The place we’ve called home for the last 4 and a bit years is empty, leaving us one step closer to departure time. The last few boxes left late yesterday afternoon, after a mammoth 2 days of full on packing, cleaning, moving, and a couple (alright, quite a few) of “stuff this” moments. The process actually started months earlier, when we started selling off a few un-used things which would have just become more container fillers. Managing to make a little under NZ$3000 (and I’m sure we should have sold/donated/dumped more), this tidy wee sum of money will be put to good use on our travels – perhaps a little cerveza money? 😉
(Side note: We’ve both sworn off 3 bedroom houses with giant sleepouts which become junk pits, and will probably live in a cardboard box when we get home if it means we don’t have to go through this all again!)
Thankfully, we’re not currently homeless, nor living in a cardboard box – we’re managing a spot of glamping at Darryl’s parents house. Adamant that living out of our van would be an excellent idea, we soon changed our minds when a caravan arrived. Space, power, headroom… all things that our van was lacking – we’re pretty stoked with our accommodations for the next 2 weeks
A few tips for moving your life into a container (or storage)!
- Start early! As soon as you’ve decided you’re going, start downsizing! Containers are big, but they’re not 3-bedroom-house-plus-garage-plus-sleepout big.
- Sell, sell, sell! We sold bulky things such as coffee tables, old dressers, dining tables and chairs that would have taken up too much space in the container – furniture seems to always sell for a decent price too, maybe owing to the current upcycling trend? (Pssssst – hint: Most of the stuff we sold, we had purchased from TradeMe/garage sales for LESS than we ended up selling them for ;))
- Donate/throw away! Things that maybe aren’t worth selling, but are still in good nick can be given away. Anything that is not worth keeping = SEND IT TO THE SKIP!! I have a feeling we’re going to come back and wish we had of thrown more away, and we should have probably hired a skip to encourage us to do so and fill it up. But, there’s always next time!
- Consider the cost of keeping your stuff. If you aren’t lucky enough to have lovely parents/parents-in-law who can offer a spot in their paddock for a container, you’re probably going to be paying to store your stuff. Consider hiring a smaller storage unit, and REALLY downsizing. We purchased a 20ft container rather than a 40ft, but it’s still huge.
We’ll be using our time in “limbo” – this time between moving out of our house and getting on that plane to South America – to do a bit more sorting, and finalize a few more things (like packing lists!). We’ll be saying goodbye (temporarily) to our dogs soon too – we’re off to Wellington on Monday 24th bound for “Dinky Dogz”.
17 days til departure!!