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It cost $6000 to house our ‘most important items’ in storage and in the end we sold or gave most of them away for $300.

Economics was never my thing at school. Not that that’s any excuse given I finished there in 1996.

Over the past five years, stuff we once considered necessary for a comfortable life lay tucked away in a secure unit; sitting, waiting, pointlessly collecting dust while we travelled and our life became more simplistic, first by caravan, then tour bikes, now bus…

Breaking into our storage half a decade later highlighted how much shit we’d collected and how insignificant most of it really was.

By comparison to what we’d used recently, our collection of stuff only served to highlight how much of it we no longer needed: bags of old clothes, boxes of read books, a large plastic bin full of fresh air! All items we’d kept for a ‘one day I’ll use that’ moment, which, in a world of finite resources sort of made me feel like a resource thief.

If there’s one thing that travel taught us, it’s that baggage adds weight and weight equates to drag. Tour cycling, just like life, rolls much smoother less all the added extras – especially when there’s a hill to get over…

This isn’t to say that consuming doesn’t have a place, of course it does. It’s just trying to find the balance between what we realistically use versus what lies around redundant for years on end.

Lightening up on what we think we need can be called many things: minimalism, de-cluttering, downshifting… but, perhaps the best way to think of it, is the art of consuming less to experience more…



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