The answer is a lot. Obviously.
I guess when I orginially decided that I didn’t have that much I forgot about the boxes under my bed. Or the two walk in closets. Or the book sheleves. Or the kitchen. Eek.
For the last two weeks its been my personal mission to declutter my life. After all for the next 6 months or so I will be living with nothing more than what I can carry on my back.
So i’ve started the long process of sorting through everything. My life has devolved into piles. Piles to keep. Piles to sell. Piles to donate. Piles to take on the trip. I’m starting to feel like I’m just endlessly shuffling things around my apartment.
I haven’t sold much…mainly because I didn’t really put as much effort in as I could have. I should have started earlier and put things on craigslist. Oh well. Here’s what I did manage to sell:
(One of the items I couldn’t find a picture of..see if you can guess which one)
Patio Furniture – $200
iHome Music Player – $20
Foxfeild Framed Poster – $35
Ikea Shelving – $40
For a grand total of $295 that I can add to the trip budget. (Also, if you guess Foxfeild Poster as the item I didn’t have a picture of – you are correct! If you guessed any of the other three you are an idiot.)
At first when I planned this trip I declared “I’m getting rid of it all. Selling all my things!”
Once I got over my crazy-world-traveler-possessions-are-evil phase I realize that getting rid of everything didn’t really make much sense for a 6 month trip. So I will be keeping a lot. Especially the things I will need on the other end.
Couch. Bed. Dresser. Work Clothes. Ugh.
Luckily my travel buddy and current roommate, Shannon, has a very nice sister who is allowing me to store my things in her basement.
This is the question that makes me want to hyperventilate and crawl into my bed and cry. Okay maybe not that dramatic but defiantly some whiney sniffling. I honestly have no idea what to pack. I keep finding things and putting them aside to “take.”
For example: All the little travel bottles I’ve been collecting. Well. It’s gotten a little out of control.
Back to the drawing board. I do have one pile that seems promising.
Yeah. That’s a book. A scarf, a pack of cards and a purse. That’s my packing pile so far. That will get me pretty far for 6 months in Asia, huh?
Obviously it’s a disaster.
At least I have a few weeks left. In the mean time I just keep focusing on paring down my stuff, organizing my apartment and hoping the Devine Intervention steps in and packs for me.
So far I’ve made some progress…. things are getting kind of empty around here:
At this point I could probably change my confession to “I have a normal amount of stuff.”
Still, a lot more work to be done before I’m ready to head to Russia.