Do you ever wonder when everything became so complicated? Wouldn’t it be good to make life simple again? Just imagine if each day…
… you wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
… your surroundings bring you peace. Your home is uncluttered. You have everything you need. No more and no less.
… your mind is free of worry. You don’t fret about money, your relationships, or your job.
… you have space in your life. Space to do what matters most. Whether that’s being with family, helping others, learning something new, or doing meaningful work.
Sounds amazing, right? Well, I believe it’s possible.
How To Make Life Simple
I’ve always looked for ways to make life simple. I’m naturally drawn to the uncluttered life.
I appreciate clean interior design.
My favorite place is a deserted beach
I’m obsessive about finding the most efficient way to get a task done. I hate it when things are overly complex.
If I have too many commitments, I feel overwhelmed.
My heart is drawn to open space.
If this sounds like you, then I invite you to join me on a journey. One which will give you more time, more money, and more energy. So that you can focus on doing what you love.
Simple living is different for each of us. And as you design your simple life, you’ll realize that it goes far beyond de-cluttering and re-organization.
For example, I live in suburban California with my husband and two young children. We look like any other American family. We go to the mall, we argue and laugh together, we eat takeout (more often than I care to admit).
But these things don’t mean we can’t make life simple. And the benefits of designing a simple life are hard to ignore…
You have more time together as a family. You eliminate debt. Your work is more meaningful. You’re grateful for the blessings in your life. And you’re better equipped to handle life’s challenges.
If you’d like to explore simple living, below are 7 ways to make life simple. I urge you to read this list with an open mind. If you disagree with an idea, then let it go. We’re all different!
But if you see something that resonates, consider taking a few steps to simplify your life. Change doesn’t happen quickly. But it does need to start somewhere.
1. Simplify Your Home
Look around your home. Where do you see clutter?
Do you have an overstuffed closet, full of clothes you don’t like or that no longer fit? Is your garage or attic packed with discarded items you never use? Do your kids have so many toys they quickly grow bored with them?
How much time do you spend cleaning and maintaining your stuff? Does any of it weigh you down with guilt or responsibility? How would your life change if you removed some of the excess?
When you eliminate your clutter, you make space in your home. Space to enjoy the possessions you want to keep. Space to enjoy a more meaningful life.
If something doesn’t bring you joy (or at least fulfill a purpose) then why not get rid of it?
2. Simplify Family Life
Family life can also become cluttered. Especially when you have kids. Today’s society puts an emphasis on activities and achievement. But this is often at the expense of family time.
Think about it. How often do you hang out as a family – swapping stories, playing games, listening to each other? Or are you too busy rushing from one activity to the next?
There’s no law that says you have to accept every party invitation and sign up for every new activity. Consider leaving space in your calendar for spontaneous play or “do-nothing” days.
This doesn’t just apply to the people who live in your household. When was the last time you called your dad, your sister, or your aunt? Do you make time to get together and enjoy each other’s company?
Most people say that family is more important than anything else. Yet we pour our energy into “other stuff” leaving little time for the people who really matter.
3. Simplify Your Work Life
You probably do some form of work. Whether it’s a nine-to-five, your own business, a volunteer position, or the household chores.
But how much time do you spend on useful work? The kind that is purposeful or necessary?
What would it mean if you eliminated (or outsourced) some of the meaningless or repetitive tasks? Answering emails, surfing the internet, posting in forums, gossiping at the water cooler, time-consuming research, tidying up toys.
Could you earn more money, help more people, or get more done? Or maybe you could spend more time with your family or at play?
4. Simplify Your Free Time
Play is important. Who doesn’t enjoy having fun?
But how much time do you spend doing things that fill your soul with joy? Some of us don’t even remember what these things are. As kids, play was effortless. As adults, we forget how to enjoy ourselves.
Social activities are also important. I’ve already mentioned family. But what about relationships outside of your family?
Community is key to living a fulfilled life – even for introverts (like me). When we spend time with the people who bring us joy, we feel uplifted.
Think about how your life would change if you eliminated distractions like social media, television, negative talk, or gossip. What could you spend more time doing?
5. Simplify Your Thoughts
Your thoughts can be your worst enemy. You miss out on the good stuff when you give into fear, hold onto a grudge, or dwell on the negative.
If you’re anything like me, training your mind isn’t easy. But the benefits are huge. A few years ago, I made one small change that had a significant impact on my life.
I started a gratitude journal. Each day I write down a few things I’m grateful for.
Gratitude is like a muscle that needs to be trained. By forming a daily habit, you become aware of the good in your life and less bothered by the bad.
How can you benefit by letting go of the negative? How would it feel to drop a long-standing grudge? What could you do that would bring more meaning and joy into your life? What if you stopped letting self-doubt or fear hold you back? What could you achieve if you were willing to do it scared?
6. Simplify Your Health Habits
Changing your health habits can also lead to significant rewards. You gain energy, become more confident, and live a longer life. These are things worth striving for!
Think about what bad habits you can give up. Perhaps you have a sweet tooth but sugar leaves you feeling sluggish or guilty. Or, like me, you struggle to exercise regularly.
The mind and body go hand-in-hand. As you train your mind to adopt simple habits, bigger changes become easier. You can always start out small. Commit to walking or running 10 minutes each day. Then build up from there.
7. Simplify Your Spiritual Life
Last of all, we come to the spirit.
Regardless of your beliefs, simple living brings you closer to leading a spiritual life. As you remove distractions, you discover greater clarity. You better understand what matters in life.
Spirituality is a complex topic that I’m not qualified to write about. However, I believe spirituality influences all other aspects of simple living.
So, here’s my suggestion to you. As you pursue a simple life, let your spiritual beliefs shape the decisions you make.
If you’re a Christian, then seek to live like Jesus. If you’re a Buddhist, then follow the teachings of Buddha. And if you have no affiliation, listen closely to what your heart tells you.
If you’re careful to block out the noise, your heart will lead you towards a simpler and more fulfilling life.
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