HOW LIVING OUT OF A SUITCASE HELPED MY MENTAL WELLBEING

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You know when you have a Spring clean and you declutter your life? That feeling of relief and accomplishment is great for your mental health. Physical clutter will always have an effect on your mental clutter. It is so much nicer to enter a room which is tidy and organised than one packed with junk scattered everywhere. You can become overwhelmed with what you own and I’ll admit, a few times in my life I have sat in the middle of the floor in tears whilst trying to organise my life.

For the past three years I have lived out of a suitcase. Well, for 80% of the time anyway. I have to cram everything I absolutely need and everything important to me into a suitcase and hand luggage. I have to really evaluate what is important to pack and leave the rest behind. Over the years, I’ve really figured out what is important to me and what I really use and every season, my luggage weight has dropped.

Whilst I am living out of my suitcase, my possessions are small but I don’t miss anything I have left at home. It makes me realise how little possessions mean. The world isn’t about materialistic goods. It’s about moments, conversations and adventures. I live for the time I spend with people and the experiences I have rather than whether I have the latest technology or the newest clothes.

Small possessions mean that everything has a home. Places are more spacious and easier to organise. There is no stress of clutter or having to spend a large about of time tidying. The time I would have spent organising my possessions can be used more wisely. I can come home from work to a positive atmosphere and relax instead of worrying what needs to be done around the house.

After months of living with just a suitcase’s worth of stuff, I return home to find all the things I left are not needed. Every single time I have gone back to the UK, I have had a huge clear out. This year alone I donated two bags of books, two bags of clothes and another bag of random things to charity… and I’ve been doing clear outs of that size for the past three years! How did I have so much stuff? Why did I feel I needed that much stuff? I feel a great sense of relief after a decluterring session plus donating to charity gives you a double whammy of positivity.

These days everything is so easily accessible. You never know what to get anyone for a present because everyone already has everything. Gifts and belongings are not appreciated for as long as they should be. People view possessions as a right not a priviledge. People are always looking for the next thing instead of being grateful for what they have.

As the years pass by and I find myself with less things, the more positive I feel. I don’t worry about what I haven’t got that everyone else has. ย I don’t view my worth based on what I own. I cherish the moments of my life rather than the items in my wardrobe. Three years of living out of a suitcase has given me a great sense of clarity and a freedom from worthless possessions.

Just because you have a lot, doesn’t mean you’re happy. No one cares what you have or what you wear, what’s important is who you are and what you have to say. Don’t define yourself by the things you own, value the person you are.


This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way. All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.

13 thoughts on “HOW LIVING OUT OF A SUITCASE HELPED MY MENTAL WELLBEING

  1. Katie. lacoconoire๐ŸŒป (@lacoconoire) says:

    this post is SO damn true, travelling must be such a stark reminder that material things are just…essentially useless! ive been getting really good recently at throwing stuff out acutally, ive completely decluttered my bedroom and its mad how much better i feel about it mentally – as well as how much im LOVING walking into a room without shit all over the place haha!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

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  2. Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose) says:

    This post struck a real chord with me. I couldn’t agree more that you can often become overwhelmed with possessions! Many similar realisations to the ones you talk about here occurred to me when I’ve been out of the country living out of a suitcase whilst working on archaeological excavations for the summer months – you do realise that you can live without most of the things that you would otherwise deemed “essentials” when you’re at home. To this day, I have regular clear outs in my uni room, especially of clothes which I give to the charity shop. What you’ve written about people viewing possessions as a right and not a privilege hits the nail right on the head in my opinion!
    Abbey xx

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  3. Tabitha says:

    I loved reading this post Steph!
    When I look in my bedroom, whether that be at home or at university I always think the same.. I have far too much. Most of it just clutters my room and I have so many items of clothing that I never wear but I choose to keep, why? I couldn’t tell you why.
    I’m the same with books, however I have made up a great system to help me de-clutter my bookshelves every once in a while and it’s definitely helped!
    Next year, I plan to bring less stuff to uni as the clutter in my room stresses me out to high heaven!

    Tabitha x
    http://www.whattabithaloves.co.uk/

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  4. kerumburg says:

    Love this, Iโ€™m the same way! Itโ€™s crazy how when you have what seems like so little, you realize how full you actually are ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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