Purging 15 plus years of stuff …Where to start the liberation?

So I started the overwhelming task of purging my possessions. 15 years of living in one place allows for a lot of stuff to build up . I have stuff I don’t even know I have!.I have stuff I bought and never even opened! I have stuff I haven’t seen touched or used in years!WHY!! Because it’s just easy to buy and pack into a house,shop,garage,basement or closet and forget about.

Have you ever seen a show where they open up a closet and an avalanche of stuff falls out on top of the person ? I think I have one of those some where .Scary you never know if that bowling ball on the shelf is going to take you out! The good news is I found about $300.00 worth of stuff I can take back unopened so far! It’s kind of a weird sort of savings program.

I also threw out a lot of odd ball stuff that was pieces or parts to things long gone.I found expired food and medications empty containers old magazines and books that no longer appeal to me as well as shoes and jackets I havent worn in years.

The real problem is a lot of the stuff I paid good money for and it’s hard to get rid of.The other problem is we attach feelings and emotions to things inanimate objects .I got that in Maui or my kid gave that to me or my wife.How about that was uncle/aunt so and sos favorite ,whatever. How do you part with it?

My wife and I are struggling with that very dilemma.So we talked it over and we are going to take it in stages .First we are going thru the house and finding the easy things to part with.The junk out dated stuff broken things or things with missing parts. Old books, clothes, shoes and magazines. next stuff we can put in a yard sale.Another stack will be donated items. Then the things we can put on Craigslist.

I gotta tell ya it’s been pretty liberating so far just the little bit We have unloaded .There is still a lot of mixed feelings about the process but other people I have talked to or read about that are on the other side of this process are so happy and wished they had done it sooner than they did.

We are excited about progressing into this new chapter of our lives ,simply less stuff .Less stuff to deal with less to maintain less to worry about and less to drag around on our new adventure.This will be one of the hardest best things we have ever gone thru.How about you could you live with less? how would it change your life? Can you see yourself  starting the process of lightning your load ?Think about the possibilities.

Focus VS distraction or the zombie apocalypse is already here!

I just spent the last few days with my wife staying in our four hundred square foot second home.It is quiet comfortable and simple.There is little to distract us .No T.V No lawn to mow Just eat sleep and relax.We were in the present ,focused and enjoyed ourselves.We have decided we like that so much were going to make it our primary residence on the ocean beach front.We will be able to take long walks and explore the small town we will live in ride our bikes kayak in the bay sit by a fire and whip up a fresh clam chowder from the days catch.I had time to focus on what we really want in life now and time and experiences are whats important to us .So we are selling every thing that does not fit in that new life we will be living soon.I hope to be their full time by fall.

I have been working this post over in my head for a while now so here goes.The real reason we are not rich happy and successful is not because we aren’t working hard.It is because we are not focused!We are driven to distraction! There is so much going on in our daily lives we are constantly distracted by instant everything!!

Let me give you an example.Have you ever been driving down the road listening to the radio talking on the phone(or texting) while eating your Breakfast/lunch/dinner and later you can’t even remember what you ate ? Or you got to where you were going and the time just flew by? I see some head nodding and finger-pointing going on out there :)

We are not present in our lives.We are lost in our distractions.We are not Here and now.We are tuned out.Why,because we are ghosting thru life unhappy with reality so we live in an altered perception of non reality called LA LA LAND!! We are zombies!! I know a little harsh,but true.T.V. ,cellphones,music,computers,the internet ,face book,texting All designed to keep us distracted.

What about material pursuits cars,houses,boats R.V.s of all sorts shopping,restaurants lions and tigers and bears oh my!!

When was the last time you were focused and present and in the moment? Do you even know what it means or feels like to be here and now? Try not thinking about the past or the future but only here in the moment .It takes focus .Your mind will wander and the eternal internal dialog that runs in your head starts to distract you from reality .HERE and NOW! FOCUS…Whats going on around you? Sights sounds ,smells,Tastes,textures…ARE you here ? Or are you drifting away,wandering,day dreaming.

OK so.Focus ,that word.What could you accomplish if you were focused?Present?How much productivity if you are here and now.Doing one thing not 5 or 6 tasks at once (so called multitasking)You know if we could multitask we would be able to pat are heads and rub our bellys at the same time.I’m not sure what that helps even if you can.

So I said all that to say this.If you truly want to be happy you need focus.To acomplish that  be present and here and now in the moment mindful of what is going on around you.I once read if you want to meet your goals faster make a list of the 10 most important things in your life .Go ahead I’ll wait… Ok got it? now get rid of them they are distracting you from your goals!! WHOA!! Yes that’s what I said think about it what are those things? And what would happen if you did not have them in your life ? What are they really costing you?

You are playing safe in life .Are you playing the game of life to win or just not to lose? Because you don’t want to risk losing those things? With nothing to lose you have everything to gain.What if everything you owned fit in a back pack? What could you do ? where would you go? how would you live? What would it cost? Life would not be very complicated.Simple.

Now what can you accomplish with no distractions? No worries? Nothing to lose.Time to Focus.Create value live simply,fully presently NOW experience life.

Electrical and wiring how to step by step DVD for micro/tiny houses

Hello Microhousers ,tiny house and small space living enthusiast .I have a new video on you tube and I’m excited to bring you an all new series of how to DVD’s ! I have been getting flooded with request for more information on building micro/tiny houses So I have been working on a series of step by step DVD’s for sale on my new site www.thesupersimplesystems.com the first in the series is on electrical wiring .We will cover the breaker panel wiring outlets and switches.power cords and plugs sizing the system .As well as some theories and terminology like what are volts,amps and watts? what do they do ? The price of the video is less than it would cost for an eletrican to show up for an hour at your house!!   

This DVD is designed for the rest of us who don’t know electrical but want to.Learn the process and save hundreds of dollars .Let me take the mystery out of wiring your house and power cord so you can plug-in to a power source where ever you go from a 50 amp to 20 amp outlet.     I will be creating DVDS for plumbing and gas systems as well in the near future so be sure to sign up on the site for special pricing and offers .Thanks to the over 1500 subscribers to this project in over 65 countrys world wide.Here is the video http://youtu.be/M-D3hS9SzSM

The fastest way to get rich !! …I’m not kidding!!

Thats right I will reveal in this post the fastest way to get rich and I will tell you for free!! Why would someone just give that kind of highly valuable information away? I could sell this for big bucks .It’s worth it after all . So whats the deal ? How do you measure “RICH” anyway? How do you know if YOU are rich? This is the core question and the real problem in our culture today.We are in a big race to get rich.It is an obsession we spend our entire lives trying to overcome.

Rich ,what is it? who determines it? how do we measure it? Is it money? is it things? is it a feeling? A place? A state of mind? Maybe it is all of the above? What makes one person rich and the other wealthy? How do you compare? Is comparing the way of determining? If you take two people who have the same meager living conditions Why is one living simply while the other is poor?   Is living rich external or internal? Is it physical or mental?

That is a lot of processing to do. Thinking.Its important to examine this and decide how we measure RICH in our lives.Our core values are what will create that answer.Understanding what those are will determine how we set those values.So the more we know the better we will define RICH.Rich by definition may and will change thru your life because your values change.What is important to you now may not be as important to you later in life.

As an individual we can physically only create so much money working by the hour if we are employed.We exchange time for money.We can then exchange money for things.Depending on how many and what kind of things we want/need will be determined by how much time we are willing to exchange for money.So there are limiting factors here.This is where we start to get into trouble When we want more things than we can exchange time for.

Credit or selling your time in advance sounds like the solution.Its very attractive,at first ;) But it starts a downward spiral of desperate problems and stresses that all to often make people realise after the fact that the things were not worth the exchange in advance of the time you presold to get them.(this is often when our values change,Don’t ask me how I know this:)Now the light becomes brighter (for some) and dimmer for others that don’t get the lesson .

Ok ,still with me ? Whats the answer? I will say it even thou I think you already know it. The fastest way to get rich is to REDUCE YOUR NEEDS.    Thats it. So the more you know the less you need.If you have less needs/wants(Be clear on the difference) You will have more Time,money,choices and RICHES !! Less is really more .More freedom to decide how and where you will live your life. Out of a backpack,on a boat in an R.V. a tiny house ect…

Stop worrying about what other people think (they don’t really care about you they are only worried about what you think)The silly measuring stick we all use on each other.If you don’t live your life according to how others think you should, THEN, only THEN, will you be living YOUR life.