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Michael E. Angier

By Michael Angier

Simplifying Our Life: We WANTED to Before—Now We Will!

The first of May, Dawn and I—and our cat Rex—will head home to Vermont. We've been in Florida since the end of January and we've loved it. It is such a great experience; we don't see much reason to ever spend another winter in New England.

In fact, at the end of the year, we plan to give up our condo in The Green Mountain State and head out on the road for a couple of years. Our home will be a diesel "pusher" motor coach, and we'll follow the thermometer around North America. If you'd like to see some pics from our dream board with our current favorite motor home, go here.

As you can imagine, this marks a major change in our life and to our lifestyle. And we have a lot to do to make it happen. Finances, logistics, plans and contingencies must all be handled.

One of the things we have to do is something we've always tried to do, but never did as well as we would have liked—simplify our lives. Our plans provide new impetus to get serious about doing just that. We'll rid ourselves of all unnecessary possessions and set up our affairs in a way that will allow us to easily operate from wherever we are.

It's not that we need it, but this new chapter in our lives will certainly feel like a fresh start. I'm looking forward to it, and we'll report from the road on our experiences.

We'll digitize as much of our business as we possibly can. We'll arrange for automatic bill payments and do all of our banking online.

And we'll sell or give away almost everything we own. Only a few items will be placed in storage. Living in a 40-foot motor coach will force us to keep only what we absolutely need.

Most of us accumulate too much "stuff" in our lives. I've often thought it would be worth it to move every few years just to sort out what we really want to keep. But even that doesn't always work.

Action Point
You don't have to go on the road to simplify your life. Start brainstorming how you can simplify your life. What do you have that no longer serves you? What can you get rid of? Remember, everything you own owns a little bit of you. It has to be cleaned, repaired, insured and stored. One of the ways to make room for what you DO want is to get rid of what you DON'T want.

Clean out the garage, the attic, the basement—the entire house or office. Have a garage sale. Give things to the Salvation Army or your local thrift store. Feel the freedom that comes from clearing the decks.

Look for the things that fill your life up, but aren't fulfilling—things that may not be necessary, fun or worthwhile.

Practice SODA: Simplify, Organize, Delegate and Automate every part of your life and business.





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