When we first moved to Alaska (almost) a year ago we only brought one carload of belongings. What didn't fit in our car simply didn't make the cut. There were a few boxes of keepsakes and important things (like my record player) that my parents stored for me. Overall though, we packed the car and that was it.
|Packing our car for the move from Illinois to Alaska.|
Some time (not-so) later we managed to accumulate a ton of STUFF. It is a little sad and a lot silly. So, we decided to condense many of our belongings. We took a load of books and clothes to the thrift shop this weekend. And, we intend to continue to downsize. We cancelled our cable (except for basic channels) and downgraded various other "plans" that we had going on in our lives. We started a garden and began to really think about saving long-term and downsizing long-term. It has been a freeing experience! It is still all new to us but we are liking it so far.
We are also looking into EarthShips quite a bit. We probably won't be able to build/buy our own home for another 8-10years. But, long-term we would love to build a sustainable "green" home. Check out the links and let me know what you think!
Here are some cool links about the topics:
Minimalist FAQ's from mnmlist.com
The Everyday Minimalist
10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are Awesome
How do you feel about living a minimalist lifestyle?
Would you ever consider this lifestyle?
How awesome are EarthShips????