A Simplified Life Is Not Always A Homesteading Life & Our Families Continuing Journey

Homesteading Life with LogoOften I think we make the assumption that a simplified life means a homesteading life.  While homesteading can lead to a simplified life, it doesn’t mean that pursuing a simplified life must lead to a homesteading life.

Learning to lead a simplified life is all about a conscious choice to live with less. Period.  It doesn’t matter if you have 100 acres, 5 acres or live in the suburbs or the heart of the city – you can lead a simplified life by making a conscious choice to do so.

For our family, we happen to already live on a farm, so part of simplifying life for us encompasses our homesteading choices.

However, it doesn’t make it easier to lead a simplified life.  I know plenty of homesteaders who’s life is anything but simple. 

I say all that to encourage you that no matter the lifestyle you have chosen to live, you CAN pursue a simplified life.  A Simplified Life is simply a conscious choice to live with less so you can live and experience life more.

For our family, simplifying life has lead us to some surprising, but exciting things, especially since we will be moving out of our current home soon.

A few months ago, when we began talking about this upcoming move, we realized it was the perfect opportunity to really dive deep into leading a simplified life.  For our family that means these 2 things:

  • Simplified Possessions – Living with only what we truly need and the handful of sentimental items we own.  It’s amazing how little we truly need.  So much of what is in our homes is decoration and not useful towards actual living.
  • Simplified Housing – Right now, our mortgage takes up a good portion of our budget. We are looking to reduce our housing expense so that we can focus those funds on things that are more important to us.

As we gear up for our upcoming move we are taking some strong steps in each area.

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So far we have gone through almost every area of our home.  We have analyzed and decided on what goes and what stays.  Depending on the item, we have either donated it to charity, sent it off to the thrift store, blessed another family or sold the items. I can’t began to tell you just how freeing it has been

  Many times we can hold onto excess items out of fear or because we have bought into the lie that success is owning lots of stuff.

 We trade up to bigger houses and rent out storage buildings to hold our stuff, leading to bigger bills and more debt.  To our family, that’s not success, that’s bondage. 

For our family, less stuff and a smaller (more affordable) space, leads to a greater freedom to travel, be involved, give and live life in a more abundant way then what we previously known.


Simplified Housing 

We have a beautiful house.  We have loved living here.  Our kids have done much of their growing in this place.  We have some great friends and neighbors nearby.  But it all comes at a cost.  A bigger cost than we want to give anymore.  Plus, our current location is further away from our extended family and we have a desire to move closer to them.  Specifically, we want to be close to our parents as they age so that we can be of help to them as they need us.

So while we have enjoyed this place for the past 6 years, we know it is time to move on from here.  To do that means that we have started downsizing our farm.  Today, because of our impending move, we are down to two horse, two dogs and two cats.  We still love the homesteading life, but for this season we are stepping away from this particular lifestyle to get re-situated closer to family. 

 

 

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Simplified Living – Not A One Size Fits All

Realize that our journey to simplify our lives will look different than yours.  We are all unique human beings.  We all have different talents, skills, dreams and goals.  However, I believe strongly that when we choose to simplify our lives, even in little ways, the benefits to ourselves, family and community will reap a huge return.

Maybe you have already started down your own road to a more simplified life.  Way to go! Keep going. 

Or Maybe you have yet to start but desire to get going in this journey.  That’s awesome and we are cheering you on as you do.

Feel free to send me your questions, thoughts and especially, your stories.  We love to hear your stories, as they inspire and challenge each of us.  You can either comment below or send them to us by the contact form on the main page.

Keeping it Simply,

~Victoria

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  1. Danielle @ Where's the Mama
    Danielle @ Where's the Mama says:

    I admire what you guys are doing. It’s nice to see less focus on materialism and more on what truly matters. I was just telling a friend the other day that as my husband and I “move up” in the world, I want a simpler and simpler life. We are far from there, but my next step is donating 90% of of my kids’ toys. Good luck on finding a home!

    • Victoria Mininger
      Victoria Mininger says:

      Thank you Danielle – Simplifying life is certainly a process. Thank you for stopping by and joining the conversation. Let me know how it goes with the kids toys – we just finished that process ourselves.

  2. John
    John says:

    great article, loaded your blog into feedly. You do know about the spelling mistake in your header image right ?

  3. Lacey Charrene
    Lacey Charrene says:

    Love this! And completely agree. We recently left our little homestead and moved to a townhome TO SIMPLIFY even more. It’s definitely not a one size fits all. Thanks for this post, love it!

    • Victoria Mininger
      Victoria Mininger says:

      You are welcome Lacey – Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience with us. It’s good to hear how others are simplifying and making transitions in their lives.

  4. Ann
    Ann says:

    We downsized to a house less than half the size of our previous house, which allowed us such financial freedom! As we grow older(both of us are now in our 50’s), we are making wiser choices about how and where our money goes. Having “more” things doesn’t mean more happiness. In fact, it’s just the opposite, in the long run. Thanks for sharing.

    • Victoria Mininger
      Victoria Mininger says:

      I couldn’t agree more Ann. I wish at times that I had learned these lessons a lot sooner and not waited so long to make changes – but I suppose that is what living and learning is all about. When are also looking forward to the cost savings when we downsize. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. Charlotte
    Charlotte says:

    Great post! I agree with you. I am also taking the path of a simplified life. Trying to reach a more sustainable living in all areas. Your ideas and tips are so inspiring and thought-triggering. I am so glad I found your blog and will follow you. Have a great weekend!

  6. Lindsey
    Lindsey says:

    Oh I love everything about this. Simplifying is something that’s been on my mind a lot recently! Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop! 🙂

  7. Jenny @ Women With Intention
    Jenny @ Women With Intention says:

    I love what you are doing. In some ways we are doing the same thing but yet completely opposite. We are in the process of building a home. And it’s not small. However, we have a larger family and want room for family to stay if needed, a place for the kids to come home to, and because we’re building on family land, it’s our permanent home. (It’s also a mile from my in-laws and about 15 minutes from my mom).

    But we are going through and getting rid of so much stuff in the process. It’s freeing.

    Best of luck in your journey, it sounds amazing!

    • Victoria Mininger
      Victoria Mininger says:

      That is exciting Jenny! Many blessings to you as you build your family hone and welcome all those who come through your door. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing part of your journey with us. ~Victoria

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