We are excited about our upcoming travels. Our friends are equally excited for us as well as curious about our preparations, what our day to day life will be like on the bikes, what are our plans for the future, etc.
Inevitably, the conversation turns to our stuff. What do we have left and how are we going to store it? If you have been reading through our entries, by now you know we essentially liquidated everything with the exception of a few items stored at our parents’.
After running the numbers, it makes no financial sense to pay to store anything, unless it is short term (e.g. leaving one apartment before a new lease begins). The money spent on storage could easily replace your old stuff (Ikea furniture, pots, pans, plates, etc.).
You don’t own stuff, stuff owns you.
If something has sentimental value, take a picture. That image will still bring back the old memories and unburden you from moving it, buying a plastic storage bin to put it in or building a shelf to put it on, moving to a larger place because you ran out of room, dusting/cleaning it …
People like to hold on to old things to hold on to old memories. Sometimes this keeps them from making new ones.