• Minimalism,  Simple Living

    16 Things You Just Don’t Need!

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    Urgh. The ‘stuff’ just creeps in, doesn’t it?   With the best will in the world, there is always something – paperwork, till receipts, keepsakes of woodland walks, and if you have kids, pockets full of the weirdest things…  I felt inspired to write this as I went to pay for an item at my local shop and struggled to find my wallet through all the junk that had accumulated in my bag:   I’m talking hoarder level amounts of crap. Coupons, leaflets, snack wrappers, leaves, pebbles – I’ve taken…

  • Minimalism,  Simple Living

    Minimalism with Children

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    So, the idea of minimalism with children is on your mind.   Maybe you are a card-carrying minimalist and you have just discovered that you are pregnant (congratulations!) or perhaps you are minimal-curious but have children already and aren’t sure it would be fair on your family.   Either way, you are asking yourself:   Is it even possible to be a minimalist if you have kids?     Minimalism with children There is a common suggestion that minimalism and children are thoroughly incompatible, common schools of thought being either:…

  • Minimalism,  Simple Living

    Minimalism for Beginners – How to Live More with Less

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    If you are wondering whether living a minimalist lifestyle could benefit you and how to begin, then you have arrived at a very exciting point in your life. As an ex-hoarder and messy minimalist on the path to clutter-free nirvana, I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I know what I know – and I know that even stepping one foot on this path can be life-changing. Welcome friend, and let’s explore this strange new realm together:     What is minimalism? Minimalism is a lifestyle that celebrates…

  • Minimalism,  Simple Living

    Minimalism and Frugality

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    Minimalism and frugality. I heard someone refer to the two terms interchangeably recently and it got me thinking… How similar are they?   As someone who tries their best to be both minimal and frugal, I can see a strong overlap, but I have nevertheless also always felt them to be two different approaches. So let’s explore: Minimalism and frugality – Two sides of the same coin, or chalk and cheese?   For me, the idea of minimalism is intrinsically linked with that of frugality. After all, those seeking to…

  • Simple Living,  Slow Living

    Slow Living for Stressful Times

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    There can be no denying that we live in stressful times. The modern world is geared towards the fast-paced and frantic. With the advent of concepts such as fast food and speed dating, every aspect of our lives from the food we eat to the relationships we build has been thrown into hyperdrive.   (If you are looking for information related to the stressful time we find ourselves in currently – the Covid-19 pandemic – please also see Lockdown Slow down)   Consumerism is at an all-time high as a…

  • Simple Living,  Slow Living

    Lockdown Slow down!

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    Many people the world over who currently find themselves in an enforced state of stillness are discovering the benefits that slow living can provide – from spending time with family, baking & cooking meals from scratch, rediscovering hobbies, to regularly connecting with friends and relatives over Zoom meetings.   But understandably, others are finding it harder to slip straight into the joys that slowing down can offer. These are uncertain times, and in this situation, stress levels are naturally high.    Being forced to slow down isn’t the same as…

  • Life Design,  Simple Living,  Slow Living

    Slow Morning Routines for Weekends

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    If like most of us, you find yourself rushing through the working week in a blur, you most likely breathe a sigh of relief when the weekend rolls around. But are you making the most of it?   Have you ever wondered if you should have a morning routine, but can’t find the time? Do you wish you could just hit the pause button and reset, allowing the stresses and strains of the week to melt away?   If this is you, then you’d undoubtedly benefit from creating a slow…

  • Alternative Living,  Simple Living,  Slow Living

    Downshifting – Work less, live more!

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    Have you ever heard of the concept of downshifting? Well, I hadn’t until recently, but when I did I knew it was something I wanted to look into. Turns out I have been downshifting for a while now… I just didn’t realise it had a name! If, like me, you didn’t even know this was a thing, then read on: we are going to look into exactly what it means to be a downshifter, how downshifting can change your life for the better, and how you can get started.  …

  • Alternative Living,  Life Design,  Simple Living

    Think (and Live) Outside The Box!

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    I am a big fan of thinking outside the box. One of my biggest drives for writing is the need to help people understand that things aren’t always what they seem. I want people to take a look at the world around them and question what they see, because I remember so well my own ‘Aha!’ moment, when I stopped just assuming things had to be a certain way and started asking:   “What if things could be EXACTLY as I wish they could be?”       Look around…

  • Simple Living,  Slow Living

    Becoming an authentic you! Finding yourself with Slow Living

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    Heads up! This is part 2 in The Life Spotters Slow Living Series, if you’d like an in-depth introduction into Slow living and what it means to live Slow, then read: Slow Living Series: Part 1 – An introduction to Slow Living Alternatively, for tips on how to incorporate Slow Living into your day to day life, please see: Slow Living series: Part 3 – Everyday Slow (Slow living tips for everyday life!)   Last week I touched on the difference between Slow living and Intentional living, and how although…