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We Have So Much Stuff – Minimalism is a Journey

We have so much stuff.

I haven’t spoken to anyone for days. I’ve misplaced the charger for my watch and I’ve kept my phone out of sight, so I have missed messages and I have missed calls. When I finally do speak with someone, or text someone, all I can think or say is, “we have so much stuff.”

It’s easy being a minimalist when you have a large home that’s not filled. But when you move those items to a 950 square foot space, it suddenly seems like a lot. It doesn’t seem like a lot; it is a lot. We went from 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a 3-car garage* to 2 bedrooms (master without a closet),1 bathroom and zero garages.

There is a barn.

And a shed.

They’re in acceptable condition for storage, but not for anything very important. The house was built in the late 1880’s and I believe the barn was as well, so you can imagine the condition. Not to mention that the barn has been on fire at some point as well, and has a strong tilt to it (from the inside; can’t really tell in this picture at all!)

Moving from South Austin to the High Country - what is it REALLY like?
This picture looks terrible because I took it with an iPhone through a dirty window; our back door is currently frozen shut.

We have so much stuff.

So I have been missing in action for the past few days. Oh, wait, it’s actually been an entire week.

I do think that tomorrow I will be resurfacing, answering phone calls, responding to texts, not stepping over boxes or walking through mazes just to get from my bedroom to the bathroom. I will go snowboarding tomorrow.

Tomorrow, we will not have so much stuff.

*full disclosure: we rented our house in South Austin to tenants who wanted to keep a majority of the furniture. To find out how to rent out YOUR house while you travel (this wasn’t our first time!), stay tuned for an upcoming blog post!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all of your things? Where are you in your minimalist journey?

XO

EL

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What in the World Are We Doing?

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you might be confused as to what we are actually doing in terms of our living situation and our travel plans.

You’re not alone.

The truth is: we are confused too.

We know that our goal as a family is to home base in Colorado and travel the world for a while. We can work from anywhere so we want to see what that really looks like for us. It looks great on paper but we want need to see how it translates into reality.

To travel the world the way we would like to, we can’t have any pets and we can’t have this house sitting vacant.  We also can’t have all this STUFF. Yes, even as minimalists, there is still a lot of stuff to manage before downsizing.

Downsizing

The move would be from a 3,200 square foot home with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a 3-car garage to a 900 square foot home with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and street parking. Oh, and the small house in Colorado is furnished. So yeah, we have some things to figure out.

Why we Moved Out of Our Dream House Why We Left Our Dream House in Austin

We’ve seen prospective tenants to rent the house and we have met with Realtors. Both have promising leads and both come with their own set of baggage.

But we can handle baggage; we are travelers.

Our plan is leaving Texas and moving to Colorado within the next month. Can we make this happen??

Have you ever made a big move like this? Have you ever downsized? Let us know how your experiences went in the comments!

XO

EL

 

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Leadville, Colorado with a Toddler – First Mountain Trip of the 2017/2018 Season – Family Travel

Welcome Home

I definitely thought I would have done a lot more writing by now. We have been here two days and have been mostly on damage control duties.
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Journey Into Minimalism

Feng Shui

I don’t remember what inspired me to look up books on feng shui. It was June of 2015 and I was 5 months pregnant with our daughter. I imagine that my work life wasn’t going as planned and the energy in my environment felt off-balance.
I came across the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo in my quest for another book on feng shui. Had me at the catchy title and pretty book cover. It seemed like she had written the book with me in mind. I could use some magic.
How our Journey Into Minimalism Began and what's wrong with Feng Shui? Find out!

What’s Wrong With Feng Shui?

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Colorado Road Trip with Toddler (from Austin to Leadville) – Family Travel

Road Trip from Austin, Texas to Leadville, Colorado

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Date of Trip:
November 12 – November 27, 2016

Our child’s age:
13 1/2 months (just over a year old.)

Taking a Toddler on a Road Trip from Texas to Colorado - NEVER again! Find out why!

Spoiler Alert: This is the trip that convinced us to never drive to Colorado again with the toddler in tow.

We had to drive up there at least once this season; we had furniture, household items, and wardrobes of winter clothes that we needed to move from our house in Austin to our house in Colorado. (sometimes referred to as the “Mountain House.”) We rent this house out for the majority of the year as a furnished home, so we had to make sure it offered what it advertised.

So the road trip to Colorado had to happen.

We expected the trip to go similar to our previous road trip with her to Colorado. It didn’t.

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Hurricane Harvey

I am a Houstonian.

We are some of the lucky ones.

I created this blog to write about family travel and minimalism. Mostly family travel. Minimalism is something that has created the opportunity for more travel, more enjoyable travel and a more enjoyable daily life.

Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston - dry privilege, survivor guilt, and driving to Houston to help. Have you been through a natural disaster before?
Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston.

But then, real life happens.

Hurricanes happen.

Harvey happened.

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Los Cabos, Mexico – All-Inclusive – Family Travel

The Drive to Houston – The First Segment of the Trip

We took our toddler to an all-inclusive in Cabo, Mexico! And we flew Spirit airlines! How did it go? Learn from our mistakes! | Pinterest Image

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You know the part of the trip when you go through a list in your head, trying to figure out the item you most certainly forgot? There has to be something, right? The sooner we figure what I forgot, the sooner we can relax.

The drive to Houston is when I realized I forgot the plastic cover for the car seat. Should be fine, but I was annoyed at myself. (spoiler alert: the car seat had no damage even without the protective cover)

Besides that, I felt pretty good about everything. It was my first time to pack using the packing cubes and the first time to use my new suitcase.

I suppose it’s not ideal to have to drive 2 1/2 hours to get to the airport, but because my parents live in Houston, it’s a great excuse to hang out with them for a night. We had hamburgers, watched the Minnesota Twins on TV and caught up on life.

We took our toddler to an all-inclusive in Cabo, Mexico! And we flew Spirit airlines! How did it go? Learn from our mistakes!
Explore the world little angel!
We took our toddler to an all-inclusive in Cabo, Mexico! And we flew Spirit airlines! How did it go? Learn from our mistakes!
Watching Uncle Ryan’s baseball team on TV at GiGi and Pops’ house in Houston.

Airport Drop Off

Lucky for us, my dad took us to the airport. Not only does that mean extra time with him, but it also means we didn’t have to pay for parking. I love not having to pay for airport parking.

Even more, I love spending extra time with my dad.

We took our toddler to an all-inclusive in Cabo, Mexico! And we flew Spirit airlines! How did it go? Learn from our mistakes!
Thanks for the airport drop off, Pops! And for the family photo!

The drive to the airport is when I realized I left her Bear, her little lamb and her bunny in her Pack ’n’ Play at my parents’ house.

My stomach sank.

 

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Our Family Values

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To understand your family, you would first need to know your family values.  Your values determine most decisions that you make and explain a lot about how and why you do the things you do.

What family values do we use to guide us?? If you don't have values, what do you use to guide your decisions?

Why Do We Live Here?

Being a family member or friend is ours is invariably having to hear about us packing up all of our stuff, and moving.  Constantly.  It changes every week. Our friends and family are always having to listen to our plans to move.

To downsize.

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Minimalism Resources

Minimalism Is About More Than Decluttering

Minimalism is more than just decluttering your stuff. There are two major factors involved:

  1. The mental aspect of being ready to clear your space.
  2. The physical aspect of actually removing items from your space.

Minimalism resources to inspire you to take the leap!

There are a plethora of resources for minimalism on the internet and in libraries, but this list only includes the resources I have personally used and the resources I have found are the most beneficial to me on my minimalism journey. I broke them down into the following categories:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Watching
  • Doing – the physical act of becoming minimalist

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Traveling Is Not My Favorite Hobby

Life As A Homebody

I am a homebody. Pure and simple. I’m not anti-social, but as an adult, I’ve generally preferred staying in and relaxing on a Friday night over going out for dinner, drinking, and dancing. I love getting into a daily rhythm and I love going through certain routines and rituals every day.
I haven't always loved to travel. Traveling used to be a hassle and a burden. Until it wasn't. Find out when it changed. Is traveling your favorite hobby, or are you pretending?

Daily Rhythm

Getting into a daily rhythm is best done at home base.

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