What Does Simple Living Mean To You?

My friend Joel Zaslofsky from Value of Simple is running an interesting project called “What Simple Living Means To Me”.  It is part of his GREAT SimpleREV initiative that’s going to change the simple living world forever!

For the first time ever, all simple living advocates will gather in one place to connect, inspire and revive.

In this video, I’m sharing what simple living means to me. After watching, make sure to leave a comment below to share with us what simple living means to YOU.

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11 Responses to What Does Simple Living Mean To You?

  1. Beth DeRoos June 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Simple living for me means NO un-needed high tech stuff including apps, which take up valuable time and distract me. It means living in the now, not the past, not some dream future.

    Which is why I sold all the Lenox china and sterling silverware which was used a few times per year. Now we have one set of dishes (Fiestawware) and quality restaurant grade stainless silverware.

    Used to be I would buy ‘stuff’ for the future home I planned on having. Never stopping to think about how my tastes would change from ‘more’ to ‘less’, from clutter to a less is more lifestyle.

    There is a magazine called Real Simple, that I see at the grocery check out. Have looked at it and it simply encourages people to buy stuff. Thus as a simplicity lifestyle person I avoid being tricked into thinking if it has ‘simple’ in the title it may not be legitimately ‘simple’ when it comes to walking the simplicity talk.

    • Mohamed Tohami June 20, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Hi Beth, I like what you say about the magazine :). However, simplicity is not against buying things. If you buy what you need, use and enjoy then they is a smart choice. The point is that you shouldn’t buy unnecessary stuff, just because it is shiny!

    • Joel Zaslofsky June 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      I appreciate your version of simple, Beth. And I agree: just because something has “simple” in the name doesn’t mean it actually is simple or represents a wide-spread view of simplicity.

      Lots of people have told me that my Value of Simple website is decidedly *not* simple. And they’re right in a lot of ways. But we all have a unique perspective and I love hearing and seeing each one.

      Thanks for sharing what simple living means to you. Maybe you have a video or image in you to contribute to our SimpleREV project?

  2. Nina O. June 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    This was such an encouragement, and blessing to watch. I appreciate your vulnerability is sharing.

  3. CHERYL B. June 21, 2014 at 2:53 am #

    Simple living means to me something unusual– basic math. I love mathematics, especially fractions, and especially REDUCING FRACTIONS. I think of how the fraction ” 1/2 “can get blown up to huge fractions, like “100/200”. It is still 1/2 is easy to work with, but 100/200 is just too huge. When my “life fraction” grows from 1/2 to100/200 in possessions or commitments; then I try to reduce that fraction to its lowest possible fraction, that is easy to work with.

    I have found the HOW of reducing my life fraction in 3 ways.
    1– What are you willing to pay to move? Life is a journey anyway, so keep only those things you need on your journey through life.
    2 –Learn from how you live when you are traveling–you can very happily exist with only limited time and possessions. Also, traveling essentials get worn out rather easily, and have to be replaced. Therefore, you don’t keep that strong attachment to them. You can do this too with your life at home.
    3– I call this CHARITY PLUS”. Often, I need a little more help, than just giving things to charity. So I have established a close contact with the head of our local Goodwill donations. When I am having “trouble letting something go”, I call her for some short, informal encouragement to give. I feel she gives me a 5 minute therapy session over the phone on why Goodwill needs my specific donation. It helps that I know her individually, and I commit to deliver specific items to her, on a specific day. I find this contact with her much more helpful, than even help from my own family.

  4. joanna June 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    For me simplicity is owning less and buying better quality and as needed not falling for things I never knew I “needed”. Simplicity is living in moment not trying to get to next thing. Simplicity is breathing. It also is less filling of days with things. For me it is not doing / having things just BC other have people have them.

  5. CHERYL B. June 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Simple living means “slow down and think about it”.

    When I lived in Europe, I noticed the “slow” movement. By doing things more slowly- cooking, eating, shopping, studying- they do it more thoughtfully- and make a lot fewer mistakes and have fewer regrets.
    Just one small example–in Europe, I have seen whole families of about 30 relatives in a cake shop, helping the bride pick out a wedding cake over several hours. They were having so much fun, as a family event, that I had fun just watching them. And I assume a lot of discussion went on at home, even before they went to the cake shop. How much more fun and close this family was than working with an impersonal, expensive wedding planner.
    With that slow, careful decision-making, there are fewer regrets and less stress about wrong choices. That kind of “slow down and think about it” life style takes more time at the beginning but saves lots of time, money, and work in the end. And it brings families very, very close. It is these close experiences that are important in life, not things you bought.

    • Eddy B August 28, 2014 at 7:02 am #

      This is beautiful, Cheryl. That image of the family selecting the wedding cake will live with me a long time.


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