A Box: Small, Smaller, Smallest

This series of posts follows Fi and her family as they plan a 6 month family getaway to Uluwatu, Bali. If you want to know more or catch up on previous entries, visit the first post in the series here: Family Tropical Adventure in Bali.

Guest post by Fiona from Destination Bali

“You need as much ballast as possible to stop you from floating away… I’ve got more stuff, more clutter, more detail in here, because at the moment, I am in danger of falling off the edge.”
– Nick Hornby

This quote made me laugh: I feel that stuff, stuff and more stuff can push you over the edge…

The collective consciousness seem to agree. It’s a bit like when you are about to buy dog or have a baby: there seems to be lots of people around you who are too. In the same way, many of the blogs on my reader are talking about the need to simplify and reduce stuff.

Well, it seems our family is going to get a crash course in minimal living. This journey is all about us popping off to a tropical island with our backpacks and now we will be doing it in our own town.   Why? You see, the people who will be living in our house while we are in Bali for 6 months, would like it for slightly longer than we are actually going for (6 weeks longer at either end; 12 in total).  To be honest, it’s exciting but a little nerve wrecking too.

Each child will have only a simple backpack and a box.  It will be like an extended camping trip for the remainder of the school holidays, possibly a rental for a couple of weeks and a little house sitting for a friend with pets.

Minimalist living? A sundress and swimsuit will fine for the island but I’m not too sure it’s a good look for work…

It certainly will be a case of small…smaller…smallest.

How do you think I’ll go: minimising stuff for each child into just one box and a backpack?

cardboard Box
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