We just came back from a great trip! We went on a family get-away with my parents for their anniversary. Our destination of choice was a beautiful mountain lake in Colorado and we stayed in an adorable log cabin Airbnb. I love staying in vacation rentals because I want to live a simpler life like that. They teach me so much about what I really need.
I Want To Live a Simpler Life With The Perfect Amount of Stuff
We have stayed in three vacation rentals this year. I’ve learned a lot about what is considered essential for a comfortable stay.
We cooked a lot at every vacation rental we stayed in and I carefully observed what was provided.
It seems that they provide about twice as many cups, plates, bowls, glasses, and silverware as the expected guest occupancy. That way you have just enough you don’t have to do dishes all the time but nothing extra. They have a couple of sizes of pans and a couple of sizes of pots, a coffee machine, a microwave, a toaster, a pasta strainer, and a platter. This combination creates a perfect minimalist kitchen.
Most vacation rentals also give you an extra set of towels and blankets which is completely reasonable. They decorate sparingly but tastefully. They might include nice touches like some snacks, a coffee table book, or a throw blanket.
The overall idea is to keep the guest from needing anything or feeling uncomfortable without providing more than is really necessary. It’s the host’s goal to have just the right amount of stuff there for you.
I want to live a simpler life so the lessons I learned from my vacation rentals are as follows:
- Pay attention to what you always use and what you never use in your home. Odds are you will be perfectly happy if you pair down to the more essential items.
- If your home only contains what is truly useful it all fits really easily, even in a small space!
I Want a Simpler Life and Fewer Choices
When you are on vacation you feel relaxed! Of course, you do. You don’t have to work or attend to all the things that eat up your time and mental energy.
I feel even more relaxed when I stay in a vacation rental because I feel like I’m in a little home instead of a box with beds. It feels like I can be a new person in the home that I’m in, whether that’s a beach bum or a mountain woman.
I want to live a simpler life and when I have fewer choices I feel more relaxed. When I’m on vacation I have only the food I packed, the clothes I packed, and whatever the rental provides.
As mentioned above, the rentals usually include necessities for comfort and not a lot else. Sometimes this leads to some industrious creativity to solve problems with the limited tools at your disposal. But most of the time, having less alleviates decision fatigue and leads to feelings of calm contentment.
I Want to Live a Simpler Life Focused on Better Things
Every time I stay in a vacation rental I end up talking with my family more, going outside more, reading more, and resting more.
When you don’t have a lot of distractions within your space you end up focusing on the things that actually matter the most. That’s why I want to live a simpler life.
Would you like to have more adventure in your life? Do you need more rest? Does it feel like you never have quality time with your family?
Maybe it’s time to declutter your home so that you can spend less time cleaning, have fewer distractions, and be more intentional about your life. Living more simply and focusing on people and experiences rather than things means that you will get more of what really matters in your life!
I Want to Live A Simpler Life Cause I Need Less Than I Think
One of the things about the simpler life I learned from my vacation rentals is that you need even less than you think you do. Because I want to live a simpler life I’m trying my best to remember that.
For example, I usually pack an outfit for every day of my trip and end up only wearing half of it. The rental has 4 plates for 2 people and I end up washing and using the same 2 plates the whole time. I worry that there won’t be enough blankets and I never pull out the spare ones.
It’s amazing how big the difference between what we think we need and what we actually need is. We surround ourselves with stuff like a safety blanket.
That reminds me of the Snuggy. Did you ever have one of those? At first, it seems like a brilliant idea. You put your arms through the sleeves of an incredibly long blanket and you wrap it around you and plop on the couch ready to relax.
Then the doorbell rings and you have effectively wrapped yourself in a straight jacket. You can’t get to the door and you’re wondering why you tied yourself down with this contraption instead of a normal blanket.
Is it possible that we have so many things that they actually just weigh us down? Is it possible that your safety blanket of things is overkill?
Next time you go on vacation to enjoy a simpler life for a while, stop and notice what you need. Stop and notice how much calmer you feel when you have just what you need, fewer choices, and more time for what really matters. You might find that you need even less than you think you do.
I want to live a simpler life that I don’t need a vacation from! What about you?
The Simpler Life At My Vacation Rental Can Change My Everyday Life
In the past, when I got home to my full closet it was harder to pick out what to wear each day. My kitchen seemed overly full and disorganized. It seemed like I never had enough time to sit and have a good conversation with my hubby. I needed a vacation again!
But then I decided to apply what I learned about enjoying the simpler life from my vacation rentals and I simplified my closet, my kitchen, my home, my schedule, and my life. Decluttering my home and pursuing minimalism helped me to have more of that vacation feeling right in my own home! My goal was to ‘create a life I didn’t need a vacation from’ and then go on vacation anyway! Why not?
What makes you feel at home and relaxed in a vacation rental? How could you simplify your life to get more of that feeling? I’d love to hear your ideas so please comment below!
Start The Simpler Life Today!
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