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    • SimpleLiving
    • By SimpleLiving 30th Nov 17, 11:27 AM
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    SimpleLiving
    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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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 2nd Dec 17, 12:14 PM
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    Wednesday2000
    I have tried to put them into the different categories to make things easier:

    Capsule wardrobes:
    https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/

    http://lightbycoco.com/ (see her on YouTube - although she has now stopped making the videos)

    http://mygreencloset.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/user/signe2605n (Use Less - capsule wardrobe and now also beauty items)

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChxkFSjTE7nLCHsDk8_pRhg (Justine Leconte fashion advive - she is fab)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3CLRL32Mcw (10 item warddrobe Ted x talk)


    F.I.R.E - Financial Independence Retire Early
    http://thefirestarter.co.uk/

    https://www.choosefi.com/ (good podcasts and website although American centric)


    Minimalism / Simplicity
    https://www.theminimalists.com/archives/#all (have some good articles, but the podcasts are awful (they are a bit annoying). They have some Tedx talks too and a documentary which are worth watching

    https://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/ - Great blog I recommend signing up for his email newsletters too - very inspiring

    https://zenhabits.net/ - a slighty more spiritual take on simplicity

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXlNvlzd9M8 - Tedx talk by Colin Wright (he lives out of two bags and travels the world)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyKmpyYy14k - Tedx talk about having to get rid of parents stuff after their death

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pb-hjqdjbY - Tedx talk about a woman who gave up her stuff and followed her dreams

    http://jennymustard.com/ - One of the most well known minimalists. Has lots of YouTube talks too - really nice lady, but a bit hardcore

    http://simplicityvoices.com/ - Links to simplicity articles from different writers.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/PuggleThis - Great YouTube videos - Start at episode 1 to she her progress. She has been clearing out SO much stuff. She is very funny and has some great words of wisdom too.


    Zero Waste
    https://zerowastehome.com/ - The Queen of Zero waste (she has some good Tedx talk too)

    Enjoy!

    Spider
    Originally posted by Spider In The Bath
    I used to read some of them, thanks for the links. Brilliant.

    Now I know what I will be reading today with cups of tea.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 2nd Dec 17, 12:18 PM
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    We are getting our living room decorated in the new year and I was going to get a colour, but I think I will go for white now. I see white walls on so many simple living and minimalist blogs and think it looks so clean and fresh. I think I will go for white walls and find some new artwork for the walls to add colour.

    Originally posted by Spider In The Bath
    I really liked looking at her apartment tour!

    I think I will reorganise my clothes later today.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 2nd Dec 17, 12:56 PM
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    Spider In The Bath
    We are getting our living room decorated in the new year and I was going to get a colour, but I think I will go for white now. I see white walls on so many simple living and minimalist blogs and think it looks so clean and fresh. I think I will go for white walls and find some new artwork for the walls to add colour.



    I really liked looking at her apartment tour!

    I think I will reorganise my clothes later today.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I think the only thing wrong with some of the capsule wardrobe blogs is that they usually have a selection of clothes for a season and then store the clothes they are not using somewhere else.

    I cannot do this as I don't have anywhere to store them. I have enough space for about 20-22 hangers (including for coats). Underneath the rail we each have a set of plastic drawers (6 big and 4 small). I used the larger ones for my shoes and the smaller for socks, underwear, pj bottoms etc. Other than this I have two drawers in a pine chest of drawers that I use for exercise clothes, outdoor clothes and jumpers.

    Where am I supposed to store the non-used items?

    So my capsule wardrobe is an all year one.
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 2nd Dec 17, 12:58 PM
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    I used to read some of them, thanks for the links. Brilliant.

    Now I know what I will be reading today with cups of tea.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    https://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/ - Great blog I recommend signing up for his email newsletters too - very inspiring

    This is probably my favourite one. I get his email newsletter and it is always full of great, thoughtful comments.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 2nd Dec 17, 1:01 PM
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    Wednesday2000
    I think the only thing wrong with some of the capsule wardrobe blogs is that they usually have a selection of clothes for a season and then store the clothes they are not using somewhere else.

    I cannot do this as I don't have anywhere to store them. I have enough space for about 20-22 hangers (including for coats). Underneath the rail we each have a set of plastic drawers (6 big and 4 small). I used the larger ones for my shoes and the smaller for socks, underwear, pj bottoms etc. Other than this I have two drawers in a pine chest of drawers that I use for exercise clothes, outdoor clothes and jumpers.

    Where am I supposed to store the non-used items?

    So my capsule wardrobe is an all year one.
    Originally posted by Spider In The Bath
    Yes, I know what you mean. I would find it easier if I could do that too.

    I am always amazed how huge the closets are in the US. I live in a small house and I find it hard to have enough storage space, even with all the decluttering I've done.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 2nd Dec 17, 1:17 PM
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    Yes, I know what you mean. I would find it easier if I could do that too.

    I am always amazed how huge the closets are in the US. I live in a small house and I find it hard to have enough storage space, even with all the decluttering I've done.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Hi,

    We live in a small house too and have got rid of lots of things and also have been really clever with storage to make the best of the space.

    I bet you cannot watch this one without your jaw dropping open:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpmB-0EQheA

    The closet tour starts at 4:38.

    I know consumerism is so much worse than in America but Just think of the time, money and effort to just even buy all that stuff.
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 2nd Dec 17, 1:19 PM
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    Remembered another link to a short (20 mins ish) YouTube video

    The story of stuff:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eWBg8ojno4
    • Shropshirelass
    • By Shropshirelass 2nd Dec 17, 2:18 PM
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    I'm getting some good ideas here, and it helps to connect with like-minded people, so thank you to all.

    I need to put winter and summer things away to make room at the change of warm to cold seasons. I have found the zipped plastic bags that bedding comes in very useful. Tops and jumpers etc are packed away clean, and then stored in the top shelves of cupboards, which being only 5' I can't reach easily. I get some out to swap around in about April and October. Sometimes I'll leave them for a few years then they feel like new again. We were lucky when we bought the house, that there are lots of built in cupboards. With some of them we can fit hanging storage shelves and repurposed bedside cabinet inside, so very useful for hobby equipment too.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 2nd Dec 17, 3:34 PM
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    Prinzessilein...that's 9 advent calendars for one family..gobsmacked. Love your traditions, sounds perfect
    Originally posted by SimpleLiving
    Personally, I reckon they should dispense with the eight "human" ones, and just have the one for the dog.

    It's not something we have at all here; because we celebrate Yule, the Winter Solstice. So by Xmas Day it's all over and done with for us.

    Luckily we have a canine guest staying over Xmas and New Year, so we have the perfect excuse not to get hoiked into any "gatherings". (I so don't do gatherings). It'll just be Mr LW and myself, and Ronnie, the long-haired Jack Russell; he'll be with us for almost three weeks!
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 2nd Dec 17, 4:44 PM
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    Hi,

    We live in a small house too and have got rid of lots of things and also have been really clever with storage to make the best of the space.

    I bet you cannot watch this one without your jaw dropping open:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpmB-0EQheA

    The closet tour starts at 4:38.

    I know consumerism is so much worse than in America but Just think of the time, money and effort to just even buy all that stuff.
    Originally posted by Spider In The Bath
    Consider my jaw well and truly dropped! By gum, you could fit my entire flat in that woman's bedroom with room left over and I have never seen so many garments in any place which wasn't a shop - absolutely riveting viewing.

    Which I did whilst doing some hand-sewing (mending). Cos I is simple, I is.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Nonnadiluca
    • By Nonnadiluca 2nd Dec 17, 5:04 PM
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    In pursuit of a simpler life I have decided to take a leaf out of OH's book re clothes. He is tall but not wide, so it's not easy finding things that fit well; he won't wear anything with writing, a logo or pictures on it and he doesn't like patterns. These things limit his options somewhat, so his wardrobe has evolved to contain plain trousers, shorts, t-shirts and linen shirts in navy, grey, blue and white. Everything goes with everything else and he doesn't have to think about what to wear. When something starts to look a bit shabby, it is relegated to dog walking/ gardening where it stays until too disreputable even for that, and is replaced by something as similar as possible, ( not always an easy task!). I haven't bought any clothes apart from underwear and footwear for about two years and when I do I will be going for plain and practical good quality items. We'll probably end up looking like Howard and Hilda! ( For those youngsters among you, they were a couple from an old sitcom who dressed in matching outfits)
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 2nd Dec 17, 5:14 PM
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    I confess I bought some new outdoor gear early in the year, including a beautifully warm ski jacket (no I don't ski) which was half price. But this only came about because I won a £200 voucher which had to be spent in the shops in the Xscape building, almost all of which are "activity" clothing shops, and was only valid for 12 months .So I went for warm stuff for dogwalking - jacket, boots, waterproof trousers (you can get very soggy on a mobility buggy in the rain) and leggings.

    But other than that I have bought no clothes this year; and what I wear each day depends upon what Mr LW hoiks out of the cupboard for me; I need assistance with dressing, and I have gotten into the habit of just letting him grab whatever's to hand. I suppose I ought to take more interest.......
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 2nd Dec 17, 5:15 PM
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    I really like the sound of your OH's wardrobe and entirely agree with him about logos and pictures. I mostly avoid patterns, too, but not always.

    A restricted colour palette, and favouring certain styles which suit lifestyle and are easy to maintain seem eminently sensible to me.

    Many a person has commented that, by putting certain restrictions on their choices, they ended up better dressed than before.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 2nd Dec 17, 5:36 PM
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    I watched that video!....I could LIVE in her closet!...Seriously, I live in a small flat (small lounge, kitchen, bedroom, shower-room, with a short and narrow hallway) ..my 'closet' is a single rail in the bedroom, 3 drawers in the bedroom chest (one for undies, one for nightwear, and one for 'other' stuff...currently thin jumpers....I have a suitcase which currently holds my teeshirts and summer tops/slacks...and this will be swapped over and filled with jumpers come spring.

    And how many boots did she have??????? I can only wear Hotter shoes (and those in just 3 styles) ...and as they are expensive I only have a few pairs.

    I have lost a considerable amount of weight...and when I buy something new (in a smaller size....boy does it ever feel good to buy 'number' sizes instead of a row of xs!!!) it is strictly on a one in-one out basis.

    And everything is mix/match...I have very little colour/style sense and also cannot manage complicated things like buttons!...oh and everything is 'bung it in the machine'-washable, no hand-wash only delicates here!
    • SimpleLiving
    • By SimpleLiving 2nd Dec 17, 5:58 PM
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    In pursuit of a simpler life I have decided to take a leaf out of OH's book re clothes. He is tall but not wide, so it's not easy finding things that fit well; he won't wear anything with writing, a logo or pictures on it and he doesn't like patterns. These things limit his options somewhat, so his wardrobe has evolved to contain plain trousers, shorts, t-shirts and linen shirts in navy, grey, blue and white. Everything goes with everything else and he doesn't have to think about what to wear. When something starts to look a bit shabby, it is relegated to dog walking/ gardening where it stays until too disreputable even for that, and is replaced by something as similar as possible, ( not always an easy task!). I haven't bought any clothes apart from underwear and footwear for about two years and when I do I will be going for plain and practical good quality items. We'll probably end up looking like Howard and Hilda! ( For those youngsters among you, they were a couple from an old sitcom who dressed in matching outfits)
    Originally posted by Nonnadiluca
    Are we married to the same man?
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 2nd Dec 17, 5:59 PM
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    My 'closet' is a 3 ft wide hanging rail, a 5 drawer COD and a small wicker hamper of sweaters in the bottom of the airing cupboard and I still feel (correctly, I believe) that I have too many clothes.

    However, I am not a wealthy person and will be using what I have and wearing it out. Very few items were actually bought new, most were charity shop specials and some are cast-offs from a pal. Who has great taste and shops in nicer places that me.......
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 2nd Dec 17, 6:19 PM
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    Are we married to the same man?
    Originally posted by SimpleLiving
    Well I am female but my clothes are the same......no patterns, no logos, no frills, no flounces. I am tall so I like good tailoring.

    I too have been gradually decluttering and simplifying. I love it.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 2nd Dec 17, 6:35 PM
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    Just watched a bit of that video.......she’s an amateur......

    I probably have just as many......and like her, all beautifully stored and curated. Many of mine are vintage and all are loved and cherished. They give me joy so I’m not parting with them so there....

    TBH I don’t spend a lot. I buy mainly from charity shops, etc. I did a purge last year and i wished I hadn’t got rid of as much as I did.

    One day my future granddaughters will have a field day.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 2nd Dec 17, 10:13 PM
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    This is really interesting and I'd like to join in. I've been decluttering via KonMari for a couple of years and I'm really feeling the difference. For anyone wanting to declutter, pop over to that thread for advice and support.

    I gave up f/t work, commuting, buying coffee-shop breakfasts, corporate clothing etc just over two years ago and can honestly say that I haven't missed the income, I'm now working p/t and am so lucky that I can support my needs this way. Since then apart from some work clothes I think I've bought one new coat (Nectar vouchers) and everything else has been from CSs or home made.

    I try to cook from scratch every day but I'd love to expand this to make my own bread. The garden was a disaster this year, I'm hoping for better next year. I'd like to spend less time on the Internet - irony, I know, but I need to cut down on blog-reading and general timewasting surfing. I also really need to exercise more.

    Getting rid of Stuff - paperwork, clothes, ornaments, unfinished projects, broken things, stuff that made me feel sad or cross or frustrated, even some furniture has made my life so much easier.
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 3rd Dec 17, 4:03 AM
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    Hard Up Hester
    I have 2 drawers, top one contains tee shirts and vest tops, bottom one contains leggings,shorts and knickers.
    I have three hooks on the wall, one holds hats and scarves, one holds my two dresses and one holds my dressing gown.
    I have two pairs of skechers a pair of wellys and a pair of court shoes, these are on the floor in front of the drawers.
    Last edited by Hard Up Hester; 03-12-2017 at 8:52 AM.
    Chin up, Titus out.
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