I was moving to the UK for a year with my 2 teenage sons, and I had no idea how to go about it. It was just for a year - studying for my MSc - so paying to take all our stuff seemed absurd. But then, did I want to pay for storage? It really helped me narrow down the necessities (like how many pair of pants can I get away with packing - it had a 6 month table, so I just doubled it). I gave away all my furniture (including a 1-year-old living room set) to needy college students in Los Angeles (hoping karma would be kind to me abroad), sold my car, and we rented a furnished apartment sight unseen (that was scary - and a pain in the a$$). Our extra clothes, electronics, DVDs and books we fit into boxes - and since my Mom keeps rooms for us at her house (I know how lucky I am for that!) I just made a wall of boxes.
The book made me feel good about minimizing. But I also knew that some things I would just have to buy again overseas (and then get rid of again coming back). I'm back home now. Kind of. I'm from L.A., but getting my PhD in Pennsylvania. And for parenting students it isn't as easy as for other students - I can't just rent a furnished room. So, we don't have any furniture. lol We are slowly acquiring necessary pieces and are so okay with our minimalist life. We have what we need: each other (and food).
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