STEP #1: Be interested in living simply.
If you landed on this page chances are you're interested in living simply. Congratulations! Step one is complete!
In all seriousness though, if you don't have an interest a drive or a passion for living this kind of life, it's going to be a harder journey than it needs to be. There is so much joy to be found in living simply, and so much more to get from life when you cut out all the excess. If you feel it's a journey you need to take, but aren't too keen to get started, or if you started out excited and lost your passion, take some time and research. Find books at the library, check out simple living on Pinterest or You tube, or find some simple living blogs to follow. All of these have some great inspiring photo's, tips and stories and you're sure to find something to get you back in the swing of things, remembering or seeing for the first time the amazing opportunities that a simple life can bring.
Feel free to check out some of my Pinterest boards to get you started: I would love to check out your board on simplicity if you leave it in the comments.
We also enjoy getting inspired by watching these shows on you tube:
- Little House on the Prairie
- Frontier House
- Victorian Farm
- Edwardian Farm
- Wartime Farm
- and general homesteading clips we come across.
STEP #2: Question your heart and your reasons for wanting to do this.
Determine if this path to simple living is God's idea for your life, or just your own desire. Again, research. Pick up your bible and read about how God intended for us to live, and how Jesus lived. Anything you can find on material possessions, and God's provision would be a great way to start. If this is the life He wants you to live, He will make it abundantly clear to you as you spend time reading your bible and seeking Him in prayer. Then, if it is what He wants, by all means, seek His path with all your heart, and if it's not, keep praying and reading to find out what He does have planned for you.
STEP #3: Keep Moving Forward
It's all fine and dandy to have grand dreams of a 50 acre farm, a homestead you built with trees from your own property, a grand orchard, and to live completely off the land. But if you're like us, in a low one income family, renting, and struggling to make ends meet, and 1 acre of that land is almost more than you could pay off in your lifetime, you need to take baby steps. Make smaller goals to get you to the big one, and take baby steps towards those. Don't give up on that dream if it gives you passion and motivation to move forward, but be realistic with what you can do now, and there's a lot! Change what you can now, slowly, and simply. This is about simple living, no need to complicate things. ;)
STEP #4: Dig Deeper
Don't give up on seeking God's will on this. Always be open to His guidance and correction. Even if we know the direction He wants to take us, it doesn't mean we know the ins and outs of the landscape He's taking us through. We can't go it alone.
For Example: For years I sought a way to simplify our laundry system. Baskets, schedules, separate closets, family closet, closet organizers, everything you could think of, except the one thing I should have been focusing on...less. Simple living shouldn't be about organizing and scheduling the stuff in your life, it should be about having less stuff in the way of living your life for God.
Over the past couple months we've been taking baby steps towards this goal. We're getting rid of it all! Okay not really, but we're getting rid of most of it. We now have all our clothes in one closet. Our entire family of 8 has their clothes hanging in that one closet (and no, it's not a walk in), with the exception of socks, underwear and pajamas which are in a shared small tote for the young girls, and a couple boxes for us older ones. That's it, and we're not done yet. Baby steps remember! ;) We've got more to sort and get rid of, and we're going through a period of testing to see what it is we really wear, what we need for each season, and how many outfits one person really needs to get through the week.
Really, how many outfits did each person have 30 years ago? 50? 100? During Jesus' time? How many articles of clothing would you want to wash each week if you had to wash them all by hand?
Keep in mind that your idea of simple living might be to buy new stuff to simplify your laundry situation, and maybe that's where you are right now and that's fine (baby steps). But as you move forward you might find God may be taking you down a path that ends in you living with 1-3 outfits and hand washing them outside in a tub. Be open, move forward and keep digging, guaranteed He'll show you new and better ways to do things as you go along.
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