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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 2nd Jan 19, 1:12 PM
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    A simpler life 2019
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 1:12 PM
    A simpler life 2019 2nd Jan 19 at 1:12 PM
    Hello everyone


    First of all, thank you SimpleLiving for starting the tread last year! I hope you don't mind me opening one for 2019.


    The 2018 tread can be found here: https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5752610&page=1


    I am sure a simpler live is different for everyone, some might be decluttering while others are just mindfull about the new things they bring into their life. It might be about creating habits and simplifying things to make life or just the house run more smoothly.


    I hope the tread will once more be an inspiration to work towards our goals!


    I hope you will all have a great 2019!

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    Resolution for 2019 "Live better on less" - Less stuff, less waste, less silly spends but more make do and mend and more fun
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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 2nd Jan 19, 1:21 PM
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    Didn't wanted to have too much in the first post, so starting the tread with another post :-)


    I set myself some small resolutions that work into the direction of simple living:
    make more - buy less
    read more books and watch more movies - use the internet (and youtube...) less

    walk more - eat less unhealthy things


    I just had the first little declutter of 2019 and went through my medicine cabinet and sorted out a couple of things. One will be replaced, the rest will go back to the pharmacy.


    Tomorrow I will be back to work so today I'll get a few things sorted so that I can start without a too big to do list. And I will spend a hour or two in the kitchen cooking some healthy things, my body really longs for vegetables....
    Resolution for 2019 "Live better on less" - Less stuff, less waste, less silly spends but more make do and mend and more fun
    • peony40
    • By peony40 2nd Jan 19, 1:43 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 1:43 PM
    Id really like to join you this year, a simpler life in 2019 sounds like balm for the soul.

    First step for me is to avoid the prepping for brexit thread, it is making me feel all out of sorts.

    I will give it a thought over the afternoon and post later with some thoughts.

    Many thanks for starting this new thread.
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    • raphanius
    • By raphanius 2nd Jan 19, 2:51 PM
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    I've been thinking along similar lines. we've had a massive downshift in our incoming finances and need to adapt to a more modest income. I want to do more things that don't cost money : ) on the flipside I have lots of time to do stuff cos I'm not working so many hours.

    Walk more. I get a lot of negativity on Facebook when I post walking pics...not sure why and that puts me off but I want to share pics for my own record iyswim.
    Read more...I have so many books bought on a whim and have never read : (
    Cook more...we eat better when we are skint because I may be cash strapped but I'm time rich and can hunt out the bargains and cook from scratch.
    Get a housework routine going.
    Do something with the jungle that's our garden, it's small but neglected.

    btw. I also found ou all this Brexit stuff is subtly affecting my mental health so I'm avoiding the news.
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    • Money_mess
    • By Money_mess 2nd Jan 19, 3:38 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 3:38 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 3:38 PM
    Would love to get involved this year. I crave a simple life. I feel like I'm half way to where I want to be. Maybe a little less.
    I've found small steps help, a smaller step I've started recently is to light candles in the evening and it definitely makes me feel calmer? social media doenst make me feel good and no got rid of that last year and dont miss it, now I'm finding even too much time reading in here willl have me feeling anxious. So I'm limiting myself to two check in per day, One with my afternoon coffee and once in the evening.
    So im trying to read more and have set myself a challenge to read 60 books in 2019!
    I'm lucky I am time rich as a stay at home mum, I do a bit of volunteering and look after the home and do my projects. When my kids are home it is extremely full on as two of them are disabled. I find the more simple I make my life the calmer I feel and more able I feel to deal with things? I also find that my children react very well to simple routines
    In January I'm going to try and get into a regular rhythm with my grocery shopping once a week and a predictable meal plan. I'm hopefully going to be able to do more cooking in the day.

    I want to knit socks - so that is my project these coming months to master!

    Sorry to here some of you getting negativity for the way you choose to live your lives in a more simple way, I think it's actually quite a blessing to appreciate the simpler things in life and thats what I want my children to learn.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 2nd Jan 19, 7:15 PM
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    I am slowly working my way through some of my books and have a plastic box that they go into as soon as they are read,to go to the charity shop as soon as full I do have quite a lot of books that I seem to have acquired over the past couple of years, some I have been given and some I have bought in CS so its time to have a good sort out and only keep the ones I really wish to keep for various reasons. I am quite an inveterate reader and will read practically anything Hence my signature below But as I am hoping to move at some point in the next two years I certainly don't wish to box them up if I can help it .But as another poster says its baby steps, and even if it's just sorting out my book addiction will free up some space in my study

    JackieO xx
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    • mummyjane
    • By mummyjane 2nd Jan 19, 7:22 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 7:22 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 7:22 PM
    I would love to join you, we desperately need to restore some calm and order in our lives. My aim for this year is to enjoy more time together doing things we normally don't make time for and to sort the house out so that we can really relax when at home.
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    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 2nd Jan 19, 8:35 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 8:35 PM
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    May I join in too? Having spent the last 2 weeks ill and now have a cough and a very sore back I want to change things and make life much simpler. Last night was too sore to get into bed so spent the night at the kitchen table with my head on a pillow on the table. Hopefully a doctor's appointment tomorrow. Then things are going to change. I follow the marie kondo thread so lots of tidying and I try and avoid the Brexit thread as it stresses me too much. I am personally responsible !! for the downfall of all the shops that are closing as I have been too ill to shop. Even lost the interest in the online sales. So maybe a shop in my wardrobe this year would be an idea and save money.
    • peony40
    • By peony40 3rd Jan 19, 9:46 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 19, 9:46 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 19, 9:46 AM
    Morning all,

    Grunnie, so sorry to hear about your bad back, hope it starts healing very soon for you, and that the dr can help.

    Money_mess, I have some sock wool arriving today, and will be starting to knit my first pair of socks once I find a pattern. My sister was knitting a pair at Christmas and it looked fun. I have knitted with double pointed needles in the round before and enjoyed it once I got in the rythem.

    I like your idea of minimising ‘online’ time, I wish to spend more time in reading and creating, whether in crochet, knitting, making the house a home etc. One thing I will work on in January is on getting up earlier, then doing housework in the morning, and then craft/reading time in the afternoon which is how my mum used to run her day.

    Enjoy reading all your posts.

    Take care all.
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    • dND
    • By dND 4th Jan 19, 9:12 AM
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    Count me in RicardaRacoon, I have some serious belt-tightening to do this year

    • aurorahelios
    • By aurorahelios 4th Jan 19, 10:15 AM
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    I'm in

    I'd like to get back to doing the stuff I did before the internet came along and became such a large part of my life.

    So I think reduced screen time generally is called for. I'm going to limit the time I spend watching tv, browsing the internet and social media. Hopefully I can then use the time to read more, exercise more and declutter.
    • A Simple Home
    • By A Simple Home 4th Jan 19, 10:38 AM
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    I originally started the Simpler Life 2018 thread as SimpleLiving, but my father became seriously ill and died recently. So I kind of abandoned my online presence and only lurked occasionally. Now I am trying to get my life back on track but I can't remember my password or email that I used to set up my profile so have set up another one and will be following this thread with interest.

    Am currently sorting through clothes for the charity bag.
    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 4th Jan 19, 11:08 AM
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    Hello A Simple Home

    So sorry to hear about your dad.

    It's great to see you back here. You inspired a lot of people with your original thread.

    Bexster
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 4th Jan 19, 2:46 PM
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    I would love to join you this year. I read along last year but i find it hard to keep up with posting, will try to do better this year!

    I really overstretched myself this Christmas, trying to do lots of gifts for friends and their children in a nice OS way (lots of sewing, crochet and baking), but there are so many children now it ended up being quite exhausting. Culminating in me swearing and laughing hysterically at myself while stuffing bean bags for our nieces at silly o'clock on Christmas morning (luckily we weren't hosting lol) resulting in our very own 'white christmas' all over the living room floor
    Coupled with the nature of my and OH's work (we are both self employed and work comes in peaks and troughs, we had a peak just before Christmas which is yet to recede) and the amount of work i've been trying to do on our home, we both ended up having a very busy and stressful time, OH was left feeling abandoned as i didn't feel i had any time to relax with him, and neither of us enjoyed the festive period much or felt at all festive.

    So. I have decided to do things a bit differently next year. I can't control our work flow, but i can choose to spend more time with family and friends (and poor OH!) instead of putting pressure on myself to craft best-of-my-ability gifts for everyone and his dog! I am not sure yet whether i will do no gifts outside family, or start a system where i pick one or two people per year and try to make or buy them something truly special. Either way i will ensure i let people know well in advance of christmas so hopefully nobody will be offended at their lack of gift!
    Anyway, christmas simplifying aside, we will be simplifying quite dramatically in some ways next year. We are planning to sell our home (hence all the work i've been doing, and much still to do in January) and travel around the UK and possibly further afield. We are both able to work from home and don't yet have children, so want to take advantage of being able to move freely and explore while we can! It has been very liberating to divest ourselves of lots of 'stuff' over the last few months, and we will be doing even more in the next few weeks. We will be moving around with only a car-full of 'stuff' which must allow us to live, work, socialise etc comfortably, so we will need to simplify our routines a little. On the other hand, there will be the added (hopefully pleasant) complexities in our lives of finding accommodation, learning about new places, and meeting new people as we travel around. It will be interesting finding a balance and trying to keep our daily necessities simple enough to allow us plenty of time for the 'slow travel' and exploring we want to do.

    Anyway, sorry for the essay! i tend to post rarely but am not good at writing short posts lol. I know from last year's thread that i will very much enjoy reading everyone's ideas about their own personal ways of simplifying, however different each of our circumstances are. I look forward to accompanying you all on your simplifying journeys in 2019! xx
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 4th Jan 19, 7:33 PM
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    Simple Home nice to 'see' you again, and sorry to hear about your dad.



    Grunnie sorry to hear you have been so poorly, i hope you will be on the mend soon and that your back is feeling better.


    I am another one who would love to knit some socks. I've only very recently learned to knit and am really enjoying it, i've crocheted for years and can do it with my eyes closed, but knitting is so absorbing as i really have to pay attention. Very therapeutic! If anyone comes across a nice simple sock pattern that works for them i would be very grateful for recommendations I have never knitted in the round before but would love to give it a go! xx
    • Towser
    • By Towser 4th Jan 19, 8:02 PM
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    I have been procrastinating for three years now. I think it would be easier to ask man with a van to send it all to the charity shop.
    • Puffinbertha
    • By Puffinbertha 4th Jan 19, 8:45 PM
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    Simple Home nice to 'see' you again, and sorry to hear about your dad.



    Grunnie sorry to hear you have been so poorly, i hope you will be on the mend soon and that your back is feeling better.


    I am another one who would love to knit some socks. I've only very recently learned to knit and am really enjoying it, i've crocheted for years and can do it with my eyes closed, but knitting is so absorbing as i really have to pay attention. Very therapeutic! If anyone comes across a nice simple sock pattern that works for them i would be very grateful for recommendations I have never knitted in the round before but would love to give it a go! xx
    Originally posted by RainbowHippie
    I love knitting socks, they are a lot easier to knit than they seem. If you google "Vanilla sock pattern" you will find links to several free patterns.

    Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com is brilliant, free to join and there are many free patterns available).

    I understand Winwick Mum's tutorials and free patterns are beginner friendly. https://www.winwickmum.co.uk/p/sockalong.html

    If you prefer visual learning You Tube is your friend. HTH
    • apricity
    • By apricity 4th Jan 19, 9:20 PM
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    I'd love to join you too.
    My main focuses ;
    * Declutter all rooms
    * Donate all things stacked in outside storage cupboard
    * Buy less ''material" stuff & more on memories -and/or-
    * spend more time connecting with my fiance by 'free / cheap' activities
    * Make healthier choices once better / slim down for wedding
    * Be more aware of finances
    * Organise space better

    We've been living in our 1 bedroom house for almost 2 years now and we've got a ton of stuff to sort out and now i'm finding it overwhelming due to the amount of stuff (Mainly my stuff) we have. We live in a small house so that's another factor.

    I want to use 2019 as a year to declutter each room & organise things better so it doesn't get too overwhelming again.

    Me & my fiance did quite a bit of work today (we both took today off as we were both ill...was sick a lot last night).

    * We both tidied the bedroom - more of his hard work than mine
    * Changed the bed
    * purchased a new mattress protector so we can alternate between them whilst washing them
    * Decluttered most of the bedside unit
    * Hoovered the room & down the side of the bed
    * I washed up all the dirty dishes that's been stacked for 3 days (Both been ill & i powered on through work for 2 long days)
    * Both sorted our christmas presents and got 95% of our living room back
    * almost done all clothes washing but do need to put the clothes away
    * Purchased converters for our light fixtures so we can Finally have normal/rainbow lighting in our bed room tomorrow

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    A Simple Home,
    I'm sorry to hear about your dad also.
    I hope things become a little easier for you and that you keep yourself well during this time.
    All hugs for you and take it easy by doing small things at a time. Don't over do it both emotionally and physically.
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    • MrsLottie
    • By MrsLottie 4th Jan 19, 10:52 PM
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    I want to use 2019 as a year to get outside and do more walking with my two little dogs . I live in a small town with plenty of countryside around us and I know I should enjoy my surroundings more.i know getting out would help me health wise and increase my peace of mind so from tomorrow I shall aim for a half hour every morning and every afternoon .Think the dogs will be very happy with that ! .
    • apricity
    • By apricity 5th Jan 19, 11:01 AM
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    that sounds like a great plan - mrslottie!

    This morning I;
    * Put the christmas tree away
    * Put some washing away
    * The converters for our new hue lightbulbs came and placed one in our bedroom ; we actually have proper light now!!

    Have asked my fiance if we could go to the pound stretcher store to get myself another draw of 4 ,
    for my wardrobe. my wardrobe is cluttered . We're over that way anyway as I need to pick up my B/C

    Next on my list is to finish putting all washing away & to sort my desk out.
    Then it's onto the living room
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