“Simplicity is making the journey
of this life with just baggage enough.”
Over the last three years, I've reduced my possessions to only
those things that will fit inside one suitcase and one hand luggage
bag. My wife and I decided to pursue extreme decluttering, in order
to make a lifestyle of long-term travel more practical.
Decluttering was easy at first, but got harder the more extreme I
took it. My possessions were not just serving practical needs, but
emotional ones too. I had to work out how to address those needs
before I could get rid of my stuff. Decluttering also forced me to
acknowledge mistakes I had made in the past— mistakes I preferred
to avoid thinking about.
Overall, extreme decluttering has been a fantastic learning
process. I feel much freer because of it. I think that you can
benefit in a similar way by decluttering, even if you don't want to
reduce your stuff in such an extreme way as I did.