There is honestly not much excitement about downsizing… to make a long story short, the downsizing is the process of getting rid of stuff. This means spend days on craigslist and having to deal with people that want everything free and delivered to their door. Downsizing is also about selling our house, which means have to clean to whole house each time we have a visit. We MUCH rather spend time on the van conversion…
That being said, let’s have a look at our downsizing timeline:
We mentioned that we’re not attracted by things & luxury, so we should have just a few things right? Let’s make a list:
Note: Strike through items have to get out of our life!
Mountain Biking Stuff
Urban Bikes (2)
- Enduro Bikes (2)
Downhill Bike (1) Fatbikes (2)
- Enduro Gear & Spare Parts
Downhill Gear & Spare Parts
- Tools & Misc
Bike Repair Stand
Playboats (2) Creek Boat (1) Paddles, Skirts, Helmets, Dry-Suits, Dry-Bags, Life Jackets, Car Rack, etc, etc Clothing
- Splitboards (2)
- Snowboards (2)
- Avalanche Gear
Beer Making Stuff
Mash-Tun Hot Liquor Tank SS Kettle Fermenters Grain Mill Thermometers, Refractometer, PH meter, etc, etc, etc, etc Kegerator (5 drafts system)
VW Jetta TDI (210 000 km): Dieselgate buyback! Toyota Corolla (320 000km)
Tent Sleeping Bags Mats Cooking Gear
Sofas (2) TV Table & Chairs Kitchen Appliances, dishes, Espresso Machine, etc Plants Books Computers & Printers Basement Furniture Bedroom Furniture (2) BBQ
Washroom Furniture Office Furniture Board Games iRobot Roomba Sound System Souvenirs Guitars & Amps Gardening Stuff Patio Furniture
… and at last, our
two cats 🙁
It’s difficult to put in words the amount of stuff the we have! That list doesn’t really do justice.
Things are just… things. But kayaking equipment, beer making equipment, DH bike, etc. define who we are. Who we were. There are souvenirs, friends, epic moments, bad & good experiences attached to these things. We got really emotional watching these things go, but it’s for the best!
Downsizing Journal (One Month to VanLife!)
July 17th 2017
Here I am, first #unemployed_monday! That euphoria feeling is still not kicking-in; not having to work for the next year or so should get me all excited, but instead I’m focusing on the fact that we need the van & the house finished for April 15th. Will we make it?
It’s easy to waste time when you have too much of it! To stay focus and productive, I made a Google Calendar of the major things to do over the next month:
Every day starts by: having a coffee, then writing down the To-Do list of the day. There’s nothing like striking an item in a To-Do list! Enough blabla, let’s get to work!!
To Do List, July 17th 2017
Get the new laptop (http://amzn.to/2vttfPK) ready for the trip! Transfer everything from desktop to laptop, install software. Flush, dump and fill the Spa with fresh water (so the new owners of the house don’t have to do it for a while) Get new biking shorts (since they all tore in the last two weeks ?!) If rain stops, install Air Lift System to the van (http://amzn.to/2t7M9uJ & http://amzn.to/2twW9gF) Call credit card to add Isabelle as account co-owner.
To Do List, July 18th 2017
Continue Air Lift System installation (http://amzn.to/2t7M9uJ & http://amzn.to/2twW9gF) Order 4″ In-Line Seaflo fan for ventilation intake
- Hey, we still have a house and it’s getting messy! Do household chores!
To Do List, July 19th 2017
Pick-up WPT-1408 electrical harness at Ford dealer (missing part to finish Air Lift installation) Return Attwood in-line fan
To Do List, July 24th 2017
- Address Change (
Hydro, Cell phones, Work, SQCA, Credit Cards, Banks, Arvixe, ) Shop for Health Insurance (SecuriGlobe)
- Post stuff on craigslist (
BBQ, Patio Set, Living Room DIY shelf, Manfrotto Tripod, Nikon 18-85mm lens, Telescoping Ladder, 25′ hose, RV table, Bike Repair Stand, Wood Furniture Kitchen, Thermostats) Make 3D Layout of the slide-out storage & Snowboard Rack & Under-bed Storage
To Do List, July 25th 2017
Snowboard’s Rack Build(to be continued) Prepare the van for Mosquito Screen installation scheduled on July 26th Buy cedar wood & 120V Outlet Ride our bikes!!
To Do List, July 26th 2017
Mosquito Screens Installation Sell stuff on craiglist! Downsize the house!
To Do List, July 27th 2017
Start Building Cabinet’s Doors under oven Start Building Snowboards storage Re-Do Webasto Splice under van
To Do List, July 28th 2017
Continue Exterior Shower Curtains Installation Continue Snowboards storage Re-Install Spray Nozzle
To Do List, July 29th 2017
Re-Locate bikes in slide-out rack Buy Russian Birch Plywood (3/8″ qty =2, ) Start Building Under-Bed Shelf
To Do List, July 30th 2017
Continue Under-Bed Shelf Start Building Slide-Out Storage
oupsy, we skipped a few days of planning… oh well.
To Do List, August 3rd 2017
Continue cargo area setup Pack the van to check if things fit!
To Do List, August 4th 2017
Fine-tune cargo area setup… Continue packing the van… Continue Bed Frame/Countertop interface
To Do List, August 5th 2017
Finish Bed Frame/Countertop interface Intall 120V outlet Install Cargo LED strip + Switch accessible from kitchen Indoor Shower (test) Install doors for sink/stove cabinet
To Do List, August 6th 2017
Finish & Install Overhead Shelf above bed Install shelves in overhead storage and sink/stove cabinet
To Do List, August 8th 2017
Add shelf in cargo area Take appointment to install KO2 as spare Call for van evaluation (we haven’t heard from them)
To Do List, August 9th 2017
Install border (or so) everywhere to prevent stuff from falling off Fine-tune cargo area storage
To Do List, August 10th 2017
Install border (or so) everywhere to prevent stuff from falling off Install hook (or so) so oven’s door won’t open when driving Fine-tune cargo area storage (bike wheels, etc)
To Do List, August 11th 2017
Cargo Lights Add moooaaarrrr shelves! Weight the van (no payload)
To Do List, August 12th 2017
- Cabin Curtains
- Decide on Internet solution and act!!
Add raised edges to shelves Heat Shrink the last connections and make tidy!
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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine, a couple dreaming of being on the move and we’re seeking for the ride of our life. We bought a Ford Transit van, converted it to a campervan, sold our house and hit the road full-time to make our dream a reality. We are sharing this in hope of inspiring and helping others to follow their dreams too!