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12 ways to live well with less

Dear Wendy,

alt="IMAGE-listly-live-well-with-less-after-the-kids-leave"On this week’s Saturday Listly, I thought I’d take a look at some resources to help us live well with less…sometimes much less!

I’ve been thinking a lot about downsizing lately—not that we have imminent plans to move into smaller digs, but I do have an ongoing (though somewhat intermittent) project that involves divesting ourselves of a lot of the stuff we’ve acquired over the years.

Getting rid of stuff is one half of the equation, but the other half is making do with less, and that’s where this list comes in. Each of the items has to do with living well with less, whether it’s less space, less stuff, or just less new stuff.

As well, I’ve gathered up some ideas for recycling, salvaging, mending, and generally taking better care of the stuff we do have.

I’d love to hear your ideas on the subject—after all, when you moved to London, you found yourself in a much smaller space, right? You can vote these posts up or down in the list, add your own comments, or add links to other resources…it’s all fair game here!

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Ideas to inspire us to use what we have, fix what we break, and live better with less.

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  1. 1  50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things

    50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things

    Some great ideas for making use of those odds and sods you've accumulated...." If you're like me, you probably have a lot of old stuff just lying around your house. It's not doing anything but taking up space, but you're either too busy (or lazy), sentimental or just have more important things to deal with."

  2. 2  The rise of mending: how Britain learned to repair clothes again

    The rise of mending: how Britain learned to repair clothes again

    DIY mending is in again! Why throw away a piece you love, when it can probably be salvaged? When Make Do & Mend ("we make things and mend things," says Pippa Bray, the shop's owner) opened its doors in 2002, they had expected to be reasonably busy. That turned out to be an understatement. They weren't just busy, they were inundated, getting busier all the time.

  3. 3  Small House Bliss

    Small House Bliss

    One way to do more with less is to downsize. These tiny houses take that a step further: how tiny can you go? Small house designs with big impact (by SmallHouseBliss)

  4. 4  Do you know the true cost of your clothes?

    Do you know the true cost of your clothes?

    Buying cheap clothing seems like a bargain, but cheap factory-made items carry hidden costs you might not even know about. Emily Hundt 16 May 2013 Riding home on the tube yesterday, I saw two women clinging to their oversized paper bags, stamped with the Primark logo, bulging with that day's haul. Since moving to London, I have reluctantly got very used to this sight. But I wasn't expecting to see it this week.

  5. 5  De-Clutter Now: 8 Things You Can Live Without

    De-Clutter Now: 8 Things You Can Live Without

    This writer has taken the tiny house challenge, and won! "In 2009 I moved into a 200-square-foot cottage. The rent and location were awesome, but there was one problem. Half my stuff didn't fit in the place. So I got rid of it. Furniture, old clothes, books, shoes, art. And you know what? I haven't missed a..."

  6. 6  5 simple steps we can all take to make more of the food we buy and avoid wasting precious water

    5 simple steps we can all take to make more of the food we buy and avoid wasting precious water

    One part of simple living: wasting less. Much less. Here are some tips to help. There are 5 simple ways to help us all waste less of the food we buy and avoid throwing away millions of tonnes of precious water at the same time It's already causing environmental damage through the use of water, fuel and energy to grow, make and transport our food, and on top of that it rots in landfill when we then throw it away, generating climate changing gases.

  7. 7  The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living : zenhabits

    The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living : zenhabits

    This blogger takes frugal living to heart--not sure if I'd like to be quite this spartan in my lifestyle, but they make some good points! "Confession time: I'm a cheapskate. Some would say frugal, which sounds much more positive, but in reality I can be a real cheapskate. I am fairly frugal (though not always), but sometimes I take it too far: I have T-shirts with holes in them, I never buy new clothes, we're shopping for a new couch because our current one has holes in it, and I ran my current pair of running shoes until the soles fell off...."

  8. 8  Home remedies are sometimes the best remedies

    Home remedies are sometimes the best remedies

    Carol Cassara has put together a list of home remedies you can try yourself for minor ailments. As she says, "PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor. These home remedies are not medical advice. Please consult your physician before embarking on any new course of treatment or use of any natural remedy.
    What's old is new again, it seems, and some of the natural remedies that date back hundreds of years - if not ...

  9. 9  Top 10 Recycled Plant Containers

    Top 10 Recycled Plant Containers

    I love to garden, and some of these recycled plant containers make it just that much more fun! Top 10 Recycled Plant Containers We know -- working in a garden filled with the same old standard clay or plastic planters can get really boring. If you're dreaming of breathing a little more life into your greens, just look to the materials you already have in your home.

  10. 10  Ana White | Free and Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Save You Money

    Ana White | Free and Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Save You Money

    Ana shares her DIY projects and makes them look completely do-able! She says, "Of course, I'm partial to all things made of wood - but really, the same basic skills that help you make wood projects nice, translate to other mediums - like tile!"

  11. 11  Consumers May Not Know They're Getting Lower-Quality Clothes At Outlet Stores

    Consumers May Not Know They're Getting Lower-Quality Clothes At Outlet Stores

    One part of doing more with less is making sure you get the best deals on anything you do buy. Sometimes "warehouse stores" look like the ideal place to pick up great buys...but this article warns that you might be getting less than you bargained for.

  12. 12  Homemade Natural Beauty Products - 7 Ingredients and 20+ recipes

    Homemade Natural Beauty Products - 7 Ingredients and 20+ recipes

    It's completely possible to make most, if not all, your own beauty and personal care products. Here's how: "Now that we make all of our own personal care and beauty products, I keep a lot of the ingredients on hand in bulk ( from here). I looked at the numbers from last year, and we actually saved money doing this!"

  13. 13  Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Vegetables

    Soda Bottle Drip Feeder for Vegetables

    Another great gardening tip, that uses up your old soda bottles, saves water, and nourishes your plants at the same time! Soda Bottle Drip Feeder is a great DIY Project Drip feeders are great for a variety of different vegetables. Most vegetables prefer the moisture at their roots rather than overhead sprinklers which can encourage some leaf problems. There are many retail products available but this Soda Bottle Drip Feeder makes use or recycled materials and works really well.

  14. 14  over50feeling40: Goodwill: Where do I Start?

    over50feeling40: Goodwill: Where do I Start?

    Over-50 fashion blogger Pamela Lutrell knows a Goodwill bargain when she sees one. Here are some of her great finds... Whenever I enter my local GOODWILL locations, I always begin the same way... First, I check Julia's Attic...the top fashion selections.... Second, I check my favorite clothing racks and accessories.... Third, I never leave without looking over home decor!

  15. 15  Cash for laptopssell laptop online for cash

    Cash for laptopssell laptop online for cash

    About CashInYourLaptop.com: Sell Laptop for e-cycling CashInYourLaptop offers you a Golden Opportunity to sell your used and broken digital gadgets like a lapt...

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Hope you have fun, and let me know what you think!

Love,

Karen

 

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