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|10-26-2009 10:48 AM|
I will just say that, in my opinion, make your boat comfortable. At least for us it includes kids and it is your home... not a hotel room. Put the things on there that make you comfortable and you enjoy, and I believe you will find that you will be LA's for longer.
Just my opinion and approach.
|10-24-2009 07:20 PM|
Originally Posted by TQA View Post
There are a lot of things I expected to gain by living a more minimalistic lifestyle, things such as having more freedom, less things to do maintenance on, etc, and all of that is true, but there is one thing I had not expected that is equally true - living a minimalistic lifestyle is fun! I started out thinking of all the things I would do without, and now that I have made a lot of changes I realize that I really don't do without very often at all. You think you're going to miss having the stuff you are getting rid of, but after its gone you learn to enjoy doing more with less. It turns into a kind of game where you learn to do more on your own and have a lot of fun figuring out new solutions to problems that you used to solve by going to buy something you didn't really need. It is self-reinforcing, the more you learn to do on your own the more you want to do on your own.
|10-24-2009 04:12 PM|
Originally Posted by Jay2 View Post
Whoops I guess I am on a bit of a rant here.......sorry
Lots of great people to talk to, snorkle instead of TV, learn to play something musical and read.
|10-24-2009 12:00 PM|
|wind_magic||Oh and something that you'd think was terribly obvious that I only learned from watching another sailor who was trying to find something - if something is in a hard to reach place, tie a line to it! That way you don't have to dig around looking for something in a cockpit locker, you just open the storage area, grab the line, and pull it out, simple! This works well for small things if you put them all in one fabric container (a pack for example) and tie a line to the pack!|
|10-24-2009 11:43 AM|
|wind_magic||I camp a lot and one of the things that carries over to non-camping life well is having a small pack with lots of necessities in smaller quantities in it - shampoo, laundry detergent, dish washing soap, toothbrush (etc...), some food, p-38 can opener, LED light, batteries, etc. Having that allows me to just grab the pack without having to dig around looking for things, so the big bottle of laundry detergent is stored out of the way and I periodically refill the smaller containers when they get about halfway empty. Another reason I like this approach is that I can use bottles that have better lids, how many times has your shampoo container opened itself and gotten all over the place ? It used to happen to me a lot! I also like that I can just grab the pack and go at a moment's notice without even having to pack, and I know I will have enough food to eat for a few days, be able to stay clean, have a change of clothing, etc, it just makes things a lot easier I think, your life in miniature.|
|10-24-2009 05:41 AM|
|CaptainForce||Poopdeckpappy, Oh yeah, you're absolutely right. I don't think of this because we don't do much in the way of "seasons",-'staying in warmer places in the winter. I like Cruisingdad's idea of putting the blankets in the pillow cases on the bed. Anyway, you're right, I've not adapted to big seasonal changes. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew|
|10-23-2009 08:27 PM|
Originally Posted by CaptainForce View Post
|10-23-2009 04:27 PM|
|10-23-2009 03:42 PM|
I have no advice about downsizing because we've never done it, but as someone who has lived aboard since 1972, and raised two children aboard from infancy to adulthood, we are experienced. Most all adults that I know experienced a time in their early twenties when all that they owned and required could fit inside their car. As my wife & I moved aboard from a "college apartment" we never left this staus of freedom that comes with minimal possessions. There is a great freedom in "non-ownership"! I don't think most people are unable to recall the time I'm speaking of when they did not own furniture, more than an armful of clothes, or kitchen items that couldn't fit inside the proverbial breadbox. Ok, I might not be sensitive to the downsizing task as I have never lived in a house since I was a teenager, but what do you need? 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
PS- anything that you can vacuum pack and shove under a berth can probably go straight to Goodwill! If you can "long term" store it; then, you don't need it!
|10-23-2009 03:05 PM|
Minimize your belongings, you'll find you don't need half of what you own.
We use those bags that you load up with clothes then vacuum the suckers flat, they store real neat under berths
Work with what you have regardless of what you sail
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