Posted in Simpler Living

Life in One Box

This woman, who is a millionaire, says she can fit all her possessions in one box. She doesn’t even own a house or car. I guess I’m having a little trouble believing her because those kinds of large-ticket items can often be welcome tax deductions for those who make a lot of money.

But if she’s telling the truth, I have to admit I admire her. I have far fewer possessions than I had ten years ago, before we downsized our lives. But I still have more than enough and have to be very good about weeding things out from time to time. I can see where she might enjoy not having to do that. The decision-making is tiring, for sure.

Posted in Simpler Living, Small-House Living

Small, Portable, Affordable Housing

As the economy gets harder to live with in some areas, people are coming up with unique ways to survive financially. School buses are often the choice of those who want to work with their hands to make a portable home for their family, so that they can go where the work is without leaving their family behind.

I think we will see more of this as long as incomes fail to keep up with living expenses.

Posted in Clutter, Simpler Living, Small-House Living

When Decluttering Isn’t

I always thought decluttering meant ending up with less stuff. At least that’s how I do it. But buying organizers for 30 different tea bags or repackaging food that already comes in perfectly good containers seems wasteful to me. If you have less stuff, you’ll have less to organize (and to buy organizational systems for!)

It’s all about freedom; the less stuff you have, the less time you spend organizing it, so you’re free to do what you really want to do (unless you really want to organize tea bags, in which case, knock yourself out!)

Posted in Simpler Living

Leaving the Rat Race

This writer suggests that the way forward for young families may be to imitate their forefathers and move to a cheap small town where they can work from home and escape the rat race while avoiding expensive child care and commuting costs.

I agree, although I find his tone rather depressing, as though this lifestyle is a lesser one that you’re forced into. I have lived this lifestyle for many years.

While he’s right that “smaller cities and towns lack many of the cultural and professional amenities of larger urban areas,” it’s no great loss when you compare it to the affordability and freedom of living off the beaten path. Being able to raise your kids yourself, pay less for a home with enough space for a family….these are huge advantages during the child-raising years.

Now that there are so many more work-from-home jobs thanks to technology, this is an ideal solution. I suspect it’s why I’ve been seeing so many out-of-state license plates around my small town lately. I think a lot of people are moving here to experience less stress and fewer expenses. Even though houses sell with multiple offers in mere days lately, they’re still affordable compared to the city.