We we love simple living ( yet aren’t minimalists)

 

We we love simple living but don't consider ourselves minimalists.

Over the past few years, our family has learned first hand how wonderful ( and sometimes challenging) it can be to embrace a slower, simpler lifestyle.

At times, we scaled back out of necessity, and now, we choose to live simply. And yet, we don’t consider ourselves minimalists.

In fact, we enjoy collecting hard-to-find things, such as vintage toys and even TV shows from the 80s that Billy and I both enjoyed when we were kids. And everyone in our house is a gamer!

Nor do we want to have a house that’s got that uber sterile, everything-is-perfect type of vibe.

I prefer a house that looks likes its lived in, and so does Kaya and Billy.

None of us has a capsule wardrobe, nor do we want one. And owning a set amount of possessions is of no interest to us.

Having a slower pace of life and prioritizing time spent with family is what we focus on.

To some, this does make us minimalists. And to others, it doesn’t.

You see, since the minimalist blogger scene has exploded, there have been subtle hints at what it minimalism should look like. While bloggers may say that there is no set of rules for the minimalist-seeker needs to follow, their is a sort of perception about what is and what is not a minimalist home.

Some say it’s owning 100 items. To others, it’s living in a tiny home or RV.

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As I’ve stressed in our blog posts, labels are limiting, and I don’t like using them. If you want to downsize and find happiness in living simply, follow your instincts and do thatIf you want to have only 100 items in your home, you can do that too!

But don’t feel that you have to adopt a certain lifestyle just because your favorite blogger tells you ( directly or indirectly) that it’s the best way to go.

Instead, follow your intuition and your budget. Converse with your family members about what brings them joy, and make a list of the things that your family values above all else. Then, seek to prioritize that list.

Having a slow-home or a simple lifestyle looks different in each household that chooses to embrace that lifestyle, and the same goes for minimalism.

Do/Own What Sparks Joy 

One of the many reasons we love the Konmari method is because Marie Kondo places an emphasis on keeping in our lives that which sparks joy. Not owning a certain number of items or comparing your home to Marie’s. No.

She places an emphasis on keeping the things that bring you joy.

This is SO KEY because Marie is basically saying that we are all unique, and our homes and lives will reflect that!! In Japan-the land of otaku culture- many people collect figurines and other kawaii items. Perhaps those that collect items ( like we do) don’t actually mind having more belongings, nor having a ton of white space in their home.

And what about fellow bibliophiles who feel happy when surrounded by books? Do you need to suddenly rid your house of them because you haven’t gotten around to reading them all, or because your fav minimalist blogger tells you to?

Marie Kondo’s method of owning and keeping only that which sparks joy is a fantastic way of figuring out the route to having a home that sparks joy for you, and can help you kick comparisonitus out the door.

I consider her method a sort of practical minimalism that’s flexible and that varies individual to individual, which is why the Konmari method has been so life-changing for us.

 

3 Powerful Books to help you live simply

Looking to adopt a slower, simpler lifestyle? These 3 inspiring books will help you and your family simplify.

If you’re interested in adopting a simple, creative, and slow-paced lifestyle but aren’t sure where to start, here are some fantastic books on simple living that are geared to helping families. Because if you’re like me, chances are you’ll find some of the uber minimalist books available to be either too limiting ( or placing a strict limit on what you own ) or geared to singles. Thankfully, more and more parents are writing books that give simple living tips for families, and that have doable suggestions that you can tailor to your family and lifestyle goals.

 In today’s post, I want to share with you the three books that have had a huge impact on our family’s life, and that I think you too will find helpful on your path to a slower lifestyle.

Living Simply With Children by Marie Sherlock

This book served as incredible inspiration for our journey to intentional, simple living on our terms.

Loaded with examples of different families who chose to live simply, this book gives you great tips, regardless of where you live. It also gives great advice for single parents and those that choose to work part time, full times, or are a stay at home parent.

Living Simply With Children talks alot about buying less and downsizing, as well as steering away from purchasing from name brands and big companies.

I love this book so much I constantly refer back to it and recommend it to friends!

Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman

Talk about a book that made me reflect on how I approach my business and life! Simply Tuesday is not only well-written but it delivers a powerful message for those of us that are caught up in wanting to do more and be more. This book emphasizes the importance of being small, and not having the size of influence that we want ( which is especially applicable to us entrepreneurs).

The book is named after a somewhat ordinary day of the week that we can all learn to actually value, even if it’s laundry day or has nothing eventful going on. In fact, that’s exactly why Freeman wants you to recognize it: if small things don’t matter, then what does?

If if you’re looking to savour your life more, his book is a must-read!

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Radical Homemakers by Dr. Shannon Hayes

Are you yearning to make more of your belongings are participate more in your local community, or downsize? Do you want to be a home-based parent but feel shamed by society for your choice? Then this book is for you!

The author grew up on a farm until she left to pursue her academic career, only to return to farm-life when she had her family. What I find fascinating is Shannon’s academic perspective on modern day feminism and homemaking, and how she devilifies the role of a homemaker. However, she does go in depth into the benefits of the feminist movement and also breaks the myth that homesteading was just for women.

She interviews families and individuals from around the U.S. who are living simply and are adding to their local economy through creating crafts or putting their skills to use in exchange for things. Whether you’re a single parent that’s working full-time or are even a newly wed, this book will give you loads of food for thought. My advice is not to get overwhelmed and think you need to start making everything to replace what you own.

I will probably never make my clothes ( I can barely sew a button on my husband’s shirt haha) but I’ve spent some time thinking about how I can help our local community more through cooking, teaching marketing skills, and also giving wellness tips. I have in fact given marketing advice in exchange for gluten free bread from my Cordon Bleu-trained neighbor! #whynot

While some of the concepts discussed in this book may seem radical ( hence the title), I love this book and read it cover to cover in a short period of time. It goes over the history of homesteading and also the industrial revolution and why we should strive to buy less and make more.

What are you favorite books on simple living?