In order to escape I needed to know just how little I needed to stay above that line that divides contentment from discontent. This is the modern age so I’ll use my kitchen as the example.
There are a few appliances I never took to, a microwave is one. How this over-sized box that takes up valuable counter space ever became such a staple in kitchens still escapes my imagination. Food doesn’t taste any better, actually I find it tastes worse, coming out of this versus an oven or off the stove top yet one would be hard pressed to find more than a few kitchens without one.
I do have a stove, it came with the house. I learned I could just as easily do without a stove after experimenting with living without one for three years but the change in my lifestyle brings a need to own one now just for the canning I want to do.
The big side by side refrigerator that came with the house was sold right off and replaced with our chest freezer and a tiny dorm fridge.
As I held each item from my previous life I came across more than a few appliances that I had never questioned before. Why do I have a toaster? Is it really that important to burn bread to enjoy it?
In the end these are the things I continue to chose to live without and not a day goes by that I regret not having them
- toaster oven
- big refrigerator
- television, and all the accessory pieces such as DVD player, cable box, entertainment center,
- Cable television
- Landline phone
- Stereo system
- store rewards cards
- credit cards,
- expensive vacations
- A printer
- electric mixer, can opener juicer etc
- hair dryers,
- electric shavers
- clothes dryer
There are a few things that I found I couldn’t live without
- slow cooker
- sewing machine
- a computer
- for the moment a chest freezer
- and while I could live without it, I enjoy the tablet I received as a gift to give me access to ebooks.
I find the less I own the more connected I feel to the activities that support my well-being.