After reading numerous blogs on the subject, we started to feel like giving up all our personal belongings was a prerequisite for traveling the world. But, to us, such a task didn’t make much sense. Of course the journey is different for everyone, but getting rid all of those things we worked so hard to be able to have, and we’re not talking about marble statues and Sunday hats, we are referring to marathon medallions, grandma-made scarfs and that awesome painting of a surfer we bought at the Venice Art Show. The idea of giving it all away or just tossing it was rather depressing, so we had to find another way to minimize the junk and maximize the memories.
On top of that, we had accumulated a pretty sweet collection of adventure gear. The rock climbing ropes, the sleeping bags, the rollerblades, tents, kite boarding gear, portable heater, mini grill, surf boards, snow boards and wetsuits…! Pretty sure we had an anxiety attack when we opened our adventure closet and started trying to consolidate:
Another rule, for things like souvenirs, art and clothing, if we think that we will regret not purchasing that item a day after trying to decide whether to buy it or not, we go for it. If the peace of mind of owning the item outweighs the cost, we’ll splurge. Because this doesn’t happen often, the things that we do splurge on are things that we really cherish, like my furry headdress and Drew’s fuzzy trucker hat from Korea:
We started by dividing things into 5 categories:
- Things to keep (ship back home vs. pack into our car)
- Things to donate to the GoodWill
- Things to put in the “Free Stuff” box for our neighbors and friends
- Things to sell (Craigslist and Ebay)
This really helped us narrow things down, that and the fact that we probably would’t be using most of those items for 3+ years while traveling, there was no need to seal their fate of becoming dusty, outdated and under utilized.
Eventually, we were able to fit our lives into 12 boxes and 1 overstuffed Honda Fit! It was not an easy task, but together we were able to get rid of the stuff that would hold us back, while also keeping the things that would allow us to adventure forward.
Dear LA, you will forever have a special place in our hearts. We’ll be back 😉