In June, we are moving out of our apartment and into our RV! Parents, friends, neighbors, and clients have now been notified and we’re finally able to share the great news. We’re very excited (and a little scared) and we still have a lot to do to prepare but at this point, we’re all in. We’re fully committed to this next chapter in our minimalist journey.
As a few readers pointed out on my last post about stress, moving is a good jumpstart to the process of decluttering. What I’ve also learned is that moving is a great platform for experiencing what it’s like to really be a (bare) minimalist. With almost two weeks left before we move, we have sold every bit of furniture we own, except for my writing desk (and that will be sold too before we leave). We even had to borrow a chair from our neighbor. Using our camping chairs and a plastic tote, we set up a makeshift living room. In the bedroom, we started with an airbed but after a week, the seam burst and we ended up on the floor on a 3″ memory foam pad (also borrowed from our neighbor). Our improvised living arrangement has turned out to be surprisingly nice. I haven’t slept so soundly in a long time and the back and neck pain that I used to attribute to my poor choice in pillows, is completely gone.
Since we’re moving into our RV, we are really downsizing this time around. I’m not talking about packing away the things we don’t need, just to unpack them if and when we decide to move into an apartment or house again. No, we have literally donated or sold everything we own, with the exception of the following items**.
68 Kitchen items:
- One skillet, one saucepan, and one medium steamer pot
- 2 pizza pans, 1 muffin tin, 1 8 x 8 baking dish
- 16 pieces of flatware, 6 plastic plates, 3 coffee mugs, 8 plastic cups, 8 plastic bowls and some misc. cooking utensils
- Our coffee maker, countertop grill, crock pot, dehydrator, and toaster
- 1 set of 12 Rubbermaid storage containers (mixed sizes)
- 2 Tupperware mixing bowls
- 1 dish drying mat, 5 kitchen towels, and 5 dish cloths
102 Clothing & Household items:
- Our everyday clothing and 3 pairs of shoes each (tennis shoes, flip-flops, and all-terrain sandals)
- Our backpacks and a rolling duffel bag
- 4 bath towels, 5 washcloths, and 2 hand towels
- 3 pillows and 1 set of sheets
- Laundry drying rack, step ladder, canister vacuum, and one small box of hand tools
- 2 portable fans
- My Grandma’s handmade quilts and 1 small tote each of childhood mementos
- General hygiene products and a handful of misc. personal items (like sunglasses, hats, post cards from our travels, and stuffed animals)
37 Outdoor items:
- 2 zero-gravity lawn chairs
- Our fishing and camping gear
- Angie’s paddleboard, life jackets, and paddles
- 3 beach towels
- Snorkel gear
- Racquetball gear
- Letterboxing supplies
15 Work & Entertainment items:
- 4 board games
- 2 cameras
- Our 32″ TV, Tivo, XBox, and DVD player
- Our laptops, Kindles, and office supplies necessary for work
Some things, like our childhood mementos, will be stored at my mom’s house but for the most part, these are the items that we’ll be taking with us.
**This list doesn’t include consumable goods, miscellaneous chargers and cords, or the plastic bins that things are stored in. It also doesn’t include items that are always stored in our car or RV (like maps, hoses, and tools). Some items have been counted as a group, like hygiene products and personal items.