Tuesday, October 2, 2007

more thoughts on simplicity.........

fall as i see it.
vibrant and warm
fleeting is the soft rustle of leaves
before they rust and crinkle under rakes
soft piles form and the grass sprouts green again
after a long summer drought.
Its harvest time again and the days grow short.
Darkness moves in early now and sleep comes easy.
The air is clean and fresh and holds the promise of a long winters nap.




As usual, my last link didnt work.
what a surprise. Instead of wowing even myself with another attempt, i'll just provide the http of the original list, so that credit is given where credit is due!
http://zenhabits.net/2007/09/simple-living-manifesto-72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life/

moving on to the next 5.....(ftr, there are 72)



Learn to say no.

Like most women this is a difficult concept for me.
Need me to stay late at work? No problem... Need me to watch your 3 kids for 5 hours on a Sat night? SURE!
Need me to stay up late and wash the clothes you forgot you needed, but remembered at 10 pm? Who needs sleep!
But this is something that i realize i need to do so that i can say yes to the things that really matter.

Limit your communications. Our lives these days are filled with a vast flow of communications: email, IM, cell phones, paper mail, Skype, Twitter, forums, and more. It can take up your whole day if you let it. Instead, put a limit on your communications: only do email at certain times of the day, for a certain number of minutes (I recommend twice a day, but do what works for you). Only do IM once a day, for a limited amount of time. Limit phone calls to certain times too. Same with any other communications. Set a schedule and stick to it.
Limit your media consumption. This tip won’t be for everyone, so if media consumption is important to you, please skip it (as with any of the other tips). However, I believe that the media in our lives — TV, radio, Internet, magazines, etc. — can come to dominate our lives. Don’t let it. Simplify your life and your information consumption by limiting it. Try a media fast
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Okay, this one is easy for me....I don't own a cell and i have one buddy on my list.


Purge your stuff. If you can devote a weekend to purging the stuff you don’t want, it feels seriously terrific. Get boxes and trash bags for the stuff you want to donate or toss. Here’s my guide on decluttering. Here’s a post on starting small.

I just joined freecycle this past week and next weekend i plan on doing just this.



Get rid of the big items. There’s tons of little clutter in our lives, but if you start with the big items, you’ll simplify your life quickly and in a big way.

On Thursady we are going to carmax to sell our third car. Seriously....who needs 3 cars in a house with only two drivers?

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