Living Fairly Simply

Today I made a list of things that are important to me. The last thing on my list was Living fairly simply.

I recently came across a blog called Simple Mom and it’s given me a lot of ideas and inspiration to strive to live more simply.

Aaron and I live a pretty simple life as it is compared to most young couples.

  • We live in a small, super cheap house (about the price of a new Honda, no joke).
  • We don’t have cable or a home phone.
  • We cook most of our own meals and pack lunches.
  • We bike to and from work 3-4 days a week (our bikes below)
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  • We have a garden to try to grow some of our own vegetables (and will hopefully expand on this next year and plan it out better so we don’t have to live solely on kale and zucchini).
  • We are really into DIY and repurposing. We both love thrift stores and yard sales much more than shopping for new things. Have you noticed our love affair with Construction Junction and spray paint?

We already live a simple life but I (likely we) would like to simplify even more. We never want to buy a big, expensive house and have an equally big, expensive mortgage payment. No thank you. I would like to never have a mortgage payment with 4 digits; preferably we’d like to keep it much lower.

We have been acquiring quite a lot of stuff lately – I have about 10 projects going right now but I would like to work on getting rid of things and organization.

I was reading a blog yesterday that made a list of sure fire ways to Clutter your Home. Funny. One of the things they listed was:

Keep every last magazine you get. Make big stacks with them. One day, it’ll be an awesome side table.

Ha! I totally do this. I have every Martha Stewart Living and Food Network Magazine I’ve ever received. I’m going to purge. I’m going to get rid of the paper. We have way too much paper in our house and we don’t need it. I’m going to come up with a better organization system for sorting mail because we have piles of mail everywhere. Eventually we get sick of the piles, gather them, take them upstairs to the “office” and make one big pile! That’s no better.

I’m on a mission to simplify. I want to buy less stuff. I want to buy things that are important and useful. I’m not going to Keep two of everything. I really don’t need three whisks or 6 black tank tops. I don’t want to become obsessed with my stuff. I don’t want to idolize my stuff. I want to spend my (our) time and money doing things that will create memories rather than buying things that will just take up space.

Today seems like a good day to start to really embrace the simple life. Aaron and I have been married for over a year (1 year, 1 month and 1 day). We’re more settled into this new routine so now we can begin to live the life that we want to live for the rest of our lives.

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