Moving into our Motorhome has meant that we have had to learn to let go of Stuff that we have all had with us and also within our house(s)! Things that we have collected over the last 17 years of our marriage life.
Plus Stuff that David had before we got married! Gosh does he like to collect odds n ends (stuff) because one day he might find use for it! He is in for a shock because we will be Living With Less Stuff once we get on the road.
Say No To Clutter
I on the other hand don’t like clutter. When I was younger I lived in a household that was full of clutter, odd bits n pieces that made no sense of why were keeping it, but was needed to help keep my Mum happy.
The clutter took up space in our already small house, and collected so much dust. Maybe that is why dusting is not my strong point in my house cleaning! I don’t dust, well I guess I do when it gets really bad. Maybe that is also why I don’t like little statues/figurines/Nick-nacks because they would need cleaning.
Lack of Storage Space
Our New Home on Wheels – Rose The Lifestyle Challenge Bus!
Buying a Motorhome that does not have storage bins under the bus means that there is no chance for us to collect anything that we don’t really use, as there is no where to put it! So I guess in the next few years I will be Living With Less Stuff, and so will our boys!
We do have a shipping container that has boxes in there of what stuff is precious to us. But when it comes down to it, we only have one or two boxes that I would really want to keep.
That is boxes of my boys drawings that they did when they went to school, and photos of them all growing up. The rest is really not important
To Live With Less
Our Front Garden – we loved growing Roses and herbs
We used to own a House. It was located in the most ideal spot for kids to grow up, and was within walking distance to the local primary school.
Our house was the oldest house in the neighborhood and was the one that needed the most work! It was actually over 110 years old, and was once a pig farm with lots of acreage.
The land surrounding the house was once part of our property, over the years it was sold off and spilt into smaller lots of house blocks. Luckily for us we had a 1/4 acre and we backed onto a great property that was over 15 acres.
The people who owned the land behind us had horses and our boys got to ride them on the weekends! It was a perfect set up – we could live like we where on a farm but we did not have to worry about the animals being feed or the vet bills.
Our Renovated House
Our gorgeous Big King Size Bed!
Our house, being an old Queenslander was very run down. It had tenants from hell renting it, so we had a lot of work to get her back up to scratch when we brought it.
Actually I cried for the first week when we moved in because it was so dirty, so smelly (we had Possums living in our Roof as well as Rats in the house to evict!) and needed so much work – either everything needed to be ripped out or repaired.
The first thing that had to be done was to rip out all of the carpet. I actually got David and his Dad to do this the day before we moved in because it was beyond vaccuming, and I was not prepared to let my kids walk on something that could make them so sick!
Looking back on that first week its amazing that we actually were game enough to move in! Maybe that was the beginning of my journey of wanting to Live With Less Stuff.
Perfect Time To Sell
The Gorgeous Kitchen that David made for our Home
When we sold our house it felt scary. But then it also felt right. We brought it for a very good price (too good to believe it was true) and we sold it for such a BIG profit, we sold last January 2010 at the height of the big increase.
We had put so much time and money into renovating that it was a happy day as well as a bit sad when we did sell. (David re-built nearly everything in this house including the kitchen!)
Our gorgeous Lounge Room – with our wonderful comfy lounges
We did not want to buy another house, actually David and I have been talking a lot about what we want from life (since then) and we never want to own another house! So we rented at Glasshouse Mountains for a year.
The house was bigger than our own house so we started to buy more furniture to feel up the extra space! Doing that sent alarm bells ringing of in my head…..what are we doing? We are buying more stuff to tie us down, yet our desire was to travel?
When the lease ran out in January this year (2011) we had to find somewhere to stay to finish renovating our Motorhome, and some where safe to store our stuff. We had sold off all of our big items….our HUGE fridge went to Uni students up on the sunshine coast, the lounge we sold on eBay!
Some stuff we sold on Gumtree, other stuff we sold through friends, and some in our Gargarge Sale. I was happy to see it all go, David kept trying to keep the stuff!
Here is a short run down of stuff that we do have left (We purchased a Shipping Container and to store our remaining stuff)
- A clothes dryer
- Two Chest of drawers
- One black book/toy shelf
- One double bed
- Two bedside cupboards (that David made me)
- One box of toys that the boys would not let me sell!
- Our oldest two sons have a box each of whatever they wanted to keep (I have since gone in and asked them to make sure they really need any of it!)
- Our oldest has his golf and football equipment (actually once our older two sons take their stuff out of the shipping container it will be almost empty!)
- Davids tools plus many boxes of his stuff that we have moved from house to house, state to state over the last 17 years that he doesn’t even look at!!!
- Kitchen items that I am going to sort out and get rid off – our Motorhome doesnt have an oven so I dont need pots/pans anymore! Plus Tupperware – I have a huge box of Tupperware that I didnt even use while we did live in a house!
Here is what we have sold since we no longer live in a house and we are Living With Less Stuff!
- A king sized bed
- A computer table
- Plastic storage shelves
- Kitchen Dresser
- Ikea Bunk Beds
- Our oldest son Caravan (he used to live in a Caravan out the back of our rented house)
- Two big bookshelves
- Two small bookshelves
- Two bar stools
- Three piece lounge suite
- Two outdoors dining tables/chairs
- Coffee table
- Washing Machine
- Our youngest boy racing car bed
- Two white bedside cardboard and matching chest of drawers
- Another chest of drawers
- School Clothes
Feeling Like I Could Easily Live With My Family
Now I know what is really important – Family 🙂
My next goal is to not fill up our Motorhome with more stuff! I like Living With Less Stuff and I want to keep our life simple. At the end of the day I have all that is really important to me – and that is My Family! I am learning what life is really about, and I learning that material possessions do not matter.
Would you be happy Living With Less Stuff?
Today Writing about “Living With Less Stuff” is part of a group writing project with many other travelling blogs. You might also like to read more about “Living With Less” shared at these blogs!
- Wordschool Adventure
- Family On Bikes
- Break Out Of Bushwick
- Family Travel Bucket List
- Around The World In Easy Ways
- Carried On The Wind
- Our Travel Lifestyle
- Livin on the Road
- The Drop Out Diaries
- Discover Share Inspire
- Got Passport
- Fullness of Life