There are so many ways to approach living simply, and all of them seem good.

Choosing a minimalist path in our current economy is just going with the flow and finding the fun in frugal.  Environmental issues all involve slowing the speed with which we are burning through the resources of the planet.  And peace of mind is easier to achieve with fewer material acquisition and maintenance issues crowding our consciousness.

That being said, it’s not easy to break materialist habits and jettison possessions.

Here are some sites that offer inspiration and practical advice on how to live happily with less.

100 Ways to Simplify Your Life

Francine Jay, author of The Joy of Less and Frugilionaire has put together a list of 100 ways to simplify your life.  There have got to be a few in there that we can all put to immediate use

28 Benefits of Minimalism

A family of four living in Essex, Vermont, are a great example of how to live minimally with young children.    They have compiled a list of 28 benefits of minimalism that is truly inspiring.

72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life

Zen Habits website is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.  Leo Babauta has written several books on simple living can light the way.



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  1. 1. Learning to patch clothes so they are perfectly serviceable for use in the garden and similar work.
    2. Being prepared to put time and effort into processing the food in the garden so it lasts through the winter. This reduces costs and outlays and means I don’t have to go out and earn the money to buy food and much more enjoyable too
    3. Taking time to help neighbours brings many rewards including reciprocal help when needed which beats having to pay professionals all the time.

  2. Those are three excellent ways to make life better as well as simpler. I couldn’t have put it better and totally agree.

    Mending is an art that needs to be re-incorporated. My grandma could mend just about anything, and did. And when the day finally came when a garment could not be mended again, she cut all the good parts out and stitched them into quilts. I still have several of her quilts and can recognize some of the fabrics from my own wardrobe and those of people I love.

    Thank you, so much Joanna, for reminding me on this hot, muggy morning of the many joys a simple blanket can bring.

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