The List

I have compiled a comprehensive and ever-changing list of the things I consider essential to my living a very small, very good life. I edit it about every three months. It doesn’t number the actual possessions, it just gives me a feel for the “rightness” of my surroundings. I fully adhere to the view that “the root of war begins in our quest for more.” — John Woolman.

  1. Living at Home
    1. Bed: frame, 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, home only clothes, and movement clothes. Purse sits on top.
    3. Closet: wooden hangers that hold all clothes, tote that holds off-season clothes, and other tote that holds my duvet + cover and coat in the warmer months).
    4. Shelf: shoes, basket of fountain pen and journal supplies, basket with tech gear, basket with travel gear
    5. Bookshelf: 2 shelves of my favorite books, 1/2 shelf with farm resources, and 1/2 shelf with Welsh books.
    6. Fan — cannot sleep without the white noise
    7. Chair — Where I can be found when I’m sitting down.
    8. USPS priority box with sentimental items
  2. Transportation
    1. Schwinn GTX3 with Ibera rack and trunk, bike helmet, cable lock, tire pump.
    2. Shoes — Merrell vapor glove (barefoot shoe)
  3. Movement
    1. LL Bean UV bike shirt + puffer vest when cool
    2. Yoga: Manduka eco travel mat
  4. Learning and Spiritual Life
    1. A5 learning journal
    2. Fountain Pen — TWSBI eco purple + ink bottle (pen/ink also in green and blue)
    3. Pencil case with pencil, pen, highlighter, sharpener, and eraser.
    1. NOAB (Study Bible)
    2. Welsh notebook (simple spiral bound)
    3. Welsh learning books
  5. Food and Kitchen
    1. Bowl
    2. Snack plate
    3. Mug
    4. KeepCup 12 oz navy
    5. Yeti 20 oz
    1. Utensils: spoon, fork, butter knife, serrated paring knife, chopstick, silicone straw
    2. Blue soup mug for food storage + Stainless steel lunch tiffin
    3. Cloth napkin
    4. cutting board
    5. tea infuser
    6. kitchen washcloth (1) + towels (3)
    7. Pantry— filled with glass jars holding staples (+stuff to make snacks) and bowls holding produce (shared)
    8. Mixing bowl for making bread, making big salads (shared)
    9. Glass jars and bowls for storing cooked food in refrigerator (shared)
  6. Leaving the House
    1. Black waist pack (daily)
    2. Leather wristlet (dressier)
    1. Inside pack or wristlet: pouch with ID, bank card, lip balm, cash. Second pouch with masks. Whistle, carabiner.
    2. Tom Bihn Luminary 12 (dark blue) which holds everything for a long day out including water bottle, pack/wristlet, with room for a sweater and hat)
  7. Traveling
    1. Tom Bihn Synapse 19, dark blue
    2. Ultraviolet 3DOC (3-1-1 bag)
    3. Solar 3DOC (scrubba and clothesline)
    4. Iberian 3DOC (sundries)
    5. set of packing cubes
  8. Technology
    1. iPhone + case + stand
    2. IPad + solar keyboard
    3. Kindle + case + charger
  9. Emergency Bag
    1. Sleeping bag
    1. USB fan
    2. Jasper extra leash, food dish and water bowl
    3. spare glasses
    4. One outfit (in case there isn’t time to pack a separate bag with clothes)
    5. List of things to stuff in when tornado warning is issued.
    6. I can be out the door in 5 minutes.
  10. Clothing — simple, small, and comfortable clothes