The dreaded storage.  If we had begun working on downsizing earlier, we would not have needed storage. We only had a few items of furniture, a few boxes of childhood memories, three boxes of baseball cards, five boxes of beer cans, several boxes for family and the Toyota Celica.  These were all we had left to sort through.  We figured we would have time to go through everything before the house sold, but with the quick sale of our home, we ran out of time.

It is a hard thing to get rid of memorabilia you have kept all these years. These mementos from childhood were holding us back from living the dream so we decided to take pictures of what we wanted to remember and donate, give to family or trash, what was no longer usable.  Our philosophy is if you haven't used it in the last year you do not need it.

We never want to go this route, although we were encouraged by family to put furniture and other items in storage just in case, we decide full timing it wasn't for us. But were all in for this full-time adventure and decided everything that wouldn't fit in the RV, had to go.

We did get a storage unit for the month of May.  We decided this would only be for one month, to transition from house to RV.  We rented a 5X10 storage unit, which we had to upgrade to a 10X12 to fit the Celica. We found Firehouse Storage in Loveland, Co., to be the right place for us.  At the end of May, we did end up selling the furniture and sold the Celica to CarMax. Then, we donated a few items to the local fire department for their fundraising event and we gathered what remained and brought it to Ohio.

We no longer must worry about cleaning out that storage it’s done and over and that is how we like it.  Everything fell into place and we are happy to have nothing holding us back from truly enjoying our new life.

My Favorite Quotes

The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Chinese Proverbs

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. - Edward Abbey

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. - John Burroughs

Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien

To travel alone is risky business, especially into a wilderness; equally risky is to have dreams and not follow them. - Robert F. Perkins

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