We have always had pets in our home. As other pet owners know, it wouldn't be the same without them. The hardest part of our decision to travel was the thought of not having their company in our lives. House sitting was the solution to this...
2 - We don't need as much as we think that we do
Everyone asks, "What do you do with your stuff?" Quite simply, we need very little. This issue has never been a problem for Simon, a natural nomad, but what about for a woman who loves her things?
Do I really need a big bag of makeup, high heels in every color or a dress for every occasion? Honestly, deep inside I still feel like I do. But the urge is slowly diminishing.
However, each time I repack our suitcases at the end of a house sit, I think "I never wore this, the baby is outgrowing these, will I really read this book again..."
Last year when we went to Asia for 2 months, we only took the bare minimum. For me that was still 3 pairs of shoes, but I was able to get everything for the baby and myself into 1 suitcase, leaving a few things behind stored with family. When we returned from Asia to repack for our next house sit, I was amazed how cluttered everything now felt.
It was a realization that it was time to clear out. If I had lived without these things for 2 months, I could live without them forever. We downsized to 2 suitcases, a highchair, a travel cot and a small bag of toys. It still feels like more than enough.
We previously owned our own home, and sometimes I miss having my own space. But then again, a house sit becomes your own space very quickly.
When we arrive on a new house sit Araya needs to be settled in, we set up closet space, and we find our way around the kitchen. As long as Araya has her bed and stuffed sheep to sleep with she is happy. Other than that, our routine is the same. We always eat meals as a family, Araya gets her daily dose of the movie Frozen, and we explore our new area.
Long may this time last...