Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Simple Life? Almost!

I announced some time ago that I was out to simplify my life as much as possible. The goal was to be able to put all of my worldly possessions in a backpack. That turned out to be an impossible dream, but I'm close! Take a look:


Here's my closet. It's not a big closet, but all of my clothing is in there, along with all of my shoes, scarves, belts and jewelry (the winter coats have already been washed and taken back to the storeroom, and there was no place to hang the hats in there). I don't buy expensive jewelry, so I can just hang most of the stuff on a hook....




My "home gym"--my parents bought me the stationary bike after a visit to their cardiologist over twenty years ago. Heart disease runs in our family like the Grimaldi curse--they also got themselves a bike and a treadmill. I've had this bike a long time, and I broke the speedometer, but it's still a good ride. (At least I won't have an accident on this one!) Not shown: the dumbbells which are on the floor near the bike....




My library. Almost all of my books are here, along with every other kind of media I use--movies, TV, games, music (unlike most of my neighbors, I don't make everyone in a five-mile radius listen to my music--I use earphones!). My photo albums are here. And my work, via cloud storage.






My computer--a netbook, actually....




Now, if I could just whittle down this group....




 I rattle when I walk. Seriously.



14 comments:

  1. You've done a good job at simplifing your life. I have tried, but more seems to accumulate. I throw stuff away, or give it to Value Village...the next thing I know, I have to do it all over again. Where does this stuff come from?

    It's got to be aliens...

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    1. I had to. This is a small apartment, which is fine with me--less to clean. But I like having less stuff. I've been going through everything, giving stuff to our church for their next rummage sale.

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  2. You are so organized!! Congratulations. I think we all tend to rattle sometimes!

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    1. I hate taking pills! I have anti-seizure meds, thyroid hormones, pills for acid reflux, three for hypertension/heart, eye drops for glaucoma, my daily aspirin....

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  3. What a great post...
    I think we all could live without half of what we have. I am so with you on the possessions. When is to much... enough ?
    Love what you have done so far.

    How much Chinese/Indian/Indonesia slave/political/child labor chotchkes and poorly made clothes from walmart does one need ? America is so in love with stuff.
    For me especially after the fire (before digital cameras/computer) and I lost all my photos, book and art I still miss that.
    I love my minimal house but my studio is full of supplies. I have scaled that down but paper is paper.

    I too rattle or jingle as I say when I walk... plus add all The Square Ones Meds. My shelve and frig is full of special food and meds for us all.
    We are so weird !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. That's what prompted me to start to scale down--losing almost everything. Now all of my photos, documents, etc. are backed up on memory cards and an external hard drive which are kept in our safe deposit box. I love the new cloud technology--data can be stored and accessed from any computer or other device.

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  4. You've done a heck of a job scaling down.

    And the exercise is good for you. I've used a stationary bike from time to time, and it does the trick.

    In regards to your meds, well, it's pretty hard to scale those down!

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    1. I love my bike. I can ride it while watching TV or I can listen to music.

      Having less stuff is liberating. Ever hear George Carlin's routine on "stuff?"

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  5. I could easily fit all my belongings into a backpack ... if the backpack was the size of a house.

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    1. I must confess...there's one area in which I'm still failing miserably. I have four huge containers of stuffed animals in the storeroom. I gave away most of my collection, but Collin got these for me and spent a considerable amount on them (one plush manatee cost him $60). I think he'd kill me if I gave them away. I just tell myself that one day I'll pass them on to his kids.

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  6. Way to go, Norma. You've identified that is essential, and removed what isn't. What a great way to live! I must admit I have a long way to go in that department. There is a section of my basement that houses boxes of stuff I figure I might need some day. Aargh! I better get busy on the pruning. You are an inspiration.

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    1. It is, Lynn! My mom wasn't a hoarder, but she was a world-class pack rat. I used to wonder why she kept so much useless stuff.

      We all have been guilty of keeping boxes of stuff we're sure we'll use one day...but we rarely do.

      Being a minimalist has a definite bonus: less to clean. If you don't have a lot of things on tables, shelves, etc., there's less to clean, dust, vacuum....

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  7. I wish I could simplify everything, but I look at all those files (still have some in paper, imagine with old reference letters and official papers). I did however start scanning letters. That would mean a lot of scanning! I've moved several times to different countries and it is terrible how much stuff either gets given away or thrown away (things that are too broken or too old). Then there are the things just left behind to be used by relatives. Still trying to get the rest of my books from Ghana. I also have some in Jordan. But my most important ones are with me here in Florida! Kindle does seem to simplfy things. Glad you have simplified things. Whenever I move, I have to go through not only my things, but my 3 kids that live with me and my husband's stuff. Whew! By the way, exercise is great; I use a treadmill though. And the meds, if I let the doc put me on it I'm sure there would be more; I protest so I only take a couple a day along with Vit C of course. Exercise is really helpful at cutting down meds. Take care, Norma!

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  8. You're right, Lena--regular exercise can eliminate the need for a lot of meds. I had a former co-worker who took a lot of stuff. She joined a gym and managed to get off all but one.

    I had boxes and boxes of paper files. It took me a while, but I managed to scan everything and take all that paper to the shredder. It's worth the effort. All that paper is now filed on one memory card in my safe deposit box!

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