At leaving Switzerland and having the need for selling many things, I wanted to track how much money I got for selling those things and all the expenses I had. So I started a list of the things I was selling, paying or giving away to have that image clear. I thought I was going to pay more, but no 😬.
In addition to that, I always wanted to map the things I had so that I could make better decisions on what should I buy or what I really don’t need. So I started a list of the things I was putting on my bag and carrying with me to Lisbon.
Here are those two lists I have created. One with the costs of leaving Switzerland and another one with all the things I own at the moment of leaving the country. All of them. I don’t have more.
Costs of leaving Switzerland
Happily, many things I didn’t sell I just gave them to charity, friends or for free to other people and I didn’t need to throw many things away. Only the last day, I was forced to throw away some things due to time constraints. Not selling something is not a cost per se, but, of course, it is a lost in patrimony—but win on freedom. I have to say that doing this exercise has been a deep relieve. Every thing I gave away, a little bit more of freedom I had. I know it is difficult to understand in the consumer economy we live, but when you really discover that things are only things and you start doing this, it is fucking amazing.
The total cost of leaving Switzerland is: +2191 CHF The things I gave for free and the time lost are not included here
Bring my attention all the things I still had for the motorcycle and the number of things I had for doing sports. As expected, the things related to the house are the predominant ones. Also, it is possible to see what my family gives me for Christmas every year. I had tons of pairs of socks!! 😂And to be honest, I still have...
Toggle this to see the list of all the costs and profits.
My Backpack at the moment of leaving Switzerland
This is the list of all the things I own at the moment of leaving Switzerland. I will update and iterate the list of things I have little by little, learning what I really need or what is expendable in a new section on the blog. I will update it continuously, adding labels and other things that can help me. The main objective is to have a map of all of my possessions and being able to make better decisions about what is needed and what is not. Nomading and minimalist living require optimization.
Already making the first list, I have detected some room of improvement. I don’t know why I have so many socks, my clothes for sports and for being at home can be optimized, and I will probably need to buy a couple more t-shirts. Black ones, of course. Also, being in winter in Europe forces me to carry proper things for winter. The moment I head to Asia again, those are things I will not carry with me.
I have to say that I mainly had to give away things related to the house. That made the transition much easier. Since I have a minimalist mindset for years, I didn’t have many things already...
You can also see that I decided to not sell some things for the motorcycle and ski and very extreme cold weather. For both reasons, they are very expensive, and I’m going to use them. Until I need them, I sent them to my mom’s in Burgos.
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