Downsizing –where to begin?

OK, so, we decided: we’re going to live full-time in a motorhome.

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!

It’s gonna be so cool, so amazing, such a thrill!!!! Woo-hooo!

There is jumping up and down, there is laughter, there is excitement!!!

But then, when you finally calm down and look around your cluttered home, reality hits you like a ton of bricks:

We got way too much stuff! How are we going to fit it all in the motorhome???

First, we got overwhelmed, then we panicked and then we realized there is no ignoring this issue, if we really wanna go ahead with our plans for adventure. It’s perfectly normal to feel defeated when facing such a humongous task. The important thing is to relax, start a plan and choose logic over emotion.

So, fear not! It is perfectly doable. If we did it, believe me, so can you!

I personally hate waste and refuse to just bin stuff. If there are any other uses for the things I don’t need any more, I will not throw then away! This is very well and good, but the problem is I used to keep most things around instead of giving them away anyway.

I guess my family is to blame a l little bit for this. I remember, as a child, watching my grandma saving bits of twine, scraps of paper or even rusty nails (just to name a few) in a drawer, because she “might need them sometime”. My mom still hoards all things retro and antique she finds at flea markets and in her stuffed wardrobes you can find garments from the 1970’s in perfect condition. Sorry mom, I get it, but no! I guess I shouldn’t be too judgmental. Back in the day, times were hard, and my family didn’t have much, so they tried to be like the ant that saved for the winter.

Our case was different, we had accumulated too many things that we didn’t really need. It may have looked like we did, but that was mainly due to emotional attachment, force of habit and a mainstream mentality that needed to be changed. This doesn’t mean you need to give up on your beloved hobbies and moments of creativity.

Take my example: I love drawing, crochet, sewing, upcycling, crafting. I had cupboards, shelves and chests filled with fabrics, paper, sewing and drawing supplies and other bits and bobs I never touched, but that I saved for a day in the future where I MIGHT need them for a project. Of all of that, I only brought with me to the motorhome: 1 sketch book, a few pencils and charcoal/pastel sticks for drawing, a small sewing box with supplies,1 small bag of fabrics and one with crochet threads. I still got to enjoy my hobbies.

Anyway, I’m rambling on. The point of this post is to let you know that you can do it too. We should all be downsizing, we should all be making our lives simpler and fuller.

Downsizing is an act of freedom. Free yourself from stuff and invest in experiences and the building of good memories for your future self.

With all of this in mind, we have decided to write a series of posts on decluttering – showing you how we have done it, hoping it will help you in the process too.

NEXT—–> Decluttering 101 – The Clothing Issue

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