How do you get rid of everything you own?


This is a question we get asked all the time.

We can only answer with the way we did it.

We started the process by clearing out the loft even before we had the idea of full time travel. For some reason we felt the urge to purge and the loft seemed like a good place to start.

As you do, we started selling everything we didn’t want, the usual stuff you would take to a car boot sale like the books we’d had for ever and not even opened, Annabel’s baby cloths, a pram (seriously, she’s ten now).

We took everything out we didn’t use and left the things we thought we might need.We then joined some local community Facebook selling sights which was easy if frustrating at times. People comment that they would like an item and then they turn up at the front door to collect it. In theory thats how its supposed to work but there were lots of time that people didn’t turn up etc but it worked ok.

We had all the stuff in the corner of our living room so it made us want to get rid of it more than keep looking at it sitting there.

When the  summer came around we started going to carboot sales regularly to sell.

After one lot was clear we would go around the house and find anything we did’nt or hadn’t used in a long time and that formed the next pile to go.

When that pile was sold we went around and picked out all the things we sometimes used and so on. It kind of worked like going through layers of belongings and as we went through them so the easier it was.

There were things that we thought we would never bring ourselves to part with but as we went it all seemed less important to hold on to and its actually quite exciting seeing things go.

I’m sure we should have saved the money we got from everything we sold but instead we most often than not used it for days out that we wouldn’t have had otherwise.

We kept going like this sorting and selling layer by layer until we basically had the things that we needed to live.  Toward the end of getting rid of everything we started to just give things away and were able to donate quite a lot of items to the Children Trust which is a local hospital that looks after kids who’ve had some sort of  brain injury.

So in the end we only had the basics. Imagine the items you would pack to go on holiday with and very basic kitchen ware. Thats all we had left.

We were quite lucky in that the people that were buying our house wanted most of the big furniture items and kitchen appliances so we could live pretty much normally until the day we left the house.

The only belongings we have left are three small plastic boxes that contain a few bit and bobs of sentimental value plus some keepsakes for Annabel our daughter. These are being kept by a good friend of ours. The rest we are carrying on our backs as we travel.

It surprised us just how easy it was to let everything go.

There were some things that we were reluctant to let go of at first but as time went on it just got much easier.

The stuff seems to loose its hold over you and it just becomes stuff that you mostly don’t need. And of course as you get closer to your goal it gets more exciting.

So if there was a list of advice we would give to someone who wants to do what we did or even just have a good clear out its..

Don’t feel as though you have to get rid of everything in one go.

                                                                                                                                                                   Keep the things you want for now, until it feels right to let them go.      

                                                                                                                                                                   Keep it light hearted, don’t make it a chore.

                                                                                                                                                                  Make a pile of things somewhere on show. It may be easier to let them go than keep looking at it.  

                                                                                                                                                                   Start somewhere like the loft thats usually full of stuff you don’t need.

                                                                                                                                                                   Start with the things you don’t need, then the things you don’t really need, then the things you really really don’t need. It get easier and the things you thought you couldn’t get rid of become things you can get rid of and so on.

                                                                                                                                                            Remember why you’re doing it. Keep the goal in mind  and the good feeling thats around it.      


Also remember this is how we did it and you might find it easier doing it a completely different way.