Putting this out there to see what everyone has to say about this subject. I've been thinking about this alot lately while trying to get the clutter out of my life. To me it comes down to prioritizing what is important to you in your own life and minimizing the stuff that isn't important. What does Simple Living mean for you?

Views: 1164

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

For me, it means having less 'stuff' and staying out of debt. Fortunately, I'm not married and don't have any children. I rent the downstairs portion of my friend's house and have very few bills. I'm always trying to 'streamline' my life. I still buy stuff, but I've implemented the 'buy one thing and get rid of two things' rule. Now I just have to figure out a way to get rid of some of my books.

Here are some blogs I subscribe to: http://zenhabits.net/" target="_blank">
http://www.becomingminimalist.com/" target="_blank">
Awesome! I definitely love the bring one thing in get one thing out rule. I am continually trying to implement that in my household. It is very tough with a wife and three kids though. :)

Yeah and zen habits is definitly a great site.
(1 wife + 1 son) x (2 stepsons + [1 ex husband - hers, not mine]) = nothing simple about it.

HOWEVER...you do what you can. I'm trying to reduce the number of TV's and gaming platforms in the house, as well as build an outdoor gym when I have a bit of money (will document it - monkey bars, etc..) and then a garden next year, with the canning that goes along with it.

Good luck to you.
I hear ya, Joseph. My girlfriend has a daughter and an estranged husband - they've been separated for four years but are still friends. And the daughter is not his. So, nothing simple about that, but that's her deal - I stay out of it as much as possible. However, the 'husband' and I get along well together - have similar interests, etc. In fact, we all had Thanksgiving dinner at the gf's brother's house last year - had a great time. We're all adults.
Joseph, I'm really looking forward to seeing your outdoor gym when you have time. I'm always looking for new ideas.
Simple living, now that I'm married, is no longer a goal of mine. For one thing, it's not a goal of hers, and I don't want a struggle on it. For another, what we really need to do is build up a nest egg. For another...I already love throwing things out! Although I know there's more to simplicity than that.
Exactly what I think more people should strive towards. Being more self sufficient. Earning your way not being given everything.
I lookup to musicians a lot- maybe its a good thing, maybe its bad. Either way, there's this certain quality that I see in people like Bono, and Bruce Springsteen, and Lil Wayne. They all have an image in their mind of the people they want to become- and they're focused on that goal alone. For me, thats the mark of a simple life. I think you can live in an elaborate mansion, with gaudy art and furniture, but still live the "simple life" if your goal is to live life in that way. Simple living, for me, is about directing your the energy of your life towards whatever goals you have, whatever your sense of purpose is, and disregarding the rest. The "stuff" that keeps us from living a simple life is usually material, but it can also be emotional, or physical- we can own a lot more things with our mind that arent good for us than we can with our bank account.
This was not at all my definition..... but after considering it, perhaps my definition needs to be adapted. Thanks
A Simple Life can not be confused with a simplistic life or a monastic life. It seems to me that avoiding acquisition of the "item of the moment" is a great simplifier. That keeps you from having a bunch of "stuff" that you need to keep track of (and in the case of electronic toys, the chargers, batteries, game cartridges, connector cables also have to be "tracked").
While not going to the Thoreauvian extreme of wearing patched clothing everywhere, one's wardrobe can be far more extensive than necessary.
A simple way of achieving a Simple Life are three rules. "Put it away when you're done with it." "A place for everything and everything in its place." "Think before you buy." Following those will cut more stress and heartache out of family life than anything else.
Yeah, I've always put things away when done with them - like clothes. I don't understand people (adults) who throw their clothes all over the floor - just have to puck them up.
It's not even throwing clothes on the floor. It's the not putting the homework in the backpack and not putting the backpack by the door type of stuff that challenges one's sanity. My son went through several months of not being able to find his shoes in the morning...and I went mildly insane trying to figure out how one 7-year old could lose the left shoe out of four different pairs, every evening.

RSS

Latest Activity

Kevin Collier replied to Ian Wilson's discussion don't hand me a fish; teach me how to fish. in the group Concealed Carry Club
"The MecGars are excellent mags, they actually make most of Sig's and Walther's magazines for them. As i am a huge fan of Sig, I like your choice in handguns."
11 minutes ago
Kevin Collier replied to Jonathan Stone's discussion Getty/Dubay and the fountain pen in the group Fountain Pens
"A fountain pen will often force you to slow down a bit. it also has an elegance that encourages me to write better. Quink is a great choice for a Lefty, as it was developed as a Quick Ink", hence it's name."
13 minutes ago
Scott Makorow joined Sam Spade's group
Thumbnail

Personal Finance

This group is the place to be if you have questions or advice on anything related to getting out of debt, investing, saving money, or creating a household budget.
38 minutes ago
Profile IconScott Makorow, Tom Kenyon and Bill Anderson joined Nolan Poulson's group
Thumbnail

The Barbershop

It's just seems natural that Art of Manliness should have a barbershop group.  My intent of this group is to gather and share general thoughts and experiences concerning barbershops. Anything from a good barbershop that you have found  to pictures and stories of shops you have visited to discussing anything barbershop.  See More
43 minutes ago
The One They Call Alex updated their profile
58 minutes ago
Michael Shaw replied to Alberto's discussion Push-ups
"Try the 100 pushups plan.  I made it through the program and maxed out at 70 consecutive before I moved on to a different exercise. http://hundredpushups.com/"
1 hour ago
Josh Allen commented on Josh Allen's video
Thumbnail

Josh100LuBu - How To Sashay (HD)

"I don't understand. Speak plainly."
1 hour ago
John Lee Pettimore commented on Josh Allen's video
1 hour ago

© 2014   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service