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What does living the simple life mean?

Living the simple life is a voluntary lifestyle choice distinct from those living in forced poverty. It involves choosing and making  a number of different voluntary changes to simplify our lifestyle.

For some people it means; 

  • Minimalism, simply put that means reducing our possessions.
  • To others it means  increasing Self-sustainability and Self-sufficiency to a point where we become less or even totally independent of others and any help the state may offer.


Living the Simple life means different things to different people.

So I asked a few people what it meant to them  and this is what they said;

How to live the simple life


My Simple Life.


I have lived a simple life for many years because I can't afford any other way. I was lucky enough to be left a small cottage, so don't have a mortgage.

I don't own a car so walk most everywhere, walking has kept me fit, but arthritis has now kicked in making long walks to the supermarket impossible. So, I now rely on the local shop or bus service, but both add to my cost of living.

I still have my Mum's old furniture, but her old washing machine has finally packed up, but as it's just me these days I do my washing by hand.

I have a wood burning stove I use for cooking and heating in winter. So keep electricity bills down as long as I can get out to collect wood and cut it up.

When I can afford it I'm going to replace my laying hens that were killed by a fox, but first need to rebuild the run to make it fox proof.

One downside to this simple life is that my daughter who married into a well-off family no longer visits me with my grandchild.

About me living simply

I have lived simply in my life for many years because it is a mindset/belief of mine.

Some of the ways in which I act: use a car as little as possible (walk or catch the bus). I have acquired few consumer white goods, use old furniture, minimise electricity usage. I buy new clothes extremely rarely, I use charity shops, recycle as much as possible, which is a lot these days, e.g. recently took a boot load of scrap metal of all types from a collection in a garage including old wires, etc. to the scrap metal merchant. I have been a sustainability representative at work.

In the spring planting seeds and seeing them germinating and growing is my simple pleasure, watching little leaves form. So, for me, simplicity means getting back in touch with nature. I'm definitely not a gardener, but it is cheap and fun and I enjoy eating the stuff I grow. I wish I could grow enough to live on without working, but it wouldn't be simple then would it!


For me, a simpler life is a less cluttered life. I'm trying to grow most of my own vegetables and have planted a few fruit trees in my garden. I have let parts of my garden go wild, saves mowing I thought. However, it is more than that. Getting in touch with nature and the life cycle of natural things is changing my life, calming me and slowing me down, helping me focus on what really matters.

It sounds Idealistic doesn't it, living the simple Life. However, unless you have won the lottery or had many years of well paid work, I can't see how you can obtain the "simple life". We are retired on state pensions, with a level of savings that prohibit us from any state help.


 Jane said. We own our house with a large garden, have a small mortgage. Run a small car, grow our own fruit and vegetables, keep laying hens, shop sensibly. Keep our heating bills to a minimum by following the advice of our government and wearing an extra layer of clothing in winter and still can't survive.

We are living as simply as we can, we want to say the simple life works, but for us it does not. When we have used up our savings, life will be far from simple. Any advice as to how to live "the simple life" would be appreciated.




You won't take this advice Jane, but it seems to work for this guy and the people living around him.

I asked a long-term unemployed father of ten I built a patio for at his council house, how he lived the simple life.

The British benefit system he proudly said!

On the council estate he lives, he and many other families seem to have found the answer to, how to live the simple life.


Won't need a nest egg, or win the lottery or grow your own  or go to work.


They have .....


Won't need a nest egg, or win the lottery or grow your own  or go to work.
Won't need a nest egg, or win the lottery or grow your own or go to work. Watch for stings tho!

  • People carriers with disabled badges.
  • Endless supplies of ready cooked fast-food.
  • The latest fashion in tracky bottoms and trainers.
  • Wide-screen curved TV sets (probably from Brighthouse) with sky discs on almost every house.
  • An endless supply of free replacement windows and plastic doors or a very quick repair service every time they get kicked in.
  • A collection service for surplus furniture dumped on the front garden or pavement.
  • Endless supplies of lager cans and cigarettes, they love Marcus Rashford!
  • Taxis to Tesco.
  • Home tutors (the kids never seemed to be at school) and they seem to enjoy late nights and late late mornings.
  • Two or three holidays in Benidorm or similar hot tacky place every year.

 I did feel a bit sorry for him after noticing how he suddenly developed a bad back if I asked him to hold the wheelbarrow steady while I shovelled stuff into it. Also, noticed he grabbed a walking stick to go and open the front door when the bell rang, especially if, through the peephole the visitor looked official.

I am glad though that I asked to be paid up-front for the work. He paid in cash!


Some more thoughts on what the simple life means.

more thoughts on what the simple life means

On Sunday mornings I get out of bed just as the sun rises and walk the streets while the world sleeps. I especially enjoy this meditative exercise in autumn. The dawning silver light, the red and orange leaves, the birds, the crisp air, the solitude, the peace. At such times I sometimes ask myself: “What do I lack that more money could provide?” My answer is always "Nothing".


Some one said on another website promoting the simple life  "simplicity can be understood as ‘an expression of freedom." That sums it up for me. In recent years I have stepped away from a stressful job, de-cluttered my life, and generally been as frugal as I can be. Never have I been as free or as happy.