Getting Rid of Stuff

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We have only 10 days left before moving out of our home of 3 1/2 years!

As I have been sorting through our things over the past week, my head has been filled with thoughts about the stuff in our lives.

Most people probably would have taken more time to go through their belongings than I have. It was only last week that I started the process of downsizing 1800 sq ft of things to move into Lucille’s < 400 sq ft. In many ways, I am the type of person who does best under pressure and tight deadlines, so starting two months ago would not have been my style.

Since Matt and I are choosing not to store many things, most everything we own has to go. It’s hard to believe how much STUFF you accumulate. It is often in the places you don’t even see — a junk drawer, closet, bin, etc. I keep coming across stuff I didn’t even know we had…in places I had forgotten existed!

This isn’t the first time Matt and I have had to get rid of most of our stuff. Matt’s was when he moved overseas, and mine was when I moved from a duplex to a tiny apartment. This time around, I am approaching the purge with a different outlook.

Over the past few months, I have been thinking about the space in my life and where we spend most of our time. We originally moved into our house to have more room, but it wasn’t until recently, we realized we had only been using a fraction of the footage. In addition to the excess space, our house was FILLED with stuff we never used. It was all there…the space and the things…just existing around me. I came to the realization that I don’t need any of it.

It is somewhat surreal that we are this close to starting our so-called new lifestyle. A life full of less things, but hopefully more experiences in their place. I believe that while there will be some everyday things that stay the same, life as we know it will be different in many ways. We will still work and eat and lay our heads down in the same bed every night. But it’s the routine everyday surroundings that will change. There will always be new places to shop, eat and play, neighbors to meet, and an ever-changing backyard. I am looking forward to our new sense of normal.

I want the joy in my life to come from people and my surroundings, not from the things that surround me.

I read the following quote in an article called “A New Memoir About What Happens When You Get Rid of All Your Stuff”:

“Does this thing add value to my life? I learned that once you gain momentum, once you feel the benefits of removing the clutter from your life, embracing minimalism gets easier by the day.”

The article, written by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of TheMinimalists.com, goes into interesting details about living with less. If you have any desire to remove “things” from your life, I highly recommend reading it.

In the weeks to come, I’ll be sharing specific tips and tricks we used to downsize for full-time rv living. But for now, I will just leave you with these musings.

-Kate

 

 

So, put on your excited face, it’s magnet time! Well, it’s not really that exciting…but definitely more so than packing. To show our appreciation to those of you following along with us, we have a little gift.

We originally designed these magnets for family and friends to leave them with a little something as we set out on our journey. We ended up liking them so much, we had a few extras printed to pass out to those we’ll meet during our travels. At only 3″x4″, it won’t take up too much fridge real estate, and will surely be a good holder for a take-out menu or two. 😉

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The first 10 people who comment will not only receive the magnet shown above, but a postcard from our first destination! Please make sure to put your email info in the comment form, so we can contact you to get your mailing address!

Things will be quiet on the blog for the next few weeks as we countdown the days to our departure. Keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram during our hiatus while we pack and head back to south Texas to reunite with Lucille. We had some great success in selling our things over the last few days, so I am crossing my fingers that the momentum continues.

Thank you all for letting us share our excitement during this new chapter in our lives!

-Kate