Monday, 14 August 2017
"Modern life has bought much that is complex, but a well-organised home with right ideals will be run so as to plan the spending of the family income to best advantage of all and to consider the spiritual as well as the material needs of the family."
Do you too, believe that modern life has bought much that is complex? Would it surprise you to know that this quote is from a book published in 1913? Shelter and Clothing: A textbook of the Household Arts by Helen Kinne and Anna Maria Cooley, was written for high school girls. The authors of the book went on to write that simplicity of living adds to the freedom and independence of a family. This freedom and independence is due in part to avoiding the trap of keeping up with the Joneses.
In our modern times we have even more 'things' that can rob us of our freedom and independence. Some are inexpensive but add up over time, for example a daily take away coffee. It has been said that we can nickel and dime our way to poverty. That is because small unnecessary expenditures can have a big impact on our annual budgets. Other things such as overseas holidays and new cars can be very expensive - too expensive if they are things we cannot afford.
Take away coffees, unnecessary new clothes, overseas holidays and new cars are not bad things in themselves. If however they are not affordable then they can add much to the complexity of our lives.
My aim is to simplify my life. To live within my means. Simple, healthy food. Simple, old fashioned entertainment and pastimes. Simple hospitality.