Less IS More: George Carlin Had A Point About All That *STUFF*

It’s a great feeling knowing we’ve accomplished and experienced so much as a family.

Over 10+ years ago I  was fascinated with the concept of  living abroad and traveling anywhere and everywhere.   What was I thinking, right?  I waited patiently for my Canadian born Taiwanese American prince “J”  to come to terms that this was ahh… well, doable.  Fast forward to our visit to Thailand in 2009 where we made the decision to move, and by July 2010 our move was complete.   Ta Da!

We leased out our town home in which we lived with our now 7 yo daughter for 5 years.  It is a beautiful home with everything we ever needed in a western world.  We were living the American dream.  We were paying for it with our hard-earned money from our dual incomes.  I should have been happy, right?

Here are some pics of our Texas home after we got rid of all our *stuff*:

As you can see (more in the slide show below how much *crap* we had) we sold just about everything in that house.  It was a tough journey getting through those months trying to get rid of everything.  Some days it felt like we’d never get there.  We just had way too much meaningless stuff, considering we’ve only lived there for five years, and married for ten.

Do we miss the stuff?  Oh heck, NO!  OK, except maybe the Vitamix (J: psst –  it’s a 2 HP kick arse blender!).   We’ve been living without all that “stuff” for 6 months now and what a relief that is.

We hope one day that another family will make our home their home by purchasing it.  That would be real nice.  That is one last thing  we worry about!

We also happily sold my Lexus Coupe and J’s Honda Fit.   You can read more on how I  felt about my Empty Lexus.

Click on our townhouse to view the slide show gallery

On Independence Day weekend, July 4th of 2010, we left Houston to begin our  road trip journey camping in National Parks  towards Los Angeles where we departed to our Thailand’s one bedroom kitchen-less apartment (a fraction of our home in Texas).

In our current tiny apartment, I love that we own just 24 hangers for all three of us.  We mainly have those so we can use them on laundry days!  We  only have the very essentials and we are proving our theory that having LESS things can create MORE life and experiences in our lives.

Life is good sharing with, caring for, helping, connecting and serving people everyday!

We could pick-up tomorrow and move to another country if we so choose.  Now, if only we can get on board with road schooling thing!  Eeeek… don’t think I’m ready for that- maybe not ever!

I’m sure this post about our stuff reminded you of George Carlin’s “Stuff” routine.  Right.  Thought so.  Here it is.  Enjoy!

So here’s to a successful year full of lessons and memorable experiences in 2010.  And also to looking forward to 2011 with very few goals:  to  SERVE and to EXPERIENCE our lives as a family unit.

May your life be filled with meaningful and memorable life experiences also no matter where you are!

Message to M:

“To know you have enough is to be rich” ~Tao Te Ching

We Say NO to the Status Quo

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  26 comments for “Less IS More: George Carlin Had A Point About All That *STUFF*

  1. January 3, 2011 at 23:44

    Totally agree!
    I got rid of some of my stuff before I left for Thailand (mostly clothes and shoes), and now that I am back, I still am trying to get rid of things I still have that I know I will not use anymore. I don’t even know why I still have them, but it’s easier to let things go now than before I left three months ago.

    It’s kind of hard though to get rid of the “accumulate-more-things-I-do-not-need attitude.” It takes a lot of willpower not to buy a new cute dress or sandals, especially there in Thailand, and sometimes I give in. 🙂

  2. January 4, 2011 at 08:18

    Holy crap, that’s a lot of stuff! Loved this post. If you can do it, I can do it. Except maybe my bed, I think I’ll keep my bed…

  3. January 4, 2011 at 15:05

    Excellent post..very enjoyable read…we’re thinking about doing the same thing so your post is very inspiring.

  4. January 4, 2011 at 15:13

    I so know what you are saying! We recently opened up our storage shed in Brisbane (unlike you we didn’t sell all our ‘stuff’ in case we hated travel and wanted to come home) … my first impression was ‘why the h@#$ did we need all this crap’. I honestly can’t remember why we had all that stuff and how we thought we needed it.

    I must admit that I’ve enjoyed pulling out my old clothes and having more than 5 outfits and 2 pairs of sensible shoes … but as I come across box after box of clothes I can’t believe how many outfits the kids and I had. I used to spend hours agonising over what to wear on a night out and still thinking I had nothing … now I love the fact that I can open up a pack and whatever is presentable and clean is good enough!

    Of course I don’t think Hayley is of the same belief – she’s enjoying having lots of dresses to wear and has a wardrobe change every 10 minutes! She’s going to go into shock when she’s back down to just her alloted space in the suitcase.

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  6. September 7, 2011 at 09:15

    Wow what a beautiful town house you had! Isnt it an amazing feeling giving, selling and sorting out stuff!!! How do we end up having so much stuff in the first place? It blows my mind that we can collect so much, and think that it is important to our living. When really all we need is our family 🙂

    Cheers
    Lisa

  7. September 7, 2011 at 11:15

    I’m going to have a hard time parting with my vitamix too. :> And my food processor! But I know it will be so worth it. Thanks for sharing all of this; it’s encouraging!

    • September 7, 2011 at 12:23

      Update: Actually, a friend brought the vitamix with her when she came to Chiang Mai. So we are now reunited with my beloved vitamix. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Rebecca!

  8. September 7, 2011 at 20:39

    love this – and i think it is something we ALL need to do – it would certainly help the world, if we all consumed less.

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