Are we minimal enough?

When we left home in September, we had downsized substantially and we left behind everything we thought we could do without.  Gone was all the furniture.  Donated were all the movies and books we no longer needed (or wanted).  We made several trips to Goodwill and, unfortunately, the land fill.  We had a garage sale (with little success) and tried to give away as much as possible.

We are four months in, and we are realizing that we still are carrying too much stuff. We don’t have a home for everything and it gets frustrating being in a small space and having to step over “stuff” that’s laying on the floor. Some of it is easy to part with (extra clothing) some of it not (books) but downsize we must.

We are also constantly reorganizing and trying out different ways to pack things and have made some improvements there as well. But we constantly ask ourselves if we need this widget and are evaluating the usage of space.

The other day we spent some time cleaning and reorganizing our trailer.  We were getting overwhelmed with the clutter that was accumilating and the narrow path we had to get from one end to the other.  We didn’t get rid of much, just made some better use of the space we have.  It is truly amazing how something so small can be so burdensome.

We acquired some “stuff” over Christmas that we still need to integrate into our lives and we are continually evaluating the usefulness of everything we have. Soon there will be a trip to a donation centre and the cycle will begin anew.

6 thoughts on “Are we minimal enough?

  1. It is amazing how “stuff” can accumulate especially we living in a small space. Our standard is one in , one out kind of keeps us from getting too crowded.

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  2. As time goes on each of you will figure out what is important enough to keep and what isn’t worth the hassle. Perhaps there are a few tips of ‘storage’ space available, such as storing things inside other things, like extra shoes can be stuffed with socks, mittens, hats, etc can be stuffed in sleeves, DVD’s can be stored in a binder without the cases, shelves can be built in spaces that are just tall with too much open space at the top. Spice racks inside cupboard doors, along with baskets for simple storage of small things like crayons, pencils, etc. Sometimes it isn’t always the ‘stuff’ but the storage. With so many people living in a small space there must be some downsizing for certain but everyone must have a few items of ‘stuff’. Storage solutions can be as creative as the individual. I’m sure your children will come up with some great ideas that us older folks wouldn’t think of.

    Good luck!

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  3. I focus as well on the One in Two out rule and our RV is bigger than yours, and less people and clutter to step over.I wish you luck as you forge forward, and you must now I give you so much credit and admiration for what you and your lovely family are doing! I just met you today, Scott and most of your darling children. Stay happy, well and travel safely.

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