In a world inundated with technology, it’s often hard to find the time or the energy to let it go and get back to the simple things in live. However, sometimes it’s nice to think about getting off the grid and having a simpler life that’s not ruled by technology, gadgets, and information. While you may not be able to remove yourself and your family entirely from the grid, there are ways you can get back to simpler living, which will benefit everyone in the long run. If you’re looking for a life that’s less chaotic, consider these six ways to live simply (sort of).
If you live in the middle of a hustling and bustling neighborhood, it’s hard for you to get back to simpler times. After all, you’re surrounded by constant movement and people with the latest gizmos and gadgets. Instead, why not consider moving to someplace outside the city, such as a more rural area. This can be something as simple as a little country cottage or even taking it a step further and moving to a farm. While the latter may seem a bit harder to do, it’s something you can do if you start small and do research with a farming magazine that provides solid intel. As long as you can move away from the hustle, you and your family will have an easier time living a simpler life.
Get back to nature.
When it comes to getting away, our first instinct is to usually go someplace notorious for things to do, whether lying on a beach or exploring impressive architecture. However, if you’re looking to spend a nice trip with your family, you should consider camping. Camping brings you and your family closer together in different ways and will help you get back to a simple lifestyle, even if for only a weekend. You won’t be stuck on your computers or cell phones, and you’ll be far enough away from the city to be forced to rely on yourself.
Maybe you can’t fully move away from your neighborhood because or work or school, but there’s always the possibility to downsize. This forces you to get rid of some of the items you likely don’t need, which can be a good way to not only declutter but to also make some extra cash by selling it. Think about what you truly need to survive. Maybe you can move from a big house into a smaller home. Maybe you can downsize to one car (or no car). When you stop worrying about having the biggest and best everything, it will make your life so much simpler in the end.
Cut the technology.
Technology may be a necessity for your job or you child’s homework, but it’s doesn’t mean it’s a necessity for your everyday living. Cut ties with your cable company so you can do more things together as a family instead of watch TV. Only use your computers, tablets, or phones for work or school, and then put it down and away from you. Take up a hobby or craft and put yourself to some use. Plus, if you think of something you can do with your family, it makes it even more special.
Learn to say no.
It’s strange how we feel obligated to agree to everything that comes our way, and this can create stress and continue your hectic schedule. However, if you learn to say no, you’ll find that you have more time for you and your family, which is something we can all use. Don’t feel obligated to go to every event you’re invited to. Don’t feel bad for telling your child they cannot have that brand-new toy. If you say no, you’ll focus more on what matters, and that’s what’s important for simple living.
Sometimes life seems crazy because we’re not prepared. This is why planning ahead is always a good idea. Create a schedule for your and your family so everyone knows what’s happening. Plus, be sure to schedule relaxing time—a time where you and your family aren’t obligated to do anything but relax and be together. You’ll find this will help with your mood and your family togetherness.
Living simply will be a journey you need to take, and you’ll find what works for you and what doesn’t along the way. However, if you try to make a conscious effort to reduce your belongings, your responsibilities, and your schedule, you’ll find it provides rewards you can appreciate.