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How we packed our lives into 12 boxes and 1 tiny car so we can travel the world

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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.

rose painting, love and be loved, beautiful paintingOn 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:

how to move across the country, road trip, moving from california to florida, how to sell all your stuff, getting rid of stuff, cure a hoarder, moving across the UsA, mr and mrs adventure move, adventure closetThe reality is that we were going to need that gear at some point in the future, yes need.

tent, mr adventure, adventure gear essentialsWe have a rule when it comes to buying things, we don’t buy something unless we feel like we have no other choice. If it gives us the ability to enhance life and have experiences, we’ll take it.

hiking mount whitney, essential gear, mr and mrs adventureAnother 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:

road trip, fuzzy hats, over packed car, road tripping across the country, mr and mrs adventure, zebra hatBack to the task of consolidating…

how to move across the country, road trip, moving from california to florida, how to sell all your stuff, getting rid of stuff, cure a hoarder, moving across the UsA, mr and mrs adventure move, adventure closetOh dear.

We started by dividing things into 5 categories:

  1. Things to keep (ship back home vs. pack into our car)
  2. Things to donate to the GoodWill
  3. Things to put in the “Free Stuff” box for our neighbors and friends
  4. Things to sell (Craigslist and Ebay)
  5. Trash

how to move across the country, road trip, moving from california to florida, how to sell all your stuff, getting rid of stuff, cure a hoarder, moving across the UsA, mr and mrs adventure move, moving tips 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.

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how to move across the country, road trip, moving from california to florida, how to sell all your stuff, getting rid of stuff, cure a hoarder, moving across the UsA, mr and mrs adventure move, moving tips And just like that we were off, with out anything more than a rough draft and a need for freedom, our vagabonding adventures began.

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Dear LA, you will forever have a special place in our hearts. We’ll be back 😉

5 Comments

  1. Reply

    Matthew

    June 5, 2015

    Wished I had the nerve to do the same, sounds like a life changing trip!

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    Gretchen

    December 7, 2014

    Hi Mr. and Mrs. Adventure,
    I’m on the phone with Jake Ethington right now. He’s telling me about his adventures and running into you on his bike trip. He told me to check out your blog and it’s pretty great! Hope you both have great adventures!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      December 15, 2014

      Hello Gretchen! Thanks for the message. It was great meeting Jake out on the trail. He has a very incredible adventure of his own happening right now, and we enjoyed being part of it for an afternoon 🙂 His resourcefulness and positive attitude amongst the cold wet conditions of the day, were a joy to be around. We wish him the best in his travels and hope to cross paths again. Keep in touch!

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    Madison Hewitt-Brown

    December 5, 2014

    This is my dream! I would love to do this. Can’t wait to see more!
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      mrandmrsadventure

      December 6, 2014

      We are excited too! You’ll have to make note of your favorite spots we visit so you can be sure to do them yourself! Your blog is awesome too, we LOVE Utah, Zion is my favorite place in America, so far 🙂

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