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Makingthemove wrote:Righto. Time to lean how to live minimally, as well as healthily. Sheesh...
personally, I don't leave aircon on 24/7.. I just use it in the bedroom overnight these days.
Fans also do the job, which use a lot less electricity for the day time, and it helps finding a place to stay that naturally gets a breeze coming through.
And so far in 2 years, no issues with molding paper or furniture, but it definitely can happen.
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I'm originally from the northeast US. I've been here for 30 years and still don't use aircon in my house. Only ceiling fans. I do have a single small casement type of window aircon on my balcony which has been closed in for an office and once in a blue moon might have to turn it on for a hour or two in the middle of the afternoon if it's a sunday afternoon and I'm home and working. Otherwise, only aircon is in the office. I find that it's a lot healthier if you can adjust to the climate without the aircon. Only my 2¢ though.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers
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Make sure you store the stuff back home correctly, all stuff I had in storage in the UK for 6 years, is all in the skip now as one congealed block of gunge.
In fact I would guess most people who store stuff for years end up binning it all anyway, when you dig it out its out of date, ugly, doesn't fit or work etc.
Do the the "if in doubt chuck it out" clear out. ie if you have to wonder if an item is worth keeping, then its not.
Look at this as a new chapter in life and clean slate and there's no need to bring the old baggage.
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I'd recommend leaving some stuff back home, especially precious things. The UK climate is gentler on most things than the climate here.
I've got books that are less than 5 years old and look 50 years old, photos that have stuck behind the plastic in albums and now can't be removed and a pair of leather boots that have sort of 'crumbled'!!!
As QRM says though, store it well - we've got books and things in a relative's garage in the UK and they're still OK by all accounts but we did have to throw some clothes out because of mold......although we thought we'd be here for 2 years and it has turned out to be quite a bit longer (I didn't realise this stuff would end up being stored for this long).
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QRM, we've had that convention on a replay loop for the last few weeks. Being and to show and discuss these findings might mean we can finally change the Storage Issue record
Big Sis thanks for garage tip; our main storage was all set to be father in law's garage. Useful post this one's turned out to be...
And SMS, now you mention it we mostly turn the aircon off when we visit husband's relatives in Malaysia. They have huge ceiling fans and one room with an aircon box which is always given to us, and which does become fridge-like after a while. I am sure we'll adjust to the humidity after a while.
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Yes, the humidity destroys everything here. Clothes, shoes, leather bags, and especially paper things like old photos. I really wish I'd left old photo albums behind. Though, if you intend on living here a while that presents a problem too.
Other thing that can't seem to stand up to the humidity - Ikea's fake wood furniture. The bookcases and desks we have are peeling. And those were bought here!
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