The List

A comprehensive and ever-changing list of the things I consider essential to my living a very small, very good life.

  1. Living at Home
    1. Bed: mattress, bedding, duvet in winter, cotton blanket in summer, throw blanket for extra warmth or napping, 2 pillows
    2. Dresser: cabinet my dad made with 3 shelves + baskets for underwear, bras, socks, t-shirts, leggings/crops/shorts, and cotton cardigans. Basically these are all my “at-home only” clothes.
    3. Closet: wooden hangers (20) that hold all my nicer clothes, shoe hanger (6) that holds all my shoes, Rubbermaid tote that holds off-season clothes, and other tote that holds my duvet + cover and coat in the warmer months).
    4. Bookshelf: 2 1/2 shelves of my favorite books, 1/2 shelf with books I am currently studying or using.
    5. Fan — cannot sleep without the white noise
    6. Chair, ottoman, sheepskin, and stool  . . . Where I can be found when I’m sitting down.  The ottoman is also my desk. The stool holds everything I need to move through the day, and each thing is returned to its home as soon as that bit of work is accomplished.
  2. Transportation
    1. Schwinn GTX3 with Ibera rack and trunk, bike helmet, cable lock, tire pump.
    2. Shoes — usually Nike Free trainers
  3. Movement
    1. LL Bean UV bike shirt + puffer vest
    2. PopFit Yoga pants (shorts in warm weather, crops in saddle seasons, leggings in cool weather)
    3. Shirts: C9 tank top (bright orange), and old t-shirts (for cooler weather)
    4. Yoga: Manduka Pro yoga mat, yoga mat strap, buckwheat hull yoga block
    5. Strength: 5 pound dumbbells, resistant band loops (for legs), hula hoop (homemade)
  4. Learning and Spiritual Life
    1. Passport size journal (gratitude journal + prayer list)
    2. Passport sized leather cover (handmade by my daughter)
    3. A5 learning journal
    4. Leather cover for A5 journal
    5. Lamy fountain pen
    6. The Green Bible (NRSV)
    7. Welsh notebook (simple spiral bound)
    8. Kindle Paperwhite (with case and charger)
    9. Plus whatever books I am reading/studying at the time
  5. Food and Kitchen
    1. Bowl (olive)
    2. Snack plate
    3. Hydroflask Mug (in olive)
    4. Utensils: spoon, fork, butter knife
    5. Cloth napkin
    6. Chef knife
    7. cutting board
    8. sauce pan
    9. cast iron Dutch oven, small
    10. cast iron Dutch oven, large
    11. instapot
    12. pour over coffee carafe
    13. coffee bean grinder
    14. small Brown Betty teapot
    15. kitchen washcloth and towels
    16. Pantry— filled with glass jars holding staples (+stuff to make snacks) and bowls holding produce
    17. Mixing bowl for making bread, making big salads
    18. Glass jars and bowls for storing cooked food in refrigerator
  6. Leaving the House
    1. Tom Bihn Travel Cube-let (dawn)
    2. Inside Cube-let: Tom Bihn Clear Organizer Wallet (plum)
    3. Inside Cube-let: Tom Bihn Ghost Whale Organizer (Dawn, holds my travel spoon, fork, bandana, and small silicon straw that fits my hydroflask mug)
    4. Warm Weather: straw tote that hold cube-let, old fashioned hand fan, canvas bags, hydroflask mug
    5. Cool Weather: black tote that holds all of the above + gloves and hat
  7. Traveling
    1. Tom Bihn Co-Pilot (Aubergine)
    2. Tom Bihn 3-1-1 bag + little glass jars I use
    3. Tom Bihn organizer bag — for cables, stands, and chargers
    4. Eagle Creek Specter packing cube — clothes
    5. Eagle Creek Specter small packing cube (2) — PJs, jackets, I usually don’t take both because I don’t travel to cold places very often.
    6. Lake & Trail 20L backpack (which I hope to upgrade soon-ish, as she is very old and starting to come apart at the seams)
  8. Technology
    1. iPhone + case + stand + charger
    2. iPad + case + protective sleeve + charger
  9. Emergency Bag
    1. sleeping bag
    2. solar charger for devices
    3. USB fan
    4. Jasper extra leash, food dish and water bowl
    5. spare glasses
    6. List of things to stuff in when tornado warning is issued. This is pretty easy since my 3-1-1 bag holds all my hygiene stuff, my Rx is right beside the 3-1-1 bag, and my dresser is 5 feet from the bathroom door. My tech stuff is on the middle shelf of my dresser, journals are on top, and Jasper is never very far where I am.