And who doesn’t want that?
I’ve never been attracted to the kind of simple living that advocates one glass, fork and plate per person or tells you how to cure your own deer meat or make dresses from old bedspreads. I like art, unusual objects, gracious living and entertaining too much. That said, I’m no longer willing to spend time maintaining and cleaning this environment. When I was in my twenties, every day I could put off doing housework and work on a creative project instead, was a day well spent. Yes, it was a mess. And having a toddler didn’t help.
But I can’t live that way now either. What I need is an environment that takes care of itself. I think I can only do that through this definition of simple living, by only having what I need and what still resonates with me. I once saw a photograph of Oprah’s closet in which there were hundreds of turtlenecks in every shade neatly stacked in cubicles. It was awesome.
By contrast, Sister Jose Hobday traveled around the world with only two dresses. “I really love those two dresses. They’re flowered, and I consider that I’m wearing my own garden!” She did have pants, a shirt, and a sweater for the trip itself so that if the flight attendant spilled something on her, it wouldn’t matter.