Why The Simple Life?

I was recently asked why were we looking to simplify our lives? I think that the person asking the question was looking for a succinct answer – concise and easy to understand – unfortunately all they got was me rambling on.

Which is probably how this post will come across for which I apologise in advance. You see I don’t really think that there is an easy way to explain what we are doing mainly because we are doing it for various reasons.

So why are we doing it?

One of the reasons we are doing it is that by reducing our consumption it allows us to free up our income for other things. By not subscribing to keeping up with the Jones’ we are able to spend our income on the things that matter to us and eventually we hope that this will enable us to reduce the time we spend earning money.

At the moment our short term goal is that it enables us to save for our Son’s higher education, should he wish to study further. With university course fees costing as much as £9,000 per year ( I hate to think how much this will have risen by the time he goes) we want to be able to help him by not having to start his adult life with thousands of pounds worth of debt (and of course if this isn’t the path he wishes to follow we will have a nice safety net for when we finally give up the day jobs).

The long term goal is that by living simply it will allow us to reduce the time we spend earning money. Looking at it at a basic level the more money that we spend equates to the more time we have to spend earning it which means that we spend less time doing the things that we want to.

Simple living is fast become a way of life to us. It isn’t just about getting rid of stuff, decluttering and getting organized, although this certainly helps with simplifying life.  It’s about focusing on our priorities in life and for me living a simple life really does help me recognize the important stuff.

In the past I spent money on stuff thinking that it would make me happy. It didn’t of course because most of what I bought had no real purpose, it was a want rather than a need, put into my head by some clever marketing ploy.

As we have simplified our lives alot of those wants have disappeared. Of course I still want things but those wants have altered, where as once a new handbag may have topped my list now it’s more likely to be something with a purpose such as a new spade or a packet of seeds.

So the next time someone asks us why we are doing all this the answer will be simple – I’ll just tell them to read this post.
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4 thoughts on “Why The Simple Life?

  1. carinaofdevon says:

    Hi Mrs S….the seemingly simple questions are often the most difficult to answer. You know why you do what you do, but to make it clear to someone else isn’t always easy. Something that’s important to me – and I imagine is important to you too – is increasing our self-reliance as a family. We more things we do for ourselves the less reliant we are on other, commercial and expensive solutions. It feels good to grow your own food, repair your own engine, make your own Christmas cards, and on and on. I know what’s best for me and my family and I don’t need some marketing company or the government trying to convince me that they have my family’s best interests at heart. And opting for simplicity means we get to spend more time to learn about and from each other as a family, and we have time to understand our home (in my case the boat) and learn how to take care of it and fix it and make it work. There’s no greater sense of accomplishment than knowing you have done something for yourself. I hope I can instil that sense of self-reliance and accomplishment in my girls.

  2. Mrs Simplicity says:

    Hi there,
    I agree whole heartedly with your comment. There is something so satisfying with taking back the control of your lives and I think that by doing so sets the greatest example to our children. Hopefully it will show them that they don’t have to follow the same path as everyone else out there and that you actually have a choice in how you choose to live.

    On another note I was thinking about you yesterday and how wonderful it must be on the boat in this sunshine that we are having, I’m not envious much, honest 🙂

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