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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shifting To Simplicity

Welcome to the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Continue your reading read on at the bottom of this post by clicking the links to the other participants' posts.


 I think that happiness lies in an absence of attachment of things and a presence of being. Maybe that’s my short definition of simple living, right there.

I have found that the fewer things clutter your life, the higher the quality of life. You spend more time connecting, and less time fretting, frustrating and cleaning! So instead of acquiring things, building your family, your support system and a comfortable, functional home seems like heaven to me.

That said, we are now quite far from these things (specifically building a real life support system), and it has taken me quite a while to come to this realization. But now I'm aware of all this, I've started putting some things into action, and hopefully taking my family along with for the ride.

Here’s a few pointers on how to get there:

  • Shake off consumerism: buy only what you NEED, not what you WANT or what just looks good on the spot. Make your purchases well thought. Anything else will just wear you down.
  • Make do with what you have: you can easily get creative with things that are free, or already in your possession to make the things you need. Repurpose, fix, reuse!
  • Spend time with those who lift you up, avoid those who pull you down: In life, you become like the people who surround you, so choose wisely. There are many ways to build up a support group, even if you have to start from scratch. Interest based group gatherings can be the first step to get you started.
  • Get rid of everything that frustrates you or clutters your life: Do you keep tripping over toys? Maybe you should drastically reduce the amount of toys in your house. Can’t find that one sweater you are looking for? Maybe you should donate some of your clothes. Are you wearing all of them. Consider the ‘souvenirs’ you are holding onto. Do you really need things to hold onto memories?
  • Eat things as close to the earth as possible, by which I mean, unprocessed, if possible straight from the tree. 

Thank you for visiting the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Continue your reading by clicking the links of this month's posts on what simple living means to our participants. We hope you will join us next month, as we discuss new beginnings!

  • The Moments In Between - Amber from Heart Wanderings takes her yoga practice off the mat to focus on the ordinary moments which make mothering magical.
  • Simple living - what it looks like to me - Does simple living mean we have to be selfish? And what does selfish mean anyway? Mrs Green from Little Green Blog ponders in search of a more simple life...
  • A Simple Life is a Peaceful Life, For Me - Destany at They Are All of Me writes how simplicity is a very necessary part of her daily function and crucial for coping with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.
  • Getting Back to the Basics - Minimalism was the first step toward living simply for Momma Jorje. Now she's got big plans on getting back to the basics of living in order to live a simple, healthy, family-focused lifestyle.
  • Simplicity - What living simply means to sustainablemum and how it is woven into the fabric of daily life.
  • Simply Living - Sophelia of Sophelia's Adventures in Japan writes about her reluctance to tighten her budget after years of living in poverty, but also her anticipation of the pleasures of simplifying her daily life as she and her husband prepare to adopt a child in Japan. 
  • The Simple Life: A Work in Progress - Joella at Fine and Fair ponders her idealized vision of simple living and discusses the steps she's taking to get closer to it. 
  • Simple Living is Simply Living - At Living Peacefully with Children, Bart and Mandy hope to help their children focus on what is truly important by simply living.
  • Happiness, not Greatness - Lauren at Hobo Mama discovered that ambitions got in the way of simply being.
  • Shifting to Simplicity - At Authentic Parenting, Laura shares a couple of ways in which she tries to simplify her life.
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  1. "Spend time with those who lift you up, avoid those who pull you down"
    That's one of those things that sounds so simple but can be so hard to achieve. For me it's one big thing I want to work on this year~ saying no to people who ask for my time and emotional energy without feeling crushed by guilt.

  2. A wonderful sentiment and I can fully relate. I have been wondering lately about what makes a person happy - this question cropped up recently.
    I know that I am far happier than many would think I have a right to be, and part of it is definitely an intentional lack of belongings. The reason for so much unhappiness for others is the pressure to own so much stuff - and ultimately discovering that our things own US when we become obsessed by them.

  3. Great post! I have been making purposeful decisions about our purchases, food and activities for a while now and it makes such a difference--so much less stress!

  4. I'm also finding that the fewer things that clutter my life give me the room to have a better life. It's been tough minimizing, but since I've done it, I've seen the benefits of owning less truly give me more. It gives me the incentive to keep it up when our "have more more more!" culture tries to convince me otherwise.

    1. We are currently trying to minimize what we have and at the same time build stability and find out: where do we want to go with our lives. But as you say, you have to constantly check yourself: why do I want this? And Do I want this, or is it because I feel pressured to have this?

  5. "Get rid of everything that frustrates you or clutters your life." I think this alone would make so much difference it everyone's life. I know it has mine. I'm horrible about saying no to people, but I am working on being better in this aspect. I know I am much happier when I take a look at things and pare down to what I really want to do.

    1. I used to be like that. I used to let people walk all over me. But I've learned to stand up for myself. I've learned to say no even at times when it's deemed "impolite" and it has helped me so much.

  6. Laura, I loved that you wrote "Get rid of everything that frustrates you or clutters your life:" then went on to give specific examples. I'm like that with my closet; I can never find the thing I want; so it's time to pare back and I know I'll be happier for it. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs Green

    1. The best advice regarding clothing I've ever heard was to hang EVERYTHING you own on hangers and turn the hangers the wrong way. After a year, get rid of all the clothes that are still hanging the wrong way. Also, I would advise to hang a notepad on your closet door and every time you're frustrated about your wardrobe, write down what you wish you had. After a couple of months, buy accordingly.

  7. I love this! I feel like we are in an almost constant state of de-cluttering around here. It is amazing how fast all of the "stuff" accumulates when we aren't mindful.


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