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As I sit in an apartment filled with collections—books, CDs, fountain pens, pocket knives, Go and chess sets, cookware, shaving equipment and supplies, and so on—I belatedly realize that I’m going to have to get rid of all this stuff. The more stuff one has, the heavier the burden. So when you acquire something, take thought of how you’ll manage the disacquiring of it. Who will get it? Will they want it? Is it destined to be thrown away?

And of course, the stuff not only costs money to acquire, it costs money (in terms of buying enough space) to keep it.

That’s when simplification becomes appealing: in retrospect. But you can do it in advance, if you’re thoughtful. From Zen Habits today:

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.

It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.

However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward.

If you’re interested in simplifying your life, this is a great starter’s guide (if you’re not interested, move on).

The Short List
For the cynics who say that the list below is too long, there are really only two steps to simplifying:

  1. Identify what’s most important to you.
  2. Eliminate everything else.

Of course, that’s not terribly useful unless you can see how to apply that to different areas of your life, so I present to you the Long List.

The Long List
There can be no step-by-step guide to simplifying your life, but I’ve compiled an incomplete list of ideas that should help anyone trying to find the simple life. Not every tip will work for you — choose the ones that appeal and apply to your life.

One important note: this list will be criticized for being too complicated, especially as it provides a bunch of links. Don’t stress out about all of that. Just choose one at a time, and focus on that. When you’re done with that, focus on the next thing.

Here’s the list.

Written by Leisureguy

5 September 2007 at 11:22 am

Posted in Daily life

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