Though I enjoy reading blogs and watching videos about a minimalistic lifestyle I would not say I am a minimalist. To me, a minimalist means to minimize possessions for its own sake (if you are a minimalist and think this is a wrong interpretation please let me know!)
- ✓I don't accumulate material things for their own sake
- ✓Material possessions I do have are personally meaningful
- ✓What I possess tends to contribute to simplifying daily life
Based on these preferences, I think I prefer simplism over minimalism.
This blog contains my thoughts and experiences living according to a simplist philosophy. I call it Living Simply With & Without. While this is based on my experience, perhaps you can get some ideas that encourage you to develop a simplist lifestyle. Everybody is different. I suppose there is no such thing as all ideas fit everyone. Maybe you can find ideas for what you need and what you don’t need - FOR YOU. If my ideas inspire you then I am very happy.
Living Simply With A Hammock
“We don’t have any beds.”
Whenever I tell this to people - that we actually do not have any beds - their typical reaction is shock!, followed by the question “How on earth do you sleep?”
We use hammocks as beds. It was originally my husband's idea. He kept insisting it was quite comfortable for sleeping in, not just for relaxing in backyards or at cottages on hot, summer days.
Perhaps like most people, I had reservations. For example, I thought that it might not be good for lower back. Weren't mattress manufacturers always promoting their firm or orthopedic mattresses as being good for back problems? Plus, I was afraid that if I slept in a hammock I might fall out if I moved!
Then, one day, I couldn't resist trying sleeping in a hammock. It was during the hottest time of summer, and it was particularly hot and humid at night. I was sweating and wasn’t able to sleep. The bed just made it all worse. However, my husband wasn’t sweating which was very unusual because, besides the temperature and humidity, he typically sweated a lot during hot weather, much more than me. I asked him why he wasn't sweating and even seemed quite comfortable! He answered it was perhaps because of the hammock.
My husband explained that hammocks originally come from equatorial cultures - from people who live in areas that are constantly hot and humid. Therefore, they invented the hammock, which is designed to help keep you cool. The hammock does not create pressure points, like how a mattress will. It is like lying on a cloud. Also unlike mattresses hammocks allow for plenty of air circulation all around. In fact, my husband said he couldn't even stand having a light fan blowing on him when he is in the hammock because he would feel cold. And there I was a few feet away in our bed sweating!
So, I decided to try. At the beginning I was a little nervous as I was still afraid of falling out of the hammock if I moved in my sleep. However, it never happened. The hammock was plenty big enough to surround me and support me. My husband also explained that the only reason people move at night when sleeping in a bed is to find relief from the pressure points. The pressure points are created by the mattress and are not a natural part of sleeping. Because hammocks create little to no pressure points one does not move while sleeping in a hammock. Or they move very little.
Most importantly though, I was able to sleep much better in the hammock, even when the room felt very hot and humid.
In addition, when I used a bed, I sometimes had lower back problems when I was sleeping longer hours - such as when I was sick. However, since switching to a hammock, I haven’t had any lower back soreness, even when I am staying in the hammock after deciding to have a lazy off day, reading a book or using a computer for long hours.
Since we started using hammocks indoors, we realized that we can can also use them as sofas, chairs and of course for general means of relaxing. For these reasons indoor hammocks have become a central point to my goal of living simply.
Good points to simplifying a hammock
- ✓Don’t have lower back problems
- ✓One item for multi purposes
- ✓Feel relaxed (I feel sometimes like I am at a resort)
- ✓More space in rooms