Well, you’re here, so you must be thinking about living simpler – Welcome! Please
remember that this is a journey. It took you awhile to accumulate the things in your
possession and change is a process. We live in times of large homes filled to the brim with
stuff – and not to mention the garage! It’s important to keep in mind that this is a mind
shift and requires small steps to learning to live with less and live a simple, quieter life.
Don’t judge yourself, or let others judge you. It’s your life! It’s your journey.
Let’s shift your mindset so you can start letting go of those things you are not using and
are no longer serving a purpose in your life. Once you do that, you will cultivate a sense
of appreciation for what is present in your life. Here are a few steps to get you started.
- Get a piece of paper and write down your goals for your space
- Once you’ve done that – break them down room by room
- Schedule time in your calendar – 15-30 minutes
- Set some clear intentions for yourself
- Prioritize what’s important
- Start with easy things, like your coffee mugs,
only keep seven
- It’s okay to let things go, especially when
they are serving no purpose
- Keep in mind – these are objects, material
things – they don’t define who you are
- Keep a box handy to put donated items in
The Hard Stuff
- Clothes are tough – but did you know you wear 20% of what’s in your closet 80%
of the time?
- Be honest with yourself. If you’re trying to lose weight and think it might fit later,
let it go. If you lose the weight (and you will) treat yourself to something new. Do
you really want to wear those old clothes?
- Attachment to certain items – if it is serving no purpose, ask yourself why you are
keeping it. It’s ok to let it go.
- Don’t keep things thinking “Oh, I might need it someday”, you won’t – especially if
it’s been sitting around for a long time.
If you hit a road block and feel overwhelmed – take
a break. Rest. Keep your goals and intentions in
mind, and get back at it. Just think of the benefits
of living simpler. Not only will living simpler save
you time and money, it will make you feel less
stressed and overwhelmed. By living simpler, you
will appreciate the simpler things and enjoy life in a
whole new way!
- Less is better! A simple, less-cluttered space
- If you bring something new in, something
must go out.
- Ask yourself when you’re shopping, “Do I
really need this”?
- Resist temptation
- The idea is not to throw everything away, just lessen the amount of stuff you have
When you live simpler, it brings a refreshing new perspective on life. It allows you to
eliminate the unnecessary and helps you focus more on doing the things you love. If you
don’t think you can do it alone, reach out for help.
“There are two ways to be rich. One is by acquiring much, the other by desiring little.”
– Jackie Coller
I hope this was helpful for you. I promise you, living with less is worth it.
Be happy, be kind!