ٔNeither of us ever thought we would consider ourselves minimalists.  We live simply for sure, but “minimalism” implies real simple.

But it’s moving time and as we begin to even think about boxing up all of our precious belongings, we realize it is far too much.

Minimize

Actually, I like not having a lot of possessions.  I strongly believe in frequently going through my things.  If something hasn’t been recently used, use it or move it out.

Just the other day, I watched a YouTube video from Sadia of Pick Up Limes that solidified my ideas and even took me a little further.  Here are five of her questions to ask yourself to help you declutter:

  1. Is this something I have used in the last 6 months?
  2. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?
  3. Do I have another item that serves the same purpose?
  4. Does this item fit? Does it fit my body, my style, or the person I want to become?
  5. Am I keeping this broken item in hopes to fix it in the future?

Sadia definitely helped me downsize and I hope she can help you too!  Watch her video if you want to declutter your life… even if you’re not yet ready to make a voyage overseas.

The Collector (My Husband)

But I am married to an Iranian collector…. a collector of everything of which I fail to see the value in from my very American perspective.  Anything Persian is clutched to his heart; broken tiles, poetry books, puzzles.  Scarves and old cassette tapes to never be used again, but carry dear and beloved memories. Paraphernalia of the Soviet Union, I’m still unsure why.  Banknotes and coins that will never get spent.  And my least favorite…. outdated SIM cards.

But I am married to an Iranian collector…. a collector of everything of which I fail to see the value in from my very American perspective.

How am I supposed to pack together with this man?  He also downsized, a lot! Credit is given to the collector.

Pack, Unpack, Repack

Preparing to move is a process.

Forget the flight itself, finding a new apartment, changing contact details, etc.  Packing alone is likely the most cumbersome aspect of this lifestyle.  Each relocation requires a thoughtful evaluation of each possession. At nearly $10 per kilogram after 20kg in airline baggage fees, we have to think real hard about what stays, goes, and what is worth replacing later.

Packing never happens only once for a trip, especially a permanent move (well, permanently for us means for the next three years at best).  So we started in suitcases, moved to cardboard boxes, scratched that idea and settled on plastic containers.  All along, weighing and adjusting, moving breakables and putting clothing in vacuum seal bags.

The Harsh Words of Others

  • How can you do that? You actually put your life in suitcases?
  • Don’t you think you should hire a company to do that for you?
  • I could never do it! You’re so brave.
  • Maybe it’s time for you to settle down? Buy a home?

The reality of these views are, they always come from the people who can’t do it and discourage our adventure.  If either of us ever believed or fell for the doubts of others, we would still be in our home countries, fearful of venturing beyond.

Packing alone is likely the most cumbersome aspect of this lifestyle.

It’s Possible

At approximately 150kg for both of us, we did it with only a few minor disagreements.

Malaysia, we’ll be there soon.

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