Can I Just Put the Whole House in the Garage Sale?

I want to put a sign in our yard that says, “Garage Sale, everything must go including the house.”  I have grown so tired of clutter.  I have been downsizing our things, but I don’t think I am mean enough.  I am keeping too many things.  I go back over what I put “keep” tags on and ask myself why I put it there.  What value does this item bring us?  I think we need a fresh start.  However, fresh starts inherently cost money.  You have to replace the necessities.  It’s true that starting over helps you determine what a need really is, but when you are in debt so badly, you don’t want to spend a single extra dime.  So, you keep things.

Maybe I should pretend as if we are moving into the trailer today.  What would I take with us?  Hmmm…Well, we need to clean, so a mop, vacuum, and one or two cleaning products. We need to eat, so a few dishes, some pots and pans, and silverware.  Food to put in those. Clothing and shoes if we ever plan to leave the trailer.  Soap, shampoo, and razors for the shower, and sheets and blankets for the bed.  A few office supplies (pens, paper, envelopes a stapler and some tape) and two laptops.   A few tools for my husband in case he needs to repair anything, and general RV related items.  We also need towels, paper towels, and dish soap.  A camera is not a need but I am a photographer so the camera (only one of them) comes.  A book or two so we can read ourselves out of our hard copies, our sleep machines (ugh) an extension cord and prescription medicines. Hair brushes and belts and oh yeah, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.   Headphones to be courteous to each other and cords.  A printer and chargers and oh gosh coffee, and the french press!  I am feeling cluttered already.  Anything else you suggest we add?  You can see my point…

Let’s not forget pets and their supplies.  Do we need a toaster?  We definitely need the air fryer.  Will our trailer hold all these items?  Am I overwhelmed?  You bet.  Right now we are living in 2165 square heated feet.  I think that is my whole problem.  My husband is unbothered by all this and thinks time will work it out.  I am wondering if we will need different things when our tiny home is built?  Who’s to say, but there is a lot we don’t need hanging around here.  I guess that should go first, and then we will see what’s left. The extraordinary sentimental items will go to to a small storage space at first, then once our trailer is set up on our land later, we will have our own space.  Just a few wall hangings for the new house, and a couple of ceramics.  I am probably overthinking this, I want to be a minimalist without keeping too many things.  I know each person’s level of minimalizing is unique to them but I don’t want to be a maximalist either.

The point of this whole blog post is a wrapped up in a quote from the movie, “When Harry Met Sally.”  The original quote is this, “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life start as soon as possible!”

For us, it goes like this, “When you know what you want to do with the rest of your life, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

***Addendum…The photo below represents our former wall of stuff from our old house.  It stayed packed for over a year.  This was after everything was unpacked that we actually needed or wanted.  It grew when we moved back here.  You will be happy to know most of it is out of the house now.




Published by: Midlifemimi

My husband and I are working toward a life of simplicity. We have six children and twelve grand-kids. This August we will be expecting our first Great-grandchild. My husband works full time and as of now, I am a stay at home wife. Our big house is up for sale. We currently live in a travel trailer near my husband's work. We recently purchased land and are anxiously looking forward to moving, but there are a few hangups.

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15 thoughts on “Can I Just Put the Whole House in the Garage Sale?”

  1. Well, I think it all depends on how much time you have before moving and how much space will your new house have? You call it a ‘tiny home’, which are very popular right now, but how many sq. ft will it have? 1000? 500? Less?

    It might be helpful to watch “Tiny House Nation” on the FYI network on Wednesday nights. During the show you will see just how much people have to downsize to move into a tiny home.

    I also found a link to an article you might find interesting, but don’t let it discourage you! If you must move for financial reasons, then that’s that.

    Also Mimi, I think your pets will be fine, and are the least of your worries. Most pets are content to simply be around their owners, and will eventually adjust to the new environment. I’m sure you already know this from past moves!

    I hope I don’t come off as snotty or bossy. I’m intrigued by your situation, and just thought I’d add a couple of things to think about 🙂


    1. Let me address the fact that you don’t sound snotty or bossy at all first. This is a new journey for us and we appreciate greatly any help or suggestions we receive. Our situation is a bit complicated on the square footage question. For about two years we are moving into a 230 (app) square foot travel trailer. There will be very little room to keep anything in there for sure, After 30-60 days we will move the trailer to our own land. Approx 2-3 years we will be moving into 750-1000 square feet. I personally want 750. My husband wants 1000. We will hopefully be able to find a compromise. Having said that we don’t want to get rid of things like extra dishes that will keep for two years. My end goal is to get rid of anything we do not absolutely need with just a few joy items. I love Tiny House Nation!!!!! It’s one of my favorite shows, thanks for the mention of that. Yes we definitely have to move for financial reasons. There is a how long story that will probably come out in bits as I write the blog. Pets: I think I could move those silly cats inside a mudroom and they would be happy as long as you pet them lavishly. Thank you so much for being a faithful reader. I’m new to blogging and any article you share I will be happy to read. I have found in any article you can learn something. Have a great day!

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  2. I just posted a long comment and it isn’t showing up. Wonder why? Also, the “visit site” link in the upper right-hand corner goes to ‘oops, page not found’. I must admit that I’m rather frustrated after typing out my comment! Please try to contact WP support 🙂


    1. I apologize, I know how frustrating it can be to type a well thought out and appreciated comment and have it disappear. I will contact WP and let them know this happened today. I did receive a comment. I don’t know if you retyped it? It came in as unapproved so maybe that is why it disappeared. This is an issue in itself as I have all comments you make as approved.

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      1. Thanks Mimi, don’t worry about it. No need to apologize. I had added some links in the comment so maybe my code messed it up. I’ll be careful in the future to copy my comments so in case they disappear I can paste them in. Yours isn’t the only blog this has happened on 🙂


      2. Great article I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The last story is heartbreaking. So much money spent on such a tiny home and beautiful home and its abandoned. I can’t imagine living in 130 sq ft as that first couple did! I have seen what some have spent on those tiny homes and always wondered why they didn’t buy an rv. They are easier and cheaper to move and with a few tricks can be made very homely. Our RV is just under 20,000. I know it will be tough living so small, but it may be worth it. I also don’t hear anyone complaining about zoning laws with an RV, because they have no idea your living in it. If you see anything else of interest and you have the time, send it along. I learned a few things from that article 🙂

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      3. You’re lucky to have an RV. If I wasn’t raising my g-daughter, I would get one, grab my kitties and be gone. It would be nice to travel for a year or so and then find something permanent. Hmm…lol…that’s almost what you’re planning! No problem sending articles your way when I come across them 🙂


  3. When I was talking about the RV I think I said: “our” which may have led you to think we have the RV now. Sorry to mislead you. We are purchasing the RV when the house sells. I wish I had one now for sure…I could accept less for the house and be in the RV sooner…When we do get it, I will keep everyone updated on how it is working out. It will be an adjustment for sure! 🙂


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