But we quickly found that it's not easy. At all. Actually sometimes it's kinda painful. And we have only gotten through the clothes in our closets and still have to tackle the rest of the house!?!
Well taking the first step was easy at least. 1) Go to the moving store and buy LOTS of these......
- General rule - Have you worn it in the last year? If no, is there a deep personal connection to this particular article of clothing? (Important race shirt, from a memorable trip, significant gift from a family member and NOT an ex). If still no.....out it goes....little exception here.
- Hoodies and sweatshirts - how many does one person really need? Pick the absolute top favorite 3-4 and out go the rest.
- Bring out all the shirts/pants/shorts of the same type (race shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweater, t-shirt) If there are two of the same color, one goes. Any sign of rips, tears, stains. Out it goes. Doesn't really fit, just keeping it because you liked it...out.
- Jackets - Keep one maybe two lightweight options, one cold-weather option and one OMG-it's-so-cold-I-shouldn't-really-even-be-going-outside option. And decide later on the jacket that the cat is insisting on sleeping on throughout this whole process. He was too cute I couldn't move him :)
- Shoes - I don't really think we will be dressing up all that often so keep one really nice "fancy" pair and out goes the rest of the dress up shoes/sandals. Keep only one pair of "work" shoes. (I had three pairs of old running shoes that I kept for working around the house, getting dirty, painting, etc.). Decide on only one pair of black "all day" shoes and one brown pair. Keep one cold weather pair of boots. Oh and we weren't giving up our slippers. Love my slippers on the weekends.
- Skirts - I had a lot of decision making here since I love my skirts. First divide them up into piles of long skirts and short skirts. Again keep one more formal skirt for if the occasion arises. No two skirts of the same length and basic color. Black and black with stripes is considered the same. When you still feel like you have too many but can't decide which to get rid of, start a small fashion show for the husband and have him vote for his favorites.
So I will admit after filling probably 4-5 boxes of my own, the below picture shows what still remains for just me. Mark has his own closet. And I know this is still WAY too much stuff but it's a step in the right direction.
Another nomad blogger I found has a great article on this topic. Your Independence Day: How to live a nomadic life and the accompanying article: The bearable lightness of being . . . without stuff
For the other nomads out there reading this; what were your challenges in paring down your stuff before you headed out on the road? What was easy or hard? What tips or tricks can you share to make the process easier?