Becoming Nomads Step One: Downsizing

For the last two weeks, we have been hard at the work of downsizing – both physical and emotional.

In order to really prep the house to sell, we decided to first get it emptied out, which started with “blowing up the house.” We have been going through every closet, drawer, crevice, and cranny to review all our possessions and put them into piles: keep, sell, donate, and recycle/trash (which we tried not to do – but you’d be surprised how much junk one holds onto for no reason).

Pulling er’thing out of closets. I’ve learned to abandon my need for cleanliness during this time. Our house is a chaotic mess!
The growing pile of “yard sale” items…
First round of donations – we’ve made several trips and will make many more…

One of the hardest items to part with was our collection of books, which we’ve spent nearly four decades collecting. As teachers, knowledge is our trade and books are the physical representation of our earnings. However, the books had merely become decoration and rarely touched. Why hold on to something without current use? We ended up donating about half of them, selling about half of them to McKay’s, and will try to sell the education related texts on

The great book purge of 2018!

Some of the more difficult items to purge have been old tech and paper files. See our tech box below. It’s full of goodies that are actually quite valuable, but we’ve got to go through and ensure they all work and don’t have any data on them. We’ve definitely been putting that task off! As for all our old paper files, we shredded them and are down to just a handful of papers, like car titles, marriage certificate, and immunizations.

The possibly still valuable small tech box.
Shredding/recycling old paperwork.

Speaking of cars, we are also in the process of downsizing our strangely large vehicle collection. We sold my Pontiac Vibe right away! It was actually funny. Within hours of posting it on Facebook, one of my student’s parents unknowingly contacted me and ended up buying it! We already have a buyer lined up for Reuben’s Subaru Outback, so now we’re down to our antique collection: a 1977 Ford F-150 and a 1974 Karmann Ghia. Anyone interested?

We’ve also been selling furniture and other items on Facebook like crazy. Our home has had a revolving door on it, really. That’s helped us to downsize quite a bit already. But to finish the job, tomorrow we’ll have our first yard sale. We plan to have a few more over the summer until it’s all gone, but we’re excited about the progress we’ve made these past two weeks! See pictures below of our newly organized chaos!


  1. Katie

    Looking forward to following your adventures!

    1. Melissa

      Thanks! Everything is coming together.

  2. Lisa Ramey

    Great job!

    1. Reuben

      Thanks Lisa!

  3. Aunt Kathy

    So excited about your trip(s). What a marvelous plan. Have fun!

    1. Melissa

      Thanks for following along!

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