In my first post I promised to explain the “why” and the “how” of my crazy scheme. I think I’ve now done a pretty good job of the “why” (do let me know if I haven’t!), but before I do the “how”, I should probably have a go at some of the “what”.
I’ve already told my landlord that I’m leaving, so I’ve gotta be out of this flat by the 12th of December, which is in 16 days. Looking around me right now at my remaining stuff, that’s a pretty scary deadline.
But I’ve come a long way already, and I’m pretty much on the home stretch…
For the past month or two I’ve been selling a lot of stuff. The majority of it went on eBay; for a couple of weeks earlier this month, I was almost on first-name terms with the guys at the local UPS drop-off point. But by now, most of what’s left over is either stuff I’m keeping, or is of relatively little value and will be given away over the next couple of weeks to Freecycle or charity shops.
By the 12th I will have hopefully reduced my possessions to two simple categories of thing:
- Stuff which really, genuinely deserves to be kept; and
- Stuff which I really, genuinely need to live and work day-to-day.
The former category will be going into a tiny storage unit, and the latter will be coming with me in two items of luggage.
So what happens after the 12th?
Well it so happens that I’ve got pretty clear plans for the first month. Straight after leaving the flat, I’ll be down in London for about a week, staying with a friend. Then I’ll be heading back up north to my home town of Kendal, to stay with my mum for a few days over Christmas. On boxing day I’m off to Hamburg with another friend, to go visit 30C3 and spend New Year in Germany. Finally, I have two more full-time weeks to do at my old job here in Manchester – I actually started the new job yesterday, but I offered (with my new employers’ blessing) to help them out with handover when the new guy starts in January. During those two weeks I’ll be staying with yet another friend who works at the same company.
After that, my schedule is completely free, at least as far as physical location goes. From mid January onwards, the plan is to go wherever takes my fancy, staying in temporary, short-term accommodation – and carrying everything I need to live and work in my two items of luggage.
It’s scary as hell – and I can’t wait.