Well done Bill
It is great to get rid of unnecessary accessories. For me, the pleasure of mandolin playing, like Bill says, is to have a close connection with one's instrument. I like to keep my mandolins light and close so no accoutrements for me either. With an F-style mandolin one can rest part of it comfortably on the right leg when sitting down and have it so that the back is resting lightly on one's torso.