A big problem is going to be that we don't tend to hang on to anything that isn't of value. Yeah I know, everyone thinks that everything they own is valuable, but after collecting and dealing in antiques for twenty five years, we have acquired a vast array of treasures that will be very hard to part with. We have already sold or given away the first wave of keep sakes, we'll call these the "We don't really care about these items", but now we move on to a whole other category as we face antiques and art in which we have a very strong emotional investment. Now truth be told, we could and will hang on to some of the things that we deem off-limits. These are things that truly have a place in our hearts and that we know we will never be able to find again or replace. But if we are really serious about living a life that isn't dictated by the baggage that you surround yourself with, then some things just have to go. I find myself having a harder time than Jerani when faced with these decisions, and will say very hoarder like statements when pressed such as "Hey that (fill in blank) is valuable, we don't want to just give it away...", or "Oh no, I don't want tell sell that, we might need it when we settle back down." I find myself wanting to hang onto more things than I want to relinquish, thus kinda defeating the whole purpose of scaling back. But I'm getting better. Baby steps.
We now are starting to list more and more items on ebay and Craigslist, and I'm starting to see little glimpses of the freedom that these decisions could afford us. I tend to be someone who needs a carrot in order to make a change, and if that carrot is more personal freedom to get out there and live life on our own terms, then I think that may work to motivate to get on board with moving past some of these trappings. As our "Road Trip" bank account swells it's getting easier and easier to pull the trigger.