Then I thought about children. They are messy and require a lot of stuff! How does one live a minimalist lifestyle with three children? I found a blog (click HERE to read the blog) that really helped put things into perspective for me. There is more to living simply then having a small inventory of stuff, growing fruits and veggies, raising chickens, and re-purposing green bean cans. Living simply is a life style for your mind, time management, family life, home environment, etc... Prioritizing and really drilling down to what is important in life, and then only putting your energy into what you've deemed important is the key to living simply.