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Old 08-01-2011
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If the wife and I would have tried to move all of our "stuff" aboard our 36 footer, it might have been a bit of a squeeze, considering we had a house and storage full of family things.

The key is being willing to give up your stuff for the lifestyle. There are many couples that live full-time aboard boats as "small" as a 30 footer. It's all in how much you covet those things that you have come to think you need to live.

We live aboard 50% and live at our office the other 50%. We sold EVERYTHING in our home and everything in storage. The only exceptions are some artwork that the kids did, and some letters. Not even a box full. We took pictures of the rest, and will store them on a server aboard when it's time to leave.

It's like they say about dieting. Some diet to lose weight. Some make a lifestyle change in their diet and live that way. If you make a lifestyle change, then you don't miss those things which you gave up because you really didn't need them to begin with. Society has a way of convincing us that we need more and more, when we don't. We found that we didn't need society's values, so we gave those up instead.
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