Collecting

I love getting mail! Buying stuff online is like getting yourself surprise presents, it’s great 🙂

Today I received this book to add to my tiny house collection:

A lot of awards, eh?

I believe this is the last of the paper books I’ll be getting; all the others are pdf’s or e-books. Although I might get one more that’s not on my list because I want to read up on grey water systems, but I haven’t found a specific book yet. Almost all of the books on my “have” and “to-buy” lists come highly recommended by the tiny house community, and there aren’t really any popular books that focus on what to do with water.

I also ordered a scrapbook, but unfortunately they sent me the wrong one. The reason I bought a scrapbook is this:

That’s the pile of memorabilia that I’ve collected over the years, and it’s just too much. I’m sure I’m far from the worst of pack rats, but I want it to all fit in one container. I’m planning on sifting through it all, getting rid of some stuff, and creating a scrapbook of my best memories. I have literally saved garbage, like candy wrappers and those little plastic swords from fancy drinks. It’s totally unnecessary. Our society makes us feel like it’s okay to own hundreds and hundreds of things, but I don’t want to live like that. I really like the idea of minimalism. I want my space to feel like there’s room to breathe, not like it’s stuffed to the edges. And when I pack up everything I own, I don’t want it to be a massive pile. Whenever I travel, I always make sure to only pack what I can carry. I’m not super strong, so I don’t want to stuff a ginormous bag and not be able to lift it. I want to be independent and capable. And that’s what I want my life to be like. I don’t want to need half a dozen friends to pack up all the shit I own. As they say, life’s a journey, and I want to pull my own weight.

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