My ABC of Simple Living? It’s about getting back to the basics. I strive to life a more simple, natural life. First, because it’s good for us and for the planet. But also because as Nonna to nine grandchildren we want to leave a better world for them! And that’s why I made an ABC of Simple Living to guide me!  

It’s my simple living baby steps! Simple and easy to remember. And even though I don’t manage to do everything on this list, it does help keep me on the right track!

Simple concise goals are easier to put into practice. Giant leaps often make a pace that’s hard to keep up with. But baby steps? Well, even babies manage them, don’t they?

Our baby steps? They start with learning the ABCs!

Avoid Advertising

Buy Less

Consume Responsibly

Downsize: Home, Things & Activities

Eat healthy, locally grown food

Fewer Disposables

Go Green

Heal with Herbs & Natural Remedies

Immerse yourself in Community

Jump off the Materialistic Merry-go-Round

Keep up with the Joneses No More

Less Stuff & Clutter

More of What Matters: God, Community, Friends, Family, and Others

No More Debt

Out of the Box Thinking

Produce Your Own

Quit Following the Status Quo

Re-duce, Re-use, Re-purpose & Re-cycle

Share with Others

Think Thrift

Unplug the TV

Value-Orient Your Life

Work less

eXit the Consumer Lifestyle

Yes—to No Shopping

Zoom in on Non-Material Values

Now I know our ABC’s, and I want to do all these! How about you?

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Posted by Sheila Scorziello

American born, Italian at heart. Happily married over 40 years, living in Italy almost 30. Mom of two and nonna to 9 grandkids. Missionary with a passion for showing God's love in practical ways, honoring God by caring for his creation, and helping others taste and see that the Lord is good!

17 Comments

  1. Some great ideas to further simple our life. We enjoy living an uncomplicated life and generally dont have anything in our house that wont create or has not made memories with those i love or things i love. Have a happy Sunday ❤

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    1. Glad you liked it Mel. It’s a pretty tall order, but yet a good launching board to build from and keep making progress!

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    1. Thanks, but I find that it was easier to pen than stick to!!

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  2. Cute! and good advice.

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    1. Thank you… now to just get better at doing it all!

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  3. You are a role model to me!

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    1. Well Cynthia, don’t put me up on any pedestals. It was lots easier to list than put in practice. But I do work at it, and find that I make progress little by little!

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  4. Those are terrific ideas! ABC to better living – I love it. Nice job Sheila. We should all strive toward the things on your list. I must admit I have a long way to go. Maybe tackling one letter at a time would be the best practice! But how do you avoid advertising? In the USA it’s everywhere!

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    1. Ha, good question Pete. First we have no TV and that cuts lots of advertising right off the bat. And I just avoid looking at them online. (Actually they don’t really interest me anyway.) When store ad-newspapers show up in my mailbox, I turn it into a game. I say, “Now, let me see how many things I DON’T need!” And since “real needs” are relatively few – it works!! And then are the billboards, but I don’t care about them and they fly by too fast to read anyway!! I guess really it’s more a question of realizing I already have all I need! Now, to get to work on all the rest… lol!

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      1. Excellent! I’ll have to try some of those things. Maybe I will give up advertising for Lent. LOL

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      2. Well, that’s an unusual lent vow. But if it helps clear your mind and heart to better hear the Lord go for it, Pete1!

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      3. I have never in my life participated in Lent. Maybe I should choose something else?

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      4. Perhaps that would be wise, but I’ve never done Lent either, so I wouldn’t know. I have heard from those who participate that it can be quite beneficial. Sort of like fasting. So if done with a right spirit I think we might find benefit. But as I said, I’ve never done it either!

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      5. I’m still trying to decide. Just not really feeling it right now, tbougj

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  5. I love all your suggestions for living more simply. I’ve had to do that because every time my husband and I move, it is into a smaller place. We live in an apartment now. We don’t have much at all that we don’t use. I do love to buy used things and paint them or fix them.

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    1. Me too Belle! We don’t live in an apartment but our house is pretty small, only about 645 sq. feet. So I find that I have to keep things pretty much pared down. Otherwise stuff overtakes us! We love checking our used stores (a recent arrival in Italy, yeah!) before buying. And we are not too proud to take perfectly good stuff that others are throwing away to repurpose and use! It’s all good for the wallet, the environment, and even helps keep us more humble!! I’d love to see pics of your projects sometime!

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