Those of you who know us personally know that we are from Alaska and are now traveling the United States. We have decided that to travel the United States we would get a travel trailer, though this means living minimal. So as the story has already begun I will catch you up on how we’re preparing for minimal living. For the next six months we will be living in a house full of box walls and small living spaces. The term ‘box walls’ means that we have all of the stuff we had shipped from Alaska in our tiny rental house. With boxes everywhere we made walls in the living room to cut off the extra space we wouldn’t have in a travel trailer. We have also limited ourselves to only using two cabinets, a little counter space and no dishwasher in the kitchen. Our rental house only has three small bedrooms which we have divided into one for the parents, one for the only boy in the house and one for the four girls, but we aren’t using the closets! I know that some are you are thinking that we’re crazy and why would we do that. Well at the beginning of this whole thing we would have thought that this was crazy too. But after living without all of the material stuff that we had packed away, we realized that it was pretty easy to live without it. Though of course we are not getting rid of everything! There just are very few things we are keeping, like photo albums, keepsakes, toys, some kitchen utensils and of course some clothes. The keepsakes, photo albums and the few other things will have a place in storage. Unlike all of the things we thought we needed, they are going to be donated, sold, or thrown away. We have finally learned that life isn’t just about the material stuff and that it doesn’t take much to be happy.
Why do we have so much stuff? Why not try to see as much of the world as possible? To answer these questions is why we decided to try living minimal and travel the United States. Which I hope is just the beginning to the travels in my life.