Ever tried living in very tight quarters? I have and have picked up some life-saving cleaning tips along the way. It is super important to be clean and organized at all times. Everything that enters your space needs to be carefully considered.
When I lived on a boat for a year, I had to be very decisive about what to pack. What were the absolute essentials? It was a challenge but I quite enjoyed it and found that living a minimalist life was actually quite refreshing. Living with only the things I needed. Nothing more was actually liberating. You don’t realize how much unnecessary crap you have that you can most definitely live without until you ”clean house” so to speak and take inventory of all the things you own.
It was quite liberating indeed. Every time I stopped at a new port, I had to decide what I would get rid of if anything. The only time I could even consider doing this was if I was on dry land. But I seldom had to get rid of anything unless I realized that I really had no use for it after all and that it had only been used a few times or hadn’t been used at all.
What my struggle was, was resisting the temptation to pick up random trinkets at the different ports of call. Yes, I wanted to remember the places I had been especially if I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be back to visit but did I really want to junk no matter how pretty and shiny it may have appeared to be in that moment. Once I asked myself that question, the answer was 9 times out of 10, a resounding NO. And so, I appreciated what I could, the sights, the views, the people, the vibe, the atmosphere and left it at that. For memories, I simply took digital pictures. Much more space efficient.
Yup! Living on a boat is great. It challenges you to be efficient with your space and is good for the soul when your living space is decluttered not to mention the money you save while out at sea and the many different experiences you have meeting different people, going to different places, picking up on the many cultures and the vibe of the land. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure.
It is great for introverts and extroverts alike. Both get a taste of solitude and time for deep introspection but also the fantastic opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and interact with people from all walks of life. Something you probably would never have the opportunity to do if you lived stationed to one specific geographic place.
I daydream of the days I’ll be out at sea again. What an experience! Being able the watch the sunrise as though I was THE only person on earth. Just me and the elements. And being able to count every sky, planet and call by name every constellation in the sky since there is zero light pollution or other wise. Serenity at its best. It’s a peace of heaven right here on earth.