Voluntary Simplicity & Simple Living Featured Posts

Why We Chose Voluntary Simplicity — Sometimes There Is No Tomorrow

Fourteen years ago my husband and I were still spending most of our time at work running a thriving business we had created. Financially everything … [More...]

What Voluntary Simplicity Is NOT

We had been living a simple life for many years before I discovered there was a name... voluntary simplicity... for the way we have chosen to live. … [More...]

There Is No One Way To Do Simple Living Right

I think the most wonderful thing about voluntary simplicity is that it means different things to different people. There is no one way to do simple … [More...]

What is the Difference Between Simple Living & Voluntary Simplicity?

Reader question... "Can you tell me the difference between 'simple living' and 'voluntary simplicity'? I see these terms used all the time and I … [More...]

A Simplicity Anyone Can Live With

I love the concept of voluntary simplicity... consciously sorting out those things in my life that are important to me and my family... intentionally … [More...]

Some Thoughts About Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary simplicity is a philosophy. Often called compassionate living, it is a conscious choice to simplify your life and a deliberate downshifting … [More...]

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Yes You CAN Learn To Do It Yourself

One of the biggest ways we have saved money through the years is to "do it ourselves." Any time we can make, repair, or do something ourselves, … [More...]

Organizing, Decluttering, And Purging

I believe strongly in organizing and decluttering and (to a certain extent) purging... but I also believe that not all clutter is material possessions … [More...]

LESS Stuff Doesn't Equal Happiness Either

Most of us would agree that a materialistic life is not a fulfilling one. More clothes, bigger houses, the latest electronic gadgets, newer and … [More...]

Being Sensible About Frugality

Frugality is so ingrained into our lifestyle that it would be difficult for us NOT to be frugal... but I'm a great believer in practicing sensible … [More...]

Don't Confuse Playing at Frugality With Living Frugally

I have serious objections to much of the frugal advice that is being offered these days, especially the focus on quick-fix extreme measures. Extreme … [More...]

Downshifting To A Simpler Life

Downshifting means working towards simple living by making conscious choices to leave materialism behind and move on to a more sustainable lifestyle. … [More...]

Some Thoughts on Accepting Personal Responsibility

I have trouble buying into the idea that everything that happens to you in your life is the result of choices you have made... and that with … [More...]

Our Journey To A Debt Free Life

On our wedding day, my husband and I were both just out of school. Neither of us had any savings or anything of any value to bring to our marriage, … [More...]

What True Frugality Is... and What It Is Not

Have you ever noticed how many of the same people who are trying to promote a simple lifestyle make frugality into a negative concept... or how they … [More...]

Does Frugality Mean You Shouldn't Have Nice Things?

It's important to save for retirement. It's sensible to have an emergency fund. It's essential to live within your income and not go into … [More...]