Friday, February 17th, 2017

Expat Preparation Means Minimalism, Living Leaner, More Badass

by Kristen Suzanne in Minimalism, travel

A tiny purse (instant pot for scale)

 

Another step in preparing to be expats, digital nomads, slow travelers, worldschoolers… whatever we want to call it… minimalism plays a part.

I’m going through each room, closet, area of the condo and deciding what I use, love, and want to keep.

Are there things that I like but aren’t used often? Are there things that spark joy but that I would’t buy again if I were deciding today? What am I attached to? Do particular items bring me happiness or do they just satisfy my ego? I think ego plays a big role for some things. 

For the next year we will slowly rid ourselves of a lot of… stuff.

I’m partial to my Le Creuset collection (quality pots and pans), but I have to ask myself, “Is it worth paying storage fees to keep these?” What if we’re gone for years? That monthly storage rent adds up, and I could probably buy these things again for the same price that paying to store them for so long would cost. If we’re lucky, fingers crossed, my mom and mother-in-law will give us a bit of space to store things there. 

My passion for minimalism actually started last year. I was tired of decision making fatigue so I started making fewer daily decisions. Ergo: minimalism. 

  • Have fewer clothes (I wear most of the same stuff day in and day out anyway) and less to look at in my closet, fewer decisions, more energy.
  • Having fewer lipsticks, believe it or not, is less decision making fatigue. 
  • Having a regular rotation of meals and foods so that I’m not constantly thinking about what to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 
  • Having less to dust gives me more time and energy to do other things. 

Recently, I downsized my purse, but it wasn’t without stress. After multiple attempts, I finally said, “Fuck it, I’m going lean.” I went from a larger purse packed with a large essential oil spray (cuz I might need it), snacks (cuz if I don’t have snacks I’ll be hungry), pens (cuz my kid needs to draw at the restaurants we don’t go to), various membership cards (rarely used), makeup, bandaids (cuz you never know), earbuds, cell phone, car keys, kleenex, handkerchief (cuz it’s pretty), and more ——> to ——> a tiny 6-inch purse that fits very little. 

For the tiny purse, I opted for lip balm, lip/cheek stain (two in one – yeah!) plus my phone, keys, a small bottle of essential oil (I had to), earbuds (I use these a lot), wallet minus membership cards (those I’ll keep in the car). I decided to carry a few snacks in the car for desperate times. 

I’m feeling badass as a result.

Risky behavior to be so spartan – or so I thought.

Turns out I love the freedom of the small purse. I might not have a bison bar in it, but forcing myself to be hungry once in a while isn’t going to kill me. It’ll make me stronger? 

Minimalism is giving me a lightness, a leanness, and an overall badass experience. To know I require so little in the way of material possessions is empowering. 

Let’s see. That’s more energy from less decision making fatigue. More time from less dusting. More freedom from having less. 

Minimalism for the win.

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