for a trip with them at the unreasonable hour of 1 in the afternoon on a Saturday.  Keep in mind…. I was almost 21.

The first house was near a lot of really cool bars I liked to frequent……in fact, I could walk to them from the house.  2 bedrooms and one bath.  Kind of a shabby neighborhood.  Years later….still a shabby neighborhood.

The second house had 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  920 square feet…..and was in a neighborhood that didn’t look too scary. Off Broadway.  Near 410.

Mom said “which one do you like?”  My answer:  “maybe one in your neighborhood?”

I ended up deciding on the 3 bedroom.  Rent would be $375 a month.  2 roommates made that $125 a month.  I could afford that.  Now….trying to find 2 roommates that paid their bills and wouldn’t borrow my clothes?  That’s another blog….but when I got married a few years later my folks let us buy it from them.  Sometimes kids need a little push to get them out the door, huh?

Downsizing….Hard work or fun?

Betty helping

Anyone getting rid of over 1,ooo square feet can get a little stressed….even if it was your decision and choice to do so!  I began getting ready months in advance…..beginning with my attic.  16×12 and full of boxes and stuff I hadn’t looked at in years.  Took 3 months…..I put a shredder next to the kitchen table and did one box at a time.  Some were boxes of taxes we inherited that were my mother in laws……some were photos of relatives we didn’t know……I even found an autograph book from when I was in the fourth grade (I didn’t bother shredding that but did check for famous folks names…ha,ha).  Watching TV while shredding made it a lot easier…..our house wasn’t on the market (yet)….just the beginning stages of how to get ready to sell and move to a smaller place… a movie while you go thru each box…..make a box for each kid if you find things that they might want…….mail photos of long lost friends to them.  I got lots of calls from people who got their photos mailed…..we laughed, they thanked me and a few called to thank me as they didn’t have that picture of their husband (or wife) who isn’t around anymore and it made them feel good that someone cared enough to keep the photo for years and then send it to them………what is stuck in the attic might actually be something precious to someone else and a stamp or two makes their day.

Always take your time during the attic clean out……you want to remember what you threw out or donated or gave away so you aren’t looking for it after you move…..and find a special place to donate things that might be resold.  We picked the Salvation Army….they are helping one of our friends kids get recovered from alcohol….so giving to a place that is special to you makes getting rid of stuff a lot easier.

Hang in there…..deep breaths

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