OUR HOUSE SITTING JOURNEY
When we decided to house sit as part of a lifestyle choice in September 2014 we had to become homeless as we put it, a daunting prospect. At the time I had a lot of stuff and during the move to our first house sit, I had to get a lift to work with my housemate, as I couldn't fit into the car. I had too many possessions, half a container load had been shipped from Melbourne to Katherine to Darwin, much of it had to go. I did consider renting a very small storage unit for about $1300 per year. We decided this was not a sensible option as the cost of storage would soon be more than the cost of the goods themselves. So I had to sell or give away anything that I really didn't need, even for me that was kind of tough.
Gumtree was a brilliant place to sell my bed base, mattress, fridge and so on, getting a fraction of what I had initially paid for them. The old saying that "something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay" is true. Needless to say, many items I owned went to charity shops and things I thought I could not live without are rarely missed.
We could fit 11 plastic boxes into our Subaru Outback. We also have some other bags which must fit somewhere else. In Darwin we store the kayak and hobie at different locations which makes moving easier.
After another two moves we were close to everything fitting in the car. We are still taking items to charity and only replacing what we need and use. It is exciting when we have more room in a box, meaning we have reduced our possessions even further. My weak point is nice clothing and for Kevin it is gadgets. Downsizing will continue as we find out what we really need.
Our first house sit in Darwin started in September followed by the same property in October 2014. During this time we decided to house sit more permanently in Darwin.
Our next house sit was mid December 2014, looking after a lovely young kelpie and a beautiful Troppo architectural house while the owners went on holiday. We have now frequently house sit for these home owners. A constant flow of house sitting requests started while we were living in Darwin.
Between house sits we always found somewhere to stay whether we camp or rent a room. Thank you to those who assist with this.
What an amazing life is out there to be lived. We find being open to change makes house sitting easy. We simply love it.
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