Having made the great decision to travel the world I was feeling pretty excited. I had told my family and begun the task of deciding where to go first. Then that excitement turned into an oh my god moment. What to do with all of my belongings.
The ute I have a loan for, the furniture, the bills and an endless list of other bits and pieces that I was yet to think of. I was on the verge of derailing my great travel adventure before it had even begun, all because the thought of getting rid of all this was so daunting.
So I do what everyone suggests these days and made a list of all my belongs and categorized them into the following:
- Things I could sell
- Things I could keep
- Things I could give away
- Things I could throw away
- Things I needed to pay back
At the end of this great list, I was back to being calm, cool and collected. You see for me I’d never really escaped the student lifestyle of my university days. I was renting a small two bedroom unit which the lease had expired on. There was no major credit card bill except my ute loan. And I still had the secondhand lounge suite and the fridge that was made back in the day when it could double as a nuclear bomb shelter.
My greatest assets were a new bed, a handful of kitchen appliances and my ute. Now most of that can be stored with family (one great thing about country life, you always have plenty of sheds for storage) or even in paid storage. All except except the ute. My beloved ute, the only vehicle I’ve bought that wasn’t already 10 years old when I got it.
The thought of parting with the ute was saddening. After all I’m a country boy at heart and what country boy doesn’t love his ute.
I toyed with keeping it but knew I could never make the loan repayments while laying on a beach or skiing down a snow field. Not to mention I had no plans to come home, except for maybe at Christmas time to keep my mum happy. So it landed on the list of items to be sold along with my disused dining suite, an exercise ball and various other household items.
All my worldly possessions were listed down and sorted. Now you may have a lot more furniture, fancier cars and even a house to sell. In the end thought it can all be broken down and reasoned with until everything you own fits into the above mentioned list. Many things I have had trouble parting with for various reasons but if you look at something objectively, it becomes much easier to sort.
Activating the list and starting the actual process can be done slowly or quickly in my case (more on that later). If its all too overwhelming start with the easy things, give a few items away or label the items you can sell and advertise one each week on ebay or the local paper. Soon you’ll be down to a skeleton selection of items and be one step closer to that new lifestyle.
If you’ve decided to head off and travel but can’t decide what to do with all your belongings. Make a list for yourself and let me know how you go. What things are the hardest to part with? I’m a big IT nerd so all of my IT goods are by far the hardest to let go.