As the end of April approaches I find my self reflecting on my new life aboard. It has been almost 4 months now and my live aboard life style is going well. I continued to marvel on how we as humans can learn to adapt to our surroundings. In only a few short years I went from a 2800 sq. ft. home, then to a 700 sq. ft. apartment and now to just under 200 sq. ft. on the H2O.
When I set out on this journey of minimalism I initially found it hard to unplug from society. Selling my precious gatherings over a life time become more of a chore then I had anticipated. It was a daily challenge to find a home for what treasures remained . There is a rule on my boat and that is,” if some thing comes on the boat then some thing has to go”. See you later cat ! That quote has never wrung so true to me as it does now.
Every thing in my home has a space where it belongs. There is a space for every tool, every sock and every piece of sailing kit. Nothing is left to meander around my home. One of the readers of this blog said that “every thing on a boat has to be ship-shape” and that is so true. One can not have a life of disarray aboard and expect to enjoy a home that can heal over 35 degrees without a moments notice. There is also no room for low-end, modern-day crap like cheap plastics, metal hangers or low-end items. I made a pledge to my self that if I am going to live in such small space with few items. then what room I do have has to be filled with good long-lasting quality items. I may not have a lot of “stuff” left in my life but the few items I do have are treasures to me.
I was asked by a close friend the other day “What do I missed about living on land and in my apartment” After I thought for while the only thing I could come up with is having my own shower. There is some thing in having your own space to bathe in without having to share it with others.
To me that’s not too bad. Only missing my own shower. I can live with that.