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, Fountain pen supplies, home only clothes, and movement clothes.
    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. Bookshelf: 2 shelves of my favorite books, 1/2 shelf with farm resources, and 1/2 shelf with Welsh books.
    5. Fan — cannot sleep without the white noise
    6. Chair, ottoman, sheepskin . . . Where I can be found when I’m sitting down. The ottoman is also my desk.
  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 Pro yoga mat
  4. Learning and Spiritual Life
    1. A5 learning journal
    2. Fountain Pen — TWSBI eco blue + ink bottle
    1. NOAB (Study Bible)
    2. Welsh notebook (simple spiral bound)
    3. Kindle Paperwhite (with case and charger)
    4. Welsh learning books
  5. Food and Kitchen
    1. Bowl
    2. Snack plate
    3. Mug
    4. HydroFlask, 12 oz olive
    5. Utensils: spoon, fork, butter knife, serrated paring knife, chopstick, silicone straw
    6. Blue soup mug for food storage + Stainless steel lunch tiffin
    7. Cloth napkin
    8. cutting board
    9. tea infuser
    10. kitchen washcloth (1) + towels (3)
    11. Pantry— filled with glass jars holding staples (+stuff to make snacks) and bowls holding produce (shared)
    12. Mixing bowl for making bread, making big salads (shared)
    13. Glass jars and bowls for storing cooked food in refrigerator (shared)
  6. Leaving the House
    1. Tom Bihn Everyday Carry (Mars red)
    2. Inside Everyday Carry: Tom Bihn ghost whale organizer (super-mini, island blue) = wallet + pouch with travel spork, napkin, collapsible straw, hand sanitizer + pouch with mask
    3. Tom Bihn Luminary 12 (dark blue) which holds everything for a long day out including water bottle, everyday carry, with room for a sweater and hat)
  7. Traveling
    1. Tom Bihn Yeoman Duffle (Mini, Verde)
    2. Tom Bihn 3DOC Ultraviolet + clear (3-1-1 bag)
    3. set of packing cubes
  8. Technology
    1. iPhone + case + stand
    2. IPad + solar keyboard
  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. One outfit (in case there isn’t time to pack a separate bag with clothes)
    7. List of things to stuff in when tornado warning is issued.
    8. I can be out the door in 5 minutes.
  10. Clothing — simple, small, and comfortable clothes