We are the restaurant on the big beach at Lake Nokomis providing great food, beer, wine, and snacks with a near zero-waste philosophy! Dave and I sold our world in the summer of 2008 and bought into the world of living full-time in a motorhome traveling around the country.
I’ve been reading a lots of books lately that are set in Victorian or Regency times. In those books, when someone becomes ill they often rely on an apothecary to administer some healing herbs as teas or mustard plasters. Those herbs were all natural products although some turned out to be quite poisonous.
When alternative treatments began being produced chemically they became known as drugs and the person dispensing them was a druggist.
Then drugs became connected to the word illicit so we started referring to our drugs as medicine. And the druggist became a pharmacist so now we get our medicine from a pharmacy.
But, the younger generation is now into natural healing products and essential oils. Are we about to return to the name apothecary?
If you do just one step a day, you will feel like you have a whole new wardrobe in one week. Doesn’t that sound like something worth doing?
Step one: Remove everything that is either torn or stained and trash it or turn it into rags. Don’t bother mending or spot cleaning. If you cared enough about that item of clothing you would have already done that.
Step two: Remove all “new” clothes that still have their tags on them. If you were really going to wear them you would have done it already. If they are good enough, send them to a consignment shop. Other wise donate them to charity. Today, please. You don’t need them to simply become clutter in a different part of your house.
Step three: Get rid of everything that is not your current size. Worrying that you may be that size again someday is a waste of energy.
Step four: Get rid of everything that no longer suits who you are. You are no longer that age or participating in that activity so you don’t need clothes that reflect that. (Why would I need to keep hiking boots?)
Step five: Get rid of any clothes that make you uncomfortable when you wear them. Too tight? Too short? Too much cleavage? Too itchy? Why would you want to keep any of those?
Step six: Look through what you have left and get rid of anything that clashes with everything else. Wonder why on earth you bought that in the first place.
Step seven: Look through what you have left and try mixing and matching items to see how many outfits you can make from the pieces you still have. You will probably discover that you have plenty of clothes. And now you can actually find the pieces that work for you.
Now all you have to do is resist the urge to go buy more.
The first time our daughter drove her semi-tractor cab to visit us she invited us to climb up into the cab to see where she lives most of the time. But first, she taught us about the 3-point stance. We each have two hands and two feet; at all times three of the four are to be anchored–either on the ground or step or holding a grab bar. For instance, if you are standing on a step, at least one hand has to be holding on. If you are lifting a foot, both hands have to be holding on. And so forth.
Today I discovered that, without even thinking about it, I use this 3-point stance system in our shower. The shower has a vertical grab bar at each side of the sliding glass doors and a horizontal grab bar at the back of the shower. I sit on a shower stool while showering. When I’m ready to get up I use two bars and both feet to keep me steady until I am firmly on my feet. Then I hold on while moving my feet, one at a time, to a new position. The I stand still while I transfer one hand at a time to new positions. My fear of falling in the shower is greatly reduce by using this 3-point stance system. Thanks, kid, for teaching me this.
According to Joshua Becker, “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.”
There not much on my desk to distract me from doing what I enjoy.
There is my laptop computer, my iPad plugged into the laptop being charged, my beverage, a box of tissues, and a bin of papers in progress. Everything else is hidden in the drawer or behind the door to the right.
Obviously spending time on my computer is a big part of my day.
First thing in my day I check into our community website to see if there’s anything I wish to know including what’s on the menus today that I might want to eat.
Second, I check my email and respond to those that I wish to answer. I also get a daily email from bookbub.com with a selection of free and cheap books in genres I read from which to select those I wish to add to my Kindle app.
Third, I go to my local newspaper’s website and read today’s comics. I don’t read the news because I don’t find value in it. But I do get The Skimm in my email which keeps me up on some of the issues of the day.
Then I go to my blog feed and read about what my friends are doing. Sometimes I comment but sometimes I don’t. Lately Google doesn’t always let me comment when I want to do so.
Then I go to the Escapee RV Forum to see if anyone asked any questions I can answer. I try to make it clear that my answers come from MY experiences and opinions so they should pick out only what works for them.
Then I go read other blogs that didn’t make it to my feed yet.
Now, I don’t do all this nonstop. Somewhere in there I make time to eat a meal or two. And I read books and play games on my iPad. And Dave and I talk. Sometimes I do something with my Lego sets using that otherwise empty right side of the desk..
Lately my Lego stuff has been mostly on my computer, too, as I list my sets for sale on Craig’s List then answer questions about them and make appointments to meet buyers.
Some days it is hard to remember what I used to do before I owned a computer. But, I value the things I do on my computer and that is what minimalism is all about–making time and space for doing what you value.