What Living Out of a Carry-On for 5 Months Taught Me

We need much less stuff than we think.

Person pulling a black carry-on suitcase while walking on the pavement in London city, United Kingdom.
Person pulling a black carry-on suitcase while walking on the pavement in London city, United Kingdom.
Photo by Tomáš Gal on Unsplash

Workation-wear

My carry-on was packed with a week’s worth of clothes and contained only the bare essentials. The end destination was a tiny village. I’d be spending most of my time inside the house in front of a computer. The number of times I put on makeup can be counted on one hand. It is there that I transitioned from a decently dressed woman who made an effort when she went outdoors to a sports-and-loungewear-wearing slouch.

The anti-hoarding approach to home life

When I finally could return to Berlin, I opened the door to my home, happy to be back at last. But something was off. Why was there so much stuff in my house? I looked around and felt suffocated by the non-used objects taking up space in my house and in my head.

Live lightly, feel calmer

If you feel uneasy or anxious because of the neglected to-do’s related to tidying your living spacer, I highly suggest getting rid of the clutter. Why keep things you don’t need? Or those you keep “just in case”, but haven’t touched in multiple years? Do yourself a favor and get rid of the unessentials.

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Writing my way to progress. Topics: personal growth, life lessons, tooling & (failed) ventures.

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