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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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    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 11th Jan 18, 7:53 AM
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    jackyann
    Hello all, back after best part of a month without internet access, and have decided that on the whole, the internet makes life 'simpler'. Reading above, we see that we all have to work out our own best way to live a simple life.
    Suki - that is quite correct (and helpful) but may not be necessary for those who don't have a tendency to get vaginal thrush. I have always worn cotton knickers, avoided tights as much as possible, and only had a very few bouts in my life.
    I mostly wash whites separately, but do wash white bras in the shower if I need to. I also do 2-3 hot washes a week: towels & bedding, coloured kitchen stuff, and a white boil. I have photovoltaic panels so try to do that when the sun is shining!
    For many years we have tried to shop with re-usable bags, and our little store of plastic bags is running low. Whilst sorting my fabric stash, I cam across some waterproof fabric so I made a bag for sopping wet swimming costume.
    I then decided to cut some circles, put elastic round the edge, and use as food covers. I also cut up some more old net curtains to make small veg / fruit bags.
    Saluting all your efforts!
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Jan 18, 7:56 AM
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    I spent a good chunk of the day yesterday looking on minimalist YouTube videos.

    I have decided to do the following, ooh, I love my lists, lol:

    1. Only buy frozen blueberries and one other type of fresh fruit weekly, probably apples. I keep buying lots of fresh fruit and then struggling to get through it all!

    2. Stop buying mouthwash. I will just rinse my teeth with water after flossing and then brush them with toothpaste. I don't think you even need the mouthwash too.

    3. Use up my moisturisers and then look for a good organic brand. Better to buy a quality one, not lots of cheap, carpy ones!

    4. Go through my wardrobe (again!) and get rid of anything I don't like or wear. I was looking at capsule wardrobes again for inspiration. I think I already said that I'm not buying any clothes this year at all.

    5. Stop buying food just because it's on offer. Look at what I need each week.

    6. I got a day of the week pill box and I'm putting all my medication and supplements in there and will take them at the same time (dinner time) each day.

    7. Use my essential oil diffuser rather than buying candles.

    2018: Simplify your life
    Books Read 24/60
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Jan 18, 8:00 AM
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    I'm probably going to do my washing differently after reading what you guys were saying!

    I've never had thrush, though, even though I wash stuff on low temps. I assumed I've never had thrush as I drink a lot of water each day.
    2018: Simplify your life
    Books Read 24/60
    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 11th Jan 18, 8:04 AM
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    Hi Wednesday. You might like to look at some of the aromatherapy wholesale sites. They often do decent basic moisturisers, lotions, shampoo etc. in largish tubs. I decant into smaller tubs or bottles and don't add the oils. I have paid postage for a 'sample' to see if it suits me. I'm not actively recommending one as my previous favourite has gone a bit weird, and I'm just trying another!
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Jan 18, 8:09 AM
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    Wednesday2000
    Hi Wednesday. You might like to look at some of the aromatherapy wholesale sites. They often do decent basic moisturisers, lotions, shampoo etc. in largish tubs. I decant into smaller tubs or bottles and don't add the oils. I have paid postage for a 'sample' to see if it suits me. I'm not actively recommending one as my previous favourite has gone a bit weird, and I'm just trying another!
    Originally posted by jackyann

    Oh, okay, thanks, I will check it out.
    2018: Simplify your life
    Books Read 24/60
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Jan 18, 8:25 AM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    Re stains coming out of clothes etc. I did try a hint I read somewhere on MSE the other day about getting a bit of blood out of material. It went "spit on it/rub it in hard/then follow up with a rub from bar of soap before washing".

    I didnt think it would work - but duly spat and rubbed and didnt even have to get as far as rubbing it with a bar of soap. The blood had come out after just spitting and rubbing hard. That surprised me - but have remembered it in case of future need.
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 11th Jan 18, 10:23 AM
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    Great skin and hair moisturiser: organic coconut oil. Buy very cheap in @ldi.

    Whites gone yellow: soak overnight in a bowl with a splash of washing up liquid and spirit vinegar (if you add some bicarb and make it fizz it seems to help too). Then wash at high temp next day with a bit of natural non bio detergent. I use Method or Faith in Nature. Once a year treatment for my bedding, keeps it brilliant white.

    Capsule wardrobe: check Project 333 https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 11th Jan 18, 10:25 AM
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    Out, Vile Jelly

    2. Stop buying mouthwash. I will just rinse my teeth with water after flossing and then brush them with toothpaste. I don't think you even need the mouthwash too.


    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    My A Level Biology teacher told us that the thing with mouthwash is that it removes ALL bacteria from your mouth, including the useful ones that help break food down. With thorough, regular brushing you shouldn't need it.

    I no longer bother with fabric softener (never made any difference to my towels anyway) and now use Dove soap bars, which last much longer than shower gel and don't involve so much packaging.

    A lot of companies rely on people mindlessly buying the same stuff they always have without analysing whether they really need it!
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 11th Jan 18, 10:40 AM
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    Re stains coming out of clothes etc. I did try a hint I read somewhere on MSE the other day about getting a bit of blood out of material. It went "spit on it/rub it in hard/then follow up with a rub from bar of soap before washing".

    I didnt think it would work - but duly spat and rubbed and didnt even have to get as far as rubbing it with a bar of soap. The blood had come out after just spitting and rubbing hard. That surprised me - but have remembered it in case of future need.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I've never heard of that either but duly noted because it makes sense. When I was in the dry cleaning industry very early 2000's we used to use chemical enzymes to break down stains and then rub like billiow with a hard brush. I can imagine the enzymes in the sputum would do the the same job in creating a biochemical reaction. Working out how to get rid of stains is about working out whether the stain is alkaline or acid then finding the correct antidote to the PH level... and then what the fabric is, how long it's been there, has it been rubbed in to the fibres or no. Never dab up a stain. You won't be dabbing it up, you'll dabbing it in and if you use water you'll seal in in the fibres too.

    A word from an old dry cleaner... man made fibres are actually very, very difficult to change colour let alone absorb other weakened colour. They need very high temperatures to get the dye to take. In my experience, and a bit of knowledge, greying bras occur because of the chemical reaction between sweat/deoderant/perfumes/body lotions and the laundry detergent. Laundry detergent generally has blue tones in it as whitener. They're blue in tone because natural fibres naturally want to yellow over time. Detergent manufacturers add the blue tones to combat the yellow, like we use blue shampoo on yellowing blonde hair. They brighten by neutralising the colour but only in natural fibres. Your grey bra is down to chemical reactions if it contains man made fibres.
    Last edited by fuddle; 11-01-2018 at 10:42 AM.
    • CurlyTop
    • By CurlyTop 11th Jan 18, 2:44 PM
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    3 a month.
    [*] [deep breath] Confession time. I am a bibliophile and slightly addicted to charity shops. I did a 'stocktake' on paper books and there are a whopping 104 waiting to be read so I'd like to carve out enough time to sit quietly and read 1-2 books a week. I need to spend less time online and more time reading. And no more buying books until these are read. I haven't counted up what is waiting to be read on the kindle or computer. Not brave enough yet.[/LIST]
    Originally posted by Cottage Economy
    There are two book related threads on MSE that may interest you.

    The Bookworm 2018 one here:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5766465

    but the one that may help is the No more Buying books until I've read the ones I've bought already:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2263095

    I am guilty like you of having too many books to read. Over 120 on the kindle and about 10-15 I think it is in real form. I set myself a challenge on Goodreads.com which is linked to your kindle account and set myself a goal of 60 books this year. You can add paperbacks to the challenge, they don't have to be kindle only. I have only read 2 books this year and am halfway through a book I hope to finish over the weekend or earlier. It also gives me something to work to, although I am finding it difficult not to be drawn into temptation and I don't know why because the temptation I've been drawn into previously, is sitting there looking at me. I just need to get on with it and start reading instead of being distracted by the ongoings of the MSE threads.

    Best of luck
    I got there - I'm debt free and intend to stay that way. If I haven't got the cash, it doesn't get bought. It's as simple as that.
    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 11th Jan 18, 3:11 PM
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    Just been simplifying DS!!!8217;s (already quite decluttered) room. Packed away any toys he!!!8217;s turned too old for and all his bibs etc as don!!!8217;t use them any more. I do love a nice decluttered room

    Looking for a bed for him on Gumtree (as he!!!8217;s 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. We!!!8217;ll see who wins that one!

    I finally turned my compost the other day after neglecting it all year (I!!!8217;d had to stop composting for a few weeks as it was totally full). Ended up with a massive wheelbarrowful which I!!!8217;ve spread on the dormant veg patch and the compost bin is only half full now so I can compost again

    Gardening tips would be most appreciated, what should I be doing this month?
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 11th Jan 18, 3:29 PM
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    Looking for a bed for him on Gumtree (as he’s 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. We’ll see who wins that one!
    Originally posted by Bluegreen143

    You can make the bed up 'halfway', so that he doesn't feel lost in a single bed. Just use a plain sheet and use it as both bottom and top sheet, folded at the feet, similar to a sleeping bag. If you're afraid he will fall out of the bed, you can roll up a towel lengthwise and put it underneath the bottom sheet at the roomside of the bed to form a ridge.
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    • SimpleLiving
    • By SimpleLiving 11th Jan 18, 3:35 PM
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    Had a good rummage through belongings and 2 bags went off to the animal shelter charity shop yesterday. Shallots planted on the allotment today. Enjoying everyone's fab advice
    Last edited by SimpleLiving; 11-01-2018 at 6:09 PM.
    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 11th Jan 18, 4:18 PM
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    Thanks Siebre! We actually already have a bed rail which is on our bed on my side as DS comes in with us most nights so my plan is to move that to his new bed. He!!!8217;s big enough now he can go between us if he does come in, though I!!!8217;m trying to stop doing that (my husband is a very heavy sleeper which is why I always had him on my side before).

    Good tip re the sheet! Think DH is concerned it will take up too much floorspace, but it!!!8217;s a decent double size room and he never plays in there anyway.
    Married 1 March 2014 DS born 06/12/15

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    Family loan 2 - £3,500/£5,000
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 11th Jan 18, 4:50 PM
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    ..A lot of companies rely on people mindlessly buying the same stuff they always have without analysing whether they really need it!
    Originally posted by Out, Vile Jelly
    We've been rethinking what we buy.

    We used to use shampoo, conditioner and also shower gel. I stopped using conditioner about 2 years ago and in the last year I have just used shower gel to wash my hair too. As my husband has no hair left (shaves the little he has) he has been washing his bonce in shower gel for years.

    It means just one bottle in the shower and only one bottle to take on holiday now.
    Last edited by Spider In The Bath; 11-01-2018 at 4:55 PM.
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 11th Jan 18, 4:55 PM
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    Spider In The Bath
    ...You will be horrified to know that I don’t sort my washing and wash everything at 30 or 40...
    Originally posted by Bluegreen143
    We do the same too (although we never buy white clothes).

    We do not even have a washing basket anymore. We live in a small bungalow and so everything that needs washing just goes straight into the machine to wait to be washed (the utility room is not too far from the bedroom and bathroom) so this is easy to do. When the machine is full it gets switched on.
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 11th Jan 18, 4:57 PM
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    Only just come across this wonderful thread. Started reading the posts, but a long way to go. You are all amazing and I am sure I will learn plenty form you and hopefully offer some ideas myself once I catch up with all the posts.
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    • Cottage Economy
    • By Cottage Economy 11th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
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    Hello all, back after best part of a month without internet access, and have decided that on the whole, the internet makes life 'simpler'.
    Originally posted by jackyann
    It certainly does. Our phone line went down on 22nd december and took until 31st to come back on properly. I was surprised by how much more relaxed we were over Christmas and also how much napping I did!

    There are two book related threads on MSE that may interest you.

    The Bookworm 2018 one here:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5766465

    but the one that may help is the No more Buying books until I've read the ones I've bought already:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2263095
    Originally posted by CurlyTop
    Thanks for the links. Went over to the Bookworm 2018 thread and found myself making a list of books to find, so that may not be the thread for me at the moment

    The No More Books thread is where I think a recovering addict like me belongs!
    'Save £12k in 2018' £3000/£6,000 (50%)


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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 11th Jan 18, 6:11 PM
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    Only just come across this wonderful thread. Started reading the posts, but a long way to go. You are all amazing and I am sure I will learn plenty form you and hopefully offer some ideas myself once I catch up with all the posts.
    Originally posted by ploppy57
    ploppy57,

    Welcome from another relative newcomer. I would second the “you are all amazing”.
    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 ‘stuff’. 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
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Jan 18, 6:18 PM
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    I'm another one with no room for a linen bin, things to be washed go into the machine to await a full load and anything pale (I own almost nothing in white other than sheets and teatowels) gets pulled out if it's not a hot wash.

    I'm a seriously-green person but have tried and then abandoned washing at 30 degrees. Things just weren't coming up clean. The vast majority of my washes are mixed coloureds at 40 with the occasional 60 wsah for bedlinen. Haven't any outside drying space (city centre microflat) but sun is the best brightener going.

    I have no truck with fabric conditioner. Hate the smell and feel of things using it, and it's just one more thing to create waste imo. Plus, fab con causes elastane to degrade prematurely, so anything containing elastic should avoid it.

    One tip I'll share in case it may be of assistance; rubbing neat washing up liquid into an oil stain. I once threw about a cupful of cooking oil over a clean pair of cotton trackie pants just after having done my wash. I wasn't putting the machine on just for them so rubbed neat w.u.l in and left to dry and laundered several days later - every bit of the oil came out, most impressive.

    Gardening this month? Soil prep, cultivation, manuring etc. Possibly planting onion sets, although I usually do mine in early Feb. Too early for most things.
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