How In a Sardine Can--without killing each other
By Kay Peterson
Twelve rules for living together harmoniously in a small space.
1: Make sure you are communicating in the same language.
2: Agree on what to take with you, using my four-question test.
(1.) How often was the item used last year?
(2.) How much space does it take and how much does it weigh?
(3.) Does it have a special sentimental value?
(4.) How hard would it be to replace?
3: Make room for the important things regardless of the above rules.
4: Determine where to put things: whose stuff goes where?
5: Get and stay organized.
Things multiple to fit the available space.
It is easier to lose things in a small space.
If you can't find it, you may as well not have it.
Set realistic goals for staying organized.
6: Share your possessions and time as well as space.
7: Allow each other some privacy.
Utilize the outside.
Find new interests to do together and alone.
Declare a Kay's day when you need it.
8: Make new friends who share your current interests.
9: Pin my rules for a happy life on your bathroom mirror.
(1.) Decide what kind of day you will have.
(2.) Refuse to participate in rumors and gossip: cultivate your own garden.
(3.) Remain in charge of your emotions: don't be a victim of circumstance.
(4.) Remember you never know who you are touching.
(5.) Don't carry excess baggage--forgive yourself and others.
10: Become part of the community: don't be a tourist
(1.) Attend local church instead of local campground services.
(2.) Attend meetings for organizations you enjoy.
11: Know what's important and let the rest go.
12: Keep your sense of humor.