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Today is our last day living in the UK (for now).

Over the past few years we’ve downsized pretty much everything to the point where we’re getting on a plane with just 80kg of luggage. It’s not quite everything we own; some of our possessions are up in family lofts and we might have to come and get something if we really need it. But there’s not much of that.

We wrote our first post, Sold, over five years ago. It was just a list: everything we sold in our first flush of de-cluttering. But that wasn’t what this blog was meant to be about. Yes, we’ve written posts about getting rid of possessions and yes, we’ve explored some of our personal experiences of excessive consumption. In the process of doing so we’ve connected with people all over the world with similar ambitions.

But living without stuff isn’t the point. In other articles on this blog we’ve talked about everything from learning to work, from relationships to economics. These fundamentals are what we always wanted to write about. After all, minimalism isn’t so much about what you get rid of, but what you keep. What you focus on.

And tomorrow is one of those things we’ve been focusing on. For us to leave the country with a few suitcases and no plan beyond the next few months has taken a mammoth effort. We’ve taken our children out of school, we’ve planned our work around flexibility, we’ve actively sought out new people and places. Most importantly, however, we’ve changed our perceptions.

Over the past five years we’ve done a whole lot of things we weren’t quite ready for, and doing those things has taught us that we can get away with more than we thought. We’re not ready for tomorrow either, but if we were ready then it would probably be too late.

It’s a hard lesson. It’s difficult to remember that feeling unprepared is the right way to feel. So, as we leave tomorrow with ever so slightly more than 80kg of possessions we can do so in the knowledge that not quite perfect is perfect enough.

  • http://www.stopdoingdumbthingstocustomers.com/blog dougshaw

    Best wishes for more fabulous adventures. We’ve bene fortunate to meet once or twice and I’m sorry I didn’t even know you were planning this. Have fun – keep in touch, travel safe and well.

  • http://mistergough.com/ Simon Gough

    Thanks for the comment, Doug. I’m sure we’ll meet again. I certainly hope so.

  • AL

    “It’s difficult to remember that feeling unprepared is the right way to
    feel. So, as we leave tomorrow with ever so slightly more than 80kg of
    possessions we can do so in the knowledge that not quite perfect is
    perfect enough.” Awesome & right on. It’s an awesome lesson & so liberating. Almost as free as a bird. It’s a lesson worth learning & one my family is learning right now. Bravo & what courage!!! Thank you for sharing this. πŸ™‚ Best of everything always.

  • Sarah McAllister

    I really enjoyed reading this Naomi, perceptive and inspiring. First time I have read any of these posts.

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