Simple Living in a Modern Society (20 Tips)

Living in our current modern society often makes it difficult for those seeking a simpler life. A life that is filled with less stuff and more experiences.

The lives that we have now, in most cases, are always busy and hectic. We never seem to stop, enjoy the moment, and appreciate what’s in front of us. We are always looking to get the next thing and always trying to get the most attention from social media. However, that’s not how life should be.

Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s a different way to live and it’s called simple living. From what I’ve seen and heard, everyone who has switched to this lifestyle is happier than they were before.

Here are 20 things you can do to make simple living easier for you:

1. Get a flip phone

We have developed an addiction. Not to a substance, but to a need to feel connected all the time. We have to have some form of technological device with us all the time because we are afraid of missing out on things or not hearing about the latest news. When I go outside, everyone is looking down. Into a virtual world. This is not good for us.

Social media is causing anxiety and depression. Even though we are more connected than we have ever been in the past, we feel more disconnected and lonely than ever. That’s because phones can’t replace real human interaction.

Getting a simpler phone will make you live in the moment and be more present in life. It’s not realistic to go without a phone completely as you might need one in case of an emergency. This is why getting a flip phone or some other type of ‘brick’ phone is a good idea.

2. No TV or Netflix

We are wasting so much of our time in front of screens.

How many times have you sat on the sofa or in your bed, binging TV shows for ours? If you are like most people, then I’m guessing a lot. If you stop paying for Netflix or a TV license you will remove, it will make it easier as you won’t even be tempted as you won’t be able to watch anything.

Instead, use your time more wisely and do what you are passionate about and what you enjoy. Stop wasting your money on things that are bad for you.

3. Declutter

Over the years our homes accumulate a lot of stuff that we don’t need.

But now it’s time to clear all the mess. Slowly start to get rid of things that you never use or need. If they are in a good condition, you can sell them, donate them, or give them to a friend. This applies to your clothes, house decor, kitchenware, and anything else that you can find in your house.

Start creating a minimalist home. This does not mean throwing away everything you own. Minimalism is a lifestyle where you only have things that add value to your life. There’s no need to have excess, unnecessary things taking up space.

4. Reduce social media use

Considering most people spend more than 2 hours a day on social media, this will free up so much of your time. You could put a 30 min or so limit on social media every day. If someone needs you they will call you. Don’t sit down scrolling through different feeds for hours.

Another thing you could try is a social media detox. Delete everything for a week or month. After doing this, it will come apparent that you can live without it and you will spend a lot less time on Instagram, Facebook, and all the other platforms. I speak from experience. I did this and now I don’t even feel the need to check my phone.

So stop wasting your time and start living simply without the constant need to check your notifications.

5. Reduce expenses

Simple living is also about owning less. In our modern world, people and adverts keep telling us that we need more to be happy. Don’t believe this. It’s not true. Stop buying things you don’t need and wasting your money. It’s not worth it.

Buying less will reduce stress and will allow you to become more financially free. Just because you are earning more money, doesn’t mean you should buy a more expensive house or car. That will simply put you back into debt.

6. Connect with nature

We often get sucked into our modern lives and problems and we often forget about ourselves and what our body needs. Being in nature has many healing effects. After all, humans are a part of nature.

Sadly, we have lost that connection with nature but now, we need to bring it back. Showing respect for nature could solve so many of our modern problems. Global issues as well as personal.

7. Walk

Whenever you have the chance, walk. If your work is close-by, choose to walk instead of taking the car. Do it for your health and the planet. Walking on a regular basis is a good way to exercise.

Likewise, when you need a break, go outside for a walk instead of watching TV.

In this modern society, so many of us have adopted a sedentary lifestyle. We are sitting at our desks all day and getting very little physical exercise in our routine.

8. Make a plan

Track what you spend your time doing. Sit down one day and make a schedule of what you usually do each day. Doing this will often make you realize how many hours there are in a day and how many of them you are wasting.

9. Do what you love

There’s no point in doing something you hate. Be true to yourself. We all have to do things we don’t really like to do sometimes but this should not become a habit. Don’t waste your time every day doing these things. Life is too short for that

10. Focus on your mind and body

Your health must be a top priority. Exercise regularly to keep yourself fit and move around more. Don’t sit on your desk all day long. In addition to this, do not intoxicate your body with alcohol every week. It’s not good for you. Drinking excessively on a regular basis can lead to short-term as well and long-term health problems.

We can’t forget about our mental health. Taking care of your mind is equally important. You could try incorporating meditation and yoga into your simple living lifestyle.

11. Remove bad influences

The people that you surround yourself with will affect your future. Do you feel like you are hanging out with ambitious people trying to get the most out of life or lazy people who are living for the weekends?

Decide what future you want and pick your friends accordingly. Remove toxic relationships. Don’t put up with people you don’t want to hang out with.

12. Be grateful

No matter what happens, always go to sleep being grateful for what you have. Maybe life is not going the way you wanted it too but never forget to be happy and grateful for the things you actually have in your life.

Always push harder to reach your goals, but never be bitter and ungrateful because the things you have, might be a dream for someone else. Also take the time to appreciate the people in your life. If you have good friends around you, feel lucky.

13. Eat at the table

Nearly everyone that has access to technology, chooses to have their lunch and dinner in front of a screen by themselves. There goes another tradition because of technology. No more the days of sitting around the table with the family. Even if you live alone, still sit at the table and enjoy eating your meal instead of eating it absent-mindedly in front of a TV

14. Cook

Buying takeaway every day might be easier but it’s certainly better. Continuing like this might lead to a loss of culture in the future. That is if everyone keeps choosing to eat burgers from fast-food chains. Not to mention the impact these chains have on the planet.

Take the time to cook something and enjoy it. Start eating healthy and sustainably.

15. Find time to be creative

In our busy schedule, we often forget to get creative. This could be anything from writing and drawing to cooking. Choose whatever you like. It’s a great way to slow down. If you’re feeling stuck, here are some tips to make you more creative.

16. Be bored

We always want to be doing something. Thanks to our phones we never need to be bored ever again. We have enough entertainment to last us a lifestyle.

Simple living is about being bored once in a while. Stop trying to avoid boredom and embrace it. Let your mind wander for once.

17. Be alone

You don’t always have to be with your friends and going out all the time. I think alone time is massively underrated. Being at peace with yourself will make you a happier person too.

It’s ok to say no to your friends once in a while to be by yourself.

18. Minimalist wardrobe

Downsize your wardrobe. It has become normal in the 21st century to have more clothes than we need. Break out of this habit, downsize your wardrobe and stop buying clothes so often. It’s just another expense you don’t need. It will also become easier to pick something to wear as you will have fewer clothes.

19. Switch off notifications

Don’t be one of those people that have all of their notifications switched on, even for the news. It’s not worth it. Turn them all off. This is will stop you from checking your phone every 2 minutes and you will make it easier for you to focus on more important things.

Those notification sounds are making our attention span shorter. This could lead to long-term concentration loss.

20. Read

Lastly, another way to live simply is by reading more. Reading makes you a more creative and knowledgable person. It’s good for your mental health and it reduces stress. Slow down your life by reading. Choose a book over your phone next time.

It will make you a more interesting person too.


Simple living seems hard in our modern society but it is possible. After all, it’s how life should be. Don’t get caught up with modern thinking. Having more stuff will not make you happier. It’s an illusion.

Slow down with these 20 tips and enjoy life to its fullest without worrying about people’s opinions. While technology was able to make society more advanced, there are negative sides to it. Know when to use it and when you should switch everything off.

Sofia Hadjiosif
Sofia Hadjiosif

I've always cared about the planet but never knew how I could use my skills to create an impact. But that's when I decided to start Terra Movement. To get other creatives involved in the climate movement and inspire more people to help the planet and its people.

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