This was probably the most difficult move to make . . .and it was our first. We had to downsize from a 2 bedroom apartment in Phoenix to basically what could fit in the back of M's Subaru Outback and my Ford Fiesta.
We didn't have that much stuff to begin with. Since College, I've lived in 4 different cities (before we made a semi permanent move to Phoenix for M's post-grad) and once we were in Phoenix, we moved 4 times. That frequency of movement helped us keep our possessions light and not invest too much into big furniture that would be expensive or difficult to move.
When we made the decision to pursue Travel PT, I spent about a month packing, selling, donating, organizing and downsizing as much as I could. With the help of the AMAZING app Offer Up, we were able to sell almost all of our (mostly IKEA and college-quality) large furniture. The rest of the stuff was donated - someone truly could have furnished an entire home with the amount of things we donated to Goodwill.
Downsizing was NOT easy. Not one bit. Though it can be very refreshing to clear out a space and lighten the load, sometimes that means giving away sentimental things, gifts from loved ones, bookshelves that we'd had since college, or even furniture that we'd only purchased about a year ago. None the less - we realized that once we DO finish traveling, we would not want to worry about having to transport it to our permanent location.
We did keep a small storage unit in Phoenix - about 35 square feet, that holds:
- A large gray dresser that is practically new
- 2 matching gray bedside tables (practically new)
- Our dining room table
- Skis, Snowboard, Boots, bulky winter clothes (cause we new we wouldn't need them in Havasu)
- A couple bins filled with cards, pictures, notes, tickets, posters, some framed wall art and other "memories" that Corinn can't bear to part with
- Camping gear (tent, stove, chairs, mattresses, hammock, ropes, cooler, etc)
- Backpacking gear
Good news: We are headed back down to Phoenix in a couple weeks to retrieve our ski gear and camping gear because we're hoping our next placement takes us to the beautiful PNW!
My guess is that we will barely touch that storage unit and will have a fresh perspective on it once we're done with our traveling adventure. But for now, we're happy to have such a cheap ($35/month!) place to keep the little that we left behind.
Besides those things, everything else we own is with us! Next blog post will be that list of what we brought and why we brought it.
Travelers: what could you absolutely not part with but couldn't bring with you? Comment and let us know!
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A Travel Therapist and Remote Worker documenting their professional travels and pictures for family, friends and other wanderers.