Living a Simple Life – How to Be Happy Every Single Day

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If you are looking to slow things down just a bit, then living a simple life might be just what you need. I have gathered up our best articles so you can find tips on how to help you catch your breath and enjoy more in your day. Try one or all and start working your way to a more self-sufficient life.

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Simple living is something we’re hearing more and more about, giving it a feeling of being just another fad. But it’s so much more than just a trend. It’s a way of life, and I am excited to see that people worldwide are starting to adopt.

Chances are if you’ve heard about the tiny house movement, the upswing in people practicing meditation, the various ways people are learning to eat healthier, or all the books and television shows about decluttering. 

All these things, and more, are part of the simple living movement, making it a great way to transform how you live day to day. The best thing about choosing to live more simply is that the definition of what it means will be different for everyone. That means you get to decide what feels right for you without having to get on board with what everyone else is doing.

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What is living a simple life?

At its core, simple living is all about living with more intention in your life. Not just going through the motions, but intentionally making choices that you feel good about. Simple Living can mean a number of things, some of which might include:

  • Downsizing or decluttering your home so it’s less chaotic.
  • Growing your own food so you rely less on shopping at the store.
  • Learning to eat healthier by reducing the number of processed foods you consume
  • Choosing how you spend your time with intention.
  • Choosing experiences over material things to create memories.
  • Creating a daily routine that helps you feel your best without getting stressed.
  • Simplifying your finances so you become more intentional about how you spend your money.

Get Started Living a Simple Life

Use these tips to start by incorporating simplicity into your daily life. We have tips, unique ways to change how you are doing things, and setting up different areas to be simple and free of chaos.

Living a Simple Life

Let’s take a look at some of the ways simple living might benefit your life. From habits to inspiration, these reads will motivate you to change how you live from day to day as well as your home.

Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable LifeAlmost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable LifeAlmost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable LifeThe Amish Cook's Family Favorite Recipes by Lovina Eicher (2013-01-01)The Amish Cook’s Family Favorite Recipes by Lovina Eicher (2013-01-01)The Amish Cook's Family Favorite Recipes by Lovina Eicher (2013-01-01)Amish Baking: Traditional Recipes for Bread, Cookies, Cakes, and PiesAmish Baking: Traditional Recipes for Bread, Cookies, Cakes, and PiesAmish Baking: Traditional Recipes for Bread, Cookies, Cakes, and PiesThe Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It YourselfThe Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It YourselfThe Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself



Would it surprise you to know that the average home contains over 300,000 things? 300,000!! Now, obviously, that number will vary based on the size of your home and how much clutter you have around you, but that’s a lot of stuff that you probably don’t need. Let’s start by removing some of the excess so you can bring a less cluttered look to the rooms in your home.

How to Declutter and Simplify a Home

The hardest part of decluttering always seems to be getting started follow these steps.

  1. Choose a closet, a drawer, or a cabinet to declutter.
  2. Set up a few boxes to sort items into – “keep,” “trash,” “donate,” and “give away”.
  3. Go through every single item in that space and decide if it’s something you want to keep. It should pass the “I use it” or “It brings me joy” test in order to hold on to it.
  4. If it’s broken or torn and has been that way for a while, it’s time to let it go. If you haven’t already fixed it, chances are you won’t.
  5. Once you’ve decluttered an area, make a rule to only bring in new things if they have a purpose or make you feel good. Don’t just bring in stuff to fill a space.

SLCG PRO TIP: Still, stuck? Maybe the clutter is a bit hard for you to see. Read these 3 Steps to Take Before you Declutter and uncover the clutter you need to deal with. You might be surprised to find it’s much smaller than you initially thought! 

boxes for sorting clutter to help live a simple life

SIMPLIFYING your Cleaning

Another area of simple living that I love is setting up an easier process to keep our home clean. I am not a fan of cleaning, so when I can find healthier, more efficient ways to get this chore completed, I find it really helpful.

For some people, simple living goes even further. It can mean downsizing to a smaller home or even living off-grid. These may be choices you’d feel comfortable with and if they are, go for it! If that’s not your style, that’s okay. You can just choose to live more simply in your current space.


For many people, simple living with food is all about making healthier choices. Choosing fresh food over processed and organic over non-organic. It can also mean preparing more of your own meals so that you have control over what ingredients go into them. Making your own meals is far healthier than frozen and packaged meals.


If you want to really simplify your life, then growing the food you love to eat is a great way. You can grow a garden just about anywhere and that means you can have the fruits and vegetables you love no matter where you live or how much space you have.

Fill your Freezer and Pantry

Growing food is only one part of simplifying your food, learn to preserve your food so you can enjoy that freshness all winter long.

a layer of frozen strawberries on a cookie sheet

Simplify Your Time

When it comes to how you choose to spend your time, simple living means making more intentional choices with the time you have. This means saying no to the things that no longer make you happy and yes to the things that do—creating more balance in your life between your work life and your personal life and reducing your obligations so that you don’t always feel stressed and burned out.

This can be a hard area to get a handle on for some people because they feel bad about saying no. But saying no to something you don’t want allows you to say yes to something you do. It means making your own happiness a priority.

Remember, it’s okay to say no, and actually, at times, it may be a necessity. Reducing the amount of time you spend doing things you don’t want to do means more time with your family and friends, the people you really want to spend time with.

Here’s one very important lesson everyone needs to learn . . . “No” is a complete sentence. You don’t owe anyone an explanation, and you don’t have to feel guilty about saying. If you’re not sure you can do it, practice saying it to the mirror a few times. Remember, being intentional with your time will make you happier in the long run.

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Don’t just be intentional about the choices you make with your time, but also about how you spend your time. By that, I mean be in the moment. Enjoy what you’re doing and the people you’re with. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by things that aren’t important. Reduce your screen time and enjoy more face-to-face time with the people you care about; give them your full attention.

With Your Experiences

We’ve become a world that cherishes material things, but material things don’t create lifelong memories. Material things break or get old and get thrown away eventually, but experiences create memories that last a lifetime. Wouldn’t you rather your family have great memories than more things?

Choosing experiences not only creates memories but also builds a strong bond for your family while also becoming a learning experience for both you and your kids. Experiences allow you to do things as a team instead of everyone going off in their own direction with a smartphone or other device to sit and stare at.

Choosing experiences over material things not only reduces clutter, but it also allows you to live more fully, which is what simple living is all about. You’re spending your time and your money with intention.

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With Your Routine

What does routine have to do with living a simple life? Creating a routine helps you to be more intentional about both your time and your thoughts. Knowing there are things you want to do every day to improve your life helps you to make better choices about how you spend the remaining time in the day.

Having a routine helps you to create a rhythm to your life, one that leaves you feeling happy and calm, reducing your stress.

Your routine can be doing the same things at set times every day or having things you want to do daily and fitting them in when you have the time. Some of the daily routines that support simple living are meditation, exercise, reading, journaling, limited social media time, and daily chores. All these things can help bring focus and order to your life, helping simplify your life.

With Your Money

Simplifying your spending habits can be a challenging part of simple living. It can often mean giving up things you’ve become accustomed to—some of the comforts of life.

But being more intentional about how you spend your money will allow you to live more simply. It means choosing the necessities in life by getting rid of some of the things you don’t need and adopting frugal living in your day-to-day life.

This can mean simplifying your cellphone plan. While you need a phone, you probably don’t need all the bells and whistles that come with with your very expensive plan. It can also mean getting rid of cable and opting for less expensive streaming services. Living a cash lifestyle instead of using a credit card and living a debt-filled lifestyle.

  • Canceling gym memberships and instead opting for a workout at home.
  • Cooking dinner instead of eating out.
  • Shopping yard sales instead of the mall. 

Once you start tracking all of your expenses, you may be surprised at how many things you don’t really need. To simplify your spending habits, start by tracking all of your expenses, everything. Keep a small notebook on your person if you need to so that you can write things down throughout your day. After doing this for a few weeks to a month, start looking for areas where you can cut back.

You’ll be amazed to find that you’re spending more in some areas that you weren’t aware of. Once you start cutting back, you’ll have more money for savings and for enjoying experiences with your family. And by cutting back, you’ll be naturally simplifying your life by reducing clutter, processed foods, and other expenses that aren’t beneficial to you.

Simple living During the Holidays

Can you simplify even during the holidays? You sure can and we have tips to help.

While all of these things will bring more focus and intention to your life, simple living isn’t the answer to everything. There are some things you need to be aware of before you adopt a simpler lifestyle.

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Simple Living Won’t Solve Your Problems

In the beginning, it can be a hard adjustment.

Decluttering your excess stuff, eating healthier, and making intentional choices about how you spend your time, can be tricky. And they won’t solve all your problems; in fact, doing these things may point out problems that you didn’t even know you had.

Looking at how you’ve spent your time and your money in the past can be a harsh reality that can be difficult to face. But it will teach you a lot about your personal values and the type of person you want to be. At the very least, it will start you on the journey of becoming that person. The more you experience simple living, the more empowered you’ll feel about other choices you need to make.

a woman walking in a field living a simple life

Simple Living Won’t Make You Completely Zen

Decluttering, being more intentional with your time, and creating a daily routine are all great, but somedays they’re not enough. You will still have those busy, stressful, even overwhelming days. Days where it’s easier to grab drive-thru on the way home or skip your evening yoga time because you just can’t deal with it.

There will still be laundry to fold, your kids will still be screaming, you will still have unexpected bills, and someone will always want more of your time than you think you can give.

That’s the reality of life today.

Simply living will not solve these problems. But it will help you deal with these days better so that you can get through them and have a better day tomorrow.

Less clutter means a little less to clean up. Meditation gives you more focus and reduces your stress levels. Healthy eating means it’s okay to cheat once in a while. All-in-all, simple living will help you deal with the chaos of your life a little easier.

Simple Living Isn’t a One and Done

Choosing a simpler life is a choice, one you need to make again and again. It’s not something you can do one time then check it off your list. It’s a lifestyle choice. A way of living every day. And in the beginning, it will take a lot of effort. Especially if you feel like your life is in complete chaos and spinning out of control.

Simple living is something you have to practice all the time; with every choice you make.

Yes, the choices will get easier over time once they become a habit, but it will be difficult in the beginning. You have to really want it to make it happen.

raindrops on a fence living a simple life

But remember, choosing a simpler life will make your life happier and more fulfilled.

Simple living is what you choose to make it. You can dive into all of these areas of your life or start by just dipping your toe into one. The choice is yours. But once you start simplifying, you’ll find that you feel happier, healthier, and more focused, and you’re enjoying your life much more.

It will encourage you to make more choices to live a simple life taking you on a journey that will benefit not only you but your entire family. 

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  1. I love this post because it is where I am at right now. One way we have started to live a more simple life is by not eating out as much. Decluttering is another way, and I am slowly working my way through that phase. Somehow clutter builds but you don’t see it until you do.

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