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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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    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 28th Sep 18, 8:14 AM
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    Morning all

    Thought I should do my bit to re-ignite the thread too.

    I have begun C prep as I am making lots of stuff this year. I'm considering making to sell too as a bit of a sideline. So crackers are under way, as are cards. I have got some dried provisions in like cranberries ready for making edible gifts nearer the time. I have got my flip cap bottles ready to sterilise for drinkable gifts too. I have a roll of cellophane and a few wicker baskets to make up hampers for the couple of bigger gifts I give.

    Bargain seeds from wilkos the other week too at 10p or 30p a pack so can spend an Autumn/winter evening planning crops for next year.

    Have good days all

    Bexster
    • csarina2
    • By csarina2 28th Sep 18, 5:58 PM
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    I would love to de-clutter but whilst DB is around its not going to happen. He is a massive obsessive hoarder!! I do try and spirit things away, but am not always successful.....he has been known to go through the paper bin to retrieve something.

    I did de-clutter some of my stuff earlier this year, but I have a big weakness, crystal glass. I have stopped buying it, but there is quite a bit still around. My big problem is fabric. I have not bought quilting fabric for a while until my DGS asked for a quilt for his expected baby girl. I tried to limit my buying to fat quarters. Earlier this year I sent a box of fabric up to a friend in Scotland, I think she might be getting some more.
    • herbily
    • By herbily 28th Sep 18, 8:26 PM
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    csarina, what are fat quarters? I've heard other quilters mention them, but I've never quilted - what do you do with them?
    One day at a time...
    • csarina2
    • By csarina2 28th Sep 18, 10:28 PM
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    csarina, what are fat quarters? I've heard other quilters mention them, but I've never quilted - what do you do with them?
    Originally posted by herbily
    A yard of quilting fabric cut into four equal parts, one piece which measures roughly 22 inches by18 is a fat quarter, a long quarter is a 9 inch strip cut the width of the fabric. You cut them up along with other pieces of fabric and sew them together to make a block. A quilt is made up of blocks sewn together.

    Hope that makes sense.....
    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 29th Sep 18, 10:22 AM
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    Probably not the right thread, but in hopes of maintain the momentum I'll post here. The morning I have found a lovely boxed set of ten gardening books. My friend has just moved into a house with a lovely garden so they will be part of her Christmas present. Books were £1.99 for the set! I have been making little seed packets for her which I will add some of the 10p and 30p a packet seeds I got from wilkos the other week. I have also made labels with old lolly sticks painted with blackboard paint so a dozen of those will go in too.

    Wondering if anyone else is making Christmas gifts for friends/family this year? I have also started getting the gifts together for my HM crackers for the dining table on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    Hoping all are well, and the mention of the C word doesn't close the thread!!

    Bexster
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 4th Oct 18, 12:36 AM
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    bexster, what a lovely present & making presents is definitely a Simpler Thing to do - no crowded shops, rude sales assistants or too much money spent DH & I do not really ‘do’ Christmas - bah humbug We make a special meal on the day with lots & lots of veg, potatoes & a different meat each year - plenty for bubble & squeak

    My route to a Simpler Life has been aided by making clothing repairs after each wash & before putting away So nice to take something out of a drawer or wardrobe & not have to hunt for a button or needle & thread
    The decluttering has stalled a bit but I am starting to do a bit more housework, keeping things tidy & putting things away properly plus baking & cooking from scratch. I feel so much calmer & am not beating myself up about not decluttering My targets are to be clutter free, house decorated & new bathroom and cloakroom by end of October 2019

    So wishing everyone continued success in their journeys to a Simpler Life

    MrsSD
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 9th Oct 18, 9:09 PM
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    The cleaning, cooking from scratch & baking are still ongoing - as well as a bit of gardening. My Simpler Life is on course - even if the decluttering has stalled

    MrsSD
    • daisy 1571
    • By daisy 1571 11th Oct 18, 10:21 PM
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    I see........spaces around the house

    Daisy xx
    "Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion" Take hold of every moment by anon

    The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today
    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 11th Oct 18, 11:26 PM
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    Great news MrsSD re: simplifying.

    I am continuing to simplify here too. HM soups and croutons, HM Christmas crackers being made, experimenting with an idea to make gifts/ make extra cash with a good friend of mine too.

    Looking up recipes to start buying ingredients needed each week for Christmas edible makes too.

    Home is looking great now I have more time to maintain it/enjoy it. Lots of days out to NT places with Mr Bexster ( he will not like that I called him that, so that won't happen again )

    Hope all is going well for everyone. Please join in again, especially in the run up to Christmas which was what had inspired this threads founding!

    Bexster
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 19th Oct 18, 12:20 PM
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    Way to go Bexster

    My simplifying is now of the variety of ‘not doing much’ I am still doing the day to day cleaning & cooking but not much else - apart from knitting scarves for Whitechapel Mission

    Am I downhearted well actually no I know that my decluttering mojo will return, I will start deep cleaning again although I will never be a domestic goddess

    Now that my DH’s eye is fully on the mend (he had a detached retina ) I will get him back in the garden & we can tidy up for the winter

    I am looking forward to reading everyone posts

    MrsSD
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 22nd Oct 18, 11:55 AM
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    De-cluttering has been well and truly done this weekend!

    The work on the house is starting this week so this weekend we got rid of:
    3 wardrobes, 3 bedside cabinets, 1 double bed frame, 1 single bed frame, 2 chests of drawers and 18 bin sacks full of clothing and bits & pieces!!

    We've gone through the DVD's so I have a load of them to get rid of via ziffit or something similar, I will start to transfer all my cd's onto my mp3 player this week so that they can go too..... I have organised all my other stuff and although I look like my house is full of stuff (having the sparky start this week so have had to clear things that are going to remain in the house into other rooms) by the time I'm finished with all work in the house, I will be a clutter free home

    In fact, we are having wardrobes fitted in two of the bedrooms and I have a feeling that my one box of clothing will be very lonely!!

    Hope everyone is okay.....hugs to those that need them x
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 5th Nov 18, 2:04 AM
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    How is the work going squirrelgirl? My simple life is currently very simple - I am being quite lazy - a bit of housework & cooking, watching TV & reading but still have a cluttered house

    Hey ho, I’m sure I will get back into the swing of things soon

    MrsSD
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 5th Nov 18, 8:24 AM
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    Getting there thanks MrsSD!

    DVD's all gone now other than the ones we are keeping, dil has been busy transferring the cds to my mp3 player (we have a LOT of those so its a monumental task!!), half of the house has been rewired (sparky back this week hopefully) the windows and door are in (problems with those so not completed yet) and the plasterer starts the first week in December

    Living in a dust cloud at the moment but hopefully by the end of the year we will be able to start the decorating and then do the wardrobes and carpeting in January internal doors and all the woodwork in February along with the curtains then March will hopefully be the beds and breathe!!!

    Still on track to get the mortgage gone by solstice 2019 so fingers crossed it all goes according to plan!
    15 Month Challenge: House - £13585.85/£25300; Mortgage - £1160/£17000 ;
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    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 5th Nov 18, 10:24 AM
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    Well I have your decluttering mojo Mrs SD when you want it back

    I have filled my wheelie bin and been to the tip twice sorting my spare room/office.

    Plan to finish decorating main bedroom this week as its been delayed due to work / illness. Christmas plans coming along. Admittedly much of it is not buying gifts and arranging not to but still planning. Most buys for Christmas now done, a few bits to still sort but otherwise going well. Lots of edible gifts will be made this year so most provisions are in for this. I have a bit of work to do this week but I will also be doing my share of Mrs SDs reading and TV watching. I'm also on week 4 of couch to 5k starting this morning.

    Bexster
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 5th Nov 18, 11:06 PM
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    Well done squirrelgirl Everything seems to be progressing very nicely & if the windows & door are the extent of any problems then you can breathe a sigh of relief. Hope the workmen sort out the problems quickly & efficiently

    Bexster - if I can borrow my decluttering mojo from Friday for ten days I would be extremely grateful Well done on tackling the couch to 5k challenge - you are braver than I am

    MrsSD
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 9th Nov 18, 7:12 PM
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    My Simpler Life has had a boost - my DH is escorting my DSis to France She is leaving the car there & visiting her son & our friends - not sure how long she is staying but DH will be back next Thursday

    So I can keep the house tidy, get on with some housework & hopefully a bit of decluttering as well fingers crossed

    MrsSD
    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 10th Nov 18, 4:51 PM
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    Hello everyone


    It is ages since I last posted.... And I've did a few things that were far from simple living in some way.... For example I finally got my bedroom done properly 5 years after moving in here... I did a mini-make-over a few years back but it still looked very missmatched and not as calm as I wished my bedroom would look. So I did some reseach and looked at thousends of pictures of bedrooms and draw some inspiration from the lovely bedroom in the holiday flat we rented in Brighton in September.

    What should I say? Switching perfectly well curtains and bedding for something new might not be simple living in the sense of redusing waste etc. but I now have a bedroom that makes me happy hopefully for years to come. Next step is having a look for an old dresser and nightstand to replace my current one.


    The biggest thing that I tried to simplify lately is food. I'm guilty for buying all these bits and bobs for a recipe and never use them again.... I found a bulk store lately, so decided to buy dry good there. Also I did a little rationbook challenge during October which went surprisingly well and decided to just go on like this, with slightly relaxed rules though, so some "modern" food is allowed to come back. But generally I'll try go do as much from scratch and sweets will stay rationed to encourage me to bake bisquits instead of buying them with tons of packaging.

    The nice side effect of the whole business is that I lost a good 8 lbs in the past 6 weeks....



    I did a little decluttering challenge, every now and then when I don't feel like turning everything upside down I just try to bin 50 random things and see how long it takes me. Took me two evenings and am now on 56 things inlcuding 13 dvds/cds, 11 books, some plates and crafting stuff and just some odd bits and bobs. Am very proud that I also binned a cat figure that I actually don't really like but kept as I got it from my grandad. But I decided that I have so many things with memories to him attached that I could very well part with one...



    Mrs SD you'll be like a child alone at home the next days and can do whatever you want :-) Enjoy it!


    Still haven't really thought about Christmas, besides the fact that I'll keep it simple. Did an advents calendar for my sister and a friend for years but it got increasingly difficult to come up with things to put in it so won't do any this year.
    Present wise I plan on knitting socks for my whole family (will start as soon my jumper is off the needle), my parents will also get tickets for the latest play of our drama group and grannys present is set too, as she always gets fancy body lotion that she would not buy herself and really loves. That basically leaves me short a present for my sister in addition to the sock and one for a friend. In case I don't find something nice for my sister she'll just get a gift card for the National Trust as she loves the blankets there.


    So, I'll be off the computer now to prepare dinner, a potato and leek bake inspired by Homity Pie without the pie base.... And since the oven is on already I'll also feel the sweets tin again as the base of the tin is showing through....



    Have a lovely evening!
    Resolution for 2018"Live better on less" - Less stuff, less waste, less silly spends but more make do and mend and more fun
    • bexster1975
    • By bexster1975 10th Nov 18, 6:28 PM
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    Hope you enjoy the new bedroom Ricarda. I am just finishing decorating mine too. Quite simplifying as lots decluttered, and very good price for paint and paper, plus own elbow grease.

    Office now completely decluttered so I hopefully will have a decluttered mind for my work!

    Hope your decluttering goes well Mrs SD. I think I have most of the ingredients in now for edible Christmas treats. I only have a couple of gifts left to buy for the big C. Have still got a few bits to make, but have all the stuff for that already.

    Bexster
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