Just recently, I decided to move halfway across the country to restart my life with my girlfriend. I was glad to do that, but chose to leave many of the possessions I had accumulated most of my adult life. I planned to move with just what would fit in the trunk of my Volkswagen Jetta and anything that would fit in the back seat.
In the end, that was not anywhere as much as I thought it was. All I had left was some wardrobe to last me one summer, three or four pairs of shoes, my computer and printer and a few housewares, including a coffee maker and George Foreman Grill. If you are counting the wardrobe, that amounts to 4 outfits, which included have formal clothing, such as business suits.
After having just done it, you come to realize how many things you really need to live and what would be considered excess.
Certainly one thing that I have found difficult to cut out things that revolve around food. Since I eat several times a day and enjoy cooking and preparing my own meals, it became difficult to choose what was worth keeping. It was not too hard to keep my George Foreman grill, since it has detachable grills and can perform so many functions other than grilling. Coffee makers are great for the fact that they heat water, which can also be used for making both iced or hot tea. For those with few possessions, try to avoid Starbucks. Starbucks will take away one of your most important possessions, money.
When it came to clothing, there was not a reason to keep around much clothing. Since I was originally from Florida and moved to Texas, the weather is very similar. First of all, I did not own much of any winter clothing. I did own some because I had lived in Northern Florida in the past, where it can get cold in the evenings. However, it had been years since I had lived there full-time and did not think I would want to keep the items, since many were out-of-fashion or were not versatile. Much of what I still own are my two business suits and a handful of shirts. Suits are relatively difficult to replace, especially since it is rare to wear a business suit, even in many places of business today.
A set of items I used to travel with when I would road trip that I still kept were a pillow, blanket and towel. All of these items are a must, even if you decide on a spartan lifestyle with few possessions. You will spend a lot of time when you first move sweating and tired. All of these items make that a little bit easier. When I tell people my story, most are shocked I kept my pillow. One reason to keep a pillow is because of the adjustment period of gaining new pillows. A new pillow can affect your ability to sleep for days.
After having done this, I am so thrilled about trimming my possessions. Many of the things I had I do not miss. All I miss is my big screen television, yet have little time to watch television. I suggest the best thing to do with our time and money is not devote it to possessions, but devote it to your passions and interests. You will be more fulfilled.
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