We’ve been consciously moving in the direction of ‘simple living’ for about 4 years now. We make our own bread, grow some produce, shop locally etc. but there are a few things that we started and no longer do. These things were making our life trickier not simpler.
Things we no longer do:
Make our own toothpaste
This one is super recent, as in I bought our first tube of toothpaste in about 12 months yesterday. I loved the process of making our own toothpaste, I love that if we ran out I could just make some up. Initially, I started making it as a step towards zero waste, but to make it we were buying small plastic bags of bi-carb soda. I also found that while using the homemade toothpaste I began avoiding brushing my teeth, it was a completely unpleasant experience. So instead we’re going to search for a natural toothpaste in a tube.
Making our own washing detergent
I made our washing detergent all through building out house, and while we had a new born baby, and I still have all the ingredients in the cupboard but I haven’t made time recently to make it. It is on my list, and I do intend on making it again but it’s just not a top priority right now.
Using cloth nappies
We’ve used cloth nappies almost exclusively for two years. You can read more about our experiences here, here and here. We originally bought our nappies second hand on eBay and over the last two years from heir huge amount of wears and washes they have inevitably worn out. They were no longer catching what they needed to catch and being so close to toilet training we’ve decided not to buy more. Honestly, it’s a relief. After 2 years of multiple loads of washing nappies a week, washing poo off nappies, the hanging out, the folding, rinse and repeat, deciding to not do cloth any more is like a big weight off my shoulders.
The ‘simple life’ is living an intentional life, it’s making conscious decisions and doing what works for you. We’ve made deliberate decisions in all aspects of our life, and removing these 3 things has been what works for us.
What steps have you taken to make simple living work for you?