Last week was huge – I finally closed on the big family house. It was a long, difficult last month with repeated trips to remove and deliver unwanted and unneeded stuff. A local charity received a windfall and drove away with an entire moving truck full of furniture and household goods. I was relieved to see it all go to a good home. I am so glad that I no longer have to care for a large home and keep track of all of the stuff associated with it.
There was some sadness, of course. My sons and I shared a bottle of bourbon at the house the night before the closing. They took a last trip around the empty rooms and recalled more fun stories of their youth. I could only smile in gratitude. Fortunately, the sale of the family home does not also mean geographic separation. We all live near each other and I am optimistic that this will be the rule rather than the exception for us during the years ahead.
I titled this post “my downsizing is mostly complete.” I have more work to do on some remaining memory items which are now in boxes at my house in Kentucky. I will review them over the coming months and whittle them down further by photographing and scanning many of the items which can then be tossed.
You can probable sense my aspiration to live a more simple life. I’m making progress, with some significant exceptions based on decisions intentionally made. In other words, if I’m going to own something that seems inconsistent with my simple life goals, the decision to buy or keep that item will be carefully considered. The default rule is not to buy or keep stuff.
Since the closing, I have been making some important decisions about how to invest the money I received from the sale of the house. The market is volatile now and several experts that I follow and respect are expecting more negativity. I will discuss the details in a future post but most of that money is going into short duration fixed income. At the end of the year, I will revisit this.
Now I can spend the fall concentrating on travel plans and the December arrival of my first grandchild!