On a happy note, I am really glad I don't have to pack up and move all of this stuff! My years of hauling boxes and furniture are over! On an even better note, I just realized that when we pay off the house and hubby's credit card we will have a higher net worth than we have ever had in our life! I would often drive by homeless people when I was buried under credit card and tax debt and think, that guy may have nothing but he has a higher net worth than I did since my net worth was in the minus six figures. I expect the relief from paying off these final debts will be quite liberating.
So far, even though we are still living in our house, being nearly house-less has the following advantages:
- No bills! We will have a few final bills for our house but when we leave we will have a total of one bill, for our cell phones.
- No shopping! Since all we are taking with us is what we can carry in our backpacks, we can't shop which saves a ton of money.
- We actually have money! When you don't shop and you are super busy getting ready to move, selling stuff like a maniac on CraigsList, and packing up the few things you will keep in storage, you don't spend money, and it just keeps adding up. This is something that has actually never happened to me before because I used to spend every dime I had, and then some, because my daily "entertainment" was shopping. These days it always surprises me that when I check my bank accounts, not only is there money in there but there is more money in the accounts than I had the last time I checked. Amazing how that works!
- Packing up our meager belongings, we realize how much stuff we actually NEED to survive. And it isn't that much. Some clothes, some toiletries, a laptop, a cell phones. That's it. Sometimes I think I just woke up from a dream. In my dream I am working furiously to acquire all of these consumer things that I thought I MUST HAVE in order to have a happy life but I wake up and after the fog has cleared, I realize that all that I need I already have (and it all fits in one backpack). Wow.
And when I start to freak out about this whole 'sell everything and travel the world with only what you can carry' thing, I look back on a bunch of Betsy's blog posts (her and her husband did a similar thing last year) here (mostly the posts from August and September 2010 before they left). Apparently a bit of panic before you chuck everything you have ever known and head out into the unknown is quite common...