After a month and a half, we find a serious  buyer, survey done and all looks good. We have also found a very nice property at the right price not too far away from here. A semi-detached with 3 beds offer accepted, now were moving along. So many things to arrange, we don’t even have a solicitor… yet! Best get on with it or the sand’s going to start eroding beneath our feet.

Three days later…I still don’t fully appreciate how an Estate Agent justifies the exorbitant charge for the sale of a property, then they have the audacity to offer their own vastly over-priced conveyancing solicitors to top off the rip off! Laughing all the way to the bank, its a wonder they don’t own the bank, hang about,,, some of them do! All shiny shoes & smarm, cheesy smiles & empty promises, don’t believe a word of it & what does “a very usable space” actually mean? Ugh? #Bullshit.

Anyhow, the property we have found is just the job for renting out, so we will have a trickle income whilst on our travels. Solicitors appointed, surveys under way now so we will see how long this expensive extensive monkey-merry-go-round out will take, the quicker the better.

On the plus side, the big clear-out has begun. We’ve gone from gentle sorting, to ‘lets have it all out’. Angie has been hard at it, pulling stuff out of cupboards & boxing it up for “Disposal”. The “Disposal” process has several layers to it. Here’s the general gist of how to deal with ‘STUFF’….

1) Hold item (stuff) in hand & ask yourself the question. ‘Do I need this?’ if the answer is NO move to #2. If answer is YES put the item back where you found it.

2) Am I emotionally attached to it? If answer is no, move to #3). If YES put the item back where you found it.

3) Having come to the conclusion you do not intend to keep this item, next question is, do I know anyone who would want this, free or otherwise? If NO, move to #4. If Yes, ‘do I offer to sell it or give it away?’ depends what it is, either way round, item is going their way, job done!

4) STUFF- Ebay,,Gumtree,,or Carboot? Well, truth is, a mixture of all three. Large value items go via Gumtree or Ebay & all the dross will go on the car-boot, where you can get around £3 for an item that set you back £30. (Question , Will you take £2 mate?, Answer, NO! PUT THE ITEM BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT!)

5) Collect all the ‘YES’ items & pack them into a box marked ‘Save’ & label what’s in it. ‘Stuff you need, or think you need. We will come back to this later…promise.

So we are (as you many of the readers have done before) slowly ‘disposing’ of our worldly goods, aka “Stuff”. Ornaments, pictures, kids toys from yester-year, books you intended to read, books you never intended to read, 240v adaptors from the back of the draw, old phones, hobbies from the past, the list of ‘stuff’ goes on & on & on & on. But we will get there, there is no doubt, by the same method you eat an Elephant, one mouthful at a time. The sun’s arc is getting higher, days are getting longer & there’s hope and excitement on the horizon.

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4 thoughts on “SOLD IT ! (STC)

  1. Lee cheeseman

    Stuff! Yep I got stuff too… Just moves stuff from my flat to Emma’s house and getting set to move stuff to our new house… My stuff is stored at my ex wife’s house, my brothers house our house and even my van is full of stuff… Where does the bloody stuff all come from… Can’t wait to get rid of some stuff!!

    1. Wayne Post author

      Hey Mr. Cheese, very nice of you to stop by. I had you down as a minimalist.Smile

      This ‘collecting stuff’ thing’s got to stop. But to be fair, many of the ‘things’ I own, I’ve used or am still using. It’s hard to get rid of anything that may prove useful in the future. How many times have we all had something for years but never used it, then the moment you don’t have it, you need it & you’ve got to go buy another one. Ouch. The big difference here is we have a goal and a finite amount of space for ‘stuff’. It reminds me a little of the Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas carol’ & how much happier scrooge is once he’s realised stuff/[money] is not the basis of happiness. Sure we all need some, stuff & money, but other things are more important.

      Sounds like you got your life back on track too mate, love the idea of the straw house with a grass roof, superb! keep me posted. Keep your ducks in a row.

  2. Lyssa Gransby

    Best of luck with the clearing out! It is a very cleansing experience -though the car boot sales generally are not! That said, when you tell your tale of selling up to tour Europe you often get good, interested punters. I ended up giving stuff away to people who were buying at car boots for good causes, ie board games for the old peoples home etc – that makes you feel good about it all.
    We miss nothing we have sold – apart from the DIY tools, as we have just bought a French ruin! As seen on our blog, but totally unexpected really and Steve is rueing the day he sold his jigsaw, sander, drill….. Ho hum.
    Hope all goes well with the bureaucracy of house buying/selling.

    Lyssa and Steve Gransby – and Big Bird

    1. Wayne Post author

      Hey Lyssa & Steve,

      it doesn’t seem to be that long since I was reading your blog about your car boot trips. Yes we have made a few donations to good causes, they will make more use of it than the 10p I will get at the booty. We still follow your blog on and look forward to fresh blog additions. You have both got a mountain of work ahead of you on that ruin, but I’ll bet it’s going to look superb by the time your finished.Smile “Yes it’s got a roof, it’s just not sitting on the walls” Smile lol. Best of luck to you both with the task, pity your travel will be curtailed for a little while, pity for us that is. Smile Before I go, I’d like you to be the first to know, we have now acquired our own FUDDY, he’s a close relative of Fuddy & he’s called Frankie.

      All the best, Wayne & Angie.


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