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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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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 5th Jan 19, 4:08 PM
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    On I'm in for definite!

    Currently in the process of a huge declutter. Aiming for 40 bags out the house by my 35th in March. I'm doing well with it so far. Have Freecycle and already donated clothing and linens. Books, dvd,and CD next.

    My goals are to live as a human being, not a human doing. Experiences over owning the gs, learning skills and basically living slower with greater presence in all we do, time outside, wholesome time...

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing

    Trying to get by on a single Emergency Services income
    • wort
    • By wort 5th Jan 19, 6:07 PM
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    I stopped watching news,or reading newspapers when hubby died 18 months ago. I didn't see much before that, but found it very depressing.

    The Brexit thread I glanced at earlier, I was agog at the things people are doing. !
    I've kondoed my home ,and I love my simpler life. 2019, for me is about being with my friends and family.
    Keeping out of the b itchiness that circulates at work. I follow on a few threads about decluttering etc, to keep me motivated, if someone has tidied the drawers then I go and see what I can do!!

    To whom said about negativity on Facebook, (sorry I can't recall who) I find it best to put friends and family into different categories, friends just go into acquaintances so when I post pics I make sure the privacy is set just to family. As I don't want anyone else knowing what I'm doing. If that makes sense.

    I hope all had a good Xmas and hoping everyone has a simple and joyful new year.
    Focus on contribution instead of the impressiveness of consumption to see the true beauty in people.
    • MrsLottie
    • By MrsLottie 5th Jan 19, 6:45 PM
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    Last year my partner and I got married after being together for four years. We sold both our houses and have bought a comfortable two bedroom house .We decluttered lots and kept only what we needed and a few things that were special to us. After retiring from very busy careers and bringing up our families it is a joy to be living very simply ,having time to spare for children and grandchildren, walking our little dogs and enjoying our garden .We are enjoying our simple lifestyle but it did take a lot of effort to get there and sometimes we find ourselves forfeiting it a little bit .Its so easy to say yes to requests to join this and that or to decide that you really need to buy the newest innovation. This year we need to stick to our resolution of living our simple life because we know that is what makes us really happy !
    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 6th Jan 19, 11:07 AM
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    Good morning everyone


    I have just invested some time in catching up on some household chores that were very much neglected yesterday as I slept almost all day. I didn't felt too tired when going up at eight, but decided to lay down for another half an hour... Slept till half past noon and still felt so tired in the afternoon that I had a nap... So I basically didn't managed to do anything all day...



    So today I want to be a bit more productive in a nice way, finally watch a movie that I need to bring back to the library tomorrow, read a bit and finish the sleeve of a kids jumper on which I haven't really knitted much since Wednesday... And maybe a walk once it stops raining...
    Don't have to cook anything today as the only productive thing I did yesterday was cook a big batch of soup and a vegetable and potato bake.


    I actually wanted to throw the Christmas tree out over the weekend as collection is on Tuesday but now I don't seem to be able to part with it. Normally I can't stand it from New Year on... So I might keep it for another week - my parents have theirs still up as well - and then put it outside to the balcony until the next collection in two week.



    Just almost made my first purchase of the year, a knitting pattern. But told myself that I will wait for a week or two before ordering as I'm not sure if I really want it and will knit it...


    CAFCGirl 40 bags, wow, that is a lot! Good luck! I bet your house will be a completely different story and you will feel a hundred times better once you are done!


    re watching news, I stopped too on the general principle that I will hear about anything important from somewhere and don't need to deal with all that negativity all the time... It was a process though as I felt "you have to" read the news to not be ignorant...


    MrsLotti, I like the plan with walking more! I have fallen out with my daily walks a bit in summer when it was too hot to do so and never really gotten back into the swing, so my aim for January is to walk half an hour on six days a week and see if I can get back into it.


    apricity, wow, you did a lot over the last days! I think once you have accumulated a certain amount of clutter it is very hard to decided where to start but once you are into it it gets much easier!


    have a lovely Sunday everyone!
    Resolution for 2019 "Live better on less" - Less stuff, less waste, less silly spends but more make do and mend and more fun
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 7th Jan 19, 1:55 PM
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    Puffinbertha - many thanks for the recommendations, i will have a look!


    Really identifying with those (it seems there are a few of us!) who are feeling overwhelmed by 'stuff' and just wanting to get rid. I have a deadline today but once that is done i have a pile of things to list on eb*y. Planning to sell as much as i can online during January then have a car boot sale at the end of the month to get rid of anything unsold by then. I will take anything left at the end of that to a local charity shop that opens on sundays. I am determined to try and make some pennies if i can from the stuff i'm clearing out, but it does make the process a bit slower (and less simple! but hopefully worth it as the funds i make will contribute to 'treats' on our travels).

    Have a nice week everyone xx
    • MrsPorridge
    • By MrsPorridge 7th Jan 19, 2:28 PM
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    A serious declutter for me this year and OH and I are hoping to downsize from a four bed house to a bungalow. 4 bags to charity shop last week and 4 in the boot ready to drop off on way to work tomorrow. we have also made a trip to the dump this year already. Just need to keep motivated. We have selected one room to declutter each week, so a bit in the evenings and some time at the weekend. This week it's the spare bedroom!

    Whilst also decluttering the rooms they will also be cleaned and if any maintenance needs doing that will be done too - e.g. we know that many of the window frames/sills will need repainting.
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 7th Jan 19, 4:40 PM
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    RicardaRacoon It seems like a lot.... we've already had 8 bags leave the house already, and 6 more are in the spare room waiting on a collection. A lot of it is 'hidden clutter' and lots of 'could be useful one day' type things - which I admit I am dreadful for. That leaves me 26 'bags' by March since some will be boxes and some are pieces of furniture....

    My day today has been slow and I've spent most of it browsing food recipes, planning new and exciting foods to try as part of 'living' and making soaps (my business) which is always a very zen activity for me

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing

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    • MrsRogers
    • By MrsRogers 7th Jan 19, 7:07 PM
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    Count me in

    I was just saying to my mum the other day, I am sick of stuff and my time not being my own.

    I have decided to come off social media for 6 months, it’s full of either negativity or people ‘keeping up with the jones’ attitudes.

    I’m on a decluttering mission, I want to cleanse my home and mind of unnecessary stuff.

    I love to read anyway but will make sure I read more.

    Looking forward to seeing how everyone gets on
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    • apricity
    • By apricity 7th Jan 19, 7:15 PM
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    I've not put any of the washing away from the weekend but I've been poorly...

    Tonight my fiance tidied the bedroom some more by putting the rubbish in the bin & he brought in the emptied recycle boxes .

    I'm wanting to wash up the plates , mopping the kitchen + bathroom , putting recycling out again (We're behind due to being away on last recycling day before New Years) , Put some washing away
    I'll do this a little later as I'm currently watching a video for work & my fiance is playing his computer games so prefect time to do this
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    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 8th Jan 19, 5:51 AM
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    Good morning


    Had a little decluttering victory yesterday night! There are these things I just don't seem to be able to part with... For example my cross stitching collection, I haven't stitched since turning to knitting five years ago. I had about 20 of these big packs and tons of single tread for cardmaking etc. Over the last year or so every time I opened the box one or two of the packs were sent flying because I knew I'd never hang them... So yesterday evening I opened the box, took all the single treads and fabric out and pilled them into a bag and as soon I'm really sure I'll be able to let them go I'll write to my primary school teacher who is still teaching at the local school and ask if she has use for it. Because let's be honest, I don't.... I kept some of the big packs that I might one day still use and could also see myself hanging in my flat.


    On another note I managed a lot of sleep lately. Was soo tired all weekend that some serious napping was going on and was again tired on Sunday night so went to bed early with a book and slept eight solid hours, woke up shortly before the alarm went off. Yesterday I was in bed by half past nine again, but woken up by my cat meowing outside the door as soon I'd more or less fallen asleep. I'm sure he woke me up to complain that his kitty sister has stolen the best spot on the cattree...


    MrsRodgers, well done on deciding you need some time off social media! I ditched facebook a while ago and never missed it, but I like insta as I also made some friends over it and it is lovely to catch up with them...



    CAFCGirl wow, you are already more than 1/3 there!


    have a lovely day!
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    • MrsPorridge
    • By MrsPorridge 8th Jan 19, 7:05 AM
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    Good morning


    Had a little decluttering victory yesterday night! There are these things I just don't seem to be able to part with... For example my cross stitching collection, I haven't stitched since turning to knitting five years ago. I had about 20 of these big packs and tons of single tread for cardmaking etc.



    have a lovely day!
    Originally posted by RicardaRacoon


    This could have been written by me! I also find it harder to see the cross stitch as well and concentrate on TV - so I knit instead. I do really need to declutter the cross stitch stuff I have. I keep thinking that it's something I might take up again. I have about 5 or 6 half finished projects.
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    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 8th Jan 19, 10:38 AM
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    I too was a cross stitcher, hadnít touched a thing in over 5 years, so I was brave and gave the whole lot including my stitchy bag to a friend for herself and her daughter as they are avid stitchers, they were over the moon and I felt like Iíd done a doubley good deed!
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    • MrsLottie
    • By MrsLottie 8th Jan 19, 12:15 PM
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    The sunshine is here today so with my two little dogs I have had a good walk and enjoyed every minute. Since I got back I have cleaned the bedrooms and put away gifts from Christmas .Mr Lottie popped to the shops and brought me some lovely flowers and now I’m sitting having a welcome cup of coffee.All simple things but that’s what makes me happy .Apricity we have had that virus too think that’s why today feels good because it’s gone at last .Hope you feel better soon and ready to enjoy life again .
    • Living proof
    • By Living proof 8th Jan 19, 5:29 PM
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    This could have been written by me! I also find it harder to see the cross stitch as well and concentrate on TV - so I knit instead. I do really need to declutter the cross stitch stuff I have. I keep thinking that it's something I might take up again. I have about 5 or 6 half finished projects.
    Originally posted by MrsPorridge
    If anyone wants their cross-stitch projects to go to a good home, I met a lady in Whitby during the Beast from the East last year where we were both trapped for 5 days. She does cross stitches for charity and I took her address, hoping to come across some at car boots but of course never saw another at the few I have been to. I will happily pass on her address if anyone is interested.
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    • dingdongsaving
    • By dingdongsaving 8th Jan 19, 8:09 PM
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    What a lovely thread again. We live in the middle of nowhere and when we're not off to work there's nothing we like to do more than walk our dogs, enjoy films, listen to music, read, share meals and plan to see family and friends. Hubby also loves photography and I craft, scrapbook, cook and read whenever I can. I had a huge book declutter when I started to really clear things that didn't fit our lives and now only read/order books from the local library and I have an online iBook account where I buy the odd book I know I'll refer back to.
    We feather our nest to make sure we're comfortable, but I'm an avid Kondo-er and we don't like clutter (or anything!) that makes work/takes away from our family time and the peace we find at home.
    Now going to make a cuppa and look back through the whole thread.
    All the best for 2019 everyone.
    • apricity
    • By apricity 8th Jan 19, 8:48 PM
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    hello everyone.

    Been a sucessful few days of getting the house looking tidy,
    Got home tonight and the fiance already cleaned & mopped the kitchen & tidied the living room a little.
    I never even asked him to!

    I washed everything up from today apart from my plate as I had tea at a separate time to my fiance -
    we were going to have a ready meal together but I didn't like it after i microwaved it so he had 2 lots and I cooked something else.

    Whilst waiting for my tea to cook, I tidied the cooking cupboard up a little.
    It could be organised better but lids are on most of the tupperware pots & pans stacked neatly rather than shoved in.

    My desk was tidied yesterday and now feels like an actual place for me to sit down and go on my laptop rather than sitting on it in bed all evening. I also made a conscious effort to eat tea at my desk whilst my laptop was on the bed - We don't have space for a dining table so I often eat using my desk as a mini table.

    Had a no spend day too!
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    • CAFCGirl
    • By CAFCGirl 10th Jan 19, 9:17 AM
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    Another step toward slower living for me has been assessing my time in social media\my phone.

    To that end, I installed an app (seems counterintuitive) which logs the time spent on it, plus how many 'pick ups' in a day -- little screen checks etc.
    I know I'm on it too much, and therefore not as present as I could be. I've been telling myself my business promotion relies on social media but I'm not actually doing said promotion when I'm on it so just lying to myself really LOL

    I've set a goal for time spent on it, number of pick ups and also set a screen free time over dinner time - it floods you with notifications to get off until x time.
    Already it's probably reduced my phone time by an hour a day just through sheer presence and mindfulness.

    Today is good shopping, cleaning and possibly some soap making

    10 years and still don't have a clue what I'm doing

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    • debbiedodge1737
    • By debbiedodge1737 10th Jan 19, 5:12 PM
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    I would love to get on board with this. I have read through the thread and love the idea of a simpler 2019. I've already cut back on my facebook and only check in once a week to see what my family abroad are doing. I started college (at 37yrs) this past week so being busier with that kills social media time really.

    As for my simple life plans .... I plan to simplify our meals and get into a nice routine meal plan. I would like much less wasted food in the kitchen this year and maybe more batch cooking. Which will help with cutting the budget back too.

    I want to get much more fresh air and work in my garden more this year ... I would love to provide our house with as much salad / veg as possible. I have a postage stamp garden but every little helps and it will be a little peace and quite for me lol.

    I would love to create much less waste this year and also be much less of a consumer ....buying only needed things or serious bargains and second hand treasures ... and I would love to do this towards next christmas and give second hand , hand made and much more thoughtful gifts.

    Just all round a less wasteful, old style , simpler life .... 2019
    • welshmoneylover
    • By welshmoneylover 10th Jan 19, 6:04 PM
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    Can I join?
    I started decluttering over 2 years ago and make conscious decisions regarding my spending habits.
    I find my life is a lot simpler, lots less stressful and thoroughly enjoy the little things like walking my dogs.
    Our eating habits are a lot better as I am so much less stressed and my mind doesn’t wander with unnecessary thoughts.
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    • chirpycheap
    • By chirpycheap 11th Jan 19, 10:42 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.
    Originally posted by aurorahelios
    That certainly rang a bell with me. I lost my WiFi for a week last month and went nearly crazy. I kept asking myself what I ever did before the internet (and I am old enough to remember being an adult without WiFi!) I have decided that I need to use the internet less and to try and use it mindfully and not down a rabbit hole of dross and tittle tattle and stuff that makes me feel bad about myself!
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