Friday, February 11, 2011


I'm temporarily in my second home, again.  One thing I've noticed whenever I'm in our condo is how few things I really need.  I have fewer clothes, fewer kitchen items, and, of course, a smaller space.  We don't have internet access so I go to one of the wifi spots near our condo - usually a bookstore or coffee shop.  Since I have to leave home to access the internet, I find that I'm more careful in planning my time and the sites I will visit.  This actually results in my being more efficient, both while online and off.  I don't have the distraction of being able to get online for "just a few minutes" that actually turn into hours. 

In addition, I find my clothing choices simplified.  I have all the basics available and just was a little more frequently.  It's easy to do the laundry as we have a compact, stacked washer/dryer duo that can quickly do a load of laundry while I'm cleaning, studying, or running errands.

The simplified kitchen is easier to maintain, as well.  We have few pots, pans, dishes, and flatware so it's hard to make a huge mess when I'm cooking.  When I need a dish, it's easy to just run hot soapy water in the sink and handwash a few dishes.  Sometimes I'm lacking a pot or other kitchen gadget, but I find it's easy to improvise.

Although if I had to live like this longterm, I might get bored or frustrated with the choices available.  However, the takeaway for this experience is that when I get back home, to my other home, I will look at things with fresh eyes and try to find more ways to simplify my life.


Deanna said...

I always feel the same way whenever we vacation in a condo. It's amazing how little one really needs.

Cherie said...

Deanna, yes, stuff can really overwhelm us at times. Simplicity is an ongoing process.