I think SLOW living is a more accurate term than SIMPLE living. Finding purpose in all homemaking, gardening, life skills is not easy (simple). Adding one new skill and mastering it before tackling another one is important if you want to live SLOW and with purpose. Living SLOW allows you to use and regain senses/skills that our forefathers used. I can imagine that daily living was even more labor intense without running water and electricity in the home. And having to drive a team of horses and a wagon as a mode of transportation ... would make your trips to town maybe be no more than once or twice a year. I can understand the reason my mother-in-law wants nothing to do with canning, sewing, or SLOW living. She was raised on a farm with ten siblings, no running water or electricity. The amount of effort to live off the land and make clothing, put away food would be a non-stop job. I'm sure one reason she has good health today is from her early years on that old farm. Good food. Lots of exercise. Having to get along with so many people under one roof, working together. This farm family survived the Great Depression from the resources on their farm. Having the knowledge and skills to hand make nearly all of their necessities gave them the tools to survive.
If you're into SLOW living, please share a few skills you've had to learn.