I recently moved from my beloved home in France. After 5 long glorious years living as an expat, 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…
This is by no means a simple task. The psychological effect of deciding to pack up and leave a place where you called home after 5 years is impactful. Even if you are excited for your next move.
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 dear friend, who flew over from Germany to hang out and say goodbye (#aaawww), asked if I was on some kinda “spiritual minimalism” with this “one suitcase” mantra that I was chanting the week before I left. He sat in
awe confusion and wondered “wat di ass” was going on with me. I am pretty sure he decided at that very moment that I was officially the craziest. He was kind, though, as he attempted to offer me advice on the best packing strategy he used for when he’s moving to a new country. I was not having it.
Mostly he listened and helped me sort through my belongings and emotions. Because who was I kidding? Leaving was as stressful as packing.
I embraced Minimalism and chugged along.
With that mantra, I made FOUR trips to the Charity Relais to fill up an entire charity drop-off box 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 de-clutter.
And with all of that, I STILL left an almost fully furnished apartment for the next renter.
But seriously, I learnt a few things about travelling and prioritising from this packing nightmare adventure:
- 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, it was lightweight and freeing.
Plus it leaves more space to buy more stuff. Kidding!
- Moving is so easy now!
Packing and unpacking is now a 1 hour affair *tee-hee* Need I say more?
- The Experience is what really matters.
Your memories (and a few pictures), special events, friendships formed and how they have 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!
Tell me, are you a “throw it all away” type of person? Or are you more likely to overpack?