Often 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Keeping it Simply,