How to make your life fit into one suitcase
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“Maybe the life you wanted is buried under everything you own” – Joshua Becker
I´ve always been weird about owning things. It is one of the main reasons I am able to just pack my stuff and move to another country when I feel like it – no moving expenses beyond the plane ticket. To me, owning next to nothing means freedom. In the past 10 years I have moved countries on average once a year. Here´s how I pack for a year:
Capsule wardrobe, baby!
I first read about this on Pinterest about one year ago. It was one of those sleepless Sunday nights. At 3 in the morning I decided to pull everything out of my closet and start over because of this blog post on how to start a capsule wardrobe. In the past 12 months I can say the capsule wardrobe thing really changed my life. Thank you so much to my fellow bloggers for this idea. I owe you! If you are interested in learning how to create a year‘s worth of outfits with only 25 pieces of clothing, check out these posts for inspiration: 6 week capsule wardrobe and 12 classic wardrobe basics.
And then there is another life hack I got from my friend Sarah. Living in a warm country like Spain you´ll end up with tons of summer dresses in your wardrobe and there really is no point buying Winter clothes here. So when it gets cold she wears the dress with leggings, cardigan and boots and voila – winter outfit! It took me a while to find navy colored leggings that suited my capsule, but gladly there is Amazon 🙂
Are you one of those people that have a printer at home? Do you have files in a cabinet labelled “insurance”, “bills”, “house files” or something similar? How many of those do you ever actually look at again? Could they be digitalized? I do my transactions digitally whenever possible so that I have electronic documentation. Banks, insurance companies and employers are increasingly fine with this, even government bodies in many countries these days have paperless options. Side benefit: you do your bit to save the planet!
Music, Movies, etc.
Dears, I don´t need to tell you there´s no need to buy DVDs and CDs anymore. But I may have to remind you that the ones you still hoard can be digitalized, so that you can get rid of the hard copy. My family know that the one gift I always love to receive is iTunes gift cards, so that I can download the music I want. Can you think of someone who´d appreciate that gift as well? Click here to visit Jerry Cards. Or just stream it! Netflix, Spotify and TuneIn are my favorite entertainment apps.
Not only will the cloud make your luggage lighter but it makes your documents and pictures and whatever available wherever you are in the world! And it makes it searchable! Whether you are an Apple or a Google person – you can get tons of storage for free. And for all you travelers our there: upload a copy of your passport in case you ever lose it.
I don´t own any furniture. I move into furnished apartments. If I have to buy something, I donate it when I move. But I don´t need much. Which leads me to point 4: minimalism.
Many books and posts have been written about this. I´m glad we have a name for this life style now. The idea is to own only things you need and that bring you joy. I know I need clothes. But I don´t need a closet full of nothing to wear. The same is true for everything else. Decluttering your life will feel liberating! And it makes packing so much easier! Own less, live more! To get started check out Remy´s 30 day minimalism challenge and Mirna´s guide on preparing for travel by becoming a minimalist.
Let me know how it goes if you try it in the comments below!
You can also follow my pinterest boards for more info on minimalism and light travel. This is where you will also find Kathrine’s article on how to pack for a month in a carry-on with helpful advice for the short term.
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