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Thursday, April 15, 2010

I've been in my new little rental house for three months today. I moved from a 3400 SF suburban McMansion to a 700 SF alley cottage in a smaller city. I got rid of huge amounts of stuff before my move. Even so, I have found that I moved things here that I thought I would use, and now I'm not using them. So now I'm cutting down even more on my possessions. I've rented a table at a flea market this coming weekend and hope to sell some small kitchen appliances, books, and other items that I don't need.

There are a few small kitchen appliances that I use a lot! One is my George Foreman grill. Another is my popcorn popper (the air kind). The third is my electric steamer, which is great for making rice and steamed veggies. And recently I got a little yogurt maker at a thrift shop that I use about once a week to make lowfat plain yogurt.

I'm also changing out some of the furniture in my little house. When I moved here, I had some large folding tables that I used for office workspace. However, when I have too many surfaces available, I tend to clutter them up! So I got myself a smaller desk the other day at St. Vinnie's, and some baskets for containing clutter by category--stuff to do, stuff to file, etc.

I've always wanted to live with this kind of forethought and organization, but I was pretty overwhelmed back when I had a bigger house, a job, and a family to care for. I'm feeling good today to be living a simpler life.

So simple, in fact, that I'm thinking of getting rid of my car! I can walk just about everywhere I need to go these days. I'm not going to make this decision quickly, though. I'll still need to get out of town once in a while.
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FISHING88 7/12/2011 8:53PM

    Sue, How are you doing? It has been a while since you gave us an update! Hope things are going well and you are enjoying the simplified life.

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LECATES 4/15/2010 7:35PM

    Good for you! but think carefully about the car---when it is pouring down rain, the car would definitely be the thing to have.

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GERIKRAGH 4/15/2010 2:50PM

    I'd love to live simpler but my DH is a complicator--wants lots of possessions.

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JUSGETTENBY42 4/15/2010 1:08PM

    I made a somewhat similar move from a very busy city to a small town. Moved many things I'll never use and over the past 3 yrs I've been giving stuff away,
I do walk most places where I live but I would give many hrs of thought to giving up my car. I don't drive everyday but I will always want the freedom that comes with having a car.

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