I love travelling. I love to visit other countries and see how other people live. I love the different weather, the different architecture, the different food, the different flora and fauna and… well just all the differences. I also love the sameness, how ultimately we are all just people with our strengths and our flaws.
And one ofÂ the other things I love about travel is experiencing how little you really need in order to get by from day to day. Every time I travel I learn more about this.
This time we are staying in a studio apartment. A small well equiped kitchen, a bathroom and a living room/bedroom combined. Although I like a little more space at home, mostly because I am a creative kind of person, living like this on a temporary basis proves to me how little one really needs to live comfortably. And spending so much time out on the streets exploring brings home to me, if only in a superficial way, howÂ some less fortunate people are forced to live. Which reminds me just how fortunate I am. AndÂ Berlin is a great place to witnessÂ diversity when it comes to how people chose to live.
Being here in the winter only adds to the realisation that having a warm, dry and comfortable place to return to at the end of the day is a blessing. And thatÂ placeÂ doesn’t have to be spacious to be a greatly appreciated. The only thing I would change about this apartment would be to get rid of half a dozen candle holdersÂ and addÂ a decent sharp knife toÂ the kitchen. I find that amusing because even in such a little place I am still more inclined to declutter some things rather than add any.
In fact my husband and I are both inspired to look againÂ at what we do have at home, once we return, and do some more decluttering. We also have learned, as we do every time we travel, more about what we do and do not need to pack when we set out on these little adventures. We packed pretty light as usual but there have still been items of clothing that we could have left behind.
And if you think you need to travel heavier in the winter because you need more layers then you are wrong. The beauty of winter is that you hardly ever work up a sweat and your inner clothing is nearly always covered by your outer layers. So they don’t get smelly or dirty and nobody knows whether you are wearing the same thing day in day out for a week or not. And even if they did know, why should you care. People spend far too much time worrying about what other people think about superficial things such as fashion.
I guess the moral of this story is. Equip your home and your wardrobe to what suits you. Be aware of what you really do use and eliminate what you don’t if you want to live a less cluttered lifestyle. Don’t waste your hard earned money on stuff you don’t need and you will be about to affordÂ more of what brings you comfort or joy. Things like the building up your savings whichÂ will give you the serenity of knowing you can pay your bills and have a nest egg should an unexpected expense come along.