Feeling overwhelmed? Time-poor? Drowning in clutter?
Here are 12 easy things you can do to simplify your life.
1. Don’t Bring In The Mail
Accumulating piles of mail can make you feel stressed.
Instead, make it a habit to open snail mail over your recycle bin.
Ditch everything – only take inside those items you need to:
2. Have A Ready-For-Donation Box
Keep a ready-for-donation box, basket, or bag somewhere handy and visible.
Any time you see something you don’t love or use – in it goes! Easy!!
It’s a great way to make regular decluttering a household habit.
3. Don’t Buy It
Less stuff around you means less clutter in your home, more time in your life.
Before you buy anything, ask yourself if you need it or love it.
If you don’t need or love it, just. don’t. buy. it.
4. Use Your Nice Stuff
If you have nice things, enjoy them!
With crockery and cutlery, you could forget ‘everyday’ versus ‘guest’.
Instead, have plenty of attractive, replaceable, dishwasher/microwave/family-safe tableware.
5. Streamline Your Social Networks
Limit your social media activities to just a few sites – unless social networking is your passion or business.
Any more, and you’ll be spreading yourself thin and feeling unproductive.
6. Only Watch Good TV
To help ease feelings of stress and overwhelm, it helps to have good quality leisure time.
Buy, borrow, or rent your favorite programs on DVD. Never be at the mercy of whatever’s on the box.
7. Do A Bedtime Tidy
Starting your day surrounded by chaos and disorder is a recipe for stress and unhappiness.
Instead, make it part of your evening ritual to do a quick tidy before bed.
A little nightime organizing before you end the day will help you feel lighter and more positive the next morning.
8. Say No To Things That Matter Less
Graciously say No thank you to low-priority tasks.
To feel more confident saying no, take a little time to decide what your true priorities are.
Remind yourself that you can serve others best by focusing on those few key areas where you have most to give.
9. Downsize Your Closet
Clear your closet of everything else – even if expensive.
Let others enjoy the items you don’t.
10. Only Read The Best (To You)
Cancel subscriptions to papers and magazines unless they enhance your life.
Stop reading books you don’t enjoy or learn from.
Give the best material your attention. The rest simply takes up time, money, and living space.
11. Decide To Have Less Stuff
Too much stuff in your home and your life can leave you feeling heavy, unhappy, and overwhelmed.
Every extra item costs you in organizing time, space, and energy.
12. Limit Your Hangers
Keep just enough hangers for your current closet of clothes.
Whenever you buy something new, you’ll have to donate something in order to free up a hanger. How’s that for ‘discipline‘!
Do you use any of these ideas? What else do you do to simplify your life?
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