Once the dream was rolling to live with less, I was promptly fronted with paring down my belongings from a fully furnished, decorated, and lavish house/wardrobe to a 24′ living space. I had about one month before transitioning to my new dwelling situation, the RV I quaintly call, “Away.”
The best tidbit shared to get through this process was, “Hold each item in your hands, look at it, and ask yourself; does this item bring me joy? If yes, then keep it. If not, then donate it.” I also later discovered that by donating items I had emotional attachment or memories with to friends and family, I was still able to see these things being appreciated somewhere else and enjoy them. In the end, since space was limited, I did put some things into storage that I struggled to part with (aka – a corner in my Mom’s garage). I told myself, “in 6 months if those items had not been thought about or touched, then I was just going to purge them – regardless.” It has been 4 months and when I think about that stuff sitting there, I know I am ready to purge it!
Since I have embraced the “less is more” and believe in the lifestyle, I don’t want anything other than what’s in my home. I desire mobility. The thought of clutter or owning belongings that are not being used overwhelms me. I haven’t missed any material possessions that I have parted with. The only things I miss today have constantly been missed throughout my life, the loved people and places that exist only in my memories.
Without all the clutter and “keeping up with the Joneses” occupying my life, I am able to get back to the basics and enjoy who is in my life and what makes up my life by using what I have. I am free from items collecting dust.