Moving Abroad

Published on September 6th, 2013 | by Paz


What to do with your stuff when traveling

If you have decided to leave the rat race for good,take a sabbatical or an extended vacation you have a few decisions to make about what to do with your stuff. What to do with your stuff when traveling can seem daunting.

Once you have made the decision to go on your upcoming adventure which is the fun part, then you are faced with decisions on what to do with all your stuff. Many of us take a look around our home and are worried about what to do with the couch, dishes, clothes, and the list could go on. None of us are going to bring the kitchen sink on our upcoming adventure however some of us aren’t ready to get rid of the kitchen sink either.

When we moved to China in 2011 and I didn’t want to give Goodwill my baby pictures, or my blender, or my business suits that I had spent so much money on only 9 months earlier. Every person is at a different spot when they decide to make a life change, in what they are willing to part with.

Although I think keeping sentimental or highly valuable items might important you first need to get rid of your clutter. You need to decide what can go. Getting rid of clutter is important to cleansing your spirit and your home so you can focus on your adventure and your dreams. Many of us are in denial about how much clutter we have until we have to move (who wants to move all that stuff) or have a vision of a lighter life.

If you are ready to Declutter your life then I highly suggest a Declutter Clinic which will help you get through those closet drawers, kitchen cabinets, and shelves of books so you can leave for your next adventure without worrying about *stuff*. Come on people stuff isn’t worth worrying about while trekking through the jungles of Costa Rica or riding camels in Egypt.

After getting rid of all the stuff what do you do about your baby pictures, baby clothes, grandma’s china, or like me business suits that I just wasn’t ready to get rid of yet. First off don’t feel bad for wanting to keep some things. I am not justifying keeping that little trinket from some store that has zero sentimental value. For all the stuff you aren’t ready to keep what should you do with?

Getting a reliable storage unit to store your valuables while you go on your next adventure brings a sense of peace. I know storing our valuables while we were gone made me feel better and I knew that when we returned my baby clothes were still there. Looking at storage units in the Colorado Springs area is a great place to start and take a look at all of the services that these new storage units provide. They can take take away some of the stress in your upcoming move. When you are undertaking a life change anything that can relieve some of the stress is smiled upon in my book. There are truck rentals to help you haul your stuff the storage unit, or Pods, or my favorite movers that can help you move if you are too swamped to move or if you are 4’9” like me and can’t lift your couch on your own, then having movers come and help you is a blessing.

Get out there and have fun on your adventure and embrace your life change. Don’t worry about your things or your family treasures. First you must declutter, second find a safe spot to store your memorabilia, third have the adventure of your life. See how simple it is? Relax and focus on your life change. Don’t let your belongings hold you back.

About the Author

Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

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