Jul
06

Matching Gifts

Reading Time: 4 minutes How do you prioritize what to do when you declutter and downsize your home? We independently came to the same conclusion, to maximize matching gifts to the need (be it friend, family or charity) is our first priority, then speed to show some progress and then value to top off our cruising kitty.

Jun
29

Philanthropy

Reading Time: 5 minutes One of the first posts we published on SerenadeWind talks about our relationship with money. When we began to dig into that topic, a natural extension to pursuing a minimalist life is a life of philanthropy. 

Jun
04

Living Space

Reading Time: 5 minutes In part 5, we conclude our downsizing process that began with 30-weeks to minimalism. This beautiful living space conceals stowage for spares, spares and more spares.

Jun
01

Sea Foodie

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the 4th part of our 30-weeks to minimalism series, we tackle the galley. Once again, we will need to think critically about what items are used daily now and can still serve us in the future aboard a sailboat. Here is how a “sea foodie” would approach it.

May
28

Boat Head

Reading Time: 6 minutes 30-weeks to minimalism launched our 5 part series on how to downsize for the rest of your life. We followed this up with how to tackle sentimental items as well as clothes. In part 3 of this series, we address the boat head.

May
25

Packing Light

Reading Time: 7 minutes How do you pack for the rest of your life to live full-time on a sailboat? Packing light becomes an imperative. In 30-weeks to minimalism, we kicked off our 5 part series on how we downsized from a 3-bedroom house to less than 300 sq ft of space.

May
07

Throw back

Reading Time: 6 minutes One of the hardest areas to tackle when downsizing and purging your belongings is figuring out what to do with sentimental items. I thought clothes would be tough. They were a breeze compared to this. When I evaluated these items, I discovered 3 reasons in their favor: learning tool, empathy and throw back.

Apr
20

30 Weeks to Minimalism

Reading Time: 3 minutes 30 weeks to minimalism begins with a game plan and time. Rather than replace a busy schedule with another busy schedule, give yourself time. Find stillness in the day for introspection and self-discovery.

Apr
16

Going Green

Reading Time: 6 minutes To us, sailing will bring us a life of adventure, and it will also bring us closer to nature as we witness that our choices will make a direct impact on the world around us. In this post, we talk about ways of going green. Since we are still observing stay at home protocols, we may as well test this out for ourselves now.

Apr
13

Upcycle R Us

Reading Time: 4 minutes Upcycle R Us. With few options to buy items in stores due to coronavirus, here is an opportunity to break a habit. Rather than instinctually ordering online, why not look around your house & create a solution based on what you already have?

Apr
09

Every 6 Weeks

Reading Time: 3 minutes For the past 5 years, every hairstylist I have encountered has done a hack job, and I vowed that I could do better than any of them. With salons and barbers closed these days, you may also want to give DIY haircuts every 6 weeks.

Mar
16

Project Slocum Part 2

Reading Time: 3 minutes In Project Slocum Part 2 of 5, we explore the following idea: Sailing on a boat really seems like a reasonable post-apocalyptic plan. #noahsark

Feb
16

Eye of the Storm

Reading Time: 4 minutes Although we are still in the eye of the storm, it feels like we are about to turn a corner. About a week ago, I glanced at the Whiteboard and a realization began to bubble up within me. These ideas that we had once sent out in 2018 and which were swirling around in the universe… somehow we managed to make progress on each one of them.

Feb
08

Relationship with Money

Reading Time: 6 minutes What is your relationship with money? In this post, we explore this topic. At this stage in our lives, we are not compelled to accumulate money just as we are not compelled to accumulate possessions, because they end up owning you…

Feb
07

Past, Present and Future

Reading Time: 4 minutes Past, present and future. After a couple weeks spent with ideas about the future pinballing around in my mind, I finally got some closure on a few things. The present is the only time that you actually have control…