Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

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 can’t seem to find a definitive answer about what each one means.”

Seeing the Sunshine and a Happier You

We’re just coming out of a more than two week period of almost continual severe weather alerts.

The Importance of Learning To Care

There was a sad story in the news about a nine-year-old boy who poured lighter fluid on a kitten and then set it on fire. The boy and two of his friends stood nearby, laughing as they watched the kitten die.

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 flashier cars… these things might bring temporary enjoyment, but a life based around acquiring things can feel pretty empty.

Have Necessities Become Luxuries Because of the Recession?

I recently came across an interesting survey about the recession causing necessities to become luxuries. One thousand and three people were asked to answer the question “Do you think this item is a necessity?” about twelve specific appliances and services.

Achieving a Simpler Life — Step 1: Track Your Spending

One question I get asked very frequently is about the “how” of achieving a simpler life. People often write that they desperately want to change their lives but don’t know how to start…

Practicing the Golden Rule

We had a surprising telephone call today from one of the top managers at the telephone company. She said she had been reviewing our account record and the many notations about our “courtesy and understanding” during this long bout of problems with our phone service.

Does the Electric Company Really Need My Social Security Number?

When I first told the representative that I had a question about my bill, she told me that before she could talk to me, I needed to give her my Social Security number and my date of birth. Well…

Organizing, Decluttering, And Purging

Don’t let anyone else’s purging guidelines determine how you organize your life. Purge only the material things that you don’t need or want… reorder your emotional life to be as stress-free as possible…

A Panic-Free Crisis

On a Monday evening, we owned two elderly but very dependable vehicles… a small car and truck that we had bought new and paid cash for. Our plan was to keep both vehicles for as long as possible…