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Let's face it...life can be pretty hectic. All the stresses of trying to balance careers, family life, and relationships can be pretty overwhelming. With so much going on, how is simple living even possible? How can you live a simple life when you're surrounded by all the trappings of the 21st century society? Are you intrigued by minimalism but don't think minimalism is for you? Join Dan and Vanessa Hayes on their journey toward a simple life in the modern world. Listen as they share how they simplify day to day tasks, organize their lives, edit their possessions and evaluate their priorities. Maybe you'll discover for yourself what really matters most in your life. If nothing else you'll get a laugh or two as they share their experiences, offer some simplifying tactics, simplicity strategies, and talk with others who are also on the road to a simple life together. Sure, they talk about minimalism and the magic of tidying up too, but this is simple living and essentialism for daily life!

Let's face it...life can be pretty hectic. All the stresses of trying to balance careers, family life, and relationships can be pretty overwhelming. With so much going on, how is simple living even possible? How can you live a simple life when you're surrounded by all the trappings of the 21st century society? Are you intrigued by minimalism but don't think minimalism is for you? Join Dan and Vanessa Hayes on their journey toward a simple life in the modern world. Listen as they share how they simplify day to day tasks, organize their lives, edit their possessions and evaluate their priorities. Maybe you'll discover for yourself what really matters most in your life. If nothing else you'll get a laugh or two as they share their experiences, offer some simplifying tactics, simplicity strategies, and talk with others who are also on the road to a simple life together. Sure, they talk about minimalism and the magic of tidying up too, but this is simple living and essentialism for daily life!
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Let's face it...life can be pretty hectic. All the stresses of trying to balance careers, family life, and relationships can be pretty overwhelming. With so much going on, how is simple living even possible? How can you live a simple life when you're surrounded by all the trappings of the 21st century society? Are you intrigued by minimalism but don't think minimalism is for you? Join Dan and Vanessa Hayes on their journey toward a simple life in the modern world. Listen as they share how they simplify day to day tasks, organize their lives, edit their possessions and evaluate their priorities. Maybe you'll discover for yourself what really matters most in your life. If nothing else you'll get a laugh or two as they share their experiences, offer some simplifying tactics, simplicity strategies, and talk with others who are also on the road to a simple life together. Sure, they talk about minimalism and the magic of tidying up too, but this is simple living and essentialism for daily life!

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Episodes

SLT077: Simple Answers to Listener Questions

12/21/2015
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It's been a while since our last episode and many of you said you wanted an update. So, we posted on the Simple Life Together Facebook page and the Edit & Forget It Facebook Group and asked for your questions. Since we're in the thick of the Holiday season, many of you had holiday simplicity related questions. Others were looking for lifestyle answers for their questions, and many just wanted to know what we've been up to. Well...we sat down for over an hour last night and just kinda...

Duration:01:05:50

SLT076: Simplifying to Sell Your Home

7/25/2015
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There are so many reasons to simplify. But one very lucrative reason to simplify is to increase the sale price of your home and set the stage for a quick sale. So, let's talk a little about simplifying to sell your home. To do that, we’re going to share some of our experiences with doing exactly that over the last couple of months, so if you’re selling your home...or know someone else who is...or if you’re simply looking for a fresh start in your current home, maybe we can shed some light...

Duration:00:28:04

SLT075: 4 Critical Areas You Need to Consider When Downsizing

3/21/2015
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Back in Episode 65, we talked about Strategic Simple Living and shared a few great tools you can use to plan your simple living strategy. Specifically, we used the 4 Direction Ideation Tool of Looking Outward/Inward/Backward/Forward as lenses for developing your strategy. We shared how we used this tool when downsizing for trying to find the perfect area for us to live. But when we came to a decision point, we used a different framework for evaluating our final choice...and actually...

Duration:00:42:55

SLT074: 3 Simple Living Habits You Can Use Right Now

12/7/2014
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When it comes to simple living, we can all use a few more tips to help us along. We’re going to share 3 more simple living habits you can start using right now for a better today and tomorrow. One of our most popular shows was Episode 55, 7 Habits for Highly Effective Simplicity. We passed along what we feel are the top 7 habits you can develop to bring some serious simplicity into your life. That show was shared thousands of times...over 2300 times on our Pinterest page alone! Well, today...

Duration:00:31:00

SLT073: Simplifying Simple Life Together

10/9/2014
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Okay, folks. We had intended this episode to be more of a “finality”. It was supposed to be more of a "farewell" episode and post. But the truth is, we’re having trouble with this because Simple Life Together is such a big part of our life. If it sounds like we’re waffling a bit, that’s because...well, we are! So I guess you could say that we're simplifying Simple Life Together. We should just jump right into the dirty work and break it all down for you... Read More... Note: Get a copy of...

Duration:00:29:32

SLT072: How Do You Define Work Life Balance?

9/4/2014
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Vanessa was getting ready to throw away a magazine (because of course, she practices the "one in one out rule") and the headline on the cover was: The Balanced Life! She told me that she paused for a moment and thought, "Do I have balance?" We hear so much about it, but how do we define work life balance? What does it really mean? Can we really achieve a balanced life? And so we got to talking about balance for a while, and thought we’d explore that a little more…. (Read more...) Note: Get...

Duration:00:41:21

SLT071: The Power of Habit

8/21/2014
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Never underestimate the power of habit. In mid-April of 2014, I decided that I needed to make some positive changes to my morning ritual. I've talked about my morning ritual a few times on the Simple Life Together podcast, and we discussed the power of habit, routines and rituals back in Episode 30 and also in one of our most popular episodes, The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Simplicity in Episode 55. But recently I read a book on habits (well, actually I listened to the audio version) by...

Duration:00:41:49

SLT070: Voluntary Simplicity with Miriam Ortiz y Pino

7/31/2014
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We’ve mentioned in previous shows...sometimes simple isn’t easy. Consistent, voluntary simplicity can be even harder. Matter of fact, it can be an awful lot of work to make simple easy, but in the end we’re opting to live simply intentionally...in as many areas of our life as we can. And that’s going to take a little exploration and effort. After our presentation at the NAPO 2014 Conference in Phoenix, we met a certified professional organizer, Miriam Ortiz y Pino, who turned out to have a...

Duration:00:36:59

SLT069: Head Over Heels In Love With Simplicity

7/18/2014
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The number one reason we love simplicity is that it gives us flexibility to live our lives the way we want. Sure, it takes some real effort to get to the point where we could drop what we were doing and take a 30-day vacation, but once you get to the point where you can shape your life to do the things you want to do, and live they way you want to live, you'll love simplicity too. It is so worth the effort and probably how you'd like to live your life too. During our recent trip, we...

Duration:00:52:56

SLT068: Simple Living with Liz Neighbors

6/19/2014
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We've been sharing our story about simple living here since the tail end of 2012. But we know we're not alone when it comes to simple living! We put the call out in our last episode for more volunteers to share their story here on Simple Life Together. Well...you answered the call and and today we have our second Profile in Simplicity guest who is going to share how she's simplified her life, too! But before we tell you any more about our special guest, we want to give you a little...

Duration:00:38:55

SLT067: Simplify Your Wardrobe Redux

6/6/2014
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Way back in Episode 47, Simplify Your Wardrobe, we explored our relationship with the clothes that we wear and asked ourselves some questions such as: So what things shape your current wardrobe? What does your wardrobe look like now? What would your ideal wardrobe look like? and What are some of your favorite pieces and why? We also introduced that we were going to give a microcourse called Dress With Less a try, cutting our wardrobes down to 33 pieces each for 3 months. Well, it's been...

Duration:00:43:42

SLT066: Predict Your Future

5/15/2014
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Abe Lincoln said, "The best way to predict your future is to create it." When living simply, taking action now can help you shape the life you want to live. Back in Episode 38, we talked about the concept of preparation meets opportunity. You may recall a few lines from that show that went like this: “When you’re working on that Life Plan, or your dreams and goals, prepare for those opportunities you want to come along. I’m a firm believer that you can determine your own destiny if you...

Duration:00:45:14

SLT065: Strategic Simple Living

5/1/2014
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When it comes to making long-term plans for our lives, we all go through a "dream stage"...where we just kind of day dream about what our life might be like. Seriously, we’ve all, at some point in our life, thought about what it would be like to win the lottery or be super rich...and you kind of lose yourself in the dream. While I’m sure there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, it's really more productive to do some systematic ideation. By dreaming systematically, you'll likely improve...

Duration:00:38:38

SLT064: Healthy Smoothies Made Simple With Farnoosh Brock

4/17/2014
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We hinted in Episode 63 that we've been enjoying more and more healthy smoothies. About two and a half years ago we did a 12-day juice fast. Since then, we've slowly incorporated juicing into our lifestyle at least 3-4 times/week. By doing that...juicing became a regular part of our life. We became addicted to how good it made us feel which led us to look into other ways to improve or expand our healthy eating goals. Juicing led to eating more raw foods, eating smaller portions...and now...

Duration:00:39:55

SLT063: Five Steps to Simple Living

4/7/2014
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When it comes to simple living, or making any changes in life, there always seems to be plenty of experts around telling you what you should do, and how you should do it. Looking to get in shape? You can find an endless supply of “experts”...many of which will directly contradict each other...that are ready with their magic formula to help you. All you have to do is buy their equipment, take their magic pill, or follow their magic advice. But what it all boils down to in the real world is...

Duration:00:29:38

SLT062: Stop the Accumulation of Clutter

3/28/2014
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We all have clutter in our lives. Naturally, one of the first steps on the road to simplicity is to challenge what and how much you consume. The basic idea here is that, the more you consume...meaning buy, acquire, receive, etc...the more complicated your life can be, and the more clutter you have, too! The less you consume the simpler it will be. So as important as editing is...and that’s an ongoing process...understand that just as important on the road to simplicity is your ability to...

Duration:00:37:22

SLT061: Simple Living With Kids

3/17/2014
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The number one question we are asked, is about simple living with kids: "Is it possible to simplify your life with kids?" Of course it is! Now we know not everyone has kids, but even if you don't you probably have nephews or nieces, or friends with kids. So, the good news is that even if you don’t have kids yourself, you’ll probably be able to apply a lot of this to other relationships in your life. Well first off, simple living with kids doesn’t have to be an oxymoron. Like simplifying the...

Duration:00:50:06

SLT060: What’s Your Simplicity Splurge?

3/3/2014
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So we talk all the time about scaling back, editing, etc. But there’s probably one thing or another that you’ve decided would be your simplicity splurge. That something that you’re just not going to scrimp on. Well, that’s perfectly fine. We all seem to have that little something that we’re just not willing to give up. For some it’s photos, for others, it’s coffee paraphernalia. Almost all of us have our little simplicity foil...that thing or things that seem to go against our efforts to...

Duration:00:32:22

SLT059: Make the Most of Your Margin

2/24/2014
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So now that you’ve been working on building some margin in your life, maybe it’s a good time to start thinking about how you can make the most of your margin to make your life fuller. Not fuller with with stuff, but fuller with satisfaction. Once in a while when the topic of our simpler lifestyle comes up, someone will ask, “Well what are you going to do to fill all your extra time?” It’s a valid question, I guess, but one we can easily answer. Read more... Topic: What "Make the Most of Your...

Duration:00:29:15

SLT058: Maintaining Simplicity…Don’t Let Your Simplifying Work Go To Waste!

2/17/2014
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Maintaining simplicity is an important step in making sure your simplicity efforts don't go by the wayside. We’ve said all along that simplifying your life isn’t a one time deal...it’s a lifestyle. And as with any lifestyle or major focus area in your life, you have to nurture it and care for it, otherwise your efforts will be in vain. So why is maintaining simplicity so important? Well, just like a car or the air conditioning unit in your home, if you do regular maintenance and tune ups on...

Duration:00:34:00