Paring down a first-world life to live more simply can be complicated. Here are some of the things we’ve done in order to make sabbatical happen. Beyond making plans in Zürich for working in the lab, getting visas and choosing which apartment we want to call home, we’ve rented out our house here, bought plane tickets, sold our car (to friends who will let us keep it until the day we leave), and worked for a year on our conversational German. Now it’s down to the nitty-gritty, and we are going through drawers and closets and shelves and getting rid of things that we didn’t even remember that we had. I’ve made a few trips to Goodwill and the trash dumpster. I have chosen people to receive things I think they may want more than I do. The rest of the personal items go in boxes to store so they aren’t in the way of the lovely family who will be calling our home their home for a year.