Thursday, March 18, 2010

Paring Down

Verb1.pare down - decrease gradually bit by bit

We have been whittling away at the possessions we've accumulated by selling them off on craigslist, donating them to charity, giving them to friends, or putting them aside in a yard sale pile.  The process is kind of like when you get asked: "If you were stranded on a dessert island and could only bring 1 thing, what would it be?"

While we aren't going that drastic, we would like to decrease our overall possessions to under 100 things.  Fortunately for us, the boat will count as 1 thing, but be many things to us.  It will be our home, our living room, our kitchen, our couches and our shower, our car, and so much more.  By living on a boat, we won't need many of the things we currently possess including furniture, Christmas decorations, and assorted knick-knacks. 

We have done a lot of thinking about getting rid of most of our worldly possessions and what it will mean for our future.  By getting rid of things we start to feel liberated.  It is as if a weight is being removed and we are being lifted by helium balloons.

Fewer things = less holding you down/back/behind.

By simplifying our lives, we can achieve our dreams.


  1. Yep, getting rid of all the stuff you don't need anyways. I want to get to a point where I'll just the need the internet, nothing else :)

  2. Thanks for the comment Mars. Only the internet? That's a lofty goal, but I suppose it is getting closer to reality. So many people are being able to work from anywhere and lead truly location independent lifestyles.

  3. Brilliant and very inspiring, Bill. I may use that as my next yardstick...if I were to prepare for sailing the world in a boat, or living in a cabin in Alaska, what would keep? Thanks for the great article.

  4. Thanks for the comment Charley. I'm glad you enjoyed my thoughts!