Well maybe not be selling everything we own, but we are getting rid of a lot. Seven reasons why we chose to do so.
Number 1: We realized we couldn’t bring everything
Even with owning less than the average Joe, we own more than we can ever carry. Things have this magical way of accumulating. And although candle holders are a very useful item, owning 10+ of them, just don’t make much sense.
We are not striving to merely own a backpack, sandals and a toothbrush, but we are aiming at owning everything we need, and sell the rest.
Number 2. We want to say goodbye to things on our own terms
If there is one thing we hold onto very closely in this house, it are things with sentimental value. Letters, pictures and inheritances. It has always boggled my mind why these items are of such big importance, in the end it is just a vase, knife, piece of paper. And yet, we hold onto these items, we display them, we tell our children not to touch them. Maybe we are afraid these items hold our memories, of our love for some one. Whatever it may be, I know it has got a spell on me.
There will come a time when we will not be able to bring our photo albums and countless knickknacks, and instead of saying goodbye to everything all at once, we are consciously making the choice to say goodbye to certain items at this very moment.
Number 3. We want to invest in more durable items
We all know this one old tool, bicycle or piece of clothing that once belonged to our grandparents and still seems indestructible. Or maybe it feels like items nowadays are made to get broken in matter of years, without being able to get them fixed.
A couple of weeks ago my cellphone broke when I visited my parents. I explained to them I had seen this coming since the cellphone already was over four years old. My mum looked at me like I had gotten mad, and exclaimed that it was bonkers that such an expensive piece of equipment broke down after only four years of use. I then found myself justifying why this wasn’t bonkers, soon to realize I indeed had gotten mad, and so did the rest of the world..
It would be a lie to tell you this was the revelation that changed it all, but it provided a valuable lesson, and some proof that we are (for us!) on the right track by selling items that we know won’t last us a lifetime. The money we make in these sales, we invest in things that will.
Number 4. We are transitioning in to an off grid and more sustainable living
Let’s face it, my silk dress and high heels won’t be any good in the back-country. And even though these items serve their purpose in our current lifestyle, we will get rid of them eventually. Transitioning into a more off grid life, that is more (self-) sustainable and filled with less waste, requires well thought out decisions. Not everything we are selling is just as obvious as my Steve Madden stiletto’s.
A few things we take into considerations:
Number 5. We want to curate our belongings
What bliss would it be to only own what you love, whether that is for its aesthetics or its practicality. Owning less stuff means you can take better care of the things you do own. Letting work the things you own for you, instead the other way around.
Money is often depicted as a creation of the devil (or capitalists), and although we understand why, we do value money for the power it gives us. With every purchase, every dollar or euro spend, we can do good: Supporting local makers and farmers, supporting brands that value the same values as we do.
If money makes the world go round, you better use your contribution for the good.
Number 6. We want to minimize our footprint
We all have an impact on this earth we live on, and however we may no be your perfect tree-hugging, zero waste heroes, we try to minimize our footprint in every step we take. We are not here to lecture you on why it is bad to buy water in plastic bottles, use harsh cleaning detergents or driving 300+ km per week. But we want to point out that every more sustainable choice you make, how little that may be, is one step at the right direction.
A few of the little steps we took:
Number 7. We want to make our own and engage in barter
We have gotten very comfortable with all the supermarket shelves close by, hundreds of different cleaning supplies, blueberries in the midst of winter and coconut oil imported from India. So comfortable we have forgotten a lot of valuable knowledge, for example how to make soap, or all the purposes for baking soda and alum, and how to grow your own food and make your own clothes.
Since you can do it all by yourself we want to learn the ancient art of bartering. Exchanging goods and services and building a community in the meanwhile.
Whether you have plans on moving, building a new life like we do, or just want to have a good clean out, putting things up for sale could be the answer.
Parting can be such sweet sorrow, even parting with material objects is not all fun and games. If you want to do the same as we do, please remember it is a process, and you make the rules. Don’t let Marie Kondō tell you otherwise.
Feel free to share a comment, advice, question or your thoughts on this subject. They are always much appreciated!