My job right now, my income, is selling my excess possessions on eBay. These possessions amounted to nothing but unnecessary waste and a frivolous endeavor. When Alex and I got to my parents house and I started going through all my things, I was sentimental towards all these possessions that held memories, clothes that I loved because they were made of the finest materials, silks, and leathers. The kicker is, I didn’t even know these things still existed until I found then back at my parents house. I had completely forgotten about my designer collections that had previously consumed me. I had hundreds of dresses, shirts, belts, shoes. Unnecessary excess. I had 89 pairs of shoes. And they weren’t just crappy flip flops or Target shoes. No, I had FRYE boots, Ralph Lauren heels, Chanel heels, 5 pairs of cowboy boots… I had a Ralph Lauren dress that retailed for well over $8,000 that I had as a decoration on a mannequin in my room. Now, I bought the dress on sale but what am I going to do with a fancy dress? Hike in it? I had rows of designer purses for every occasion. I was obsessed, I was a collector and my taste was irrationally expensive.
When I began this undertaking, I had the mindset that I would sell the mediocre items and keep the really nice things – the things that I will never have the desire or means to buy again. But after I’ve sold and donated hundreds if not thousands of items already, I want everything gone. I don’t want to own any excess in any part of my life. In selling 99% of everything I own, I’ve learned that unnecessary worldly excess only supports a mindset of excess in other parts of our lives as well. When we step over the line of what we need to what we want, suddenly we’re flooded with the mindset to indulge in whatever we think we deserve! When we own only what we downright need, we won’t be buying Starbucks Lattes because we think we need the extra shot to get through the day or indulging in exotic dinners because we deserve a good meal after a hard day of work. We will be going through each day viewing it as a gift and precious time we will never get back. Simplicity allows us to be self sufficient, to enjoy the fruits of our own labor, to enjoy a meal we ourselves cooked, to hike through the mountains without thinking that the world owes us anything. Simplicity allows us to appreciate every little thing that comes our way without having any expectation of how the world should be. What we own, we carry with us whether it be physically or emotionally.
For Alex and I, the only possessions we own that don’t fit in our car right now is our winter ski/snowboard gear. Every other little thing we own fits in our tiny little Nissan Sentra, including our house.
IT FEELS SO GOOD! There is nothing more gratifying than feeling weightless, as light as a feather! My clothes that I have right now serve a purpose – to dry out quickly when I’m caught in a rainstorm, to wick my sweat when I’m charging up a mountain, to keep me warm sleeping in sub zero temperatures, to keep me clothed when I want to be clothed. Everything that we travel with serves a utility, to better our experience in our travels. In the end, we all know that less clothing just adds more color to our cheeks.
With less, we gain so much more.