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17 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life

13. Banish boredom with board games

Instead of electronic entertainment, gather your crew for old-fashioned board games like Monopoly, Clue and Scrabble. Or assemble a jigsaw puzzle, deal a game of gin rummy or play a round of charades.

14. Buy used

Secondhand or consignment shops are great places to find clothes, kitchen equipment and even furniture. Buying used costs less and cuts down on packaging waste, thus reducing your carbon footprint.

15. Disconnect and reconnect

Take time every day to disconnect from electronics. At dinnertime, turn off the computer and television, and let all phone calls go to voice mail. Bar all hand-held devices from the table. This will open the way for eye-to-eye contact and genuine engagement.

16. Write financial affirmations

Identify a specific financial goal and write it down affirmation-style, as though it is a current reality (“My mortgage is retired,” or, “I am gloriously debt-free”). Then post the affirmation on your fridge, bathroom mirror or as a screen saver. Keep your affirmation short (no more than a dozen words), sweet and upbeat. Your affirmation will help set the stage for a future reality.

17. Stop and chat

When you’re out for a walk in the neighborhood or standing in the supermarket line, make small talk. Ask the cashier about her earrings or tattoo; compare notes with your neighbor about growing tomatoes. You will find that “small talk” isn’t small, but surprisingly big and meaningful.

Wanda Urbanska is a sustainability activist and author who writes about the benefits and joys of simple living. She is also the host and producer of the television series Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska, which airs on select PBS stations nationwide. This is the second of a three-part series drawn from her most recent book, The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life (Krause, 2010). Visit her Web site at

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2:02AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

Thank you :)

7:39AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Fantastic ideas! Thank you for sharing.

10:06AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

I find all of these suggestions so helpful, thanks, sharing!

6:36AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013


11:07AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Thanx for the ideas could almost certainly use some of them

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6:50PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Thanks you.

10:39AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

One of the best and easiest things I did was to disconnect from Facebook - it's amazing how much time and stress I eliminated with that simple move! At the end of their life, I'm pretty sure nobody ever said, "I really wish I looked at more pictures of my 9th-grade softball team member's toddler" or "played more Farmville."

7:24PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Those are some good tips. I have already done some like: take out the trash and recycle, compost, spend time in nature (i always go outdoors in my backyard and compost everyday), and hang clothes outside to dry.

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