First, we are not your typical 'simple living family.' Most of the sites I have seen are young couples with young children living somewhere that is not expensive and doing things that are impossible for us to do in the suburbs. Or, what they are sharing does not apply to us at all (like homeschooling). We are older - yes I said older, not old. I just turned 50 and my husband is in his early 50's. Our children are mostly grown with our youngest graduating this spring.
That's why we have decided we need to stay in the suburbs for now. Not that it's terrible, mind you, but it would not be our first choice. Not only is it very expensive, but it is very densely populated and super stressful! The roads are crowded, the stores are ridiculous, and it just keeps getting worse. So many people are in a rush that they are just downright rude and don't seem to have time to care about anyone or anything but themselves. We would prefer a more rural location with a lot more property and slower-paced less-stressed out people, but that will come in the future after our last child is done with college and we are ready to retire. For now, this is where our careers are. This is where our children are. This is where the majority of our extended family is. So here we are making the most of it and keeping it as simple as possible!
I have literally been simplifying my life all my life in order to decrease potential stress and anxiety! It is only in the past few years that I have consciously made major, sometimes difficult, changes in the simplification 'process.' In the long run however, these major changes were for the greater good of the family, for personal health and well being, or both! In other words, well worth it.
Also know that some of the simplifying we have done wasn't really simple to accomplish, it just helps make life simpler in the long run, or sometimes just healthier. Take growing our own food for example. We started with a small vegetable garden and each year the garden has expanded and grown and changed as we learned what worked and didn't work. It takes work to have a garden, but the benefits of healthy, organically grown food for our family makes it worthwhile! We 'adopted' chickens and they provide us with fresh eggs every day, but they do require daily maintenance and care. We have minimized our home life, minimized our bills and debt, and we are currently working on saving money to purchase land in a more rural area in the next few years (the dream of moving to a rural area is still alive and well!) but the point is that simpler does not mean easier. ****UPDATE***** LAND WAS PURCHASED!!! FIRST STEP HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
This site is about sharing what we have done, and what we continue to do in creating our simpler life so that you can start creating your simpler life too! Everything we will share on this site and on the blog can apply to anyone of any age at any time. We are not perfect and there may be better ways to do some of the things we will share, but we are constantly working to be simple, simple, simple! The bottom line is that we are truly happier and healthier and you can be too!