Recently I reviewed the “Simplify Your Life” page I wrote in 2002. I was pleased to see that those tips are still mostly relevant to life five years later and that I have indeed been practicing most of them during the last half-decade.
The only tip I had to revise extensively was in regards to a cell phone. Five years ago I ditched mine, but after moving from Fremont and traveling extensively, I got one again. Nowadays my cell phone is my primary (only) phone, and I love that. Cell phone technology has really come a long way since then in regards to dropped calls, battery life and features. Unfortunately I find myself guilty of answering the phone while driving once in a while but I will try to be more conscientious about that.
One thing that I didn’t have to deal with five years ago (having an easy-to-care-for townhome back then) was yard maintenance. If you have some simplification tips here that are also cost effective, please let me know! I am spending way too much time in the yard and garden each week, time I’d rather spend doing other things. Weeding is a big issue (both within and outside of the lawn), something that even setting up weed barriers under new mulch has not mitigated much. Help!