Engage! Flying in the face of Konmari to declutter our home

Engage! We're the Carters - a regular family with big dreams of full-time travel. We're setting off on a two-year mission to explore strange new places, to seek out a new life with less demarcations, to boldly go where we've never gone before. That includes building my remote freelance writing business - The World Enough. Join our family of three through the highs and lows as we leave our regular suburban life behind.


We are calling our declutter method "downsize by a thousand cuts."


Does this postcard of high school crush Ewan McGregor still spark joy? (Yes, yes it does.)

In the middle of a pandemic, it's really hard to trust your own thoughts, and even harder if you've spent most of last year repressing any feelings of sorrow, confusion, uncertainty, guilt, and sadness in order to survive the day.


If I asked myself or my husband right now, does this spark joy? Well,...does it involve coffee or sleeping for four consecutive hours? That's where we're at.


Despite our poor mental health, it's still possible to strive toward big goals.

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction. - Bill Gates

We've started focusing on some big wins right away by selling our big-ticket furniture and baby items on Facebook Marketplace. We price to sell so they leave our house quickly. It's been nice giving our stuff a second life and adding a little money to our travel fund. We made over $550 in just one day.


In addition, we are making a minimum commitment to donating or recycling one large box a week of stuff. Sometimes that means I will go through one drawer and clear it out. Other times, I find myself wandering from room to room glaring ominously at various bric-a-brac as if I were death itself.


Unfortunately, it does mean our before and after photos look a little more like this: