Wanda is the host of PBS’s Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska and has been called the Martha Stewart of the voluntary simplicity movement. She says that the lifestyle is gaining mainstream appeal and claims that at least 10 percent of the population have embraced simple living.
“This isn’t a fringe thing anymore,” Urbanska says from her home in North Carolina. “There is a shift going on. When I first started talking about this in 1992, I was seen as a wacko zealot. Now simple living is fashionable.”
Urbanska’s ratings have gone up each of the show’s four seasons, and PBS estimates her viewership range to be 75 percent of the country. “People keep telling me this is just what we need at this time,” she says. “They want to get back to basics, assume financial independence and environmental stewardship. For the first time, the culture is saying bigger isn’t better. When you are in debt, it’s hard to live with any pleasure. People are starting to feel there is so much more to life. Everything you bring into your house becomes a responsibility. You have to care for it, clean it, and ultimately, dispose of it.”
For more information about Urbaska visit her website at http://www.simplelivingtv.net/. The quotes in this post are from an article titled Back to Basics: Living with “Voluntary Simplicity” by Allison Glock and it can be found on Oprah.com.