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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The heat is getting me!

I'm not happy with the weather at all, but it could be worse.  It's so hot that Rocky doesn't even want to go outside.  We just came in from checking out the backyard, where I turned the sprinklers on.  Steve set them up yesterday and as they moved around in an arc, they kept getting Rocky and me wet!  I finally brought him indoors when he decided to make war on the sprinkler!  He is getting to be so good about coming when called - he's working hard on his behavior and I am very pleased.

My plants are looking really good, but I can't decide whether to use a trellis for the squash plants to grow vertical, or to thin out the plants and let them sprawl.

I sold my house in NC about 10 years ago and went on the road pulling a 34' trailer.  For the first two years I found volunteer jobs at various national parks, and since I have always loved visiting the national parks on my cross country trips, I have dozens of t shirts that I've accumulated.  Today I decided that enough is enough - I got all the t-shirts out and selected approximately 20+ to donate, and 10 to keep.   (That's not counting the ones that are in the laundry basket!) They filled a brown paper grocery bag!  I now want to figure out what to get rid of next - I just have too much stuff and too many clothes.  I have nothing dressy to wear if I should need it, but jeans, shorts, capris, t-shirts, etc. are filling the drawers and closets.  I've been watching some youtubes of people who decided to become minimalist, and that appeals to me because I will never go back to my former life style.  And if I need something to wear for a special occasion, I can simply go buy it.

I got rid of a lot of my possessions to be able to live in a 34' 5th wheel trailer, so I know I can survive with much less than I have right now.   I may start thinning out the kitchen utensils and items in that category that I don't use anymore.

If any readers have experience in cutting down on possessions and clothing in order to live a more minimalist lifestyle, I'd be interested in your comments and suggestions.

17 comments:

  1. My rule is - if you haven't used it in the last six months get rid of it. Now just remember. I'm terrible at following my rules.

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    1. I am laughing my head off because I never follow any rules! Thanks for the good vibes when I need them the most.

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  2. You read my blog so you know I can wipe out years of accumulation in one afternoon of dumpster use and how I do it. I keep 10 days of clothing with nothing for the cold weather since I don't do cold weather. The usual requirement NOTHING COMES IN UNTIL SOMETHING EQUIVALENT GOES OUT. I am down to so little my 20 foot trailer (149 SF of living area) has over 40% of the cabinets and storage areas empty. Stove top use is one skillet and one 3 liter pot with a top. and it stops pretty quick after that. If folks are coming by I hit the store for paper or plastic stuff for them to use and afterward it ALL goes into the garbage facility. There is the bulk of my style.

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    1. Wow, you are bringing back memories of my Rving lifestyle. Why is it when we come off the road we quickly go back to our lifestyle of excess.

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  3. As you know I have been declutting for quite a while now. Even my much loved pottery has left the house. I have cleaned out the closet in the front room and only a few winter things are in there. I just bite the bullet and start packing the stuff into boxes or leaf bags. This last clean up I called Big Brothers Big Sisters to come and pick it up. Belive me there was quite a pile out there. Need to get more boxes so I can continue.

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    1. I am so impressed that you are able to stick to the downsizing. You inspire me to renew my efforts, and I thank you!

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  4. I start decluttering but my main problem is finding an institution to donate to as we do not have those here. My stuff ends up in a bag taking up space in my camping van.

    I admire you getting rid of your prized t-shirts. I still can not bring myself to get rid of my Chili Cook-off or Spurs memorabilia. I think my problem is that I have an emotional attachment to my stuff.

    Good luck downsizing.

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    1. You can see by the fact thatI held on to ten or more shirts, that I have an emotional attachment to .many of them! I have a long way to go but it's a start. It's such a shame that it isn't easy for you to get rid of items you no longer need. When it comes to clothing items, I think I might have asked you if you could take them to Mexico, but can't remember what you said about it.

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    2. Gypsy, with my CRS I do not remember if you asked me either :D

      Our hairdresser told us that the only place she knew that accepted used women clothing donations was the government run Nursing Home in Ciudad Acuña (for low income and individuals without families).

      Later she told us that one of her clients had tried to make a donation but they told her that they were only accepting coats and jackets. Need to find out where it is located and go ask myself.

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  5. I have one spare room and a small folding table in front of my chair that has all my stuff, except clothing. My wife has the rest of our home. Our home has 2000 square feet of space.

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