Anytime is a good time to start de-owning but maybe a Transatlantic move beats them all. That is where our story begins. Two years ago, my husband was given the opportunity to work in Chicago. We've always lived in Barcelona, that's where our 3 kids had been born, so the idea was pretty exciting. Besides the emotional turmoil that it generated, we had to deal with a lot of practical details, starting with: What do we do with all of our stuff?
Luckily, we had already started introducing Voluntary Simplicity into our lives so the steps towards reducing, de-owning and making our move easy were quite clear.
We had to start with the 4 Box Method:
Overall, we spend 6 months in this process but that's because I started way too early (I realize now I was craving to de-own most of our stuff) but I think it can be done in 4-6 weeks from beginning to end.
De-owning over 50% of our stuff was an eye-opening opportunity to question if our belongings satisfied our needs and to analyze if those needs were real and still worked for us. As we de-owned things, we felt lighter and many ideas and decisions became clearer. Now, may months later, the benefits of those decisions are for us to experiment and enjoy every single day. But that is food for another blog entry.