Simplicity – Part 2 — simplicity without deprevation or all I have is all I need

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There is no scarcity except in our souls.

In the first two months after our decision to become full-time RVers, I quit my job cutting our income effectively in half. I went through everything in that house and garage saled, e-bayed, sold, gave to kids, donated to charity, and just plain threw out most of what I had accumulated over all my years of grown-up life and child rearing. A few family heirlooms and things I just wasn’t ready to part with yet were stored in my father-in-law’s attic. Last year when he passed away, family members offered to store those items for me, but it was time to let them go. A small box of old treasures came home with me but for the most part, they once again went to kids, friends, and a big garbage can.

What did I find under all that stuff? The life I’ve always wanted. I no longer have to stand in a walk-in closet every morning for 20 minutes trying to decide what to wear. My options are limited to which of 5 pair of pants, various tee shirts, sweaters, etc. Mornings are streamlined and a breeze. I haven’t lost anything in ages because it’s much easier to adhere to the “a place for everything and everything in it’s place” when, let’s face it, there’s just no other place to put it.

A few more tips for simplifying your life.

  • Make your bed, every morning. Yes, it’s a small thing but it’s one thing you’ve accomplished and can be proud of and the decluttered look will improve your outlook on the day.
  • Start a “donate” box. Come across something you haven’t used in a year, in 5 years or something that it’s just time to let go of? Toss it in the box. Whenever you drive by one of those donation boxes or visit your local thrift stores, make your donation. Feel good about clearing out space and about helping someone else.
  • Keep a list of extreme simple meals you can prepare on a moments notice. See the post “Meal planning for Spoonies part 2”
  • Make a short list of the essential things for your life. The things that really matter the most to you. No more than 5 things. Here’s mine: travel, writing, reading, hiking, cooking. All done together with my hubby. These are the things that really matter to me, things that make life joyful and worthwhile. So what’s your short list?

These are just a few ideas to get you started, steps that I’ve personally used. A google search of “simplify your life” or “how to become a minimalist” will yield a plethora of ideas and web links.

Now, one of those quick dinners for your list.

Pasta with peas and tomatoes

Boil up some pasta. I like to use quinoa shells (gluten free and lower carb than regular pasta). In a fry pan, heat a little oil, toss in some cherry or grape tomatoes (cut in half if they’re large) a little garlic and spices of your choice, add some fresh or frozen peas and saute until the tomatoes are wilted and the peas are tender.

Drain the pasta, add the tomato/pea mixture to the pasta, toss with some italian dressing. Tada, dinner is served.

Til next time ~Peace ~JP

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