When I first started my decision-making on my new journey into tomorrow, I began to research, imagine, talk to friends, make lists, set small goals, but mostly procrastinated. As my train of thought gathered steam, my plans became a little more centered. I started to do some of the things on the list I have made. I have sold one Jeep, one Lincoln, and a Lance camper. This was all done last week, thanks to Craig's list. This is actually the first time I've listed on Craigs. It was much simpler than I thought it would be. Two of my new customers didn't haggle at all and paid me the price I was asking and the other wiggled me down just a little. In January I liquidated my music studio. It was kind of sentimental when the guitars were leaving but it netted a tidy little chunk of change. I had a rather large library of books and called all the used bookstores to try and sell them. They don't really buy books. After some research, I donated my entire library to the Friends of the Library. I have gone through all my closets, made large donations to charity, given away a lot of stuff, and just flat through the rest of it away. It seems like the piles keep growing. But you know what? Less really is more. I'm starting to get it, I'm starting to understand. I've used a little system where I put a pile of things I'm not really sure I want to get rid of or not. As I walk by it I will snatch something out and dispose of it, and I will put other things in my moving boxes marked RV. I had a pretty easy time purging my kitchen. I knew some folks who were in need of kitchen stuff and yes, I filled the need for them. I still have my garage to purge and that's not going to be easy for me. I have collected power tools for the past 25 or 30 years. I do intend to take the rolling toolbox with me, but I don't really see needs for table saws or pneumatic nailers.
I've done a whole lot of work on my 1997 Ford F350. I bought it new, have taken meticulous care of it, and it only has 146,000 miles on it. It's a 7.3 Power Stroke with an automatic transmission. In the past few weeks I have converted it from single rear wheel to dual rear wheels. I had it reupholstered, new tires(seven of them) in everything mechanical attended to. I got a new spray in bed liner, new windshield, and I must admit it looks pretty darn good. I did shop around for a new truck, the problem there was they wanted my truck and $45,000. No way. I have only spent about $5000 upgrading "Whitey" as he is affectionately known. Whitey is going to make an excellent tow vehicle.
I still have to sell my house, but I do have a plan. I have purged and consolidated a considerable amount of my household goods. I still have quite a ways to go. Today, I rented a storage unit. I had convinced myself not to do that. I know it only increases my monthly cash layout. I suspect in three months, six months, or a year, I will liquidate the rest of it, but this is part of my plan. I have way, way too much furniture in my house. My theory is, the emptier my house is, the bigger it looks. The bigger it looks, the easier it sells. The easier it sells, the sooner I get to become a certified-full-time RV'er. See? It all works out. Tiny steps. Patience. Hmmm... I am so very ready to hit the road. Okay, I know, one step at a time. At least I'm determined.