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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Give Yourself Room To Grow

Simple living - give yourself room to grow

Do you have enough room to grow? Or are you suffocating under a life that’s already stuffed to the max?

You know that feeling… when you can’t seem to breathe for all the demands on your time and the stuff that needs doing.

Whether you work full time, study full time, or you’re a stay at home parent, life is busy. It asks so much of you, not just in the form of family commitments, social events, and your career or life-calling, but also in the form of life admin. And by that I mean all the subsidiary tasks that you have to deal with in order to function like a (reasonably) normal human being.

Cleaning, washing, ironing, food shopping, cooking, tidying, paperwork, bills, letters, repairs, gardening, fixing, phone calls, errands, post, holidays… you get the idea.

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How To Get To Inbox Zero

Getting to inbox zero doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Anyone can do it! Knowing how to manage your inbox can improve your focus and productivity. Email is a wonderful thing – it’s a quick, easy and convenient method of communication. But because of that, it has also increased in volume to the point where it can be impossible to deal with. The amount of information that is sent to our inboxes (and into our lives), is staggering.

What makes it even harder is that email is a mix of frivolous messages, important personal and business communication and a place for every company that you deal with to get in touch with you.

There is no set thing that you need to do each time an email comes in. It can be as diverse as writing a long message back to a distant friend, or spending an hour checking out car insurance because your renewal is due.

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The Fear of Minimalism

The fear of minimalism

Some of us want to live with less, but we carry a fear of minimalism that prevents us from making the changes we want to make.

I went to the post office the other day to post six items I’d sold on eBay. The items in question used to belong to my Mum. She died earlier this year, very suddenly, at the age of 68. It was exactly 1 month before her birthday. My mum lived a life that was complicated and she kept a lot of things. Minimalism wasn’t something that Mum would have wanted to do. And of course that is not a problem – we all walk our own paths.

Her flat was rented and I had four weeks to clear out her possessions, most of which I took home because I couldn’t deal with sorting through them one by one in the weeks following her death.

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