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by KJ (subscribe)
Published June 28th 2016
A month-by-month guide to simple living

I've been a fan of Rhonda Hetzel's simple living blog, 'Down To Earth' for quite a while, and couldn't wait to get my hand on her latest book.

I had thoroughly enjoyed Rhonda's previous books (Down to Earth and The Simple Life), so I had high expectations for this book - and it didn't disappoint.

In The Simple Home, Rhonda takes twelve aspects of home life that can be transformed by adopting simple living approaches, and assigns each one to a month of the year.

One of the things I like about the approach of one topic per month, is that it makes the transition to simple living more accessible to people who may be caught up in a very busy life, but are wanting to make changes bit-by-bit, over a year, instead of trying to overhaul their life in one go.

The reader can also choose to dip in and out of the book, reading the chapters that are most relevant to them, and applying the suggestions at a time that suits them best.

Rhonda Hetzel, The Simple Home, Sewing
The chapter on sewing includes information on how to set up a basic sewing kit, and how to mend items using basic hand-sewing techniques.

Following the introduction, the chapters include:

January: Organise the Year Ahead
February: Your Money and Your Life
March: A Food Revolution
April: Food Gardening in Containers
May: Laundry Love
June: Food Preserving and Storage
July: Simple Home Bakes
August: Domestic Crafts, Sewing and Household Linens
September: The Home Dairy
October: Spring Cleaning
November: Health and Wellbeing
December: A Time for Celebration

There are a number of recipes throughout the book, including Coconut and Raspberry Slice, Easy Cheese Crackers, Chocolate Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Cordial, Ricotta Cheese, Farmhouse Hard Cheese and Five-minute Bread.

There are also several recipes for laundry, cleaning and personal care products, including: Soap, Laundry Liquid, Wood Polish, All-purpose Cleaner and Citrus Fabric Softener.

The budgeting chapter looks at various life situations (eg. working couple with kids, families living on one income with one stay-at-home parent etc), and includes an action plan for each one.

Rhonda also provides various tips and advice on how to save and cut down on everyday costs, while working towards financial goals, such as reducing debt or paying off the mortgage.

Rhonda Hetzel, The Simple Home, Budgeting
The 'Money' chapter includes tips and advice on budgeting, building up an emergency fund, saving, paying off your mortgage and action plans for various life situations

The chapter on gardening is perfect for those who have thought about growing their own food, but weren't sure where to start.

Rhonda Hetzel, The Simple Home, Gardening
The gardening chapter encourages readers to start small and includes ideas about what to grow and information on what you need to get started.

I really like Rhonda's practical, no-nonsense approach, and Rhonda has a great way of explaining how (and why) she has made certain lifestyle changes and has chosen to live a 'simple' life.

The book reads as though you're receiving advice from a friend, and Rhonda comes across as non-judgemental and supportive of those who are considering making changes towards living a simpler life.

I highly recommend this book, particularly for those who are looking to simplify their life, get organised at home, save money and/or get back to basics.
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I'm interested to read this and to check out the blog. I think there would be a lot to be gained from living simply, both financially and from the sense of general well being.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5994) 629 days ago
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