This whole getting-rid-of-nearly-everything-I-own thing has been a trip.
Part of why it was relatively easy to downsize is because we were ready. Ready to let go of stuff.
We also have bigger life goals in mind. You only live once so we figured we actually needed to start living.
We’re clearly not the first people to go uproot ourselves and strip away all of our stuff ‘til there’s barely anything left but ourselves. When we first got it into our heads that we were really gonna do this thing, I started wondering what it would be like.
What would cause other people to give it all away?
How did they choose what to get rid of?
Did they regret their choice to downsize?
The stories were fascinating.
♦ Joshua talks about how “owning less is far more beneficial than organizing more.” After seeing my little piles of clutter disappear over the last few months because I was actually getting rid of it as opposed to organizing it (which is a fancy way of saying you’re just moving something from point A to point B), I totally agree.
♦ Torre is the opposite, in a way, because she says she loves stuff. But yet she still got rid of it all after realizing, “the world was waiting to be explored… [and] stuff was keeping us fixed to the spot.”
♦ Kim and her husband Brian sold their house (and nearly everything in it!) to pursue a lifelong dream to travel around the world and start living life as they felt it should be lived.
♦ Tynan went from owning so much stuff that he could fill an 1800-square-foot house to owning whatever fit in his 22-liter backpack. It’s a little extreme for most, but it’s the idea behind removing the excess from your life that’s so great.
♦ Courtney talks about how you can take it slowly by removing unwanted or unused items from one room at a time and how once something’s gone, there’s a good chance you really won’t miss it.
♦ Tammy and her husband Logan went from living what you could call the American Dream to living their own dream in a super cute, tiny house.
♦ Joshua and Ryan took an interesting approach to getting rid of stuff. They had a packing party where they packed everything away and then only took out items as they were needed. And guess what? Most of the stuff stayed in the boxes.
What I love is that change comes in many forms and it’s gonna look different for each one of us. What works for one doesn’t always work for another, but with luck we’ll be inspired to follow our desires and do what feels right for us.
I know I’m happier for letting go of my things and hope to continue living with less for a long time to come.