I am really trying to get rid of all the unnecessary, excessive, and obscuring things in my life. Make it simple. Minamalism.
I thought I would share two simple changes I made.
The first was taking every toilet paper hanger down. Nobody used them. There was always an empty roll in the hangers with just the tube and a shred of paper. And then you had to figure out where you might find more. Problem solved:
How about socks? Are you tired of sorting and trying to match up socks? Do you have a clothes basket someplace that’s filled a quarter way up with single socks for which there is no known match? I threw all my socks out, and purchased 12 pair of socks for $10. I use them for everything including running. There are some blend – not cotton. After about 3 years or more they started to get holes in them, so I went out and purchased a new package of the very same style.
I don’t even have to fold them up. I just stick them in my drawer and grab two when I need them. Problem solved:
Well, maybe you don’t have a sock problem but let me describe mine. Or rather, the one I used to have before I found a solution. You might find something useful in this post yet. First a disclaimer. I do not have a foot fetish, or at least I do not think I do, but I have written a lot about shoes, and foot related issues. Why? Runners, and walkers depend on healthy, relatively pain free feet, in order to do what they do.
I had two problems with socks. The first problem I had was five years ago when I started walking and did some modest running to get into shape. I ended up with blisters so bad I did not think I could keep doing either one. A little research on the internet was all it took to discover that although my feet still probably needed to get used to the regime, the main culprit was that I was wearing cotton socks. I switched to all synthetic socks that wicked the moisture away and that solved the problem.
The second problem was spending so much time and energy on trying to sort, and match socks. As everyone knows eventually you end up with a pile of socks with no matches. Finally, a solution came to me. I would switch to all black socks made of nylon. I hardly ever wore any other color, and most definitely knew that I could live, doing everything I needed to do, with just black socks.
So I went shopping and found And1 brand socks for ten pair per package for ten dollars. I purchased one bag of regular length, and another ankle length for working out. I threw out the socks that had no match, and donated the rest to Goodwill.
The new socks wear like iron, don’t shrink, and there are no problems with blisters. I am wearing a pair now. Below is what my sock drawer looks like today. I wish i had a picture of what it used to look like before I wised up.
At 58 I want to simplify my life as much as possible. I want things that work and do not get in the way of living. And here is a reminder to all of us, runners as well as other fitness enthusiast): running is a means to an end and not an end to itself. I have discussed the topic of minimalism in some earlier posts.