How To Live A Simple Life

How to live a simple life

If you’ve ever said, “I love the idea of simple living, but I just wouldn’t know where to start,” this post is for you. This is my ‘simple living how to’ guide – an outline of how to live a simple life in a nutshell. It is unlikely that you can make all these changes overnight, or even in a few weeks. Don’t fret about getting to the end. The goal is the journey itself.

Some things will take longer than others. And sometimes you will find you make huge leaps in one area, but lag behind in another. It all balances out in the long run. Keep going and eventually you will find your life changing beyond what you thought possible at the beginning.

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The Difference Between Simple Living And Minimalism

The difference between simple living and minimalism

What exactly is the difference between simple living and minimalism? If you’re new to either or both of these terms it can seem as though they are both referring to the same thing.

At its most basic, minimalism is something that is almost completely (but not quite) encompassed by simple living. Let’s have a look at a simple Venn diagram I’ve drawn for you:

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Decluttering Time Not Space

Decluttering time not space

When I first started decluttering and sorting through everything I owned, I was a traditional hoarder. A lot of my stuff was easy to get rid of because I had a tendency to save things that might be useful – like old magazines, storage boxes, and old towels and clothes. The appreciation that decluttering time was just as important as decluttering space was a long way off.

In the beginning, clearing things out was easy and I made great progress.

But eventually, I got stuck.

I still had a lot of stuff – more stuff than I wanted – but I didn’t seem to be able to pare it down any further.

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Simple Living Weekend #2: Coffee And TV – And A Workout!

Simple living weekend #2

It rained!

In the UK rain and wind is usually the norm. Instead we’ve had weeks and weeks of beautiful hot sun. It’s unlike anything seen for forty years (according to the weather man that is, as I am obviously nowhere near old enough to remember, haha). It was a novelty to see some grey skies over the weekend.

We’ve been outside so much in the last couple of months that we took the opportunity to have some quiet time.

I used to panic about my children having too much screen time. As the years have passed I find I am less worried about it if I know that on balance we’re away from it more than in front of it. I still fantasise about chucking the telly away, but for the moment it stays 🙂

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Your House Is Not Too Small

Simple living - your house is not too small

As Peter Walsh, the Australian anti-clutter man says:

You only have the space you have.

I have read two of his books and they are very good (see my recommended reads page for all my favourite books). The quote above has stayed with me because it is so simple, yet so fundamentally true.

In the past, I was guilty of keeping things that were earmarked for the vague and far off day when we would live in a bigger house. How crazy is that? First of all, I didn’t have any intention of moving in the near future. And secondly, if the day did come when I could suddenly buy a bigger house, presumably I would also be able to stretch to buying whatever it is was that was being stored, right?

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Simple Living Weekend: Pea Shoots And A New Bed

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The school holidays are almost here! In fact, they will be by the time I post this. My middle son is going up to a new school and my oldest son is moving from year 3 to year 4. My daughter has been enquiring about getting a “big bed” for a while now, so with all the transition that’s going on it felt like the right time to move her out of her cot (and my room!), and into something more independent.

Getting her set up in her new room was my main goal this weekend. On Saturday morning I drove over to Ikea and found a simple pine bed I really liked for £45, along with a spring mattress for £100.

Both of the boys went straight from their cots to an adult single bed, so for the third time we have skipped the whole toddler bed market. This has saved a lot of money and time in beds, bedding and set-up/take-down.

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20 Weeks of Simple Living Challenges

20 weeks of simple living challenges

Starting July 16th 2018 I’ll be hosting 20 simple living challenges, one per week, in my private Facebook group, Simple Living Mums.

I’d love for you to join us and share how you get on. I will be doing each challenge along with the group, and you can jump in at any time. The challenges will finish just before Christmas this year.

We’ll be looking at decluttering specific areas of the home, like the kitchen and bathroom. We’ll also be looking at parenting, meditation, self care and how much time we spend in front of the TV.

There’s nothing like a bit of group motivation and community to help you on your way, so come on over!

Here’s a preview of what’s to come each week:

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Simple Living Blog, Shared

Simple living shared: a new blog

In 2003, I started a journey of simple living, although I didn’t realise that was what it was at the time. Fifteen years on (and it’s been a bumpy ride!) I finally got my blogging act together. After several neglected attempts I’ve created this simple living blog so I can share my journey and connect with others doing the same.

Going back to 2003, my Dad had discovered a website called eBay. He’d been selling some things out of his home and garage. I signed up too. Then, my brother and I started looking for things to sell.

That was the beginning of discovering the joy in un-peeling the layers of stuff we accumulate in our lives. In removing all the physical badges of who we are and finding ourselves naked and vulnerable – and neglected – underneath it all.

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