One of the goals my husband and I share is to move to Italy in 2020. Why 2020? Well, my husband is going back to school to learn more about computer science, while working as a cartographer. We think four years is a good amount of time for him to take enough classes to become a proficient programmer and find a job that can be done remotely. I already have a job where I work remotely. If both of us can make our own hours and work from anywhere, suddenly the world opens up to us. Concurrently, we’ll save up for moving costs and learn about Italy: some Italian, some politics, some soccer, some wines, etc. It sounds like a super fun process—and that’s before we even get to Italy.
It’s also a fabulous opportunity for some practice in minimalism. It’s become the benchmark against which I measure our purchases and belongings: “Would we take this to Italy?” We’ve used this to get rid of a bunch of things, and prevent some impulse purchases. After the lesson I learned in my last move, I’m pretty adamant about not doing a huge move to Europe—ideally, we’d be able to take everything we need on the plane.
It doesn’t work for everything—we won’t take our couch to Italy, but that doesn’t mean we’re kicking it out the door right now. But for someone like me, who’s trying to be more intentional about shopping and the things I own in general…and for someone like my husband, who’s not all too keen on donating his stuff…it’s a great little reality check that pits our priorities against each other.
And in the meantime, I imagine our future life… us working on our balcony, looking out at the rolling hills/cityscape/water (undetermined); roaming a craggy beach with our dog; eating so very much food and drinking excellent local wine. Ahh…
So what’s your benchmark? What do you ask yourself to determine whether something is worth having in your home or in your life?