How We Live Simply

by simplylife on May 12, 2014

Simplicity.

It’s something my husband and I are constantly striving for in our lives.  In the foods we eat, the items we own and they way we live.  Though we’re still far from where we’d like to be, here are a few things we have found that have helped to create simple living:

  • Get rid of something old whenever we bring home something new.  If I really need a new pair of running shoes, it must mean it’s time to get rid of the last pair.  I used to want to hold onto items in case of “what if” scenarios, but really, how many times do you lose a pair of running shoes and are relieved to know you’ve held onto that other pair that no longer supported your soles?  This rule not only applies to shoes, but shirts, coats, scarves, accessories, etc.

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  • After I wear (and wash) an item, I hang it back up on the far left side of the closet.  I used to have my closet organized by the type of clothing (sweaters, blouses, etc.), but I find that I would still reach for the same handful of items, so having them close together hasn’t made much of a difference.  It has, however, made it much more obvious which items I’m not wearing and can easily say goodbye to (almost the entire right half of my closet!).

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  • If we’re going to buy something decorative, we try to also makes sure it could serve a purpose.  For example, baskets in different shapes and colors look nice, while also helping us stay organized!

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One of the ways I strive for simplicity is on the nutrition label of the foods I’m buying.  So when I had the chance to try Taste Nirvana I was very excited.  The ingredient list on their Real Coconut Water: Natural Coconut Water & Coconut Pulp.  Doesn’t get simpler than that!

Every Taste Nirvana product is originally from Thailand and their production process is based in Thailand as well. The coconuts in Thailand grow in the perfect weather and soil condition which makes their products unique.  Part of their mission is to “provide the most authentic and real food experiences in which the country of origins intended” and to educate their customers of history and culture of the food they make.  Also, Taste Nirvana products are packaged with recyclable glass bottles and BPA free cans. They offer Real Coconut Water, Real Coconut Pulp, Real Coco Aloe and Real Coconut Water with Thai Chili Extract in addition to a coffee line and some other food products.

While I must admit, I’m simply not much of a coconut water fan, I did enjoy the slightly sweet and refreshing taste of the Real Coconut Water.

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~What are things you do to live simply?

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    I love your tips and methods for living simply! And that coconut water sounds refreshing :)

  • http://livingthegourmet.blogspot.com/ Lady Gourmet

    Very sensible tips to life and the coconut water sounds wonderful too. Blessings, Catherine

  • http://www.bitesizedthoughts.com/ Kari

    I love that idea of putting your clothes on the left side and getting rid of the ones that never rotate around! I aspire to simplify our ‘stuff’ but it is a slow process – running shoes are a prime example as I do hoard old ones! Your tips are fantastic :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      It is definitely a slow process!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I stopped going into stores (like clothing stores, etc.) for the most part. I go to buy a gift here and there, or occasionally while on vacation … but basically I just stopped looking at things, which has led to me not buying things. I don’t need anymore stuff.

    • Kwita

      I’m trying to get there. I’m an on-the-mend compulsive,obsessive shopoholic, and I’ll take some time to get where you are. *That’ll* be so liberating. I’m still in awe of people who go to stores (even grocery stores) and walk out with just one product :)

  • http://gobakeyourself.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    Sensible and healthy and fresh tips, I love your lifestyle :D
    It is ideal!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    http://gobakeyourself.com/

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    I really need to start taking on some of these tips! I feel like all the.boy and I do is accumulate things!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    We are striving to live simply as well (and frugally/sustainably). We’ve been slowly clearing out our clutter by getting rid of things we don’t need/use anymore. It actually makes me feel great. I love having things cleaned and organized and not a lot of stuff around.

  • Kwita

    I’m going to try and see if the trick of hanging newly washed clothes on one side of the closet will work for me. My closet sure needs some pruning.
    I recently started buying only fresh vegetable (nothing that has seen the inside of a freezer) and cooking fresh meals for my family. The meals are tastier, healthier and big money-savers (because I plan ahead and don’t stuff the fridge with vegetables I won’t use in the next 48 hours).

  • Decocinasytacones

    I wish I could live simplier I suppose…we´re now empty nested..so I think this is quite simply….I love to cook…take care of my plants…go shopping for groceries to our farm, socialize…..I don´t know….

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