De-Acquisition Mode - I'm Hearing That A Lot Lately.

Our big question is when to start tossing the kids' stuff. Lots of room then for our good stuff.
I have a storage room full of my kids' stuff that they couldn't part with, but won't freaking pick up!

I'm going to have to hire one of those junk removal companies to get rid of a ton of boxes and junk that's in there, probably in the spring, and when I do, there will be an ultimatum - pick it up or it goes!

My daughters are in Chicago. They can easily drive here to pick up their stuff. My son is in LA; it's tougher for him to drive to MI, so I'm giving him a pass on SOME stuff. But stuff that's easily shipped? Yeah, that's Outta Here.
 
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It cost me thousands of dollars to throw away all my mom’s crap when she died (5-6 dumpsters worth) so I appreciate the thought of people wanting to de-clutter.

But music gear is easy(er) to get rid of and may actually be worth some cash (especially if you’re on this forum).

Get rid of all your other BS first. Nobody wants your furniture, nobody will buy your China or flatware, and FFS get your paperwork together.

When my grandmother died, my mother had to go through and clean out her house. Ever since then, she's claimed she's trying to clear out stuff so that we don't have to deal with it when she and my dad die. Right after my grandmother died, my mother said, "When we go, don't try to deal with this stuff on your own, just bring in one of those people who do estate sales." I said, "What makes you think I'm not just going to drop a match and walk out the door?" My aunt looked at her and said, "You know, I'm not sure he's joking."

In case you're wondering, she's not that good at it. She'll give my wife a bunch of decorations that she bought because they were on clearance, then the next holiday, she has another box full. I was up there for something this summer, and I started going through some of her music stuff. She had a bunch of old guitar cables she wasn't sure worked (and some my dad had repaired several times). This after I'd bought her a couple new cables. So I grabbed the pile and a guitar, turned on the amp and plugged them all in. Any flaws? Garbage. "You don't think it can be fixed?" It's not worth it - you have a new one. Found my old practice drum pad. Trash. "You don't want that?" No - I have a MIDI controller. If I'm "practicing" at all, it's on that.

Still, not as bad as a friend's dad. When he died, Jeff was going through his house (and this dude's close to OCD). The oven was full of mail. He found an old bottle of Pepsi that the liquid had gone clear. Then there was the airplane propeller. And the canoe paddle. Before I could open my mouth, he said, "I know what you're going to ask, and no, dad never had a canoe. I don't know when he got the paddle. Or why. But he did."

FULL DISCLAIMER: Do not mistake this as a claim that I'm a paragon of orderliness and minimalism. The stacks of books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs through the house are proof that I'm not.
 
I have a storage room full of my kids' stuff that they couldn't part with, but won't freaking pick up!

I'm going to have to hire one of those junk removal companies to get rid of a ton of boxes and junk that's in there, probably in the spring, and when I do, there will be an ultimatum - pick it up or it goes!

My daughters are in Chicago. They can easily drive here to pick up their stuff. My son is in LA; it's tougher for him to drive to MI, so I'm giving him a pass on SOME stuff. But stuff that's easily shipped? Yeah, that's Outta Here.

My buddy had a roll-off dumpster delivered to his house (for a renovation project that his kids were not aware of) and took a picture of it in the driveway. He texted it to his (adult) kids and said "Anything of yours that is still in this house next Monday morning goes in here". The kids freaked out.


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His wife was NOT amused. :D
 
I have a storage room full of my kids' stuff that they couldn't part with, but won't freaking pick up!
Oh, I remembered that I still have some of MY STUFF at my folks' place from 50 years ago! Some of it's irreplaceable like thousands of photo negatives from before college. It does feel nice having a touchstone to the past. But I do need to get it soon since my mom is 92.

And our kids are in that mid 20's transition mode where they still come home from NYC to California for holidays and other times. Whatever entices them back is still a plus. So far we've only asked if they want anything tossed.
 
It cost me thousands of dollars to throw away all my mom’s crap when she died (5-6 dumpsters worth) so I appreciate the thought of people wanting to de-clutter.

But music gear is easy(er) to get rid of and may actually be worth some cash (especially if you’re on this forum).

Get rid of all your other BS first. Nobody wants your furniture, nobody will buy your China or flatware, and FFS get your paperwork together.
My own house is the 4th in a series.

In my experience, there is quite a bit of stuff that can go straight to the trash bin. Then some stuff that might be worth something, which I have generally just given away. One place had some stuff that was worth a professional estate sale, which generally doesn’t really get great prices, but we were just going to give it away, so it didn’t matter much.

And there are a few things worth keeping. I favour things that don’t take much space: a little hand carved boot, the firing pin from my dad’s sniper rifle, a porcelain thimble.
 
I stopped buying about 10 years ago at about 18. Been in a hold mode ever since. Like many of you, I'm a couple years away from retirement. I haven't decided when to actually do it, but I could see selling more than a few at that time. Right now I'm happy holding on to them.
 
I am still buying pedals. In fact, I just bought one this morning. They are smaller so I still have places they will fit. I feel like I am about done with that as well. I have been firming up an idea that I have for building my own dirt pedal. I think I am about to the point where I have decided what features and types of clipping I want it to have. The next will be to design the circuit. I have never drawn one up in a program before to have a PCB made. I also will need to breadboard it to figure out what values of caps and resistors will make it sound like I want. It is a log road but I feel like I am getting closer to trying it. If I can build what is in my head, I could possibly get rid of nearly all of the dirt pedals I own, and that is quite a few.
 
I could possibly get rid of nearly all of the dirt pedals I own, and that is quite a few.
I'm always tempted by dirt pedals, but I use the amps for most of the dirt, and use a dirt pedal to color the tone, or barely push a driven amp over the edge. So one or two are all I need. Same with boost pedals.

Modulation, delay, and special effects - different story. Wah...clients NEVER let me put wah on a track.

"This isn't a porn track, take the wah off."

"But it's car porn. See, the sheet metal going left, then going right, then a beauty shot in the sunset. Tell me that's not porn."

"Not. Gonna. Fly. OK?"
 
I've still got a good 20 something years to retire but I'm all about mobility. I had custody of my daughter and couldn't move out of state till she was 18. She's 18 now and I hate this place.

So much stuff I have sits unused. Unused gear is useless gear for me. I work remote so the goal would be turn my house into a rental property and live simply enough I could pack everything and the dog in the car to head for the next destination. "You know, like Caine in "KUNG FU." Just walk from town to town, meet people, get in adventures"
 
I'm always tempted by dirt pedals, but I use the amps for most of the dirt, and use a dirt pedal to color the tone, or barely push a driven amp over the edge. So one or two are all I need. Same with boost pedals.

Modulation, delay, and special effects - different story. Wah...clients NEVER let me put wah on a track.

"This isn't a porn track, take the wah off."

"But it's car porn. See, the sheet metal going left, then going right, then a beauty shot in the sunset. Tell me that's not porn."

"Not. Gonna. Fly. OK?"

You need to get a pizza delivery ad.
 
live simply enough I could pack everything and the dog in the car to head for the next destination. "You know, like Caine in "KUNG FU." Just walk from town to town, meet people, get in adventures"
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I don't know what I'd retire FROM, or what I'd retire TO!

I retired from law 32 years ago and ever since have been doing what I love. I just scored a short film. I love doing my work. I'd love it even if I aged out of being hired to do it, but it certainly wouldn't be voluntary!

I have two brothers-in-law who retired. One walks his dog, and then has nothing to do, except the dog is huge, pulled him off a curb while he was standing there, and he was seriously injured. But he still walks the damn dog.

The other flies large radio-controlled model airplanes. And then has nothing to do.

I can't imagine living like that. I just can't.
Where I'm moving, you can't throw a rock without hitting a golf course or pickleball court. There are rec centers, gyms, softball fields, etc, etc, etc.

There are 2 rifle/and clay ranges nearby.

There are countless clubs with pretty much any hobby/activity you can imagine.

If you can't fill your days, there's something wrong with you...

I'm currently visiting our retirement home for 2 weeks, 4 times a year (the boss stays longer, about 4 months over the year). When I come home, I need to take a break, I'm worn out!

A typical week goes like this:

Saturday: 18 holes of golf, lunch with my golfing buddy, meet friends for dinner...
Sunday: Pickleball in the morning, chores around the house, go out for dinner...
Monday: 18 holes of golf in the morning, 9 holes in the afternoon, meet friends for dinner...
Tuesday: 9 holes of golf in the morning with the wife and another couple, followed by lunch at the golf course. Pickleball in the afternoon...
Wednesday: 18 holes of golf, followed by lunch with the golf group, hit the pool in the afternoon. Cook dinner...
Thursday: 9 holes of golf, fix the sprinkler system, change the strings on 2 guitars, play said guitars for a while...
Friday: Walk the dog (only 12-13 lbs), and relax the rest of the day. Meet friends for dinner...

Okay, that week was a bit busier than normal, but you get the idea...
 
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