After three grueling days of selling, packing, and moving … we have finally gotten rid of almost everything … and have put over 80% of our belongings under a tarp. It’s funny to think that all we own, our “life” fits under a 20′ by 16′ tarp.
Our “life” …. traveling always makes me realize that to be happy a human needs very little. In one of my previous journal entries I wrote: “a simple backpack with just enough clothes, some medicine, shoes, a good jacket, and a $1.5k/month is all one really needs to see the world”. Why have we become a society of collectors? We define “our life” by the stuff we own [not all but most]. We collect shoes, dvd’s, cds, furniture, decorations, art, books, video games, clothes, kitchen appliances, pets, etc … Don’t get me wrong, I realized that some things are needed to be comfortable. But damn, 3 days of packing and moving to get rid of stuff from a 1 bedroom apartment? That’s just wrong!
I hope that on our return from our RTWT, we learn to have a minimalist home, something similar to the rules from the Zen Habits blog. Also taking a look at the 18 minute video about “The Story of Stuff” makes you think about buying that amazing shirt or great pair of shoes.
PS – Thanks to Mike and Laura, Moms, Sandy, and brother for helping us move. It would have taken us a month without your help! Thank you!!!!