For 18 months I lived in my car. It wasn’t because times were hard, but because it was a choice. I went to see the movie Almost Famous. In the 20-minute walk home I was thinking about living the life of a touring musician and how awesome that would be.
At that point in my life I was already traveling over 100 days a year as a performer. Most of my travel was by air and my home base was Washington, DC.
As I continued my walk home from the movie I thought, “What would I need in order to live on the road and do the work I am already doing?”
The answer was simple: laptop, cell phone, clothing, juggling equipment, and something to read. That is all I would need.
“That is all I would need,” was the thought I was having as I opened my front door. I looked up at all my stuff and thought, “If I don’t need this, why do I have it?” So I decided to find out.
That is what led to me getting rid of most of my worldly possessions and move into my car for 18 months.
The first two days I drove from Washington, DC to Jacksonville, FL. By the time I got to Jacksonville I realized I had too much stuff and gave a number of things away.
Being able to cleanse the things out of our lives that take up too much space is a good thing to do.
And it feels so freeing.
I am not recommending that you sell everything you own and move into a car, but cleaning house and simplifying is a good idea.
If you are lacking motivation to simplify, just use Emotional Freedom Techniques to tap along to these quotes about simplifying found on mnmlist.com.
“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupe
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein
“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.” – Swedish proverb
“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Plurality should not be assumed without necessity.” – William of Ockham (also known as Ockham’s Razor)
“It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding. And you can. But not a good one.” – David Foster Wallace
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” -Lao Tzu
“The simplest things are often the truest.” – Richard Bach
“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” – Lao Tzu
“He who is contented is rich.” – Lao Tzu
“Less is more.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
“One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” – Francis Jourdain
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
“We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tzu
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“… in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers
“If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.” – Wu-Men
“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.” – Cedric Bledsoe
“Be wary of any enterprise that requires new clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” – Frederic Chopin
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann
“Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.” – D.H. Mondfleur
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” – E.F. Schumacker
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.” – Richard Halloway
“Our life is frittered away by detail … Simplify, simplify, simplify! … Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose.” – Henry David Thoreau
“We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.”– Donald Horban
“People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.” – Albert Einstein