You know that part of “What Not To Wear” when people have to give up their wardrobe before they’ll get their new one? That’s sort of what’s been happening at our house.
We leave in eight weeks for a family trip around the world. Nine months with a carry-on.
In my last post, I talked about the sorting system we have adopted to be sure we come home to only those things we most love or need.
Sorting clothes was one of the harder parts of the process. Since we are not planning on packing much for our trip (only the essential items), we all really needed to scale back our wardrobes.
Here’s how we did it:
1. Pull the items that didn’t fit or we didn’t like anymore. This was pretty easy.
2. Pull the items we wouldn’t be wearing because of the season.
3. Pull the things we didn’t think we’d fit into or want to wear in 9 months, after we’re back home.
When we were done, there wasn’t that much left. Our closets are slim. It feels good.
This process of sorting and downsizing all of our stuff has been a huge learning experience for all of us. We have all found how much easier it is to have less stuff. Rooms are easier to clean, deciding what to wear is easier, and we find things faster.
One interesting thing about this process is that the more you do it, the faster you get. It quickly becomes clear what you should and shouldn’t keep. Each one of us felt so much lighter when all the stuff was gone and only the truly meaningful things were left.
I think I even heard the house sigh in relief when all the stuff was moved out.
If you come to our home right now, you will still pockets of stuff that need to be cleaned out, but for the most part what you will see are the things we truly value and intend to keep well after we come back for the trip.
Speaking of pockets of stuff still to be sorted, this is the morning I’m going to sort through our Christmas decorations. I’ll let you know how that goes.
BTW, you may want to keep checking my Facebook page for possible items that have made it to the sell or give away pile. Go to www.facebook.com/TheCourageVibe to keep updated on our progress and our trip.