Recently, I walked outside and saw that I had left my favorite sunglasses on the front porch overnight. All was well, but the point of this post is that I didn’t miss them.

Why, you ask? 

Because I have duplicate sunglasses all over the place, all with tortoiseshell frames. I have a pair in both vehicles.  I have 3 polarized pairs I wear mostly for walking.  I have other very nice sunglasses in my dresser that don’t fit great but are way too nice to toss. I really haven’t done a full sunglass count because it will be too embarrassing! I’ve unintentionally become a sunglass collector ☹.

I just re-read my favorite Simplicity book: Simplify Your Life – 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things that Really Matter by Elaine St. James.  It was published in 1994 and I have read it a number to times over the years. Unfortunately, her wise words never quite seem to stick.

In this book, 1 of the ways to simplify is to ‘Get Rid of All the Extras’.  She talks about having one stainless nail file that she loved.  She bought 6 more and can never find a nail file when she wants it.  I happen to use emery boards, but I can never seem to find one when I need it either.

She goes on to say:

In no time at all, having extra sets of things can get very complicated.  I long ago got rid of the extra nail files, and more recently I’ve gotten rid of the extra eyeglasses, sunglasses, pens, umbrellas, pocketknives, hammers, and all kinds of specialized tools.  It’s made my life so much simpler.

Elaine St. James, 1994

Now what?

While I agree with her, I think I still need 4 pairs of sunglasses.  One polarized pair for each car, one ‘dress’ pair, and one polarized sport pair. 

Too much of anything is the beginning of a mess.” “It’s better to have extra time on your hands and extra money in your pocket than extra stuff in your closet.” “A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first.

Dorothy Draper

So, what am I going to do with all those extra sunglasses????



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