Simplify Your Life

Evaluate how you think life in these United States, or any country that you may live in, is going to change in the coming weeks, months and years. In the past year the world has changed drastically and appears to be on an accelerated trajectory. To where? I can’t tell, but the underlying feeling is one of foreboding and dread. Regular everyday people, not homesteaders or preppers, express concern and discomfort at the events unfolding around the globe.

So simplify your life. Evaluate what you do, use, need, want during your normal everyday activities. Ask yourself some very basic, tough questions. Do I need _____________? Does my family need ___________? Fill in the blank. This is not a questions of wants, but realistic, everyday NEEDS. What do you and yours really need day in and day out?

Frank and I started researching how to improve our health, reduce synthetic and chemical inputs into our bodies, and just overall simplify our lives a number of years back. It led us to many changes for that reason. As a side effect, it has also reduced the number of ‘things’ we need daily. Examples: baking soda for toothpaste, baking soda and water for shampoo, cider vinegar and water for conditioner, simple meals.

We have written about these topics in the past. For your convenience, here is a list of some of those articles. There are other articles along these lines in the archives if you are interested.

Trying to Escape Chemicals, March 15, 2014

No Shampoo & Sauerkraut, An Update, June 16, 2015

No More Shampoo, March 31, 2014

For Our Health, January 3, 2016

Simple Meals, March 27, 2019

Food on the Shelf, August 4, 2019

We continue to think of ways to simplify what we need and we think of it in terms of how we will be able to continue our life style in the event of inflation, hyperinflation, restrictions on travel imposed by the government, restrictions on the ability to shop or buy due to pandemic regulations, martial law, or collapse. We try not to focus specifically on the “end of the world as we know it” or SHTF, but consider what possibilities could peak over the horizon and affect our way of life. What do we need to change, improve, eliminate or acquire to be ‘OK’ in any of these events? We restock what we use and/or consume and try to have an alternative in case that is not possible. This goes for food and supplies.

We lived through the great toilet paper shortage of 2020. Did you? Did you run out of anything? If so, what have you changed to prevent running out again. What if you could never buy toilet paper again? One of the simple luxuries of life none of us wants to do without. What would you do? Believe it or not, we wrote about that, too.

When There Is No Toilet Paper, January 7, 2015

Frank and I try to reevaluate our lives regularly. As our physical conditions continue to change with age, we seek out new ways to do old things that increase our success and productivity. We talk about what we would do if we couldn’t replace _________________. We talk about how we would feed our animals as well as ourselves. We talk about the unpredictability of the future of our country. What else can we do to increase the likelihood of extending our longevity beyond whatever may come rolling over the horizon?

We encourage you to look through the archives if you are relatively new to our site. There are many, many topics we have written about and if you start towards the beginning, you will find we have changed a lot. Our focus has narrowed to pinpoint those things that sustain us – food with adequate nutrition, water, protection, shelter, health. I encourage you to do the same. Do some serious evaluation of your life and the needs of your family. Wants are a nice luxury, but in the end, they won’t sustain you physically, mentally or spiritually.

Until next time – Fern

10 thoughts on “Simplify Your Life

  1. I have begun several answers to this post about my thoughts for our future, however, each one turned out to be so negative I would not publish it. Just know that I read and consider each of your articles very carefully in light of our preps for the future.

    The links to older posts are helpful. I especially enjoyed Simple Meals and Food on the Shelf. Just recently I searched for a recipe for Squash Patties that I remembered from years ago. I found the recipe you posted December 31, 2013 – out of sight but never out of mind.

    I’m sure there are others out here that read and appreciate your articles but just don’t respond. The articles are so thought provoking it’s difficult to put into words how one is affected by them. I’ll just say thank you, thank you so much. BJ in GA

    1. BJ, that is very touching. I have always felt, and still do, that we are just simple, plain folk trying to live the homestead lifestyle we always dreamed of. This life for us is a dream come true.

      The cloud of tyranny hanging over our heads dampens the joy at times, but we strive to find joy in each and every day. The ways of our government literally sicken us. Literally. Making it even more important to take care of ourselves.

      Blessings to you and to all. Stay safe, warm and ready. Warm weather will bring the vermin out of their lairs. Hungry to take ever more from those they deem unworthy, unwilling and resistant to the reeducation and brainwashing they dish out to the masses everyday.

      Be ready, they’re coming for us. Fern

    1. It’s amazing all of the “stuff” we have that may be nice to look at, or that I thought I wanted or needed, but is never used. We have cleared out a lot of redundant things in the last few years, but most of all, we have simplified everyday living. I find it very satisfying.

      Enjoy your exercise. Fern

  2. We try to live as uncomplicated ,simpler and more worthwhile lifestyle as we can. No TV , no cell phones, no ATM, no debit card , grow as much of our own food as we can . Most of the meat we eat comes from our neighbors farms and we preserve our garden results.
    Self reliance is the best description I can give. It is also a very rewarding lifestyle to be in especially in times of home quarantines, food shortages ,food rationing, riots, looting, burning and general mayhem over which I have no control.Kinda sounds like last year doesn’t it ?
    We are in as comfortable a position as we can be in order to weather the storm that appears to be on the horizon .
    Thanks for your archives , lots of great information.

    1. Frank and I find it to be a very rewarding lifestyle, Bluesman. That is a good description. We can’t imagine living any other way. Stay safe, warm and invisible in the storm.

      Take care, Fern

  3. You’re right about too many chemicals in our lives and needing an alternative. I had to have allergy testing because of a reaction. One of the things that is an allergen for me may be in cleaning products, paints, cosmetics, skin products, hair products, laundry detergent, personal hygiene items, and more. It looks like I will be reading labels and going as natural as possible.

    1. Grammy, I use a little Pine Sol every so often, but mostly clean with baking soda, whether it is the tub, sink, my teeth or hair. It works great on the stove and oven, too, just add a tiny squirt of dish soap. I quit wearing mascara when I retired and didn’t use any other cosmetics. I couldn’t, they broke my skin out in tiny red bumps, so I quit everything else when I was in my 20’s. We have found one detergent we use and one bath soap. Before I started making our lotion, I could only use Vaseline Intensive Care. I started making reusable panty liners when I discovered how many chemicals are absorbed into the body through commercially made varieties. The list goes on and on doesn’t it? It’s more time consuming to live this way, but there are so many things we don’t need to buy anymore. Same with food.

      I tell Frank on a regular basis – thank you, this is a great life! Fern

  4. I am scared at where I think we will be. Since we lost our old farmhouse last year and are still waiting to move into our new home. Traveling back and forth is stressful.
    But God has blessed us. He will make our home a reality. I do wish we were better prepared; but I know God will provide as he always has.
    Looking forward to reading more from your blog when I can.
    Be safe and God bless.

    1. I have always thought that if we work hard and try our best, things will work out. Maybe not the way we wanted or envisioned, but they do work out. Everything happens for a reason – this has been one of the things that Frank and I have believed for many years.

      Blessings to you and your new home. Fern

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