Simplicity. It sounds like such an easy breezy thing to do. But…if you’ve lived a certain way for most of your life, it can feel like you’re climbing Mount Everest…alone…with no shoes…and one heavy gigantic backpack. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Just begin with a few simple living ideas and put one foot in front of the other…it’s not a mountain we’re climbing. And while we’re at it, toss that heavy backpack and put on some shoes because it’s time to start.
“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.” – Kailash Satyarthi
Here’s the list of 25 Simple Living Ideas to get you going on your path:
1) Simple Style. Create a wardrobe you love. Keep only the items that are comfortable and you feel great in because everything else is just taking up room. Sell or better yet…donate those unwanted items to someone else that needs them.
2) Perfect Pantry. Clean out your freezer, refrigerator and pantry. Seriously…when was that last time you went through everything? I cannot point any fingers here because the dates on some of the stuff I found was inexcusable.
3) Farm Fresh Food. Buy your produce from farmer markets. Your food will be fresher and you will be supporting small businesses at the same time.
4) Deductive Reasoning. Watch your finances for a month and calculate how much you spend on each category. Challenge yourself the next month to decrease the amount by 15% for non-fixed cost categories.
5) Clean Habits. Make your own household cleaners. It’s time to ban those toxic chemicals from your home and save some money to boot!
6) Gardening Guru. Start your own garden. Even if you have a black thumb you can grow herbs. Fair warning though…keep mint in pots – otherwise it will take over your garden!
7) Pinching Pennies. Challenge yourself to a week without spending. Ok, maybe you don’t start with this one unless you’re the type that likes to dive in. Simple living ideas take discipline, but you will love the results.
8) Less is More. Donate or sell one item per day. If you’re a dip-your-toe in the pool type of person – then this is the one for you. Finding one item a day is easy. It can be a card or a paper or even a bookmark. I promise you as you let go of things, you will feel lighter and happier…and it gets easier. At the end of the year, you will have 365 fewer items to dust, organize and fix.
9) Better Life. Decrease your television time 10% each week until you reach your desired goal. Yep, it’s time to cut the entertainment umbilical cord because you have stuff to do.
10) Love Sweets. Eat at least two pieces of fruit a day. Who doesn’t love fruit? This is also an easy one!
11) Trip Ninja. Combine all your errands together in one trip per week. Save gas and save time. Enough said.
12) Master Learner. Learn a new skill. Teaching yourself to make cheese, unclog your drain or grooming your dog are just some ways to expand your talents.
13) Veggie Lover. Say “Heck yes!” to more vegetables on your plate. There are lots of simple living ideas on how to grow your own vegetables and save even more money.
14) Nature Girl. Spend more time outside in nature. Because nature rocks. My picnic table has become a part-time office for me recently.
15) Plan to Move. Pretend like you’re moving across the country. Decide what you wouldn’t want to bring along and edit them out of your life now. Yep, you get pretty clear about what you need when you factor in the cost of hauling it all in moving trucks.
16) Time for Bliss. Make the time to do what you love at least once a week. Isn’t it crazy that this isn’t a priority for most people?
17) Week of Nourishment. Create a weekly simple dinner menu. Try a fun new recipe on the weekends, but for the busy week stick to the easy meals. Find what works and then rinse and repeat.
18) Borrow Not Buy. Start a tool exchange with your neighbors. I borrow one of my neighbor’s hedge trimmer and he uses my paint sprayer whenever he has a project. Seriously…why do we all think we need to own every tool ever made?
19) Vintage Treasures. Buy used whenever possible. This is a simple way to save money on most things you purchase.
20) Project Party. Got a huge task you’ve been putting off? Make it a party. Invite your friends to help paint, garden or clean out that garage and return the favor for their projects. Does anyone want to come to my floor sanding party? Pretty please…
21) Staycation. Plan your vacation close to home. Go see nearby towns and attractions that you never seem to have found the time for instead of a whirlwind trip far away. Here’s a post I wrote with Winter Staycation Ideas.
22) Vision Board. Create a personal board on Pinterest that shows what you really want to make time for in your life and look at it often.
23) Book Lover. Read those books that have been lying around and donate them once they’ve been read. I found a book I bought 20 YEARS AGO that I hadn’t read. It took me one night to finish it and the next morning it was in my donation box.
24) Buy a Kindle. You cannot believe how much you’ll love one if you don’t have it! I put it off because I love the feel of a book in my hand. A couple of books I wanted to read was only available on Kindle. I caved and bought one and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I bought this version and I also upgraded to being able to download books without wifi. I don’t have wifi because my blog can get hacked if I do, so if you don’t have wifi – make sure you add the upgrade with it. Now instead of having books laying all over the place, they are all stored in my new toy. Easy Peasy.
25) Lifelong Learner. Learn something new every day.
I hope you enjoyed this list of simple living ideas. The hard part is getting started. Once you start seeing positive results in your life, you’ll become addicted to how lighter you feel!
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