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    • SimpleLiving
    • By SimpleLiving 30th Nov 17, 11:27 AM
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    A Simpler Life 2018
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    • 30th Nov 17, 11:27 AM
    A Simpler Life 2018 30th Nov 17 at 11:27 AM
    Every year at about this time, I get a yearning for a more simple way of life. A life that doesn't involve being bombarded with endless ads for x% off or buy a new sofa/kitchen/table/bed/car or your Christmas holiday will become a fate worse than death It really does get to me. I hate consumerism in general. It annoys me intensely that we waste so many resources making cheap non-essential rubbish that will end up in landfill a few months later. I think I must be some kind of grumpy, odd ball though as despite all the headlines about the economy and stagnant pay rises, the shops always seem to be rammed.
    Anyhow, I am planning to step back from it all in 2018:
    - no spending on unnecessary stuff. For example, I have enough clothes to last for years in one wardrobe and one chest of drawers. Books will come from the library. No fripperies!!
    - replace essential items where possible with good quality items preferably second hand, or british made or local where applicable
    - increase cooking from scratch. I buy too many things like biscuits etc that are far nicer and healthier homemade
    - make full use of garden and allotment for fruit, veg, preserves and wine.
    - forage for fruit, fungi, wood ....
    - spend more time outside, gardening, walking, enjoying nature to improve mental and physical well being
    - spend more time with my mum who is 76 and beginning to need me more
    - avoid pressure to conform!
    Anyone got any further ideas in how I could simplify life?
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    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 11th Jan 18, 6:34 PM
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    ploppy57,

    Welcome from another relative newcomer. I would second the ďyou are all amazingĒ.
    My journey to A Simpler Life is mostly about decluttering at the moment. I am finding it very hard - it is making me think about why I keep things and what is stopping me getting rid of this Ďstuffí. Little things help - when the post is delivered I make myself a drink and sort it immediately e.g. pay bills, recycle envelopes, shredding. Making sure the washing up is done before going to bed.

    So here is to a Simpler Life

    MrsSD
    Originally posted by Mrs Salad Dodger

    Thanks for the welcome. I have been decluttering for along time now, but getting OH to agree with me is the hardest thing. He is happy to help with recycling everything, shredding paperwork, tidying up etc but he is a hoarder!! He has dvd's and cd's....(some still in the cellophane wrappers), that he has either never watched or listened to at all. or not watched for at least 10 years. When we moved house, almost 11 years ago, he packed them in a box, unpacked them onto the new shelf unit we bought....and they are still there, untouched! He just says he won't get rid of them, but he knows he probably won't ever use them. Also he has a cupboard full of cables, computer parts etc...that he is keeping "just in case". Just makes me so cross and I have tried everything to get him to ditch them, but to no avail. He even looks in charity shops at dvd's in case he sees another one he fancies!....even though he downloads films we want to watch these days. Am determined to get him onside eventually though....lol
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    • elmer
    • By elmer 11th Jan 18, 6:44 PM
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    I plan to mulch this month, I too have compost to turn and a no dig garden, so it requires mulching.
    I only have to do it once a year, then it keeps the weeds at bay and everything hopefully will be lovely again come spring
    Fingers crossed that the periods of minus 9 haven't done too much damage, although a gap is always an excuse to move things around a bit, or even try something new

    elmer
    • blackcatsx2
    • By blackcatsx2 11th Jan 18, 8:11 PM
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    Ploppy57 I think our OHs must be related. Mine has CDs although we donít even have a CD player any more. The worst is the wires, cables, charges, plugs for long gone appliances. He has agreed to round them up and confine them to one box - only problem is we havenít currenntly got a big enough box !
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 12th Jan 18, 7:30 AM
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    We have 2 boxes in the garage of cables and chargers, they breed, I’m sure of it. Last week DH posted a cable off to a friend who needed a specific one....yes I thought, one more out but then said friend sent back 20 other cables that DH could make use of....arrrghhhhh!!!!
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    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 12th Jan 18, 8:06 AM
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    In the spirit of sharing how differently we do things, I sort my washing a lot! I find that washing according to instructions really helps prolong the life of clothes. It may be significant that I make a lot of my own clothes (though not OH's!) and am quite fussy about them.
    We have a piece of furniture (made by OH) that has books and ornaments on top. Underneath, it has 4 frames that slide out, each with a washing bag hung on. Darks, whites, ordinary, delicates. Every day I look at them and see if I can make up a wash. I certainly mix a bit - a few robust darks or the odd 'delicate' might go in an ordinary wash and so on. I have a bucket for kitchen washing, and towels and bedding do go straight in the machine.
    I do know this wouldn't suit everyone! I have enough room, and as we wear clothes until they fall apart, we have a good supply of 'everyday' clothes. I also have a fantastic airing cupboard, thanks to the solar thermal panels, so drying is easy. I'm retired, and although busy, can do things at the right time to maximise energy use.
    However, even before I retired, I was careful to wash clothes properly. I still regularly wear everyday clothes that are 20 years old. Bought T shirts don't last that long - I reckon to get 4-5 years of good use and another 4-5 years of 'round the house' use.
    Have a good Friday all
    • dND
    • By dND 12th Jan 18, 8:44 AM
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    I never though of that. I thought it was the washing liquid, although I do use a leading brand. It does annoy me that especially on dark, plain tops the slightest grease mark will not wash out, even at 40 deg, let alone 30 deg. I have never been happy with a mixed load at 30 deg, I reckon it's the detergent manufacturers' way of getting us to do a wash load every day. Convincing us that we are saving the planet. Most real stains don't shift without the new range of prewash stain shifters (more to spend on and find storage for) and who really believes that things get clean at a temperature that isn't as warm as our blood? I have found an excellent stain remover for food stains in baby clothes. I tried everything to remove a big, deep orange stain from my baby gd's pink dress, but was about to give up when I put it in the sunshine on a bedroom window sill. The dress didn't fade, but the stain disappeared.
    Originally posted by Charis
    Another vote for good old cheap washing up liquid. I rub it into any greasy spot before washing and it usually does the trick

    I also use the washing up liquid as a floor cleaner and it's the best thing I've found to clean my handspun alpaca after spinning - I tried all the eco stuff like soap nuts and sadly they just didn't work.

    Looking for a bed for him on Gumtree (as heís currently in a cot). A lot are just as expensive as getting a new one! My husband wants to get him a toddler sized bed but I want to go straight into a single and save buying another bed in a year or two. Weíll see who wins that one!
    Originally posted by Bluegreen143
    My children never had a cot as such, just a travel cot which meant that when we went visiting they were basically in the same bed.

    From the travel cot they went straight to a full-size bed - but to start with they just had the mattress on the floor. Once I was happy that they were secure enough on their feet that they could climb in and out of the bed then the ends were put on and it was a normal bed.

    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 12th Jan 18, 11:04 AM
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    Ploppy57 I think our OHs must be related. Mine has CDs although we donít even have a CD player any more. The worst is the wires, cables, charges, plugs for long gone appliances. He has agreed to round them up and confine them to one box - only problem is we havenít currenntly got a big enough box !
    Originally posted by blackcatsx2

    LOL....maybe they are the same start sign...
    You are lucky he can fit them in a box. OH has a double wardrobe with 3 drawers underneath and that is full of all the cables, spare parts, camera bags....(why he needs more than 1 is a mystery to me) and other rubbish.
    Good luck in your search for a big box...lol
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    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 12th Jan 18, 11:06 AM
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    We have 2 boxes in the garage of cables and chargers, they breed, Iím sure of it. Last week DH posted a cable off to a friend who needed a specific one....yes I thought, one more out but then said friend sent back 20 other cables that DH could make use of....arrrghhhhh!!!!
    Originally posted by Pooky

    Sorry but this has made me laugh...it is the sort of thing mine would do. I actually thought of throwing out a couple a week, I'm sure he wouldn't notice.
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    • Cottage Economy
    • By Cottage Economy 12th Jan 18, 4:12 PM
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    I would like to report a success today with laundry simplification.

    I put slightly less clothes in the machine, whipped them out straight away, flapped them within an inch of their lives and hung them up, giving the odd crease a stretch out.

    Preliminary inspection now they are almost dry suggests that they can go straight in the wardrobe!!



    I shall use the ironing time wisely and read instead.
    Last edited by Cottage Economy; 12-01-2018 at 4:16 PM.
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    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 12th Jan 18, 7:27 PM
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    ploppy57
    I would like to report a success today with laundry simplification.

    I put slightly less clothes in the machine, whipped them out straight away, flapped them within an inch of their lives and hung them up, giving the odd crease a stretch out.

    Preliminary inspection now they are almost dry suggests that they can go straight in the wardrobe!!



    I shall use the ironing time wisely and read instead.
    Originally posted by Cottage Economy
    Any ideas to lessen the ironing pile are always worth sharing...lol
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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 12th Jan 18, 7:54 PM
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    Evening everyone

    Just came home from my sister's, actually only wanted to pick something up but ended up watching a whole movie with her. Had to go home now as I need to do laundry and get some stuff done for my "side job" - well, actually it is less a job but more being paid for something I love doing and would do anyways, paid or not... - which I will need tomorrow, otherwise we would probably have ended up ordering pizza or making a dash to the supermarket to get something unhealthy...

    There are hardly any clothes I iron, currently I have one pair of summer trousers and one blouse that needs ironing plus tea towels and hankies, but since I have enough of them I don't have to do it weekly. I was tired of taking the ironing board out each time so I now put a towel on my kitchen counter and iron on top of that, works just fine, I have a stone surface in the kitchen, so don't have to worry about burning it. Only take the board out now when I sew.

    I live alone and wash once a week as I have a relatively small wardrobe so don't want to wash only every second week. I only sort into a 60į wash for towels, kitchen stuff, underwear, bedding and anything else that can stand the heat. "Regular" clothes, socks and tights get washed at 40į. I don't have any white garnments, only a bra or two, while towels and stuff are coloured. So there isn't much that can take colour. I am extra carefull though when I have a new dark garnment, especially jeans, sometimes I can justify running a dark and a light 40į wash and other times I will wash the few items I fear might take the colour by hand or wait for next week.

    Lately I bought some washing liquid for delicate fabrics as I use it to wash knits. Stood in front of the washing powder / soften shelf in the supermarket and wondered why the hell there are more different softener than there are washing powder?????

    @bluegreen, I wouldn't do the detour with the toddler bed either, for this year or two in which he will use it and then you will need a new bed, mattresss, sheets again... I slept in a single bed from about 2 1/2 and to prevent me from falling out my parents put two chairs next to the bed, so I would roll from the bed onto the chairs and then the backrest would stopp me from falling to the floor...

    @wednesday good idea with the one sort of fruit rule. I think it is easiest to figure out how much you need to buy when you only have one kind of fruit as you can just count how many you will likely eat in a week or whatever you shopping intervall. I basically only eat apples in winter and never run out before going to the shops again and don't have to throw any away because I don't eat them quick enough, but in summer when I am likely to have melons, berries, peaches.... I often end up going to the shops to top up or trying to keep on top of my fruits before they go up.

    So, need to go downstairs and hang my laundry up... Our laundry room has a dehumifier, so it will dry very quickly. Hardly used the dryer since I moved here, in winter everything goes into the laundry room and in summer I will only hang up the big suff downstairs and everything that fits onto my drying rack goes out onto the balcony. So glad the times of wet cardigans hanging from all my chairs and jeans that didn't got dry for 24 hours are over...
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    • AJ Scotland
    • By AJ Scotland 12th Jan 18, 9:03 PM
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    Hurray, Iíve found you all!
    Hi
    Iíve just come across this thread and I would love to join if thatís ok.
    I am at the early stages of preparing my simple living which has been spurred on by a recent bout of ill health (mental and physical) and a desire to work much less.
    I had a Ďno tatí rule for over the Christmas period. This worked well until I bought a 6ft black gloss mannequin at a local auction. In my head I was saying ďyouíre breaking your own ruleĒ repeatedly but my hand went up and the hammer went down and she was mine. I didnít realise how statuesque she was until I got her home to my little cottage. Eventually I saw sense and managed to sell her on for a small profit.
    So far I have sold on dvds, cds and some books. I have donated surplus mugs to the staff room. I have gone through my clothes and got rid of any that I was ambivalent about. I need to really like what I have.
    I have cleared out my email inboxes and unsubscribed from lots. I have cancelled magazine and beauty subscriptions although I am keeping the National Trust for now ( Iíll get my moneyís worth later in the year) and a couple of small charities.
    For me simple living will not be living frugally though. It is more that I want to live intentionally. I will only buy what I need rather than purchasing for convenience or on impulse to fill a void. Well, thatís the plan
    Next on my hit list will be the paperwork Iíve accumulated and magazines Iíve held on to but rarely read.
    I too have watched much less tv and Iíll be ditching Sky once my contract ends. I have been enjoying listening to podcasts (Dear Sugars and The Good Life Project are 2 good ones) and watching Ted talks. I watched a good film on Netflix called Minimalism and also a film called ĎIím Fine Thanksí is good although I had to buy that online. I think it was £3.49 which I consider good value for the bit of therapy it gave me
    Iím enjoying reading back through the thread. Itís lovely to find people who share the same goal and are tired of our consumption and consumerism.
    Hereís to a slow, simple, intentional life 🍷🍷
    • SmlSave
    • By SmlSave 12th Jan 18, 9:08 PM
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    Evening everyone I'm very pleased it's Friday!

    I feel like I've made a decent start with simplifying the 'easy' stuff:
    • Deleted Facebook and Pininterest from phone - lost so much time on them.
    • Found a no-knead bread recipe the family like and am making a loaf regularly.
    • Resisted the sales and bought no clothes or possible presents ... previously unheard of ....
    • Am using up what we have in the house completely before even thinking of replacing.
    • Am using vinegar and elbow grease to clean with.
    • Have a container for the food scraps that can go in the compost.
    • Have told boss that I like working part-time and intend to continue doing so

    Anyone have other suggestions? I am being more aware of packaging/plastic/recycling but also am still slowly going through the house trying to reduce our belongings - I find the KonMari group great inspiration.

    If you'd like to be nosy (as I do) Hubby and I are in our mid-thirties currently with a 3 year old and a 6 year old.
    Last edited by SmlSave; 12-01-2018 at 9:09 PM. Reason: Noticed an off instead of an of!
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    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 12th Jan 18, 10:28 PM
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    Welcome! I love the expression 'living intentionally', echoes what I have been thinking 'living thoughtfully', something we have done for many years, for many reasons.
    Small steps, and be kind to yourself is my advice. I'd add, SmlSave, talk to your children about what you are doing - they won't always understand, but they will gradually take on your ideas and be able to talk about them. You may like to go back to kneading bread sometimes so they can join in! If your home set up allows, definitely sort out something for feeding the birds, so they can enjoy looking at them and learning about wildlife.
    Something I have always done - without realising it, as my parents and other family had always done it - is taking pleasure in small things. As you do that, you start living more positively. Of course, I take a great deal of pleasure from this board, not least because of reading about things like black gloss mannequins. Am completely astounded AJS, and think she was completely worth whatever you paid for the story value alone! Glad you made a profit as well.
    • ani*fan
    • By ani*fan 13th Jan 18, 6:38 AM
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    SimpleLiving...congratulations on a wonderful thread. This feels like a haven from all the frenzied consumer activity out there in the world, and somewhere I would like to be, if I can join in?

    I am celebrating a year of living more simply after a major declutter last January. I'm a Minimalists fan, and Mari Kondo has also helped me. I discovered that I'm naturally minimalist anyway, I hate social media (except for this place!), I enjoy afternoon naps, I'm in my 4th year of car-free living and a slower pace always suits me best.

    I love the idea of getting rid of your laundry basket and just putting everything straight in the machine, and switching it on when it's full. I'm getting onto that today.

    Looking forward to sharing ideas.
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    • dietdemon
    • By dietdemon 13th Jan 18, 7:21 AM
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    Hello I would like to join your thread too it's fab.
    Hi all

    I have been reading this thread with interest. I too would like to both simplify my life and live intentionally. I work long hours and would like to be able to work less but feel stuck in the rat race so to speak.

    I have attempted to de clutter but..... Some great ideas on this thread and such a supportive group. I thought if I could post with like minded people it may keep me focused.

    Need to formulate a plan.

    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 13th Jan 18, 7:34 AM
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    Slight note of caution re "decluttering" Facebook - well I know I couldnt do that because that's one of the places that groups I'm in notify events/share information. It would make life harder if I never found out about "our" events etc. So some things do come out on "round robin" emails - but not all of them.

    Though, if someone is using Facebook only for "personal" purposes - ie what friends and family are up to = well...yes...it would be decluttering to drop that then.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 13-01-2018 at 7:37 AM.
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    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 13th Jan 18, 8:29 AM
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    Slowly simplifying my life. I'm decluttering it is going fairly slowly but definitely less in the house and mentally makes me feel more in control.
    I have sorted out seeds and ordered a few packets. I have also planted some seeds out and hopefully will be almost self sufficient in veg this year. The fruit trees should produce more this year as another year older.

    I wish I could reduce the amount of laundry i do. The only way to achieve this is to wait for DS2 to move out!! He keeps saying he will but can save more money by living at home. He plays rugby on Saturday's and trains twice a week. Lots of muddy kit.

    Meals are planned and far less waste.
    Still has loads of toiletries to use up before I need to buy more and use them for more than one use.

    I never used a toddler bed both of mine went straight from for to normal bed. Used a railguard and only problem was it wasn't high enough. DS1 used to wake up and stand in his cot holding onto the sides when he tried it on the bed he fell out. I only realised what he was doing after the first couple of times.
    • Rosesandrainbows
    • By Rosesandrainbows 13th Jan 18, 8:30 AM
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    Hello there, I have been following this thread since it started and thought it might be nice to join in and share a little a bit about my simple living plans for 2018.

    Although I have been a follower of the simple living, voluntary simplicity, minimalist lifestyle for quite sometime I would really like to step it up a notch this year and really embrace a slower pace of life. This comes after a very busy 2017 and not a year I would like to repeat in a hurry!!

    My simple living plan.

    Continue to reduce my working hours. I have cut down a day a week but would like to be working 2-3 days by the end of the year. This will be achievable by reducing my outgoings as much as possible and I have already started working on this.

    Grow my own fruit and veg in the spring and summer. I didn't do this in 2017 as I was too busy and I really missed my time in the garden. I have already starting planning my garden and the seeds I need to get me going.

    Start saying no. This is probably my main area to work on. Last year I agreed to too many work and social engagements which resulted in a lot of time away from home and a big source of stress in my life. This year I have started as I mean to go on and have already declined lots of activities. I don't want to be anti social but at the same time I want to start carving out some me time (hope that doesn't sound too selfish).

    I have really enjoyed reading all your simple living plans too.

    Have a lovely weekend
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 13th Jan 18, 9:10 AM
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    I had a ‘no tat’ rule for over the Christmas period. This worked well until I bought a 6ft black gloss mannequin at a local auction. In my head I was saying “you’re breaking your own rule” repeatedly but my hand went up and the hammer went down and she was mine. I didn’t realise how statuesque she was until I got her home to my little cottage. Eventually I saw sense and managed to sell her on for a small profit.
    Originally posted by AJ Scotland
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