Nevertheless, I have already adopted a simpler lifestyle despite not being able to go 'the whole hog'. My interim simpler life consists of the following:-
- I save money for our future every month, by sticking to a cash budget and buying what I need rather than what I want.
- I eat healthily, making food from scratch and adopting a predominantly vegetarian diet.
- I have reduced the quantity of chemicals I expose my family to by making my own laundry liquid, handwash, soap and cleaning products.
- I try to use less of everything - turning the tap off when I brush my teeth, turning appliances off, turning lights off and also trying to use less product and re using when I can.
- I take longer over doing jobs so I can do it better, but also be fully aware of what I'm doing.
- I go at a slower pace, allowing myself to stop and appreciate my surroundings.
- I try to spend more time outside, either working in the garden, walking or just sitting listening to the birds.
- I don't go shopping (except for the food shop). This way I avoid seeing items I might like. I haven't bought a single item of clothing for eight months now and plan on carrying this on for the whole year. It's made a huge difference to how I view shops - it wasn't as if I particularly liked shopping before, but I can now be a targeted shopper, only picking up the exact item I need.
- I'm trying to make as many gifts as possible across the year, which not only saves money, but also gives me a good reason to be creative.
- I'm attempting to grow some of our own fruit and veg to help bolster our diet and our savings.
There are probably other small ways in which I have simplified my life and I know that there are more I'd like to do in the future. Every little bit has an impact on my life and that of my family. I know I still have a lot of new skills to learn, but this is the start of the rest of my life so there's no great rush!
What aspects of a simpler life would you consider to have the most positive impact?