By Chrissy MacDonald
Living simply is not about doing without. It’s about knowing what’s important to you and making time for those things.
Often our lives get so filled with stuff, projects, to-do lists and commitments, that we don’t seem to have time left for what matters most to us.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with all the things you have to do or you are not living the life you want, maybe it’s time to simplify your life. Here are a few ideas to get started
- Reduce clutter – the less stuff you have taking up space and getting in the way, the freer you will feel. Too much stuff is mentally distracting.
- Get organized – Look at your house objectively and then put things where they naturally belong. Use baskets and containers to hold items out of the way.
- Simplify your wardrobe. They say most people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. Decide what clothes you love and that look good on you and weed out the rest.
- Learn to say no. Just because someone asks you to do something doesn’t mean you have to say yes. Doing too much means less time for the important things in life.
- Change the way you shop. Keep a running list of things you need and make fewer trips. When considering a purchase, ask yourself if you love it, need it and are willing to maintain it.
- Who says we have to be busy all the time? Slow down and enjoy simplicity and stillness and don’t feel guilty about it. Spend time relaxing and enjoying hobbies.
- Keep your body in shape and get fresh air. Exercise outside regularly by walking, hiking, biking and playing. Get up from the computer every half hour to walk around and keep from getting stiff.
- Prepare meals using simple recipes and fewer ingredients.
- Do one thing at a time. Don’t think too much about the past or live for the future. Live in the present moment.
- Find a way to do the work you love that uses your creative and unique talents. Make a plan to make this happen. Do you want to work less and have more free time? Do you want to stay home full time? Find a way to live on less money.
- Spend time with people who are supportive and kind. Avoid negative people if you can. Try to maintain a positive outlook.
- Be yourself. Imagine how much simpler life would be if you stopped trying to live your life for other people and learned to be yourself.
- Eat lightly for more energy. Eat basic foods close to their natural state (potatoes rather than potato chips). By eating simply, you’ll save money, save time in the kitchen and be in better health.
Simplify your life to enjoy life more. When we get rid of distractions, we can start to see what matters most.
“The body and the mind are so closely connected that not even a single word or thought can come into existence without being reflected in the personality and health of the individual.” John Prentiss