Thursday, August 19, 2010

Road to Simplicity

It's been a little over a month since I posted seems like much longer. I really do have plenty to post about but my focus is elsewhere these days. I know that in my last few posts I have mentioned that I am trying to simplify my life and my possessions. Currently, I am whittling away at everything that I own. This is not an easy process. We have had a yard sale in which I sold four backpacks, 10 fishing rods and reels, several pairs of shoes, a TV and various other items. It does feel good to have gotten rid of a good chunk of my "pile of stuff". I have a long road to go, however. I know that you all came here looking for a review and, I promise, that there will be several soon. Today, however, I want to share some websites that I have found that will not only help you simplify, but they may also inspire you.

The first one that I happened upon is Minimal.
I really love this blog. Simple, clean and full of useful info. It is geared a little towards Mac use, but there are plenty of great ideas.

Next is Simple + Bold. This blog leans more towards the inspirational side of minimalism, but is also a great resource for simplifying your life.

Finally, we have Zen Habits. Zen Habits is really a "How-To" on simple living. Lots of good ideas here.

Now I'm not saying that we should all throw away all of our stuff but, for me, a little cleaning up is necessary. I'm tired of holding on to all of these things that I think that I need but really don't. I do believe in preparedness, so I am not just blindly getting rid of everything. I am, however, taking a hard look at what I have and deciding whether it stays or whether it goes.

My pack is much lighter because I have cut out carry a lot of things that I just threw in there to have.

From Simple

From Simple

My pockets are lighter because I am not carrying change, a full-sized wallet or six or seven pens.

From Simple

Something else that I am trying to do is to consolidate my "planning materials". In other words, I am not carrying three or four notebooks and a calender around. I have taken my blank Field Notes notebook and created a calender to last me through the rest of this year. I printed out aPocketMod that has a nice 2010 yearly calender that I have clipped to it and I will use the rest of the blank pages for notes.

From Simple

From Simple

This will probably be of no surprise to any of you but the hardest thing for me not to carry is...writing utensils (and notebooks). I am in a constant personal struggle to lighten my pen load. I opened my bag last night and realized that I had a small organizer with 9 fountain pens in it, a pencil bag that was so full the zipper was about to burst and about five other pens and pencils stashed in other pockets. It really is an addiction, isn't it? Well, I still have the fountain pens but I did weed through the pencil case and took out about half of what I had. It's so hard!

I just wanted to update everyone and let you know that I am still here, just doing other things. I will get some reviews up soon. Please check out the links above and let me know if they are useful.

Also, I am still doing the Monthly Pain Cave thing and this month is killing me. I have set out to complete 5000 push-ups, crunches and jumping jacks. Needless to say, I am a bit sore. Please remember that anyone is welcome to join us in this madness and we love to see new people. It's really a good time.

until later...Nr


Julie said...

I will never have 100 things or less but my intention is to be thoughtful when consuming (from food to pens). It is a longggggg road for me and one I feel very good about and enjoy pursuing. My personal guideline is to ask the two questions: Do I need this? And do I love this? I no longer hang on to things I do not love. Even pens. The love question sometimes trump because I only need 1 pen but I enjoy having a few. Best to you in this wonderful process!

Nrepose said...

Same here. I really have to "unlearn" some of my spending habits, but I know it will only help me in the long run. Thanks for the comment and good luck to you also. Nr

Daisy said...

I am so with you on wanting to de-clutter my house and get rid of stuff I don't want or need. Unfortunately, my dear husband is kind of a hoarder. If there is even the remotest possibility that we will use something again in the future he won't let me throw or give it away. The poor guy moved over and over as a child (military family). He was the youngest of 7 kids and his mom couldn't pack all their stuff every time they moved so she would just get rid of lots of it. So, I understand that he's a little clingy about his possessions. I basically just turned over the attic and one of the larger closets for all his stuff so I don't have to deal with it. Out of sight, out of mind!

Daisy McCarty
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Nrepose said...

I am a bit like that, I know that one day I will need that whatever that I haven't used in ten years. Sometimes it is good to hang on. You just have to learn what to let go of. Nr said...

Used your Field Notes mod for a trip calendar during a recent visit to Italy (3 weeks, 12 cousins, it can get complicated) and loved it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nrepose said...,
I am very happy that I inspired you. I have come to the conclusion that it is really better to do this instead of buy a calender. This way you can customize it and use the notebook that you want. I am doing this in a larger Clairefontaine notebook and I love it. Nr