UPDATE: Getting Rid of Our Stuff
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If you haven't read it already, we highly suggest reading our first post in this series, Getting Rid of Our Stuff.
Some things went as planned, some did not...
We did a pare down of our ‘keep and store’ belongings so well that we ended up keeping things we never thought we would. We chose to keep the aforementioned shelving and a few organizer storage drawers and because of this each drawer became a small space to store stuff. Rather than leave this as empty space, it became our 6-12 boxes mentioned above. Even with all the drawers available for use, we only filled up about 2/3rds of them.
On the other hand, our ‘keep and travel with’ stuff became too big of a pile. We thought we were being pretty minimalistic and cutting everything down to the bare minimum. We failed miserably. Our first attempt at packing our backpack (Video Review of Osprey Manta AG 36) was a realization that surprisingly weight wasn’t our biggest issue, instead, it was bulk. We didn’t have all of our electronics yet (laptops, cables, pugs, etc.) however, we were right around 16lbs per bag. What seemed to be a small pile of stuff, barely fit into the backpacks though. And so began our pare down.
Our nightly Dr. Ellie’s teeth regiment of three mouth washes has to be reduced to one or limited to whatever we buy once we arrive in Europe. Dental picks become a roll of dental floss. Six pairs of undies become four (we'll wash them by hand more often). And we can share a salt rock deodorant, right!? Those things are heavy!
The Story Continues
Read the update: UPDATE 2: Getting Rid of Our Stuff