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How To Declutter and Become a Minimalist For Full-Time Travel? This is How We Did It!


It took for me to put in my 30 day notice at my luxury apartment before I felt confident enough to start getting rid of things. I was excited before I submitted my notice, but when the reality kicked in that I was moving out I got butterflies in my stomach and my head felt numb. My excitement turned into nervousness as I walked back to my apartment with the understanding that I had to voluntarily get rid of all the opulent treasures I collected and took pride in.


I grew overwhelmed and didn’t know where to begin decluttering because I never felt the need to get rid of anything in the first place. I simply no longer wanted to feel the weight that comes with trying to control and hold on to stuff.


The Process

I had a fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment and I never considered myself to be someone with a lot of things however, it felt like I was a low-key hoarder that was good at hiding stuff when I started pulling everything out of closets and off the shelves. Knowing that the moving-out countdown had begun, I divided the month into priorities.


  1. I set up my mailbox and forwarded my mail from the apartment.

  2. I renewed my ID and bank cards, and set up e-statements and notified the banks that I would be traveling.

  3. We planned events to spend time with the few friends and family we had in the area

  4. Spent 2 weeks getting rid of everything

  5. Then one week before our move-out day we bought one-way tickets to Thailand


Dejunking - Genius Sorting Hacks!

What an emotional rollercoaster! The only way I could get through this purging phase was if I made it meaningful enough to where it was fun. I grabbed 3 Rubbermaid tubs and labeled them, Sell, Donate, and Keep. (Actual footage of me cleaning out my closet)


After I made the mistake of having already pulled apart my home and had stuff open and all over the place, I started going through things in one room at a time. I would go into each room and pick a closet or drawer to work through first. The plan was to close the closet, and my eyes to think about what was inside. The rule was that if I didn’t remember what was in there…It had to go! In order for this to work, I had to write down whatever I could recall that was inside on a piece of paper and stick to my commitment of getting rid of it. That’s when I realized that if I couldn’t remember what was in there then I didn’t need it.


Sell

This was the fun and most motivating part of getting rid of things. I sold anything that I didn’t want to pay for to be stored because I wanted the smallest storage possible If I was going to end up paying for one. I made a list of items to sell and set a goal price to reach and spent a week selling items at resell shops and on Facebook. I’m glad that I did it this way because responding to inquiries and meeting up with people required a lot of my time.


Donate

What may be junk to you is someone else’s treasure.

The following week I donated items leftover that I didn’t sell. This part allowed me to imagine someone else scoring a deal at the goodwill and using my things more than I would. Donating to the goodwill and charities made it the easiest to let go of things.


Keep

I figured since my kid and I would be traveling and have 2-4 suitcases to fill with stuff, everything we kept better be worth keeping if I was going to haul it all over the world or put it in storage. During this process which was the hardest I focused on only keeping one of what was essential and in good quality! I had a lot of clothes and I would ask myself weird questions like, “How does this clothing make me feel?” “ Would I want to be buried in this?”. I oly kept the clothing that was light weight and I gave the rest away to friends.


What about my car? I was too busy that month to think about what to do with my car. The night that I locked the apartment door for the last time, I called an Uber and left my car key under the floormat and left for the airport. later a friend picked it up and stored it in her garage.


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We are moving and I have to unload a bunch of our "schtuff" too! I've been embarrassed by the amount of junk we've been hauling from one place to another, so I promised myself we'd get rid of a lot before the next round. Being an interior designer you'd think this would be easier for me, but no (michellewinterdesign.com). Just curious if you felt the "sell" pile ended up being happy cash or a burden. My husband says it's not worth our time, but I just can't hand some of this "better" stuff to a thriftstore in good conscience. Ugh.

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You’re a badass!! I just traveled 1,958 miles in a mini van with two teenagers! It was so much fun! I’m trying to find others who are doing the same type of adventuring but not having much luck. Safe travel!!

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