Thoughts on Simple Living
Merissa has a great post on her blog Little House Living about simple living and is it even possible in today's world. It's a great post, and she has a great blog so hop on over there and give it a read.
And then come back. I'll wait.
You're back? Good.
I agree completely that living simply is something we can do even now in the world of instant at our fingertip touch communication, convenience frozen anything, and cheap throw away fashion. As she states, you don't have to go completely Amish.
You don't have to be a totally off the grid, end of the world conspiracy believing, tinfoil hat wearing loony.
I think you get the drift.
Then what the heck am I talking about then? Simplifying doesn't mean denying yourself the things you love, just taking away the things that distract you. To me simplifying means learning how to do more with less. I apply this to cooking, clothes, stuff for my house, etc. To me simplifying means enjoying the things that make me happy. To me simplifying means learning to find the joy in the simple things in life.
And that's not to say I don't have stuff. I don't live a minimalist lifestyle by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I've learned to strike a balance. Here's my top simple living choices.
|Homemade broccoli and cheese soup and bread|
1. I cook from scratch where I can and when it's feasible and practical. I don't make everything from scratch, there's no way I can and work a 40 hour a week job and take care of a toddler, but I do it where I can. For example a bag of self rising flour will make biscuits, pancakes, gravy, dumplings, pizza in a pinch, cakes, cookies, quick breads, cobbler, etc. No need to buy those things individually when they all have basically the same ingredients. And yes from time to time I buy a bag of cookies because I just don't want to make the darn things.
2. We eat out sparingly. We eat at home. A LOT. It's cheaper, it's better for the waistline and blood pressure, and we spend quality time together at the dinner table. All good things. Also the hubby makes a darn fine steak and I would honestly rather eat his than most restaurants.
|Wine and sewing: Always a good combination|
|It's almost this time again!|
|Getting dirty does not require cute clothes|
|Super sleepy and riding home with our new ball yesterday|
7. I make a lot of my own household cleaners. Yep, I'm that kind of crazy. I've cleaned with baking soda for years but after I had Allie I started looking at the stuff I was cleaning with and decided that I didn't want all that chemical laden stuff around her. I use baking soda, salt, lemon juice, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide for most things and it works. I don't have to use gloves to clean with it and if she accidentally got into a bottle of vinegar, what's the worst that could happen? It's also dirt cheap. End of story.
To me these are pretty simple and I'm probably restating what's been restated a dozen times before. And I'm not perfect. I love a frozen pizza as good as the next person. I made cupcakes for Allie's daycare last night with a Duncan Hines cake mix and bought frosting.
No one's perfect and Momma stayed up way past her bedtime as it was to get those cupcakes done.
But, those times I do choose to make my own pizza, shirt, or whatever are the times I enjoy the most. I get way more satisfaction out of making things with my own two hands than buying it in a store. I like that feeling I get with providing for my family with just a few simple ingredients.
Makes me feel all Laura Ingalls Wilder. All I need is a bonnet and an apron.
What do you do to simplify your life gentle readers? Do you think I'm an absolute tinfoil hat wearing nut? Let me know in the comments below. And if you read and got through all this, here - you deserve one of Allie's strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing.
I may or may not have had one for breakfast.
Have a great weekend my lovelies!