Do you want to hit the road with your family?
Are you ready to leave that soul-sucking routine behind to discover what life’s really all about?
NOW get rid of 97% of your stuff, put 2% in storage, give your kids one backpack to fill with what they can’t live without, pack up the toaster, the PS4, the bikes, and your toothbrushes.
You get to throw out all that stuff that serves no purpose.
When this part is over, and you’re on the road, with your family, you will be so amazed, confused, happy, eager, excited, tired, and speechless, that the $2 you got for that antique kleenex box you bought as a freshman in college at that store you thought was so cool, won’t matter!
Those things lurking in boxes in the corners and far reaches of your home do not want to hold you back. It’s okay to let go of everything you don’t need. Right now. Let those things serve someone else.
You don’t need it. And if you need it in the future, you’ll find it, or another, or someone else’s.
Progress, not perfection
Don’t let thoughts of the perfect place for every little thing get in the way. Don’t let this stage slow you down. That coffee cup is cute, but you’ll only need one on your travels, and it’s not worth what it would cost to put in storage.
We pay $60/month for a 10′ x 10′ storage unit.
These things will cost us $720 to keep for a year.
- king-sized bed
- dining room table and chairs
- small kitchen appliances
- nice cookware
- big TV
We sold or gave away everything else.
- kids’ furniture
- holiday items
- night stands
- patio furniture
- area rugs
- kids’ cubbies
- espresso machine and cups
- keg fridge and beer glasses
- book shelves
- pop-up canopy
- picnic table
- lawn power
- all the craft crap
We held a name-your-price garage sale. People paid us what they wanted to take away what we no longer needed. I told them each, thank you.
There’s someone else who would love to have these things for free, or cheap. If you can’t find them easily, Goodwill or Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity will. And you could get a tax deduction, instead of bigger storage bill.
You get to choose a new home that will only take 10 minutes to clean!
Bring a little dust buster vacuum, maybe a broom, one earth/kid friendly all-purpose cleaner and paper towels, and you’re set. And a laundry basket.
You get to pick places to see with your family for the first time.
When you lie down at night, feeling lighter, one day closer to your goal, imagine a spot somewhere in the United States where you would like to have an ice cream cone.
Where is it? Is it warm?
Are you looking at the silhouette of nearby mountains as the sun goes down? Are you looking at the lights of a big city on the horizon? Are you looking at the seagulls skim the water as the sun goes down?
You get to meet new people who are as crazy as you!
You aren’t the only one who wants to explore the United States by RV. There are hundreds of families out there on the road. They did it. They emptied the house and moved their families into mini-homes on wheels. They said goodbye to items that were a good deal last year, but won’t be needed on the road.
And you get to be the subject of envy of everyone you know, except that friend of your mother’s who finds it irresponsible and foolish to spend as much time as you can with your family while exploring the country you’ve lived in your entire life instead of working until your kids have grown up and started families of their own and you’re too old to do anything but swallow your medication.
That’s it. *
(*the secret of getting your family on the road.)