Hi! Alexi here. We are less than a month away from launching our epic road trip as a full time family (as I learned us families living in Rv’s are called) and everything is starting to fall into place and become more ‘real’. Unfortunately, my brain hasn’t been able to grasp what really is going on and is still in the ‘surreal’ stage. I suppose it won’t be real until we are actually living in our travel trailer! These past few months we have downsized considerably for any ‘normal’ family just looking to move into a smaller house….truth is, we have more downsizing to do than the average ‘we’re moving and don’t want to take it all’ family. At first it seemed easy….getting rid of the stuff we didn’t need, little by little. It was all good, money was going into the ‘road fund’ account and we were clearing out the extra crap. Well today marks garage sale number 3 (insert eye roll emoji here) and my nerves and mood were set on irritated, overwhelmed and invaded (insert overwhelmed whining emoji here).
It had just gotten real…there goes our ‘stuff’ and not just the extra stuff, the stuff we use, the stuff we love, the stuff we paid hard earned dollars for….out the door for a fraction of what we paid for them. Before noon we had unloaded more stuff than I had even anticipated (I’m cool with the fact that our good friends took over half the house for their new home they’re building) and if my husband were to of let one more random person walk through the house I was going to unleash the beast. This was MY stuff! My furniture, my kids toys, my tvs, myyyyyy stuff…and I wasn’t too happy about it if you can’t tell. All I have in the wake of my couches are dog dust bunnies and a few juice stains that were unveiled at the removal of all of my furniture.
I had had enough, closed the garage doors and headed straight for the restaurant across the street for an ice cold (well deserved) brew and a whopping pile of nachos. (it’s rest and cheat day all rolled into one)
After filling my tummy to the hilt and managing to not chop my husband’s head off for selling both big screen tvs when we still have a month left in the house I had an enlightening moment.
THIS WAS IT! This is what we’ve been working for, striving, for, moving forward for….this is what we WANT. It’s just STUFF, nothing that was sold could contribute to our livelihood and nothing we sold would help us on our rv journey. It was time to let go and move on….it’s just holding us back.
It’s now been about 7 hours since selling 80% of our belongings and I can say one thing…I don’t miss anything. (the 60″ TV might sting on the upcoming monsoon summer days where I’m at home with Ella (our 3 year old) while Shane works 10 hours a day, but the 32″ left in the bedroom will have to do. Instead of dreading the upcoming weeks before our launch date, I’m looking forward to the challenge and practice of living in a tiny space. We will be spending a lot of time playing in bed on rainy days and heading out to the beach and parks for adventures (insert…experiences!) Even right now I’m propped up in bed with my laptop typing away on this blog post. (I’m learning very quickly that my wrists need some sort of support, but overall a very comfortable working position.)
I mean, sure…I couldn’t stand everyone digging through my ‘stuff’, scoffing when I asked anything more than $2 for an item and in retaliation I retreated quite frequently to let Shane deal with the Saturday morning regulars….(remember this is garage sale number 3!) but, I can honestly say that not even a full day has gone by and I’m ‘cooled’ down and even more excited to hit the road. Our launch date keeps getting closer and closer and the only thing standing in our way is a few more ‘things’ to sell (then the rest is being donated….no more garage sales for this girl!) THIS.IS.HAPPENING
It’s a hard part of the process, but the result is extremely freeing and it’s getting us closer to our goal. We are a couple that has always been full of ideas, but not a lot of follow through….mainly because halfway through the beginning stages we realized that our ‘hearts’ weren’t completely in it.
THIS is the one…the one we’ve been waiting for…the epic idea turned into reality.
I would give everything I own away, over and over again just for the idea of this amazing adventure we are embarking on! Don’t let fear hold you back, don’t let your ‘stuff’ weigh you down…it’s just stuff! Trust me, you can find a family member to hold your precious photo albums for you!
SELL IT, DONATE IT, no hesitation, don’t hold back aaaaand….GO live the life you are meant to live!
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