The Basics, Part II

*This blog, like my life, is a journey. Things change. So I’m redoing this a series of posts on my essentials.**


Preface:  When we made a decision to live small so we could journey, I  knew I was going to have to cull my possessions to Fitting Life in a Suitcase or Living Small parameters.  As I work week by week, I’m finding it very helpful to think in terms of a foot locker or large duffel bag for the bulk of my “stuff.”

I’m going to start a list of Essentials, not for the sake of counting things, but so I can really evaluate what I think is essential.  First world problems, I know, but I do want to be mindful and careful moving forward.

Moving on to the bedroom (and the bulk of my personal possessions).


  • Bed + Pillows
  • Nightstand
  • Matching cabinet (made by my dad)

Bedding and Personal Possessions:

  • Sheet Set
  • Light Cotton bedspread
  • Duvet & cover (for winter)
  • Quilt (made by my sister)
  • Light cotton throw blanket
  • Fan
  • Bible + Book of Common Prayer
  • Journal + Command Journal
  • Sleeping bag
  • Carry-On suitcase
  • Backpack
  • Toiletry/Organizer bag
  • Green Side Effect
  • iPhone (+ stand, charger)
  • iPad (+ charger)
  • Kindle paperwhite
  • Solar charger for phone, tablet, and kindle
  • Expandable Baton
  • Salt stone lamp
  • Yoga mat + strap
  • Servant sculpture (gift from church)
  • Turtle (Kelly’s mom made)
  • Angel (my Aunt Gayle)



  • Bookshelf my uncle made
  • 3 photo albums (small, curated collection)
  • 25 books that I would rather not part with.  I have a one in – one out rule for them.  All other books are on my Kindle.
    • Harry Potter (x 7 hardback)
    • The Road Back to You
    • Episcopal Books (x6)
    • Celtic theology (x5)
    • The Crystal Cave Series (x3)
    • Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God
    • CNA Edge (x2)

Things I’m considering:  Most of my “stuff” fits easily into a footlocker (not the furniture), but the books, oh the books.  They don’t.  I’m thankful that I already did the hard work of donating 3000 books to a Christian school library. I’m thankful these books take up one smallish bookcase.  I thankful for Kindles, so that my library can expand without taking up valuable Living Small space.


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