As you can see from the video, we have accumulated a lot of stuff in our first 2 years of marriage, even in a small house. And we already donated all our textbooks, DVDs, and a lot of clothes!
When we first decided to move to Norway, we planned on keeping most of our stuff and furniture. We wanted to keep it in storage until we had a place overseas, then have it shipped over when we were settled. But, we decided against that for a few reasons.
First, it’s pretty expensive to keep things in storage and very expensive to ship it all over. We’re talking $3,000-$4,000 depending on the size of the shipment. Honestly I don’t think our stuff is worth that much. The only thing that made me consider it was our things of sentimental value.
But the more I went through our stuff and started clearing it out, the better it felt. Purging clutter and unused things is like lifting a shadow or weight off you. Just letting go was kind of therapeutic.
So we decided to sell or donate most of our things, and pack up the few precious items that we wouldn’t be able to replace. We will store these things with family for now, so we can get them back to us at some point. The rest we are selling on LetGo and OfferUp, and some on Craigslist. It’s nice getting some cash to let go and free up clutter as a bonus.
Ole and I have realized through this process just how much unnecessary stuff we accumulate without noticing. Things we’ve only used once or never used, an impulse buy that seemed cool at the time. We decided that from now on, we will sleep on any buying decisions that are just nice-to-have, instead of need-to-have. We now have a chance to start over, and re-fill our lives with only things that truly add value.