Howdy! Today I’m pleased to have Tiffany Melvin of Small Life Living share with you about her family’s journey to get out of debt… with their sights set on cruisin’ in a sailboat!
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If you ask people what small living is you are likely to get many opinions. Small living can vary widely and comes in many shapes and sizes. Small living for my family is living in a 28 ft. pull-behind camper.
Since selling everything we own and moving into our camper we have really learned a lot. We learned that our material items in no way make us happier. We can make it on so much less than what we think. Since become minimalist and having less stuff, we have felt free. We have spent more time outside as a family such as riding bikes, going for walks, and other activities. Our only regret is that we didn’t decide to do this sooner.
When we first began to downsize many thoughts were going through our minds. We wondered why we chose to buy all these items or store them for so long unused. We really had to analyze what items were considered important to keep. This is much harder than you might think. What about my son’s nursery? His crib? My wedding dress? What was going to make the cut?
We made some hard decisions, but once discussing it we realized my wedding dress doesn’t reflect our marriage in any way. It’s just a dress. I think some people were shocked when we got rid of items that people deemed as important. We did keep photos of our wedding and a few small boxes of other items we decided to store at my mothers. But after going through every item we owned, all the items I thought represented our life, I realized it is all just “stuff”. Each item only has the meaning and significance that we give to it. And that reality really changed how we looked at the world of consumerism.
We are much more particular about the items we buy. Not just because we have to be because of our lack of space but because we truly only want to buy items we need or really really love.
As for our future plans, we want to live on our sailboat and travel the Caribbean while homeschooling.
We decided to downsize now to a camper so that we can get use to living small and also so we can save money for our plans to travel.
Although small living may not be for everyone, our family is growing so much from this experience. Our outlook on life is so much different now. Our main goal is to get out of debt and continue to live below our means, so that we can have financial freedom to not only do the things that we love but also to be able to give to others.
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