Yesterday, we woke up in the driveway of our (very) soon to be former home for the last time. It hit me about 2 hours down the road that we had really entered a new chapter of our lives – and that going forward daily life would be very different than everything that we’ve encountered previously. We made the decision early on in the process to only keep what would fit into the motorhome – no storage lockers; no furniture or boxes of keepsakes stashed in friends’ garages. Paring down our mementos, gear and gadgets was alternately exhilarating and emotionally exhausting. One moment it seemed like the most freeing decision we’d ever made, and the next I’d find myself crying at the thought of parting with a childhood keepsake that had been packed away in a box – a box that has followed me from our home in Vermont, to Alaska, finally spending the last 5 years on a shelf in our garage in Oregon – unopened. When every earthly thing you own is behind you in a motorhome, I gotta say, it’s a wild moment!
With our space physically limited, and our home on the move, we’re working on gathering more experiences and fewer things. I suppose we could have made that mental shift when we had a 2300 square foot home, but with a couple of packrats like us, I think the constraints imposed by having only 310 square feet are going to lead us to a lot more freedom. Join us if you will!