I love the idea of small living. It doesn’t matter to me if it were a small house or a boat. We don’t live on our boat, but we know people that do. I’ve had the big house most people dream about, and it really wasn’t as great as you’d think.
At one point we owned seven properties at the same time. Two were commercial and the other five were residential. Several of them were rented out, and it was stressful. We had renters that were unreliable and landscaping that had to be done. We had garages full of stuff, most of which I’m happy to say I didn’t purchase.
When we bought the house we live in now, we didn’t get the kitchen finished for a month or two after we moved in, but my husband has so many small appliances that I could cook without having an oven or a stove. From waffle to fajita, bread, rice and ice cream makers, I even have a Kitchen Aid mixer that I’ve never gotten out of the box. I love to cook, but I don’t see the point of having a maker for every type of food.
A year or so ago we had an offer for our house, and we considered selling the house and moving onto our boat. We decided not to, but here’s what I like about the thought:
Everything that you own is a responsibility. It has to be maintained and insured. You have to clean it, paint it, protect it from the elements damage and theft. I like the challenge of making do with what you have. When your out on the boat or out camping you have to think out of the box to make things serve more than one purpose.
I’ve heard that kids are happier when they wear uniforms to school because they don’t have to worry about what they’ll be wearing. Steve Jobs chose to wear the same basic thing everyday because then he didn’t have to focus on what to wear each day. I think Mark Zuckerberg is doing the same thing. I’m really just a tee shirt and jeans girl.
I know that letting go of sentimental things isn’t easy. I have a friend, Mary, that was moving from a house to a boat and she was trying to pare her life down to a boat. She took pictures of some of the things she wanted to remember. While trying to decide what to keep and what to let go of, storage units are nice, but they can be expensive. With storage, if you don’t set it up so it’s easy to get to, you’ll never use what you saved because it will be too hard to get to. Even with the stuff you have at home, how many times have you gone to the store and bought something you already had, because you either didn’t know where it was, or it was just easier to buy it than get to where you stored it? Fewer things would be fewer responsibilities and more time to live life.
We’re all squirrels tying to save enough for the winter (retirement). But we don’t know how long the winter will be. It does seem that sometimes when you finally get rid of something, that’s when you finally need it. I’m starting to believe that we need to have more faith in ourselves and others; faith that what we need will appear when we need it. We need to share more and trust each other. Our best times are when we’re sharing an experience with others. We love having others come out on the boat and fish with us. Life is better when we share. If you agree, share my post.