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Simple Living

Freedom from cluttered lives and minds.

The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think
by Roman Krznaric
What might history teach us about living more simple, less consumerist lifestyles?
These 4 Black Friday Send-Ups Remind Us to Keep Laughing, Not Shopping These 4 Black Friday Send-Ups Remind Us to Keep Laughing, Not Shopping
by Erin Sagen
Think the "biggest shopping day of the year" has become too depraved to be funny? Let Louis C.K., Seinfeld, and South Park transform your anxiety into hilarity.
12 Things You Can Do With a Mason Jar (and Only One Involves Canning) 12 Things You Can Do With a Mason Jar (and Only One Involves Canning)
by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn
Want to unstuff your life? Find the tools that multitask.
The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers
by Sven Eberlein
Glamorized consumer culture has serious side effects—and to help people in remote Indian villages understand this, one filmmaker brought them to the West. Here’s what they thought of the dark side of Western lifestyles.
Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff
by Simon Okelo
It was only after experiencing the abundance of stuff in the United States that Simon Okelo learned to value life with less, the way he grew up.
Too Much Stuff in Your Life? 7 Ways to Turn it Around Too Much Stuff in Your Life? 7 Ways to Turn it Around
by Shannan Stoll
From sharing to repairing, the inspiration you need to lighten your load.
How We Went Back to School, Macklemore Style How We Went Back to School, Macklemore Style
by Frida Berrigan
For a more sustainable start to the school year, just follow the Seattle-based rapper to that thrift store down the road.
Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted Joining a Rural Community: Why It Takes Years to Be Accepted
by Shannon Hayes
Country people have a reputation for viewing outsiders with skepticism. But it turns out they have good reasons for doing that.
How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness
by Jay Walljasper
When we share our yards, sidewalks, and other common spaces, we find a greater sense of belonging and connection to those around us.
How to See Stars Like Your Ancestors Did How to See Stars Like Your Ancestors Did
by Katrina Rabeler, Chris Francis
We could all see the sky as our ancestors once saw it just by turning off the lights, according to the International Dark Sky Association.
3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!) 3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!)
by Kristin Hugo
From China to San Antonio, cities are using rental bike programs to create healthier commutes. Here are a few insights from some of the world’s best programs.
Why Sticky Cabinets Have a Place on My Dream Farm
by Shannon Hayes
When we visualize the lives we desire, we often leave out the difficulties and frustrations. But they’re inevitable, and in the end they make the rewards of life more satisfying.
“Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing “Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing
by Cat Johnson
An installation of creatively shaped benches in Belgium pushes the edge of urban sit-ability.
Vermont Time Bankers Build a More Personal Economy Vermont Time Bankers Build a More Personal Economy
Video: Whatever service you might need, you’re likely to be able to get it at Onion River Time Bank, where you pay by doing what you love.
Finding the Simple Life at Sea—On a Shoestring Finding the Simple Life at Sea—On a Shoestring
by Peter Pearsall
Think an island-hopping cruise across the Pacific is only for the elite? Not if you take the slow boat.
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