I pulled a leaf from Leo Babauta’s pages on minimalism about stuff and how it has come to overwhelm us, and took the relocation opportunity to further “de-clutter” on life. Carousell has been an amazing tool to help with the process thus far, and I highly recommend it to everyone out there looking to get rid of extra stuff lying around your place.
Lysia and I first thought about taking on the 50 things challenge, but due to practicality issues we decided to instead limit everything we need to just one suitcase each. Although It seemed unthinkable at the start, the process to reduce all we need in life to a single suitcase was enjoyable and extremely liberating.
A logical approach to this problem could look like this:
- Step one – list out all the things you own on a spreadsheet
- Step two – give an estimation of how many days in a year you actually use the item
- Step three – sort the list from smallest to largest
According to the Pareto principle, or most commonly known as the 80/20 rule, you’ll probably find that the top 20% of the items you own are being used 80% of the time. The next logical step – get rid of the bottom 80% of the items! Not only is the de-cluttering process very therapeutic, it also forces you to think hard the next time you wish to add another item to your “life”. So in a nutshell, one suitcase doesn’t mean a strict concrete measurement, but it means to reduce your stuff down to a level that is right for you.
Now that we’ve done it, the everything you need in life in a single suitcase idea seems very doable and another great lifehacking concept! In fact, upon further reading, I found a few other reference projects available online, such as Project 333 and the 100 thing challenge – very helpful resources.
So go ahead and REDUCE (some stuff), REFUSE (new stuff), and REJIGGER (your priorities).
P.S. Merry Christmas in advance with clutter-free gift ideas from the Minimalist Mom!