This is a thread I started entitled, "Getting Rid of Your Stuff":
Getting rid of your stuff
In 2004, I made the decision to change my life. I went through all my stuff and got rid of about half of it (tossing, selling, giving away). Then I quit my job, gave up my apartment, packed up my remaining things, and moved two provinces over. I dropped off my things there, and took off for a 3-month tour of Australia. When I returned to Canada, I started my Bachelor of Education .... and have just graduated last Friday (April 17th).
Most of my things have been in storage for approx. the past 4.5 years, so last December I dug it all out, and started going through it all. That's when I started the thread above. The thread has gone to several pages now and has quite a bit of useful information and encouragement for the purging process.
In 48 days I move to Australia to live in an orchard with my husband, Rowan. At the moment Rowan is living in a small camper trailer because the bushfires destroyed his home on February 7th. There is a possibility that a small Atco might be moved onto the property for us, but otherwise I'll be moving into that trailer too.
In addition to living extremely simply (small place, nowhere to store things, no running water, no electricity, etc.), the cost of shipping things to Australia is expensive. And ... Rowan and I want to travel, so hauling a lot of stuff around with us just isn't practical. Therefore I need to take what I currently have left from my 2004 purge, and reduce it down to no more than 500 sq. ft (approx 8 ft x 8 ft x 8 ft packed), and preferably less than that.
Since my graduation, I've started doing the paperwork aspect of such a move ..... and have also started going through my things again to get rid of most of it.