I recently moved from my beloved "iLoveyou/iHateyou" home France.
After 5 long glorious years, everything came to a standstill then it all came crashing down.
I had the daunting task of packing up my life and putting it in a suitcase…
So how does one fit 5 years of life into a [tiny] 20kg suitcase you may ask?
Throw it all away. Everything.
And prepare for disaster.
To top it off, I – Collector of ALL things – decided that I would eschew my option of TWO checked bags for just one. I dunno what came over me.
My German friend asked if I was on some kinda "spiritual minimalism" bullshyte with this "one suitcase" mantra I was chanting the week before I left. He sat in awe (confusion?) and wondered wat di ass was going on with me. I'm pretty sure he decided at that very moment that I was officially the craziest. He was kind though, he attempted to offer me sane advice…buuuut I was not having it!
Nope. Minimalism all tha way!
With that mantra, I made FOUR trips to the Charity Relais…I filled up an entire dropoff box thingymajic of clothes. I threw out 5 garbage bags of more clothes. And I enlisted the help of my waaaaay more organised friend to help me declutter.
And with all of that, I STILL left an almost fully furnished apartment for the next renter.
I finally succumbed to proper German advice and checked my hand luggage as my second suitcase at the airport.
The Takeaway? Always listen to Germans. Hahahaha, I kid…
But seriously, I learnt a few things about travelling and prioritising from this nightmare adventure:
1. You don't need so much stuff. Really, you don't.
Let me be the first to say that I love my stuff. But I realised that all of it is just Noise. Do I really need a second pair of black shoes? Or a third blazer? Or the myriad of tops I almost never wear? No, I don't. And you don't either.
After finally fitting everything into 2 suitcases, I left even more stuff behind in Jamaica when I moved [again] to Colombia ← Blog coming soon.
It's lightweight and freeing. Plus it leaves more space to buy more stuff 😉 Kidding!
2. Moving is so easy now!
Packing and unpacking is now a 1 hour affair *tee-hee* Need I say more?
3. The Experience is what really matters.
Your memories (and a few pictures), special events, friendships formed and how they've all changed you are what really counts towards your happiness and well-being. This is all you need to fit in your suitcase.
So forget all the baggage and extra stuff…throw it all away!
Could you do it?