Patience

Our move from house to condo, which I mentioned in The beginning, was delayed by a week.

On one hand, the delay gave us a healthy break from the intense activity around selling our house and the significant effort required to pack up and complete the move. On the other hand, the disruption and extra work associated with making this transition have left us feeling even farther from the simpler life we’re trying to create. We want it to be over! I wish I could draw on Buddhist teachings and offer some wise and inspirational words about accepting the journey and finding learning opportunities along the way, but what I know better is Midwestern Calvinist-, children of the Depression-style philosophy: put one foot in front of the other.

Here’s another example of how we are simplifying. All of this stemware and barware—some of it coated in a visible layer of dust—went to Goodwill. My husband brought the lager glasses to our relationship 17 years ago, and I thought we should keep them so we could serve beer properly (we and our friends drink beer from the bottle). The wine glasses were acquired for Beaujolais Nouveau parties we stopped hosting before our son was born (parties which will not be happening in our rental condo, which has new beige carpeting). We don’t drink Champagne. If you’re asking yourself “Why did they keep these things for so long?,” all I can say is “Yes.”

Simplifying at home by getting rid of unused barware

6 thoughts on “Patience

  1. Amen! I may just follow your lead this weekend. The space allocated to barware storage in our house is FAR out of proportion to the use we get out of the collection. Feeling inspired…

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  3. I think we should become real estate developers and develop condos with not only playgrounds and community gardens, but also a lending library of household goods that you only need once in a blue moon, like champagne flutes. And a workshop with tools.

    • Liz, I think this is a great idea, but when I first read your comment I thought, “oh, people would immediately get weird and dismiss this as Communism” (not communalism). But the more I learn about millenials, the more I wonder if they will create sharing opportunities like what you describe. There are already Internet and app-facilitated personal exchanges like couchsurfing.com and lyft.com…maybe we’ll soon see something with a little more permanence?

      • I saw a TV show about a group doing this in the UK. They had communal vege gardens, reasonable cost housing. The ideas was to create a safe community.

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