Starting Your Simple Life




Anyone can build a simple life.  You can start with nothing, then take it from there.

A simple life is achieved by a series of quiet incremental adjustments to your existing routines over time. You can live in a high-rise apartment or a normal suburban house, you can be single or a couple or a huge extended family, you can have a fancy career or be on a pension, you can be a 'city slicker' or a 'country bumpkin' or spend your day in a suit or harem pants - wherever you find yourself, you can build a simple life starting right now.

Over time, a simple life will save you money, clear your anxieties, create purpose and meaning to life, find you new friends that you can trust, increase your energy levels and build your skills exponentially. A simple life will make you more resilient, resourceful, grateful and self reliant - all slowly waning qualities in western societies across the last 50 years.


Hens - a source of joy, eggs
and amazing garden fertilizer!


My own journey to a simpler life (still emerging and evolving) started on a public holiday when the shops were shut and I needed kitchen surface spray. You can read that story here.  This story proves that a simple life can start anywhere and in the most insignificant way.

There is so many ways to execute a simple life.  The important thing is that any changes you make and skills that you learn are meaningful to you. Your simple life is meant to align to your core values. Slowly changing to a simple life feels, and is, aligned to what you believe to be important to you, your family and your neighbourhood or chosen community. Copying exactly how others live a simple life is pointless - it must have meaning and purpose for you. Cut and paste the ideas of others that truly interest you and thus make your own beautiful collage of simple living skills and routines.


Have you discovered the joy of freshly baked bread?


It only requires you to simply lean in to a single change of how you live to start the ball rolling for building your new simple life. Don't try and do all the changes at once. Thinking about the things you would like to do and be and then building these new skills and actions incrementally into the weave of your life is the best way to make your new simple life grow and thrive.

Here are a few suggestions of things that might interest you to start building your new simple life.

Bake your own bread - see how here
Tackle your consumer debt - see how here
Clarifying your core values - see how here
Cooking to save time and money - see how here
Make your own soap very simply - see how here
Transform your laundry costs - see how here
My secret to very white whites - see how here
How the number 47.5 can transform your budget - see how here
Shaking up household chores and responsibilities - see how here
A new way to approach your money - see how here
Gardening in self-watering containers - see how here

Also have a generous look at the blogs I read over on the right hand side of this blog's homepage.  There are scores of people living a simple life in an endless amount of ways. All of these folk are generous with their information and will embrace and encourage you to build an authentic-to-you simple life. They have with me - I'm living proof and grateful for it.

Take care and stay nice.

Mr HM


Mr and Mrs Home Maker.
Don't jump into the deep end - just lean in a little to a simpler life.



Comments

  1. Phil, lots of good advice there. I imagine that years ago you never thought you would be making your own soap etc. See how far you have come :-)

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    1. As a young bloke of sneered at my forebears frugality - now look at me. They'd be proud.

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  2. A lovely post, good sound advice as always. I wish we hadn't left it so late in life to start simple living.

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    1. I know right! Same here. Well, better late than never.

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  3. I agree with Chel and Marlene. This is great post with lots of useful links, Phil.

    I've made soap twice now (yay!!) using Rhonda's recipe. I'm going to try your method (without a thermometer) next time. :)

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    1. ..... it's as easy as falling off a log with the same great result as Rhonda's recipe.

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  4. Great post. You have some very important reminders for us all. I'm finding that as I get older and the children know soooo much more than us (apparently), living simpler is easier. Basically it means that if everyone else can do what they want to or prefer, well so can you. Win win for all I say!

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    1. Indeed.

      Actually, I said to a young fellow the other day that he ought to make all his major decision immediately while he still knew everything !

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  5. Some fabulous links there Phil. Oh I'm praying for a rainy day, for the environment of course, but secretly more-so for the opportunity to sit inside and read all of your wise writings. ;-) And super thanks for including my blog on your side list. Living a simple life has brought us freedom. empowerment and a real appreciation of every day.

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    1. I hope you have had enough rain. SA can get mighty dry sometimes.

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  6. Thanks Phil and a great post.

    We are never too old to learn new skills and information and we are forever learning new skills every day. The secret is to want and desire to learn :).

    Keeping things simple, following our routines, and never being afraid of new learning certainly helps in our household. It reduces stress, saves time and also money.

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. I've learned this to be true - yes. I'm about to learn a new skill too - more about that soon but.

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  7. A great post Phil, you have learn't and achieved so much! Your side bar seems to have disappeared. I'm often poking about peoples side bars to find new and interesting blogs.

    xx

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    1. With my new fangled layout of the blog (which I sincerely wish I had never touched may I say), the side bar only shows on the main home page not inside a post.

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    2. Must admit I do find it difficult to navigate. :-(

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    3. I realised after I posted this. Lol. Excuse my daft-ness! LOL

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  8. Such true and encouraging words, Phil. Start where you are I say, and then keep moving forward. Next year I shall be making soap...a local soap maker told me it’s not a good time during our hot humid wet season in the tropics. Shall check out your soap post!

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    1. I guarantee you that once you make your first batch you will be hooked. It is also full of natural glycerin and is wonderful on sensitive skin.

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