If we are going to go Sail the world we would need to down size our "stuff".
Stuff we can't keep while we would be away, stuff we may not even need when we return. Storing some was inevitable but all of what we owned, impossible.
Where would we store it? What do we keep and what do we sell, and what about the monthly expense of storing the stuff we do keep?
It kind of all came down to the question; When will we be back and what will we need?
Then there was our beloved home. The only home that Cole has ever known, the home that Krista and both have put so much time, creativity, effort and money into.
The amazing acreage that Cole has grown up loving, and all the hard work we have done clearing and beautifying the land. The memories made here are imeasurable.
Selling our home affectionately known as "Creekside" would be our hardest move towards the dream of all.
SO many questions, SO many thoughts and feelings... we were overwhelmed.
We stopped, took a step back, and looked at the big picture, saying to ourselves;
How do you learn to walk... one step at a time.
So we started the process...
Deciding what to keep and what to sell and what we would be comfortable having to eventually re-buy is TOUGH.
The next step was to find a buyer for our stuff.
Garage sales are great but the average garage saler is looking for almost free. Selling at a gararge sale will get you 50 cents to a couple of dollars per item depending of course on what that item is. Taking a picture, listing it on Craigslist will get you double or triple what you otherwise would at your garage sale. It's a lot of work but then, so is a garage sale.
Krista began photographing every little thing we needed to sell, from Christmas decor to fondue pots, from bicycles to winter clothing. She took pictures of it all.
For months it went on, people arriving at our front door to pick up and pay for something we had posted online for sale. It felt so weird watching it all slowly go out the front door and the money trickleing in. Of course everything that you sell gets you a fraction of what you originally paid for it even if it is sold through Craigslist instead of at your garage sale.
The photographing and listing of our stuff online went on for over a full year.
$2 items, $5 dollar items, sometimes $100 dollar items, sometimes more, but mostly $2-$5.
In the first few months of the Summer of 2013 Krista had made over $5,000 dollars selling our stuff.
To put that into perspective ask yourself how many times $2 dollars goes into $5,000?! The answer; A lot! And a lot of people knocking at the front door wanting to pick up or buy one of our things.
We had a lot of stuff... it didn't seem to end....
Somethings were much harder to sell than others.
Cole's birthday is in late June, for his last birthday he got a bicycle, less than a year later it was sold to a stranger. Bikes don't travel well on sailboats, but that fact doesn't make it any easier to watch you childs face as he says good bye to a favourite thing like his bicycle.
Our Garage Sale was epic!
Even though so much stuff had alrady been sold we had more than a garage full more of things. The street was a gong show with so many people and cars lining up and down to buy our stuff.
The action was exciting, saying good bye to more of our stuff, not so much.
In hind sight I offer this recommendation; Be careful what you sell.
Ask yourself these questions;
-What does your future look like after cruising, meaning will I need something I've sold?
-Is there friend or family that would be willing to store some of my favourite things?
-If not what will it cost to store it and does that cost justify selling or storing?
-What things will cost me too much $ to buy again and will I want to do that?
If I stop and think about it I know there are things that I shouldn't have sold, but I am surprised now after living on our Catamaran for just a few months, at how little I actually enjoy living with. I don't really miss much. I think we have all kept our most important items anyway, and they are either with us here on the boat or stored safely with my mom.
Those things that I think I shouldn't have sold will soon fade from memory, they will be replaced with new but fewer things that are part of living and cruising on a Sailboat. They might only be remembered if my life looks the same after cruising as it was while we were living on land, in a house. I am sure we will all return much different people and I'm sure our wants and needs will change dramatically too.
Honestly, I don't have any real answers, but I am looking forward to what the future holds and to the minimalist life style that living and cruising on a Sailboat brings.