Stock-taking our 200+ Possessions and Letting them Go!

Having stuff is great! But having freedom to travel the world is great also. Nothing is for free.
August 4, 2016
Pre-Travel

Prior to making our final decision I created an inventory list of all of our "stuff". All of it. Including my meat thermometer I finally bought for Christmas. Everything from that small box of jewelry sitting in a container, in a drawer, in my wardrobe to our brand new dining suit, 3x vehicles and must-have appliances. It was an interesting exercise. I realised wow, look at all this nice stuff we have, i'm so thankful for it, cause it makes our life easier and I like it all. I have become comfortable with all of this stuff. But at the same time I was fascinated by how we never really used much of it and that at the end of the day, that meat thermometer I could easily live with out, that the dining suit is totally replaceable, and that all of our stuff we don't actually need. 

Having gone through this process allowed me to go ahead with the decision because going on this adventure would mean letting go of all of our things. I had compiled a list of all our possessions, an excel spreadsheet - categorised, colour coded and each item uniquely indentified. A little unnecessary maybe but its organised and gives me that place to go to when I need to know what were selling and when. 5% was marked for storage because of sentimental value, another 5% we would be packing and taking with us and 90% was going to get sold or donated. I began selling things we had lying around in our cupboards on trademe (a NZ online trading store) and that first week brought in over $1600 - we were stoked!

For this initial part of the process I was being completely objectionable, which was great! But then again, i'm highly sensitive and so the process was bound to affect me. I questioned Dylan a dozen times about some of our stuff, should we just store it because we might come back in a month or two, can we just keep it cause I really "love" it, and "but we paid so much for it". His response was always the same "they're just blankets.. do you want to not go because you love these blankets" and "it's replaceable, we can get new ones one day". I had a little cry seeing our library display emptied, with the thought of someone picking it up and taking it away the next day. But then the next day it was gone and I was fine. In fact I loved how clean the space looked where the library once stood. And to be honest, it simply didn't bother me again.

The process has also shown us a new perspective about being a consumer and the value of things. For example, our amazing bed, which we purchased when we bought our first home, we paid about $2000... we're getting $500 for it. Suffice to say this process has already begun to change us.

With two months to go, we've only just begun with the letting go process, well just me, Dylan's already let go with his manliness of no emotional attachment to things. Lucky him. Lucas is lucky also. He's at a great age of forgetting things and moving on quickly. We have also explained to him that because we can't bring everything on the plane with us we have to sell most of his toys so he can get money to "buy an iPad". He's pretty stoked, in fact he's learning all about money already. So although I am bound to have some or maybe a lot more tears I think i'll be just fine!

Maria Johnston

Maria is an explorer. She's always had a love for seeing new places, learning languages and meeting people. She's passionate and creative, loves sports and always looks forward to growing and challenging herself to be a better person.

Maria has had great success as a project manager, entrepreneur, and of course being a mum! She's a hard worker and has impenetrable focus when her mind is set on something.

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