Stuff! Our obsession with materialism.

Are we all obsessed with materialism? I have started the process of going through my belongings to get rid of as much ‘stuff’ that I can as possible before we move from a house to a motorhome to tour Europe. We are selling our house and going to live in a motorhome that is 7 metres long, 2.3 metres wide and 2.7 metres high. This is going to be a challenge but one that we are very excited about but I have realised that we own far too much stuff that we don’t need.

Yesterday I had an eBay sale and made a few quid selling things that we don’t use. I sold a guitar amp that I have not used for two years for £75. I have another better amp and I don’t need two.  Most of us are obsessed with materialism. Is that good for us?

Downsizing from a house to a motorhome for 6-12 months is a bit of a problem because of the amount of belongings we have. Computers, printers, speakers, desks, drawers, radios, cables, gadgets, documents, extension cables, shredder, 3 x bikes, a shed full of tools and gardening equipment, clothes we don’t wear any more. I could go on and on. The list is endless. Oh I forgot furniture such as bedside tables and dining room tables/chairs.

We need to go to a car boot sale to sell a lot of stuff including dozens of books. I like books so we will put our best ones into storage along with our best furniture. Getting rid of all this is going to take some time but I think it will feel very liberating.

In preparation for our motorhome adventure I have been watching some YouTube videos about people living in tiny houses and it’s amazing how they all seem to love it and look perfectly content with life and their release from materialism. I think the key is that they all have other priorities in life other than working to buy bigger houses full of more stuff! That’s the message I’m getting from watching YouTube video’s  about people touring in their motorhome and spending several months living in a small space. In the USA many people live in their RV. Watch one of the video’s about life in an RV. You might be converted!

I think it’s important to realise that a motorhome is where you sleep and cook as well as sit when the weather is bad. The rest of the time you have the biggest living room in the world because the sky and outdoors is yours to use!

We have started the job of looking for storage for our furniture and other belongings that we are keeping. The two quotes I have got so far are for about £130 per month for 75 sq feet of storage space. A better option, offered by a removal firm, is for our belongings to be put into a big crate and for that to be stored in a warehouse. That works out at about £40 per crate per month so that might be the best option.

If you have moved from a house to a motorhome please leave a comment below with any advice that you can offer.

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